Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Crude Awakening - this Saturday, Central London, 10am!

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The Crude Awakening - this Saturday, Central London, 10am!
Together, on 16 October, let’s give the oil industry a really Crude Awakening....

Our climate system is rapidly sliding into crisis, as oil companies destroy people's lives and the environment to keep sucking up their profits. Oil saturates every aspect of our lives. Oil profits lubricate the financial markets and its sponsorship clings like a bad smell to our cultural institutions. It flows through pipelines to the petrol stations, airports and factories of our cities.

The failure of the UN COP15 process showed us – if there was ever any doubt – that government and industry can’t tackle climate change. It’s up to us. It’s time to up the ante.

As a movement, our actions against coal and aviation have made a real difference. Now oil’s time is up. Together, on October 16, let's give the oil industry a Crude Awakening.

Meet in central London [See how and where, below]. Be ready to move, to HOLD A SPACE and to leave that space in a way that shows we've been there.

Be creative. Be prepared. Be there.

Find out more, get involved and sign up for text alerts at Facebook:
Twitter: @crudeawake

Crude Awakening is part of the Climate Justice Action global week of action for climate justice. Crude Awakening is supported by: Space Hijackers, Climate Camp, Plane Stupid, Rising Tide, Liberate Tate, Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, UK Tar Sands Network, and Earth First.


This is it. 3 days to go. Oil - time's up!

So this one is going to be short and sweet. Here's your final checklist.

1. Sign up to your bloc. Will it be Dirty Money, Building Bloc or Body
Bloc? The choice is yours - but do it now, because sign ups close at
midnight on Friday night. If you don't have a phone, not to worry, just
turn up on the day - there will be plenty of people around you receiving
texts and word of mouth will do the trick.

2. Pack your bag. Bring a zone 1-2 travelcard or Oyster card (unregistered
or not, your call). Tuck a tenner into your wallet and you can stay away
from overpriced tourist food. If we get held up somewhere for a bit, it
might also be sensible to have your own food and water with you. Don't
bring anything that could be construed as a weapon or that won't easily
fit on the tube.

3. What to wear. The forecast is looking good, but this is London in
October: prepare for whatever the weather might throw at us with warm
clothes and waterproofs. The Space Hijackers will be running a mobile
'climate laundry', so you could bring old jackets, jumpers, etc. to swap
for the latest in activist chic... which could also come in handy for
staying low-profile.

4. Stay in touch. Bring your phone to receive text alerts (of course!). If
you've got a fancy phone that can tweet and take photos, follow us on
twitter @crudeawake and use the hashtag #crudeawake in your tweets. You
can also email photos to us at and we'll
upload them to the online photo gallery. Although as always, be careful
when taking photos and video of people taking direct action, and make sure
any footage that goes public won't get anyone in trouble later on.

5. Know your rights. Read the legal briefing and follow the advice given.

6. Stick together. Bring a friend! Your flatmate, your sister, your
work-mate... you never know who might be up for it. Pair up with your
'buddy' (or find one on the day) and agree to watch out for each other
throughout the day. Keep close to your buddy and/or your affinity group,
and stay in your bloc as we move through London.

7. Keep calm and carry on. We'll be on the streets and on tubes surrounded
by members of the public. Let's act purposefully - because we are here for
a reason. Things may get chaotic, but if we keep calm, act strategically,
and work together to overcome whatever barriers may stand in our way,
we'll get to our destinations, and - fingers crossed - pull off an
incredibly effective and inspiring Crude Awakening.

8. Get inspired. Talk to your friends. Check out the website for thoughts
on why we're doing this, and some great videos that give you some how-to
tips. Make something beautiful to bring along. Get ready to make your

See you on the streets! The forecast says sunshine. We can't wait...

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