Big Blockade Pics
Faslane reporting info:
draft of flyer to be given out:
LET THE WORLD KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE TODAY!
INDEPENDENT MEDIA REPORTS OF THE REALLY BIG BLOCKADE
5 WAYS FOR YOU TO GET THE WORD OUT!
1. TELEPHONE A SHORT VERBAL REPORT TO THE INDYMEDIA BY SCOTLAND SITE BY CALLING:
(MAXIMUM 3 mins ; IN LENGH - PLEASE KEEP IT SHORT!)
WRITE AN INSTANT REPORT ON THE DAY BY GOING TO THE INDYMEDIA CENTRE AT THE FASLANE PEACECAMP
WRITE A REPORT FOR THE INDYMEDIA SCOTLAND SITE BY GOING TO: http://uk.indymedia.org
HELP US MAKE A FILM ABOUT THE REALLY BIG BLOCKADE: BRING YOUR VIDEO FOOTAGE DIRECT TO US AT FASLANE PEACE CAMP FOR A 5” VIDEO FOR THE INDYMEDIA WEBSITE (GOING UP TONIGHT!)
DO YOU HAVE ARCHIVE MATERIAL AND WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED IN INDYMEDIA SCOTLAND / CAMCORDER GUERILLAS? SUBSCRIBE TO THE INDYMEDIA SCOTLAND LIST ON WWW. XXXXXXXXXXX; AND WWW.XXXXXXX
DON'T HATE THE MEDIA - BE THE MEDIA
The event has been on the diaries for over six months and if previous patterns are followed we will have two or three satvans (BBC/STV/Sky) there with loads of stills people and a few text journalists. There will also be at least one crew covering the event as part of a programme (Frontline). Our own photos are required not so much for news on the day as for websites and later publications and archives, though we sometimes get shots that the mainstream people don’t and they want them.
There will likely be opportunity for interviews at Faslane, some live, and these are key for getting the message behind the event across. Reporters will find punters themselves to interview, which is great, but we also want to have capable interviewees speaking for the RBB. The international dimension will be significant and we hope to get that across, as well as the diversity of people who will be there.
Two land lines (numbers TBA), two laptops, printer
Possibility of sending photos by e-mail (and scanning them) in Helensburgh
Tasks (many of these jobs can be combined)
Overview and oversight of media work
Gather news and information at the gate and relay it to the media people in the Warehouse by mobile phone
Getting good stills and video footage
Liaising with media people and facilitating interviews, access to action etc
Giving interviews and comment on behalf of RBB
Gathering news from spotters and legal support and building the picture
Prepare and send press releases
Keep an eye on story in broadcasts on Tuesday and feed-back to media team in Warehouse
Messages we want to get over:
1. The war and WMD (and Scottish elections)
(depends on situation at time)
Hypocrisy over Iraq’s WMD and our own
SP has de facto (over Iraq) accepted that international themes are its concern
Trident is connected to lots of reserved issues (law; environment etc)
Don’t vote for a pro-war pro-Trident party or individual
2. Basic case against Trident
What it is and what it does
Weapon of mass destruction –a civilian killer and destroyer of the environment
Breaches basic principles of international law
Dirty and dangerous
A suicidally crass response to security issues
No strategic sense in modern world
A terrible waste of human and material resources
3. Call for real disarmament
Urgency – the longer we have it the more likely we’ll use it
Western nukes key part of the global bully network
Given an intransigent state citizens must take responsibility
4. Growth of the anti-Trident movement
Growth in recent years of knowledge and understanding of what’s going on
Growing number of people willing to take responsibility
Scottish support for NVDA against Trident
5. Widespread and diverse support-especially in Scotland
Due to campaign action Trident now on agenda at Holyrood
Great diversity in the kinds of people involved in campaign
6. Knocking the myths
“The problem has gone away”
“The protesters are a bunch of young and ancient hippies”
“The bomb has kept the peace for 50 years”
“The High Court has closed down all legal discussion of Trident”
7. The “Civil War” in the courts
1800 arrests in last three and a half years
1650 days spent in jail
They can’t go on criminalising good citizenship
1. Disruption to ordinary citizens, school kids.
How we work with police to minimise
Our aim to disrupt the base only
2. Bad behaviour at the blockades (intimidation?)
Good record due to protesters and police
Police under oath in courts testify to peacefulness
If there are problems we need to take it on the chin and sort it
3. Trying to lose thousands of people their jobs
Need for Scottish Exec to being now the post Trident economic planning for the area
Government has avoided responsibility for this – dodged the issue
Decommissioning will take many years and provide many jobs
In a new Scotland we want decent jobs for all our people –they should not be forced into
shady enterprises like Trident (parallel Afghanis and heroin)
4. (Version 1!) Numbers are down on last year – the end of a short burst?
If you said just 2 years ago that (so many) would blockade Faslane . .
Always some disappointment that the whole of Scotland is not down here yet .
This is big in terms of impact on the base over 3 days
(version 2) Big numbers down here but are you achieving anything?
In one sense nothing yet . .
BUT we have got Trident on the public and political agenda
Beginning to engage people not normally involved in protest
The pressure (civil war in courts) is growing
Still to come –RBB media office guide!
This is based on draft proposal put out for the workshop and the event while happening started looking some what more informal than may be implied by how it is set out below, especially with 'The Future of Indymedia Scotland' session. I believed it would more just general introduction, chit chat and getting to know each other. Well it turned out not quite that way :)
The Really Big Blockade: Planning and Briefing Workshop
Sunday 13 April 2003
MONO, King's Place, King Street, Glasgow
1pm - 4pm
Best alternative media coverage for the Really Big Blockade
Whether you are a film-maker, photographer, writer or web guru please come along to discuss and plan and how the Camcorder Guerillas can put together effective, proactive, live media coverage of this important action, which will take place on Tuesday 22 April at Faslane. We will also discuss making a 15” film about The Really Big Blockade for the Indymedia Newsreel.
The session will be led by Hamish Campbell (Indymedia and Undercurrents) along with local experienced activists. The afternoon's programme will cover:
Cup of Tea!
The Future of Indymedia Scotland?
4.30 - 5.30pm
Now we are recognised as Indymedia Scotland, what is the way forward? How does Indymedia Scotland put the IMC Principles of Unity into practice? How does IMC remain open but productive? What does IMC Scotland understand itself to be?
The workshop and meeting are free
Carlo Giuliani, A Boy
Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose St, Glasgow
Outstanding documentary about the protester shot by police at the anti-capitalist riots in Genoa in 2001
with after-film discussion, with Hamish Campbell
upload media to NC IMC