Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bridgend Green Party Meeting – 3rd July


7.00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014 at theThe Pencoed Social Club, Hendre Rd. Pencoed (1 minute walk from the station – across the level crossing)

ALL WELCOME (Especially new members!)


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes and matters arising
  4. Officers Reports
  5. Councillor feedback
  6. Campaigns Update- bedroom tax/fracking/NATO Newport
  7. Elections – target to win strategy
  8. AOB
  9. DoNM

REMINDER – If anyone needs a lift to any of our meetings, let Andy know ( and we will organise it for you.

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Legal Observer training – Bristol 6th July

FREE TRAINING to make you invaluable at protests, be it Fracking or No To Nato, or whatever! (Looks good on a CV too!)

Legal Observers – Proper stewarding needed. Legal Observer Training workshop in Bristol. Sunday 6th July 2014

11.00 (prompt) – 4.00 Kebele, Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JY (Workshop is free but bring lunch to share)

Legal Observers are volunteers who are part of an organised team gathering information on protests.
Their presence is reassuring to protesters and can protect people from unlawful or repressive policing. You don’t need any special legal background, but you need to be able to take fast, accurate notes, be able to communicate well with others, and to stay calm under stress.

Green and Black Cross (GBC) provide training and support for Legal Observers at hundreds of demonstrations every year, and have branches in London, Brighton, Manchester & Leeds.

Their standard Legal Observer training is very comprehensive, covering:
– Police tactics
– Stop & search law & procedure
– How to support arrests
– Police ranks & command structure
– Supporting direction action
– How to best legally support activists and nail the inappropriate policing afterwards

Legal Observers are consistently key to helping people at protests, whether that is by handing out key legal advice on bust cards or finding witnesses for arrests.
If you’re an experienced activist there will be parts you know already, but the depth we go into should give you more confidence and knowledge of how to deal with the police.

**Come and be part of the essential infrastructure of protests, and get to know your rights while you’re at it!**

OK I’m interested, what do I do now?

To enroll for the workshop send a short summary of your interest in Legal Observing to Rowland.Dye

(I would also appreciate knowing if you sign up – Andy Chyba)

Interactive infographic on the new corporate scramble for Africa

Food for thought!!!

Begin forwarded message:

From: Dan Iles <Dan.Iles>

Subject: Interactive infographic on the new corporate scramble for Africa

Date: 26 June 2014 12:30:50 GMT+01:00

To: “‘greens'” <greens>

Dear Bridgend Green Party

I thought you and your local members might be interested to have a look at our latest interactive infographics.

Millions of pounds in UK aid money is going towards projects which are helping corporations extract more of Africa’s resources.

Check them out:

The first one is on corporations expanding control:

The second one is on the construction of railways to export food out of the continent.

Please share them if you can.

Best wishes,


Dan Iles | Campaigns and policy assistant020 7820 4900| |
World Development Movement
|Justice for the world’s poor

Fracking – you are not important

Execllent article by our good friend Paul Mobbs in the Ecologist. Read it in full.

Discussing why the pro-frackers largely refuse to engage with anyone, his analysis is spot on:

“Let’s examine this from their point of view. If:

then you don’t need to turn up for public debates. You can say what you like because, in the controlled conditions under which they will appear, no one would ever challenge what they say.

In short – the public’s concerns don’t matter; and that means that your concerns do not matter!”

People’s Assembly March – 21st June 2014 – some highlights plus BBC (non) coverage

I was sad to miss this events yesterday, but thanks to social media we can share some to the atmosphere and keynote speeches.





And what of all this on the BBC?
Here is a screenshot (click on it to enlarge) from the BBC News website of a search for People’s Assembly coverage this week:

So, not a word yesterday (21 June) at all!! Nothing the day before that, despite the briefings they had.
Compare this to coverage of anti-government demonstrations elsewhere in the world, as shown by the screenshot of a search for ‘anti-government demonstration on the BBC News website:

If you were to look through all the articles listed just for June 2014, you will find the BBC covering anti-government protests in all these countries:

  • IRAQ

but not a word about yesterday’s events in London, in Parliament Square, outside the BBC HQ even!!

Until this morning, that is. The coverage today almost certainly comes from the barrage of complaints about the complete silence about a huge anti-government demonstrations in this country. And here it is the coverage in its entirety:

The video is 25 seconds of marchers milling about – with no commentary whatsoever.

