Newsletter: action trainings, transport to the camp and action info

Dearest all,

 

The last action conference is behind us and the preparations are coming along. In just about five weeks the Code Rood action camp will kick off! It is now a good point in time to still take part in an action training and to orient yourself on the camp, the action and how to get there. In this newsletter you’ll find more information about the action trainings, about the action itself and about the transport options to the camp! What’s more, we included some information on what the action is about: what’s have the problems been in Groningen?

  1. ACTION TRAININGS (IN THE NETHERLANDS)

A few action trainings have already taken place, and they were quite successful! If you haven’t been able to take part in an action training yet, take your chance now to sign up for one of the following ones! These trainings are a good way to get prepared for the action. You’ll learn more about civil disobedience, practice action tactics, and exchange knowledge and skills. So also for experienced people this is a great opportunity to share your experiences and for those who are new to civil disobedience, it’s a great opportunity to get to know others who are interested in participating in the action around 28 August! The following training days have been planned:

  • August 11th in Utrecht: Sign up here
  • August 18th in Amsterdam: Sign up here
  • August 19th in Nijmegen: Sign up here

 

Importantly, there will be a last action training at the camp on 25 August for those who can’t be there for one of the earlier ones. Also for this one, please do sign up if you would like to take part! You can sign up here.

 

  1. TRANSPORT (INTERNATIONAL)

Have you already though about how you will get to the camp? If not, a few transport options are already organised.

A cycle tour is leaving from London and passing through many places in the UK and the Netherlands to arrive at the camp in Groningen on the 25th of August. There is a facebook event with lots of information and you can sign up on the website. The cycle tour will leave from London on the 18th, and it’ll make the following stops, so you can join from those locations too:

18th: London-Chelmsford
19th: Chelmsford- Harwich
20th: Harwich- Rotterdam
21st: Rotterdam- Utrecht
22nd: Utrecht- Epe
23rd: Epe- Meppel
24th: Meppel- Groningen

It is also possible to join the group leaving from Nijmegen. This group meets the cycle tour in Epe and so we can cover the last bit altogether. For this option there is a Facebook event and you can sign-up via email.

 

Another option is the bus leaving from Amsterdam. For this option there is a Facebook event as well and you can register on the website. If you sign up for this bus, you’re sorted for both your way there and back. We leave at 11.30 on the 25th of August from Amsterdam Sloterdijk. We leave the camp on the 31st of August for the way back. The costs for both ways are 10€.

  1. ACTION INFO

More and more details on the action are slowly getting sorted out. Lots of information is appearing on the website this week! It is recommended to read up on what to bring, for example, on what we have decided in the action consensus, andon how we are organizing ourselves during the action. More information, for example on what to keep in mind to be able to execute the action safely, will follow. So keep an eye on the website!

 

  1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The gas extraction in Groningen is a 55-year-old problem that has damaged Groningen and the climate since the beginning. Shell, Exxon and the Dutch state have profited of this fossil fuel enormously, whilst people in Groningen have suffered the damages caused by gas mining and the earthquakes resulting from the extraction, and they still haven’t gotten compensated anywhere near sufficiently for the damages to their properties and life prospects. Steps towards a just energy transition, away from damaging fossil fuel extraction and toward compensation, safety and a healthy planet are not being taken. That’s why we take to action and demand climate justice now. This article discusses the history of the earthquakes in further detail, and this one explains how the damage will continue in the future, showing how urgently money needs to be put down for buildings in Groningen to be fortified. This article describes how the fossil fuel industry has profited and the state has allowed them to exploit people to do so. Some additional information was made available in English here. The injustice has been going on for far too long, so it’s about time to disrupt these operations!

 

  1. DONATIONS

The action, the camp and the preparations will cost money. But apart from donating, checking out what materials we need is also a great way to help out! This way we don’t have to purchase as much, so we’ll need less donations! Donations can be transferred to NL55 TRIO 0388 6023 80 (name: Steungroep NVDA).

