On the 7th October a whole community of people from Glastonbury and beyond
got together to celebrate the successes of Frack Free Movements,
and to raise money to support them in solidarity.
3 bands: Bex (formly of Ten Ton Tongue), an incredible guitarist that had all the children up dancing; Invisible Gem, a folk trio with an epic violinist; and Seize the Day, who formed during the '90s road protests and are still going strong, singing about all things real!
This little video will show how much Seize the Day rocked the night away... to an incredible crowd with an electric energy...
''I will never rest, until all oppression is ended...''
Our Friends of the Earth group were wonderful. selling Frack Off pants, vegan Frack-Jacks, cards that open with a 'BANG' to show how the Earth reacts to fracking, and t-shirts designed by our very own Carla, who began the Glastonbury Friends of the Earth group back in February.
We had a representative from Frack Free Somerset there, and reps from the Avalon Community Energy group, a local energy co-op. We ran a very successful raffle, and had a speaker who had come from Preston New Road, the anti-fracking protector site, to deliver a very special message. Our charismatic compere, Ronny, got the crowd going with his Australian personality: he was part of the frack free Lock-The-Gate movement at Bentley, which the movie The Bentley Effect was created about.
In total we raised a whopping £1285.82 for the protectors at Preston New Road anti-fracking site in Lancashire. And through the raffle and sales we raised £337 for the Glastonbury Friends of the Earth group, to allow us to continue raising awareness of the dangers of fracking and what we can do about it.
The main thing when it comes to fighting the fracking industry
is to remember what we are fighting FOR...
our safe water, our clean air, our health, our environment
and our COMMUNITY.
The fundraiser reminded me how much of a wonderful community we have in Glastonbury,
the energy of change was truly upon us on Saturday night: long may that continue.
Thank you for standing up and dancing with us!