28 August 2020
11:00 - 16:00
Eastside City Park, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Midlands HS2 Rebellion
Join rebels from across the Midlands in this mass action against the destruction and waste of the HS2 trainline.
We will gather at 11:00am in Eastside Park, which is across from the construction site of the planned HS2 terminal on Curzon Street. This will be mass participatory and family-friendly event.
After some rabble-rousing speeches we’ll form a funeral march to the HS2 headquarters (normally a 15 min walk– but we’ll slow march) where we’ll hold a die-in. Rebels are invited to dress either as an animal/tree/flower threatened by HS2 destruction or in funeral attire. (Black arm bands available for those who don’t want to dress up). We’ll make quite a sight at the die-in!
After a eulogy for the lost ecology, we will return to Eastside park for an Arts Picnic. Bring your own lunch and join us for some creative rebelling, the fruits of which we will plaster over the walls surrounding the HS2 construction site.
HS2 is a vanity project which will cost over £100 billion to shave just a few minutes off journey times between London and Birmingham. Tickets will cost over £250. Ancient woodlands along the length of the line are being decimated and it will not be carbon neutral until well into the next century. During this global pandemic our money should be funding the NHS and transforming our transport away from carbon-intense infrastructure projects. It’s time for the Midlands to rise up against this destructive and wasteful project.
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 11 AM – 4 PM