 

Love,

Code Rood

Attend an Actiontraining!

Civil disobedience isn’t something you do every day.  Together with Stroomversnellers, we’re organising a number of trainings so everybody can participate well prepared.  And so you can better decide if you want to take part on the 28th of August.

These action trainings are meant for various levels of experience. People with little experience in civil disobedience are advised to follow a training.  Participants with more experience are very welcome to share those experiences, to make new contacts, and freshen up their knowledge.  So if you want to take part in an action, think about doing a training. Not just for yourself, but also for you fellow activists!

During the training we prepare ourselves for remaining safe during an action, but also how to be effective, and efficiënt in our activism.  Special attention is given to safety risks, forming groups, and specifically the method of grouping ourselves in ‘affinitygroups’.  We’ll also practice specific action tactics.

You need to register for the training (on the separate page of each training). This is very important: if too few register, we cannot do the training.  But there is also a maximum number of participants, so make sure to register in time.  In the week before the training, you’ll receive an email with details and tips for preparation.

A training usually starts at 10:00 in the morning, and ends at 18:00. The costs for participation are 5-15€ (depending how much you can contribute). From this we pay coffee, tea, lunch, the location, and we can pay the  Stroomversnellers trainers.

More details+registration at separate events at the top.

Action training in Utrecht, August 11th

There will be a CODEROOD actiontraining in Utrecht, on Saturday 11th August. We’ll put more detailed information here soon.

Register now please. We need 20 participants for the training. But the venue we are planning to use also sets a maximum number of people that can participate.

(Sorry, this page has not yet been fully translated.. the dutch version has more detail.)

Bus from the UK to Code Rood

There are 20 incredibly cheap return tickets available for a Flixbus coach to the Code Rood action and camp from the 24th-31st of August to shut down Europe’s largest gas field! Don’t miss this chance to an unforgettable and exciting adventure abroad this summer!

Total price: £30

Departure:
Location: Victoria Coach Station, London
Friday, 24th of August, 21.30pm

Arrival:
Groningen: Saturday around noon

Return from Code Rood camp site:
Friday, 31st of August around noon

Arrival in London:
Saturday, 1st of September, 6.30am

How?

Please fill in the questions below and transfer £30 to finalise your booking. Ideally, please transfer the money via PayPal using this email: code-rood@riseup.net to save transfer costs! Otherwise transfer the money to our Dutch bank account with the following details indicating your ‘name+UK bus’  in the reference:

Account name: t.n.v. Steungroep NVDA
IBAN: NL55 TRIO 0338 6023 80

Are you unable to travel on these dates but still would like to come to the Code Rood action  and camp?

We are able to subsidise individual/ self-organised transport by coach, car or train. Please email coderood-international@riseup.net for more information.

Newsletter: recap action conference & action consensus

Dear people,

This year alone we already had 20 information evenings, 6 action conferences and 2 action trainings. And that won’t be all: there will be even more action trainings and the 11 workgroups are very busy preparing the action camp. Because in less than two months it’s starting!

In this newsletter you can read about the past action conference in Groningen, the ‘ Limity Jitse Me’ action against brown coal in the Czech Republic and news updates concerning the gas extraction and upcoming action trainings.

1. RECAP OF THE ACTION CONFERENCE & THE ACTION CONSENSUS 
One week ago, the 6th action conference took place, the last one before the action in August. And this time it lasted even two days! On Saturday we discussed the action consensus. An important issue was the meaning of the consensus for the participants of the action. We decided to define the consensus as “a collective framework that is undertaken by all participants of the Code Rood action in Groningen at the end of August 2018”. There was also a very good discussion about either using the word ‘non-violent’ or not. There were clear points of views for both positions. In the end we reached the consensus that the solution is to explain as clear as possible what we are going to do, but that it is also useful to further discuss this topic, for example during the action camp.

