BLM: Healing History Plan

Zac launched a campaign for a Healing History Plan for Lydney on 20 June 2021, the first anniversary of the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bathurst Park in the town.

The aim in the campaign is to acknowledge the past and the lived experiences of minority groups whilst bringing together the community well into the future.

A year on from BLM Lydney, we need a proper Healing History Plan | Zac Arnold

A year ago, this week Lydney was divided over the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Lydney. The community remains divided and lessons remain unlearned. Lydney Town Council and its Trusts have a duty to heal these divides, acknowledge our history and promote strong community values going forward. In this light, a year on from theContinue reading “A year on from BLM Lydney, we need a proper Healing History Plan | Zac Arnold”

Get involved with the Healing History Plan

Get involved with the Healing History Plan and the campaign to bring Lydney’s community back together by completing the contact form below:

LTC: Demand a Full and Independent Inquiry

After the Lydney Town Council by-elections in May 2021, Zac launched a social media and strategic interventions campaign to demand a full and independent public inquiry into the culture, structures, conduct, financial management and employment practices of Lydney Town Council, its members and employees from September 2018 to present.

Zac had previously been calling for an inquiry since the summer of crisis at the Council, of which he was a member, in 2019.

Get involved with the fight for an inquiry

Don’t Let Lydney Burn Again

In the run up to the Lydney Town Council by-elections in May 2021, Zac launched a public awareness campaign with the aim of raising awareness of wrongdoing by candidates who were standing who had resigned from the Council during the 2019 crisis and ensure the continuation of the progressive changes that had been started under the administration Zac was a part of.

This campaign has concluded.

HS2 Rebellion

HS2 Rebellion is an alliance of groups and individuals campaigning against HS2. HS2 Rebellion does not represent the protection camps and each camp is independent from each other. The protection camps have been around for many years and were originally set up by people from local communities who were affected by HS2. HS2 Rebellion is entirely distinct from Extinction Rebellion but does form part of the Movement of Movements.


Zac was involved with the HS2 Rebellion campaign from August to December 2020. He worked on graphics and social media as part of the Media and Messaging Team, later becoming Graphics Coordinator for the Parliamentary and Public Affairs Team leading on the visual design of projects including National Tree Killing Day and a social media campaign to lobby Ministers in the Department of Transport and the Treasury.


Get involved with HS2 Rebellion

Find out how to get involved with HS2 Rebellion here: Get Involved – HS2 Rebellion

BLM: Black Lives Matter

“WE ARE ANTI-RACIST – We are you the Black and Brown citizens with a long black history of discrimination and have had enough, we are you the black man who receives harsher sentences and disproportionately incarcerated compared to white counterparts, and we are you the youth who is targeted by the police. stopped, searched, handcuffed simply for being black innocent without any other suspicion, we are you the young black girl who is overlooked, all but invisible, we are you the black women who is seen as loud and or aggressive just for being you, we are you the black child, the black student who is disproportionately excluded from school, we are you at the end of racist abuse, we are you who has suffered racial discrimination all your life, we are you the white British citizen, man women and child who believe black lives matter, we are YOU who will no longer remain silent or be silenced. We are you and you are us, we are anti-racist!

“We are you who wants justice for black people and who wants to eradicate racism from Britain forever. We are you.”


Zac resigned from Lydney Town Council strategically to help defend the right of BLM to protest in the town in June 2020, a right that was threatened by the Mayor of Lydney (Cllr Walter Leach) and the Chairman of Bathurst Park and Recreation Trust (Cllr Richard Kemsley)


Get involved with BLM UK

Contact BLM UK to find out more here: Contact Us | BLACKLIVESMATTER.UK

Learn more about the Local Equality Commission, the group set up by BLM Lydney’s organisers after the protest, and how to get involved here: Local Equality Commission

J4G: Justice 4 Grenfell

“Justice4Grenfell (J4G) is a community-led organisation, focused on the long-term goal of obtaining justice for the bereaved families, survivors, evacuated residents and the wider local community, collaborating with representative organisations.

“J4G was set up a few days after the Grenfell Fire disaster and officially launched on June 19th 2017 with a silent walk. Together with many other local groups and individuals, J4G stepped into the void left by the authorities, to try to meet the urgent needs of those impacted. Our work continues because of the on-going failure of the authorities to respond adequately to the disaster. J4G’s ultimate aim is to ensure that such an event never happens again.”


Zac has been a member of J4G since 2019 and spoke at Gloucester’s Justice4Grenfell rally and memorial in Gloucester Park the same year.


