Pedal to the revolution, 100 Days to Palestine
P.E.D.A.L. is a group of community organisers, artists, food growers and cyclists planning to cycle from London to Palestine in 100 days in Spring 2011.
P.E.D.A.L. begins its journey at Grow Heathrow in Sipson for two days of workshops on art & permaculture, environmental justice, storytelling, and discussions with Palestinian and Israeli activists on the 19th and 20th of March.
The living, breathing, cycling tool-kit leaves for the West Bank on the 21st of March to support the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, and share stories, skills and strategies for resistance from the UK to Palestine.
The bicycle caravan will be cycling in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli popular resistance movements- responding to the call-out from Palestinian civil society in 2005 to support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign. The ride will trace a trail of corporations complicit in the occupation, pollinate information about the campaign and support activists on trial for BDS actions.
The group will join the dots of counter-cultures resisting injustice through Europe to the Middle East sharing stories, skills and strategies of resistance to create a cultural document for those working to end the illegal Occupation and the wider Global Justice movement.
P.E.D.A.L. will focus on environmental justice issues such as access to land, water and seeds- visiting Reclaim the Fields collectives through Europe and working with farmers in the West Bank to strengthen mutual networks for food autonomy. We are also working with Stop the JNF campaign to expose the greenwashing of the JNF in maintaining Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.
Video, photography, audio and theatre projects will make up a cultural document tracking the stories, experiences and ideas to build strong social movements that support each other in our struggles.
Our aim is to link and empower groups across our route implementing the concept of ‘dual power’; by building networks with groups who are involved in opposing oppression in Palestine as well as those creating new worlds and forms of organising in resistance to social and environmental injustice.
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The Crossroads Women’s Centre (www.crossroadswomen.net/ ) is a lively, welcoming, anti-sexist, anti-racist centre and home to a number of grassroots organisations which highlight the needs and concerns of women who are often overlooked.