Organisation and Structure
This has been kept deliberately simple. The most important element in the structure is the Blockading Group (BG). There is a basic undertaking common to everyone (see below) but other decisions are entirely in the hands of the BGs.
Although the Blockading Groups will work autonomously and take responsibility for all their own arrangements, nevertheless advice, guidance and support will be available from the following Working Groups (WG):
Training Working Group
This group will work with the Faslane 365 Trainers Network to offer workshops on nonviolence, blockading techniques and tactics and other topics as requested.
Legal Support Working Group
This group will offer guidance and advice about relevant rights under the law, relevant charges and offences, arrest procedure and court appearance and will keep an overall record of arrests and court cases.
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Media Working Group
This group will offer guidance if required about contact with the media and will provide lists of media contacts. It will also deal with archiving and recording the project.
Dialogue and Negotiation Group
This group will explore and undertake contact with various relevant authorities, including Government Departments, and Police.
Public Launch Group
This group helped organise a public launch of the blockade.
Other Working Groups may be set up as the need arises.
To co-ordinate the activity of the BGs and WGs there is a Steering Group (SG). This group takes on the main responsibility for identifying potential Blockading Groups and for maintaining contact with them, for keeping the Blockade Rota updated and the Website managed. Each Steering Group member will be responsible for maintaining contact with particular Blockading Groups and making sure they get the support and information they require. Each Steering Group member will also be an active member of one of the Working Groups. The Steering Group, which includes those responsible for founding the project, is self-appointing, but will seek to develop a diverse membership of those with relevant skills, contacts and experience.
The present members of the SG are: Adam Conway, Rebecca Johnson, David MacKenzie, David McLachlan, Anna-Linnea Rundberg, Jane Tallents and Angie Zelter.
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The basic undertaking common to everyone:
Taking part in a peaceful and nonviolent blockade of Faslane in an agreed two-day slot in the rota and sharing a common demand with other Blockading Groups, that Trident is to be taken off patrol and a clear timetable for dismantling the UK's nuclear weapons to be made plus a commitment not to develop new nuclear weapons.