XR UK ACTIONS
There are plenty of actions going on across London, in neighbouring boroughs or in different places in the country. Understandably at the moment these are all being done locally or online. You are always welcome to take part.
The details of these actions are posted on the XR website or FB page. The next few in London are below; you can find details of all the actions and the latest news on the main XR website: https://rebellion.earth/news/
open the link for full details
Rebels, start your engines.
…and by engines, we of course mean laptops, because it’s time for our week of digital rebellion against the Bank of England!
The B of E is bailing out multi-national corporations to the tune of £16.18bn, focused on propping up the same highly polluting industries that need to be reigned in if we are to stand a change of meeting our Paris agreement targets.
💰They have prioritised short-term economic gain over our futures.
🛠They have betrayed the workers who depend on these industries & deserve a just transition.
Want to tell the powers-that-be exactly what we think about that?
Find everything you need to know, here 👇Send a message to Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey that the Bank of England needs to stop funding the old climate-wrecking economy and fund a green transition for people and planet instead.
29 June 2020
18:00 – 20:00where
Online – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81038323673type
Training – Onlinehosted by
Extinction Rebellion Regenerative Culture
Emotional and practical preparation for NVDA, particularly arrest. This training aims to realign us with our motivations for acting, to strengthen our communities and to address our concerns together, and to create more resilient activists. Essential training for anyone taking part in NVDA.
For more information go to tinyurl.com/risecwup or watch the video: https://vimeo.com/361840271 (password: risecwup)
For an updated training schedule go to tinyurl.com/astrainingcalendar
Movie Release of Climate Justice Documentarywhen
01 July 2020
15 July 2020
The Condor & The Eagle, San Francisco, United Statestype
The Condor & The Eagle
Watch this game-changing movie (https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-condor-and-the-eagle/), regarded as one of the “7 best new documentaries about global warming” (EcoWatch – https://www.ecowatch.com/best-new-climate-documentaries-2645394482).
Never-before-seen images expose the global rise of land and water protectors across the Americas. The recent burning of the Amazon, the mega-fires in Australia, and the global climate strikes have changed things completely. This ambitious film documents the ongoing collective climate awakening and the imperative of urgent change.
When so many of us feel isolated and helpless, “The Condor & The Eagle” brings us together in these challenging times – reminds us of our deep interconnectedness with the Earth and one another. As we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Indigenous peoples across North and South America continue to defend the lands and waters, protecting their communities from extraction and the pandemic.
The climate crisis is not paused while we battle COVID-19, and we must support and learn from those at the front line of the struggle for Climate Justice. Make sure to also attend one of the many outstanding donation-based online events happening in the coming weeks and months (https://thecondorandtheeagle.com/events/) – HD screenings / powerful discussions with key-leaders of the Climate Justice Movement / fundraisers. A series of influential partner organizations are hosting impressive online events, presenting to large audiences the inspiring work being done by land defenders across the Americas.
Join hands with your Indigenous brothers and sisters and contribute to bringing about a more empathetic and effective global climate justice movement!
Name: Sophie & Clement Guerra
Email Address: email@example.com
📣 Ask a Scientist LIVE New Episode |Mon 29th June 17h BST 📣
Ep.4 – Tipping Points: What should we be afraid of? How may they end up saving us?
Ask a Scientist LIVE is back next Monday with its fourth event on “Tipping Points: What should we be afraid of? How may they end up saving us?”.…Our fourth episode of the ‘Ask a Scientist LIVE’ series, organised by Extinction Rebellion (XR) Scientists (www.scientistsforxr.earth) will be live on Monday…YOUTUBE.COMOur fourth episode of the ‘Ask a Scientist LIVE’ series, organised by Extinction Rebellion (XR) Scientists (www.scientistsforxr.earth) will be live on Monday…
Trans Rights Protest
Do you remember the survey going around a couple of years ago gathering data on the suggested reform of the Gender Recognition Act to make it easier for trans people to self ID?
Transphobes tried their best to undermine it and skew the data, including an expensive transphobic ad in the Metro from a TERF group.
But on 15th June it was revealed in the Sunday Times that the results showed an overwhelming 70% of responses fully supported the reform in favour of trans people
That proves that transphobes are just a quiet minority, right?
Well that doesn’t even matter.
Because the Tories decided to sit on the results and do nothing about it because they DIDN’T LIKE THAT RESULT.
So apparently those results are going in the bin, and the fact that we’ve harmlessly continued about our business which includes things like trans women using women’s toilets, changing rooms, sexual assault support services, etc. will be at risk and our human rights will be taken away.
