PEDAL workshop/ Thursday 14th June 2012/ 7PM
Palestine Place/ 24 Gray’s Inn Road, Camden Town, WC1X 8HP
“You did what?”
“We cycled to Palestine.”
“Blimey, how long did that take?”
“About four months.”
“What, did you do it for charity or something?”
“Well, not exactly for charity. It was in response to the call-out for international solidarity from Palestinians under illegal military occupation by Israel.”
An international group of community organisers, artists, food-growers and cyclists called ‘PEDAL’ slowly hurtled across the face of Europe into the Middle East by bicycle in Spring last year.
They arrived in the West Bank in July 2011 to organise a community bike action to the apartheid wall with the Bilin popular committee before spending a month working with Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, Jordan Valley Solidarity, and the Jayyous and Al-Walaja popular committees.
// Responding to the call-out from Palestinian civil society for Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions the group ran educational workshops and meetings about the campaign in twelve communities on route, organised a critical mass of organisations involved in profiting from the Occupation in Brussels, and made a theatrical sabotage of a Jewish National Fund-linked cosmetics store in Europe’s busiest high-street.
// The PEDAL collective worked with groups fighting for access to land and food autonomy on the journey- focusing their work with the Reclaim the Fields network and exchanging heritage variety seeds from their Seedbank of Solidarity.
// The group listened to, documented and shared Stories of Resistance in each community they visited such as a hip hop collective in Kosovo, migrant solidarity groups in Calais and Thessaloniki, and anti-fascists in Bosnia. These stories are collated in an interactive illustrated map.
PEDAL will be sharing the stories and reflections on the project at Palestine Place on Thursday the 14th of June starting at 7pm.