How on earth can this be? Answers on a postcard, please, to the Director General of the BBC,
BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA

He is Lord (Tony to his mates) Hall of Birkenhead, son of a Banker, privately educated Oxford PPE graduate, with a long history of working in BBC News and Current Affairs. He should feel ashamed.
Email address:

Refer-a-Friend to Ecotricity

Just another small incentive to dodge the frackers!!

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Ecotricity Green Gas

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I said with to a Green Energy provider such as Ecotricity so you are not paying money to frackers.

I have had people since saying that this is fine for electricity, but how does it help the gas situation? Well ………


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Press Notice – Welsh Affairs Committee Report: Energy generation in Wales: Shale Gas

Begin forwarded message:

From: Welsh Affairs Committee <Welshcom>

Subject: Press Notice – Welsh Affairs Committee Report: Energy generation in Wales: Shale Gas

Date: 16 June 2014 08:47:55 GMT+01:00

Welsh Affairs Committee

Select Committee Announcement


In a report published today, Monday 16th June the Welsh Affairs Committee says shale gas represents an opportunity for Wales but that it must not come at the expense of Wales’s natural environment. Both the UK and Welsh Governments must consider environmental risks, including the traffic and noise caused by commercial shale gas operations as well as the visual impact and other environmental risks associated with fracking.

The Government forecasts that nearly 70% of the UK’s gas supply will be imported by 2025. It is vital that the UK identifies new sources of gas if it is to safeguard the UK’s security of supply.

Shale gas production across the UK is currently at the exploratory stage and there is no good data yet on the amount of shale gas in Wales. Should considerable reserves of shale gas be present—as industry representatives predict—it could be a decade before a viable shale gas industry is created in Wales.

The Committee’s key conclusions and recommendations are:

· The UK Government and the Welsh Government should work with commercial companies and others to provide a reliable range of estimates of shale gas available in Wales. This should be published by the end of 2014.

· Both the UK and Welsh Government should assess the overall impact of shale gas supply on the level and mix of energy produced in Wales and the UK.

· The Welsh Government should begin now to consider how the employment opportunities presented by shale gas production could be maximised. This should include a detailed examination of the skills required by the industry and the extent that Wales already has people with those skills.

· The UK Government must provide further information about how local communities in Wales will benefit, financially or otherwise, from shale gas operations in their area.

· Both the UK Government and the Welsh Government must ensure that the regulatory and planning framework gives due weight to the traffic and noise caused by commercial shale gas operations, in addition to the visual impact and other environmental risks associated with fracking.

· The issue of treatment, transportation and disposal of wastewater is a growing concern: toxic and radioactive water must not be allowed to contaminate water courses.

· The Government should consider the case for minimising ground-level shale gas operations in sensitive areas in Wales, such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and National Parks. It must set out how it would ensure that development does not compromise designated sites, in particular those in environmentally sensitive areas.

· Commercial companies should pay for an independent Environmental Impact Assessment at the exploratory stage of any significant shale gas development.

David Davies MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

“Shale gas offers a wealth of potential benefits for Wales, in terms of energy supply, economic benefits and employment. We know there is some environmental risk: the UK and Welsh Governments must demonstrate that everything has been done to assess and mitigate that risk – both to the environment and Welsh people’s enjoyment of it – before we move forward and maximise the benefits for Wales.”

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Will Potter – treating environmentalists as terrorists

If you haven’t heard of Will Potter, you should familiarise yourself with his work. He focuses on how eco-activists are are now considered the United States’ number-one domestic terrorism threat, and they are being prosecuted as criminals.
The Tories are trying to import such attitudes to this country, as we have seen all too clearly at Balcombe and Barton Moss.

How did environmental activism come to be treated as a terrorist crime?

I think the most important thing I found out in my research is that all of this was actually created by the industries that are being protested. In the mid-1980s, these corporations got together and created a new word called “eco-terrorist” — because at the time, these protest movements were growing very quickly and effectively, and they had widespread public support. There clearly was a concern that unless public opinion shifted, there’d be a really big problem on their hands.

So they made up this new word, and then started using public relations campaigns, lobbying, and held congressional hearings. Eventually, that language changed the popular discourse of how we talk about protest. And it was incredibly effective, to the point that now not only does the FBI label animal rights and environmentalists as the number-one domestic terrorism threat — even though they’ve never harmed a single human being — but we have new legislation that singles these protesters out for felonies and as terrorists for what are, in some cases, nonviolent protests.

Learn about his book “Grren is the new Red” here: