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Stop New Nuclear newsletter no 9, 30 October 2011

Dear all,

only one week to go until our Stop New Nuclear gathering in Bristol on 5/6 November 2011, and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend of discussions and planning. If you have not done so yet, please register for the gathering as soon as possible, especially if you need accommodation. Please also check out our ideas forum, and contribute your ideas for action.

The objective of the Stop New Nuclear gathering is mainly to discuss the next steps for Stop New Nuclear. There are some proposals already:

Besides concrete actions, we should also have a discussion on:

  • broadening the alliance
  • producing materials
  • presence in the country (getting groups to work locally on nuclear)

Draft agenda for Stop New Nuclear gathering

Saturday, 5 November

2pm: Opening

  • reflection on six months of Stop New Nuclear: what has been achieved (Hinkley blockade, etc).
  • evaluation of Hinkley blockade, but also of state of anti nuclear power movement

3pm: Building the movement
What is necessary to grow as a movement? What is already there (not just Stop New Nuclear, but also the member groups of the alliance, Greenpeace (their legal stuff), other local groups, CONNED, etc.)
Possibly also looking at alliances: Climate Justice, against fracking, tar sands, biofuels, etc. What is the paradigm shift we need?
This session might be longer, preferably repeatedly broken up into smaller groups. At the end of it, we should have a bit of a vision of our movement, and some outlines how to get there/what needs doing.

5pm: Proposals for action
Development and discussion of concrete action proposals

7pm: Dinner
Dinner will probably to some degree be self-organised

Evening
Time for networking or self-organised discussions.

Sunday, 6 November

9.30am: Continuing discussion on concrete actions
Decisions on priorities and responsibilities for planned actions.
Time for first working group/core group meetings, to move plans along. It is important that we end the meeting with concrete timelines and task lists, otherwise actions might not happen

12.00pm
Closing session
Evaluation of the meeting.

1pm: end of the Stop New Nuclear gathering

2-4pm: Meeting of alliance/core group
This is meant to be a brief meeting to tie up loose ends, and to make decisions on tasks, communications structure, etc.

We are still finalising the practicalities, but it is extremely important that you register for the gathering, especially if you want a place to stay.

News from Hinkley

There has been some news in the last days that EDF is delaying its final investment decision about Hinkley C (and its other planned new nuclear power stations in the UK: Sizewell, Heysham, etc) until the end of 2012. However, EDF still insists that it will submit its application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission soon, and also declared that it wants to start preparing the site for Hinkley C from spring 2012 on. For us, this means two things:

  • The next year will be crucial to push EDF to abandon its plans for Hinkley C. We need to step our campaigning to show EDF that it is not a good idea to invest in Hinkley C, and that they should invest in renewable energy instead.
  • EDF still wants to prepare the site, which means it wants to destroy the land from spring 2012 on, even though there is not even a final decision whether they will really go ahead with Hinkley C. This shows that a legal challenge to the preliminary works permission is even more important. Stop Hinkley is raising funds for a legal challenge to West Somerset Council's decision to grant EDF permission to carry out preparatory work on the site, even though EDF is still far from a permission to construct the power station itself (and hasn't even made a final decision). Stop Hinkley needs to raise about £15,000 for this legal challenge, to please support Stop Hinkley. More information at http://stophinkley.org/LegChallAppeal.htm.

Donate

The Stop New Nuclear camp and blockade was organised on a shoe string budget. As this was only the beginning, and we need to organise even larger actions of civil disobedience, we still need donations.
Please give generously. You can donate online at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/donate, or you can send a cheque made payable to Stop New Nuclear to:
Stop New Nuclear
c/o 5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX
Thank you!

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