Fwd: [Dem-Village] Land & Freedom Camp

Mark Barrett marknbarrett at googlemail.com
Tue Aug 9 16:56:21 BST 2011

Hello friends,

You may be aware of the planned 'Land & Freedom Camp' on Clapham Common
starting Saturday 17th?  There is more details on it below.
This camp if successful will be a great oppurtunity to interact with people
living in the area on real solutions to the economic, political and social
injustice that we all face.
For it to work, it will need a critical mass of people willing to camp and
stay for the week.  Please let me know if you are up for it.  There is going
to be a planning meeting on Tuesday next week at LARC, Whitechapel (more
details below).  Come along if you can.
Also if you fancy helping out with artwork for a flier/poster for this event
that would be ver much appreciated.

In peace and the spirit of unity




*SAT 17th SEPT- SUN 25th SEPT.*


Do you want everyone to have the freedom to use the land for positive and
productive uses?

Should housing be more affordable, sustainable and available?

Do we need a revolution in agriculture to deal with rapidly depleting fossil
fuels and catastrophic climate & environmental chaos?
Do you want an end to global poverty and famine?

*If you answered ''YES'' to these questions then join the Land & Freedom
Camp on Clapham Common, London for one week from Saturday 17th September
until Sunday 25th September.*  *

*The aim of the camp is to communicate and promote alternatives to the
current system of land ownership which protects a monopoly of the natural
resources of the planet by the very few to the detriment of the great

What better way to promote an alternative by living communally and low
impact on a piece of common land in the city for all to see?

If you'd like to assist in networking, organising workshops or assisting
with this initiative in anyway, *there will be a public planning meeting at
the London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, E1 1ES on
Tuesday 16th August from 7 p.m - 9 p.m
*Please contact: 07963 475 195 or email:
landandfreedomcamp at yahoo.co.uk<http://uk.mc239.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=landandfreedomcamp@yahoo.co.uk>
for more

*More details including the meet-up location for the camp will be released
closer to the time.  Stay tuned and spread the word.*


The Land & Freedom Camp project is inspired by campaigns like

 The Land is Ours
which campaigns peacefully for access to the land, its resources, and the
decision-making processes affecting them, for everyone, irrespective of
race, gender or age. for more information, please visit:



*Some facts about land ownership in the UK:*

Between 30-50% of the land in Britain is not registered with the Land
Only 10% of Britain is covered (urban)
90% of people live in an urban area.
74% of the population own no property at all.
Less than 1% of the population own 70% of the land.
41,000 estates own 50% of Britain.
Multi million pound subsidies are paid by the EU's Common Agricultural
Policy to the largest landowners.  The majority of small farmers recieve
nothing at all.
For example: The Duke of Westminster (3rd richest in UK) received 7 million
Euros in subsidies since 1999.
Corporations such as Nestle and Tate & Lyle are also massively subsidised by
the taxpayer.
The planning system in Britain does not recognise low impact sustainable
development of agricultural land.

*Further reading
*Who Owns Britain by Kevin Cahill.
Low Impact Development: Planning and People in a Sustainable Countryside by
Simon Fairlie
The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook For Britain & Other Temperate
Climates. Patrick Whitefield.

*Recommended websites:*

*Recommended films:*
The Power of Community: how Cuba survived Peak Oil
Fields of Gold: Lifting the veil on Europe’s Farm Subsidies
The Crisis of Civilisation.

"Was the earth made to preserve a few covetous, proud men to live at ease,
and for them to bag and barn up the treasures of the Earth from others, that
these may beg or starve in a fruitful land; or was it made to preserve all
her children?"

Gerrard Winstanley The New Law of Righteousness, 1649

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