We continued on Sunday. Together we made an overview of all the things that already have been arranged, as well as everything still to be done. That day the workgroup Aesthetics got a kick start with a very fruitful collective brainstorm session about activities for- and the furnishing of the sit blockade. And this day, July 1st, was also the day that the contract of the EMO coal terminal in Rotterdam got elongated. Therefore we let the elderman of Rotterdam and the port sector know that another 25 years of climate destruction is unacceptable.

2.  PROGRAM ON THE ACTION CAMP
Very soon the program of the action camp will be announced. Apart from action trainings, briefings and other preparations for the action there will be 16 different parts. You can think of workshops, panel discussions, all kind of information about the natural gas extraction in Groningen, the struggles concerned with it and the beauty of climate action that is organised from the bottom up.
 
3. LIMITY JITSME ME 
While many of the Code Rood group attended the action conference in Groningen last weekend, more than 100 people were in the Bilina brown coal mine in the north of the Czech Republic, to disturb the business as usual of the fossil industry, with nothing more than their own bodies and determined pleasure. In total around 400 people joined the action and approximately 30-40 of them got to the bottom of the mine. In this way the mine came to standstill. You can read a nice report here

Limity jitse me organized last year already such an action. This year the amount of participants more than doubled. We would love to see that also with Code Rood! It shows that we are part of a growing movement. More and more people are getting aware of the urge to get into action. Therefore we supported the action of Limity Jitsme Me in Groningen.

4. SHELL, EXXON, DE NAM AND THE DELAYED REINFORCEMENTS 
One month ago minister Wiebes stopped the reinforcements of 1600 dwellings that got unsafe because of the earthquakes. But last week the commity of Mines announced that the unsafe houses have to be reinforced as soon as possible. Again responsibility is being denied while the people of Groningen live now in unsafety.
And in the meantime the mining legislation  has been adjusted in a way that the companies that getting the gas out of the ground are less responsible for the damage they cause. How is that possible? It is no surprise anymore that the powers of the fossil industries and the government are enlaced for years.

5.  JOIN AN ACTION TRAINING! 
There is no better way  to prepare for a mass civil disobedience action than to join one of the action training sessions! You not only get a lot of information about- and skills in civil disobedience, but you also meet a lot of other people interested in joining the action, or, if you already have experience in action, you can refresh your knowledge and share your experiences with others!
 
Sign in for the action training on July 13th in NijmegenAugust 18th in Amsterdam or on August 25th in the action camp in Groningen

6. DONATE! 
Do you want to help to make the action and the camp a big success this summer? You can see here what stuff we still need. And please tell the people around you about Code Rood and how they can support us. We can still use your donation very well. You can transfer money to bank account NL55 TRIO 0388 6023 80 in the name of ‘Steungroep NVDA’.
 
Love,

Code Rood

26th july Infotalk Oldenburg

Our friends at Klimakollektiv Oldenburg are organising two information events next door to Groningen in Ost-Friesland.  They want to inform and mobilize people in Oldenburg for the Code Rood Camp + Action.

  • 5th July, 18:00 hours
  • building A001 room 0-006, at Carl-von-Ossietzky University

And

  • 26th July, 18:30 hours
  • Alhambra, Hermannstr. 83, Oldenburg

Please follow their twitter account @OKlimaKollektiv for further updates

5th July – Infotalk Klimakollektiv Oldenburg

Our friends at Klimakollektiv Oldenburg are organising two information events next door to Groningen in Ost-Friesland.  They want to inform and mobilize people in Oldenburg for the Code Rood Camp + Action.

  • 5th July, 18:00 hours
  • building A001 room 0-006, at Carl-von-Ossietzky University

And

  • 26th July, 18:30 hours
  • Alhambra, Hermannstr. 83, Oldenburg

Please follow their twitter account @OKlimaKollektiv for further updates

Action conference 30 June and 1 July

Dear all,

Code Rood is already happening in two months! On the 24th of August the Code Rood camp will begin in Groningen. Past Saturday was the first action training session for the mass action of the 28th of August. It was an inspiring day with an enthusiastic group op people. Watch the report by OOG here. This will be the biggest civil disobedience action for Groningen and the Climate, in the Netherlands!