We’ve been harmlessly using spaces that match our gender forever without issue, and people proved that they support us doing so.
But bigots in power don’t care about our wellbeing and would rather our lives were put at risk for just going about our business.
We were already at risk of murder. Now the law will begin to support discrimination against us.
Liz Truss and the Tories pose a threat of what is essentially a UK equivalent of the US bathroom bills.
Trans people will be unsafe in public and at work and the law will back discriminatory actions to prevent trans people from harmlessly using spaces that match their gender.
This is a peaceful protest to demand that our rights not be removed.
06 May 2020
16 July 2020
Please see Reset TV for the Zoom link.type
Extinction Rebellion Regenerative Culture
Creative Cafe🤹🏻♀️ for writers✍🏼 and dreamers🦄
Join Zaza and Zoey for a creative writing circle where we meet to write, read, doodle and share work for 2 hours every week. Our next 6-week cycle starts next week and we are now meeting on Thursdays.
We need the Self-Organising System now more than ever.
Mutual aid groups around the country are breaking down due to hierarchical ways of working. We need to empower people to organise in a way that is effective and regenerative so they can help their communities during this crisis and the ones to come.
SOS training can give you the tools you need to work better as a team. Not sure where to start? Join an SOS Basics session, no experience or fancy words required. There’s one every Tuesday at 6pm. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/sossignup
The Basics session will cover:
🌿 XR’s circle structure
🌿Approaches to decision making
🌿How to distribute authority
🌿🌿Self-Organising Online Learning Series🌿🌿
Want to learn more? There’s an SOS course for all rebels organising in XR. You can learn more about the series by checking out the Self-Organising Online Learning Series Syllabus: https://bit.ly/sossyllabus
If you’re keen to organise more effectively, register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
🐝 XR UK Self-Organising System Guide – https://bit.ly/xrsos-guide
This includes info on our weekly help desk where you can ask specific questions.
🐝 SOS Global Support Portal – https://sos.rebellion.support
This is an international resource.
Learning how to build our collective power is our best defense in this crisis.
ACTIONS BEGIN December 6th, 2019!
We, united citizens of Planet Earth, condemn the actions of the Brazilian State, the Brazilian Agribusiness lobby (Bancada Ruralista), and other criminally inactive governments and neo-colonial extractivist corporations throughout the Amazon Basin for their complicity in ecocide and destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, for the murders of environmental defenders, and for the cultural assimilation and genocide of Amazonia’s Indigenous peoples. As a movement of movements, we call upon every human with a conscience to denounce the products created from this destruction, to economically disrupt governments and companies responsible for inflicting it, and to demand an end to their ecocidal and genocidal activities.
APIB have called for a day of global climate action this December 6th. Starting then, the actions will continue for a minimum of one year (#XR52 weeks of direct action) until September 2020, during which time we will remain open to discussions with the Brazilian Government, targeted companies, and other relevant authorities. If, by this time, our demands have not been met, we will continue for another year.
WHAT are the main products and commodities sourced from Amazon destruction?
WHO is profiting from the crisis in Amazonia?
The following are examples and big players – more information can be found in the Complicity in Destruction report, among other sources. Research your targets well!
Financiers – the big money driving deforestation: BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, BNP, Santander, HSBC
Traders – the middlemen trafficking deforestation: Cargill (soy), JBS (beef), Marfrig (beef)
Retailers – the mega-retailers selling deforestation: Leclerc, Walmart, Stop and shop, Costco
Governments they infiltrate, puppeteer or bribe such as through the power of Brazil’s Agribusiness lobby
HOW do we stop them?
We suggest you use tried and tested #PaintTheStreets tactics, in which activists disrupt business-as-usual using art, design and performance to tell the truth about this crisis and call for action. Read more about Paint the Streets here, including a guide on how to take part:
The Amazon is burning, so that rich and powerful imperialists and neo-colonialists can continue to profit at the expense of people, planet, climate, and ecology. Countries like the United States and China exert economic and political pressure to exploit these areas like a ‘little garden’ – a cheap, profitable region to grow food for Western plates and the diets of elites. The world’s largest rainforest, a massive carbon sink and cloud factory which produces much of our fresh water and regulates the global climate, is fast approaching an irreversible tipping point of transitioning to a drier savannah-like ecosystem. Every tree felled represents more species lost and more carbon released into the atmosphere, accelerating climate breakdown.