Get involved with J4G

You can contact J4G and offer your support here: Contact – Justice4Grenfell

You can donate to J4G here: Donate – Justice4Grenfell

CWU: Save Our Post Office

“…is the CWU’s fight to save our nation’s cherished Post Office network, which has been recently launched by the union in response to the bombshell announcement that 74 Crown offices are to be franchised (privatised) to high-street retailer WH Smith – a move which will impact some 800 jobs and drastically cut services to communities.

Our union is fighting back, with a range of high-profile local and national campaign activities being planned over the next couple of months – particularly in the run-up to Christmas.

We’ve created dedicated campaign website – www.saveourpostoffice.co.uk – which has all the essential facts, aims and demands and also features a quick and easy ‘write to your MP’ guide.

From the main page of the site, simply click to find your own MP and then click again for a model letter to her or him – or write to the Government Minister responsible for the Post Office, Greg Clarke, urging him to stop the wrecking of our Post Office.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward says: “At a time when the government is claiming to be on the side of workers, it is an outrage that it is allowing well rewarded jobs to go from a public service, handing them straight to a second-rate employer like WHSmith – recently rated as the worst retailer on the high street who will undoubtedly provide a significantly inferior service.”

And he’s asking all CWU members to “please visit the campaign site, write to your MP and watch out for upcoming Save Our Post Office activities in your local area.””


Zac was attended a protest and stall in Gloucester and supports the campaign to maintain the independence of the Post Office.


Get involved with the CWU Post Office Network

Find out more: CWU: Save Our Post Office

XR: Extinction Rebellion UK

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.

Our world is in crisis. Life itself is under threat. Yet every crisis contains the possibility of transformation. Across the world, heralded by the young, people are waking up and coming together. 

We hear history calling to us from the future. We catch glimpses of a new world of love, respect and regeneration, where we have restored the intricate web of all life. It’s a future that’s inside us all – located in the fierce love we carry for our children, in our urge to help a stranger in distress, in our wish to forgive, even when that seems too much to ask. 

And so we rebel for this, calling in joy, creativity and beauty. We rise in the name of truth and withdraw our consent for ecocide, oppression and patriarchy. We rise up for a world where power is shared for regeneration, repair and reconciliation. We rise for love in its ultimate wisdom. Our vision stretches beyond our own lifespan, to a horizon dedicated to future generations and the restoration of our planet’s integrity.

Together, our rebellion is the gift this world needs. We are XR and you are us. 


Zac was involved with Extinction Rebellion Forest of Dean from November 2018 to January 2019, he assisted in press relations, graphic design and video content.


Get involved with XR

Find out how to get involved with XR UK here Contact – Extinction Rebellion UK

Get involved with XR Forest of Dean by joining their Facebook group here XR FOREST OF DEAN GROUP (facebook.com)

HOLS: Hands Off Lydney Skatepark

Zac launched a political and media campaign against Lydney Town Council and Lydney Recreation Trust when it became public that they were considering demolishing Lydney Skatepark as a response to a minority of young people exhibiting anti-social behaviour.

The campaign was successful in ensuring the skatepark remained and that CCTV was installed to tackle anti-social behaviour and is no longer active.

HOLD: Hands Off Lydney and Dilke Hospitals

“Campaigning to retain at least two community hospitals in the Forest of Dean, against the sell-off and closure of the Dilke and Lydney hospital sites and demanding investment, not a single, smaller, new hospital.”

The HOLD (Hands Off Lydney and Dilke hospitals) Campaign is a community campaign using direct action to retain the two Community Hospitals that currently operate in the Forest of Dean.

In December 2017, a public consultation into the future of community hospitals in the Forest of Dean drew to a close after a 12 week period of consultation with members of the public and key shareholders. This consultation proposed that the public accept the NHS’ “preferred option” of closing the Forest of Dean’s two community hospitals, the Dilke Memorial in Cinderford and Lydney and District in Lydney, and replace them with one single, smaller, new hospital.

HOLD was ignited during this period to fight these proposed closures of well-loved and needed public health services. The campaign is organised with a “core group” structure consisting of members from a wide range of backgrounds and political viewpoints and each fulfilling a key role in the running of the campaign which currently does not have funds due to the direct, face-to-face style campaigning that we take on.


Zac was a member of the Core Group of the HOLD Campaign from November 2017 throughout 2018 and took on a leading role in the development and management of the campaigns brand, crowdfunding efforts, social media and email content activity, protest organisation and press relations.


Get involved with HOLD

Like HOLD on Facebook and message them to get involved: HOLD – Hands Off Lydney and Dilke hospitals – | Facebook

Let’s Talk About…

In partnership with Lydney and Tidenham Labour Party, Zac established a community engagement campaign to create grassroots conversations on important local issues such as healthcare, youth services and Universal Credit. The campaign ran from September to December 2017 and tackled a new issue every two weeks involving tailored local literature in different areas, social media activity and street stalls.

This campaign has now concluded.