1.     ACTION CONFERENCE 30 JUNE & 1 JULY
The next action conference is coming up soon. This is an important moment as this willth of June and the 1st of July. On Saturday there will be a discussion about the action consensus and on Sunday there will be time for the working groups to meet up. This will also be a moment where you can decide to join one of the working groups. There will also be an open space where there will (among other things) be a discussion on how we will organize the sit blockade. We can take care of accommodation for Saturday night. If you aren’t able to join for the entire weekend then you can also decide to come for only one of the two days.

So sign up for the action conference on the 31st of June and the 1st of July!

2.     ACTION TRAININGS

The first action training session was a success! And the next one is already planned!  Civil disobedience is not something you participate in on your average Sunday morning. That is why it is a good idea to participate in one of the action training sessions. People with experience are also more than welcome to participate as you can share your experiences, extend your network and refresh your good old sit blockade skills. Together we can prepare for a safe and efficient action in August!

Sign up now for the action training in Delfzijl on 7 July or in Amsterdam on 8 July!

3.     VOTE ON THE FLORIS’ COLUMN

Floris has written a short column (in Dutch but you can still help!) about his experiences with civil disobedience and with a shout out to the action in Groningen. You can help to get this column published in the biggest newspaper of the Netherlands (the Metro), thereby we can reach 550,000 people and earn 50 bucks for Code Rood! The only thing you have to do is vote on the column of Floris:

  1. Go to the article “Het leven van een activist” (“The life of an activist”)
  2. Scroll downwards and click on thumbs up in the bottom left corner. You might have to quickly make an account.
  3. We get a 1000 likes, spread the Code Rood message for free and earn 50 euro for Code Rood!
  1. HELP ORGANISING

Are you going to help as well to make Code Rood 2018 a success? You can contribute in several ways: join a working group, help in organising an information evening, do a specific task or spread promotion materials. Are you still unsure about how you contribute? Then you can fill in this form on website, someone will then reach out to you to introduce you into the movement.

Click here to find out how you help organising!

  1.    DONATE
    Your financial support is desperately needed to finance the action conferences, the climate camp en the action! In total we are expecting to need up to €29.700 for flyers, posters, action material, conferences, training sessions and the infrastructure to organise a huge climate camp – everything we can do to get Shell, Exxon and the NAM on their knees!

Donate now and share our crowdfunding campaign!

Love,

Code Rood

Cycle ride from the UK to Code Rood

Dear all, from the 18th-24th of August we are organizing an amazing cycle ride from London to the Code Rood action + camp in Groningen. To register for the ride please reply to all of the below questions. This information will be treated confidentially and will allow us to book the ferry from Harwich and to assure that the cycle ride will be as smooth and fun as possible! Our awesome cycle ride team will take care of the ferry booking, arrange accommodation and food. Moreover, we will arrange a van from Groningen that will return bikes to London. However, riders will need to arrange their own personal transport home.

To make the pre booking of the ferry tickets easier, please register as soon as possible! In order to register please fill in the registration form. The total cost for participants for the UK will be £35 per person. The fixed costs of the cycle ride will cover everything apart from food. The costs for food will be donation based with a suggested amount of £5 per day/ per person and to be paid to our fantastic vegan kitchen team Kokkerellen during the cycle ride.

Please note that your registration will only be processed once we have received the payment of £35. When you transfer the amount, please indicate ‘Cycle UK + Name’ as the reference of the transfer. The bank details are:

Account name: Time to Cycle
Account number: 20784317
Sort Code: 165810

For more questions please email cycle2coderood@riseup.net!

We are looking forward to this exciting adventure!

Your Code Rood & Time to Cycle team