Brazil has seen the greatest number of environmental defenders murdered in any country for five years running: mostly those who resist the ecocidal agribusiness and mining giants. Many more murders are recorded throughout Latin America, and still more go unreported. In many cases, these are Indigenous people, the best stewards of our natural world who protect 82% of its biodiversity. Indigenous lands and nature reserves have been grabbed, invaded, and exploited illegally in the name of economic development. Many groups face brutality, cultural assimilation and genocide to clear them aside, as their existence represents an obstacle to economic development and the wealthy elites, such as Brazil’s ‘Bancada Ruralista’ agribusiness lobby and corporate-government complex.
In the place of local people, to whom this land is their way of surviving and their heritage, governments and multinational corporations encourage the growth and spread of deforestation, fires, and extractivism. Mother Nature, forests, wildlife, and Amazonia’s people are being annihilated to make space for gold mining, cattle ranches, and soy farms. The natural world’s wealth is pillaged, workers exploited, including scandalous examples of modern slavery, and millions of farmed animals slaughtered every day to create ever greater profits. The goal is simple: lining the pockets of the rich and powerful, including hundreds of bribes paid to corrupt politicians, many of whom belong to these ecocidal industries.
We cannot and will not wait for the powers that be to take appropriate action to defend Amazonia, its peoples and our future. The problem is systemic, and it is clear that those who hold power have abused it for the sake of profit. To prevent them from reaching their goals, we must therefore target the only thing they value: their business and money.
Read the full action Boycott Proposal and provide feedback here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ypD8rTt2uKHA-Bpj1pmXTXXgfREk1qnld4MTw3SgaDc/edit?usp=sharing
Organise in your communities,
Spread the word among activists and campaigners,
Tell the truth to the media and the public,
Plan solidarity actions to highlight the destruction,
Build pressure and cause economic disruption using actions targeting those responsible for these crimes against humanity, all beings, and nature.
#NenhumaGotaMais / #NiUnaGotaMas / #NotASingleDropMore in your social media posts, and to check in on what your fellow activists are doing around the world!
We will not rest until justice and ecology and justice are restored to Amazonia. Let’s do this!
As Rebels, we’ve chosen to step out of our comfort zone and face the reality of the climate and ecological crisis. This can bring up a lot of painful emotions. Grief is natural and a healthy sign you’re engaging with the issues. But it may tap into older emotional wounds, which can result in distorted perceptions of reality. High anxiety, overwhelm, guilt you’re not doing enough and a sense of inadequacy are just a few examples of the feelings you may experience. A grief circle is an opportunity for you to share difficult feelings with fellow Rebels. Being truly heard by people who can empathise is often deeply healing – and listening to others can help you feel reassured you are not alone. In this circle, we will each have a set time to speak while everyone else listens. The space will be held with kindness and love and will be completely confidential, so feel free to bring any feelings you want to share. We’ll close with a short meditation to help ground us before our regular meeting. Please arrive promptly at 6 – late arrivals can be disruptive to emotional sharing. The session will finish at 6.50 to give us the chance to have a cup of tea and to allow others to start arriving for the meeting at 7.
It’s buzzing in the Climate Café this week! ☕🍪🐝
Monday 27th 1-2pm
Inspiration from the Work That Reconnects with Cathy. This week: Gratitude 🌸💚🦋
Tuesday 28th 1-2pm
Poetry café with Ollie✒: Adapting with grief, loss and relinquishment
Wednesday 28th 1-2pm
Yoga with Fiona🧘🏽
Thursday 30th 1-2pm
Gardening hour with Emily and Neil🌱
Friday 1st 1-2pm
Storytelling café with Fabienne 📖
20 minutes listening to a story, 10 minutes conjuring up our own story, 20 minutes of shared stories. You are welcome to join for the first section only.
Saturday 2nd 1-2pm
NEW! Think and listen café: How do you understand the current situation? And what should we do now? 🤔
Sunday 26th 1-2pm
DISCO-bedience dancing with Natasha & co! 🕺
ALSO! Every Friday from 7.00pm – Open Mic hosted by XR Tower Hamlets🎤
Find out more – https://www.facebook.com/events/525925068108508/
Same Zoom link every day – https://zoom.us/j/519122466
Café doors close after ten minutes.
See you at the café!
Non-Violence and De-escalation are doing online training this Monday –
27th 6.30pm to 9pm – https://www.facebook.com/events/787472091782654/
Plus they are doing a training event most Mondays until July-
(List of Zoom links for each training session).
Please let your rebels know if you think they would be interested.
Kick polluters out of COP. Fossil fuel companies should not take part in climate policy discussions, as they consistently put profits before the planet and people.
A global youth movement has united with scientists to challenge the influence of fossil fuel companies. Join XR Youth, UKSCN and Polluters Out, in creating a cyber storm of calls and messages to disrupt major polluters’ comms channels for a day! Find out how you can get involved here.
