Fighting on All Fronts
Lindis Percy as KPC guest speaker
26 people came to our November meeting to hear peace campaigner and non-violent direct activist Lindis
Percy talk about ways of confronting authority and making a difference. In our secretive society, decisions that
affect us all are often made behind closed doors, so it becomes a challenge
even finding out the facts so that protest can be started before the decisions
are set in concrete. Part of Lindis’
work consists in regular research on planning applications, and briefing MPs to
ask parliamentary questions, especially on the recent plans to upgrade Menwith
Hill and Fylingdales spy stations.
Defence Secretary Hoon, asked many times to place in the House library a
copy of the secretive Memorandum of Understanding between
Lindis’ MP is John Prescott, and she is a regular visitor to his surgery. She advises such face to face contact with MPs, in addition to writing. After receiving an often vague reply from your MP to your written question, she advises writing again with another question arising out of his answer, to focus his mind better on the issue.
Another method of
bringing questions out into the open often used by Lindis is not for the faint
hearted. She tests the legality of
byelaws especially around Menwith Hill by provoking arrest for removing the
signs as being misleading to the general public, and for ‘trespass’. She has been arrested many times, and thus brings
before the courts the question of the legality of Menwith Hill and US air
bases. There are ten
She will not readily accept court decisions, and has had illegally-imposed bail conditions removed by magistrates on appeal.
with Anni Rainbow, has formed the organisation Campaign for the Accountability
of American Bases (CAAB). They maintain
a regular vigil at Menwith Hill, and focus their attention on increasing
awareness of the absurd Star Wars project, of which Menwith Hill and
Fylingdales are an integral part. Now
that Bush has been elected
Those who know Lindis only through her famous climb of the gates at Buckingham palace to protest Bush’s recent visit, should have come along to our meeting to meet this feisty and intelligent lady.
You can support
this vital work by sending a cheque directly to: CAAB, account number 50095311
, the Co-operative Bank plc,