We're glad to have you and other good people in the US on board.
I fully understand any reluctance that American Druids may have engaging with any organisations such as Porkbolter or similar groups with anarchistic anti governement leanings. However, in this country our anarchsist and socialist groups tend to be more rational and peacefully oriented than the maverick groups that you may know 'over there'.
Whilst a very tiny minority may use violence in the main they tend to be more focussed on social and ecological issues. The Reclaim the Streets actions, where people gather on cycles and on foot to protest at excessive car usage and their engagement with issues like Eco protests such as Titnore Wood are more typical of what most of them do and believe, the ski masked 'black flag' vandals at the anti globalisation rallies are a tiny minority and unwanted by most people.
More typical of anarchistic and left wing thought in Britain would be the kind of events that the following message and links from Viziondanz, a well known veteran activist and Stonehenge Peace Process member leads to, I'm re-posting it as it seems such a brilliant idea!
FWD: Pointless Picnics - a new phenomena
Please Fwd to your contacts
This is a very interesting project - check it out
Venue: A Picnic Spot In Your Local Town, City Or Village.
Time: Midday Every Sunday
Place: Everywhere Picnickable on Our Planet
Pointless Picnics are to be held every Sunday at Midday, providing
the weather is fine. They offer an opportunity to get away from the
consumer work ethic.
Tell your friends to tell their friends and come along to share your
food, play music and games or just relax.
There is no reason for the picnics they're just something you don't
have to think about, enjoy them, they're fun.
The time of 12 noon (local) has been arranged to avoid the need for
organisation. Everyone is welcome and don't forget..... it's just a
The idea behind the picnics is to give us the
opportunity to meet up with like minded people and
feel less isolated. If all goes well, one day you may
be able to walk into any town at noon on a Sunday, go
to the local picnic spot and meet up with a lot of
folk with ideas for a peaceful future!
relax a while too.
This is a movement that has no vertebrae - because of this it is
powerful and effective,
there is no structure other than what YOU are motivated to do.
Its is an idea that is carried in the wind, trusting the process of
life. Like the oak tree sleeping inside of every acorn, just waiting
for the environment to be amenable to its awakening.
Our lifetimes are very short in the face of existence - we will not
see all the fruits of our actions, but we are witnessing the
fruits of the seeds planted by those who came before us - relax,
serve life and trust in the universal wisdom - step back take a ten
thousand year view and see how quickly we are evolving
Quotes by John Harding initiator of "pointless picnics"
"Yes the picnic idea is still very close to my heart and on
Sundays if the weather is fine you may find me picnicking somewhere."
"Hopefully picnics will be worldwide
and easy to find just by talking to friends."
"The picnics are also pointless, not in one place and with no
agenda apart from sharing food in peace. I like pointlessness,
constantly searching for reasons and solutions is tiresome and
"The idea of having no agenda, no speeches, no fixed meeting
point, no organisational structure and no money involved does prevent
this type of event being usurped by political groups with hidden
agendas, it also keeps things understandable, if someone tells you
picnic is for any purpose other than sharing ones food in peace they
do not understand the picnic concept."
"We need to be constantly monitoring our environment and adopting
efficient responses in order to conserve our energies and retain our
freedom to think."
"The weekly Sunday picnics could prove to be very
strong, they provide a method of networking which does
not rely on technology".
"People NEED to talk, to discuss, to communicate face to face,
allow our 'auras' to mix, create new philosophy"
We don't wear labels Its called the pointless picnic.
Spread the word!
Forwarded by :
"there is nothing wrong with our world,
we are just having a weird conversation"
[i think a picnic at Avebury is a lovely idea! Ed :]
Hardly threatening is it?
That is more typical of the kind of activism that the majority of anarchistic and left wing groups are into (as well as more serious issues such as eco protests).
Our dissenters don't for the vast most part gather together huge arms caches, go off into the hills and threaten to shoot tax collectors or governement officials, they do not form 'millitias' or blow up official buildings, that is not in general the British way of doing things!
The Porkbolter group are more of an information spreading and action facilitating organisation and I'm sure they are to be trusted with any donations for the Tiitnore Wood camp, but in any case I think the people on the site are looking into setting up a direct paypal link.
Once again thank you all for getting on board with this issue, we must save this beautiful wood and we here in Britain will be doing our utmost to ensure this housing estate is stopped!