With everyone stuck indoors, now is a great time to get through that tower of unread books. Looking for some company or suggestions on where to start? Join Rebel Bookclub, a new series by XR Podcasts and Writers Rebel, looking at iconic books about the climate and ecological emergency.
We’re starting off with a review of The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh, which questions the cultural silence around the emergency and looks at issues of colonialism. Listen here.
In this 10 week Empathy Cafe series, we will use the Empathy Circle process to discuss and explore a different Extinction Rebellion Principle each Saturday. We will have an ongoing dialogue about the meaning and application of these principles. Bring your questions, comments, feelings, thoughts, needs and insights. You can share whatever is alive for you.
We will address such questions as:
* How do you live this principle?
* How does this principle support or challenge you?
* How might this principle have a tension with another principle?
* Etc.* Etc.* Etc.?
SERIES OVERVIEW: http://j.mp/XRValues
10am PST/1pm EST/6pm BST/ 7pm CEST More,,,
2020-04-04 #1 World Times: http://j.mp/2TQfwlj
2020-04-11 #2 World Times: http://j.mp/2vW6gmB
2020-04-18 #3 World Times: http://j.mp/2w7ksJs
CALL WILL BE RECORDED and posted to social media for educational and promotional purposes.
2020-04-04: Principle # 1: We Have a Shared Vision of Change
2020-04-11: Principle # 2: We Set Our Mission on What Is Necessary
2020-04-18: Principle # 3: We Need a Regenerative Culture
2020-04-25: Principle # 4: We Openly Challenge Ourselves and Our Toxic System
2020-05-02: Principle # 5: We Value Reflecting and Learning
2020-05-09: Principle # 6: We Welcome Everyone and Every Part of Everyone
2020-05-16:: Principle # 7: We Actively Mitigate for Power
2020-05-23: Principle # 8: We Avoid Blaming and Shaming
2020-05-30: Principle # 9: We Are a Non-violent Network
2020-06-06: Principle # 10: We Are Based on Autonomy and Decentralization
* XR Empathy Circle Work Group. http://j.mp/empathywg
* XR Guardianship and Visioning http://j.mp/2IxXFsW
* XR Future Democracy https://xrdemocracy.uk/
be a cohost – contact EdwinRutsch@gmail.com
View: How to Empathy Circle? http://bit.ly/EC-How
1. What is an Empathy Circle? http://bit.ly/EC-WhatIs
2. Why Participate? http://bit.ly/EC-Benefits
3. How to Empathy Circle? http://bit.ly/EC-How
4. Empathy Circle Facilitator Training http://bit.ly/EC-Facilitate
5. Facilitators Support Group http://j.mp/2Wur0cP
6. Join: XR Empathy Circle Work Group. https://facebook.com/groups/XREmpathy
We need the Self-Organising System now more than ever. Mutual aid groups around the country are breaking down due to hierarchical ways of working. We need to empower people to organise in a way that is effective and regenerative so they can help their communities during this crisis and the ones to come. SOS training can give you the tools you need to work better as a team. Not sure where to start? Join an SOS Basics session, no experience or fancy words required. There’s one every Tuesday at 6pm. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/sossignup The Basics session will cover:
🌿 XR’s circle structure
🌿Approaches to decision making
🌿How to distribute authority
🌿🌿Self-Organising Online Learning Series
🌿🌿 Want to learn more?
There’s an SOS course for all rebels organising in XR. You can learn more about the series by checking out the Self-Organising Online Learning Series Syllabus: https://bit.ly/sossyllabus If you’re keen to organise more effectively, register your interest at email@example.com
🐝 XR UK Self-Organising System Guide – https://bit.ly/xrsos-guide This includes info on our weekly help desk where you can ask specific questions.
🐝 SOS Global Support Portal – https://sos.rebellion.support This is an international resource. Learning how to build our collective power is our best defense in this crisis.
We dedicate the first Buddhist service of every month to our dear Earth. We take time out to reflect on the current climate and ecological crisis, and we are offered the strength to continue speaking up for her or making choices with her in mind. All are welcome – those of all faiths and beliefs, first timers etc. Our services are Japanese in style and include walking meditation, chanting, silent sitting, a Dharma talk and lots of bowing! They can feel complicated to start with but they soon feel more familiar and people find they leave feeling calmer and more grounded. If you have any other questions do look at our site at www.amidamandala.com or just turn up on the day and give it a try. We are a friendly bunch. We suggest a donation of £6 or whatever you can afford. We look forward to seeing you, Satya and Kaspa