XR newsletter #1 – 5/9 2018

COUNTDOWN TO THE REBELLION

Time is a luxury we no longer have, we are heading for the cliff edge
and we aren’t putting the brakes on.

Our political leadership has failed us and our rights to life and common
interests are ignored and endangered.

WE BELIEVE THIS TYRANNY OF IGNORANCE MUST BE CHALLENGED.

As citizens of a democratic state and in accordance with our moral and
spiritual beliefs and our obligations to our families we believe the
only course of action is to call for a rebellion on behalf of life
itself.

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION MUST BE RESISTED.

ROUND UP

Across the world, the need for grassroots climate action is becoming
more and more obvious, from the resignation of France’s environmental
minister [1] to recent studies showing the devastating effects of a 2C
warming on global crops [2].

This week in XR we have travelled to the far corners of the South West
to deliver talks and practiced our first bit of civil disobedience in
London’s Trafalgar Square.

RUN-UP ACTION DEBRIEF

Walking out at the zebra crossing, the road was
taken in a calm and controlled manner. The road was occupied with
protestors
sitting in the street, with a banner held in front to block any through
passage,
whilst flyers were handed out to the surrounding public.

Those involved with the Extinction Rebellion are no longer prepared to
sit idly by and watch elected representatives ignore the problem of our
times – the mass extinction of species precipitated by man made impacts
on climate change.

The aim of this small yet coherent action was also to demonstrate for
new members the kind of actions that will be taking place on a larger
scale in November.

The action was followed by a picnic at St. James’s Park. This
provided both old and new faces the opportunity to get to know each
other and share some well deserved food!

–Roman, new affinity group member

Watch Video Here [3]

VOLUNTEER CALLOUT!

We need some serious help if we’re going to make real system change. Can
you help us to organise a talk in your area, promote our events on
Facebook or get on the phone to new members?

If so please drop us an email to extinctionrebellion@risingup.org.uk,
message the Facebook page or join our volunteer Facebook group [4]. We
have two regular conference calls for new volunteers on Mondays at
7.00pm [5] and on Tuesdays at 1pm [6] to explain about the different
working groups, how you can help out and answer any questions about the
process.

For more information on the working groups and generally what is
involved with the rebellion please check out the ‘How to get involved’
[7] and ‘Briefing’ [8] documents.

“_Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team
work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work_.” –Vince
Lombardi

Can you help us spark a rebellion? [9]

Suggested Reading:

* Greta Thunberg, 15 year on school strike: “Sweden is not a Role
Model” [10]
* UN Scientific Paper Suggests ‘Capitalism Has to Die in Order for the
Planet to Be Saved [11]’
* “What If It’s Already Too Late?” [12]: Being an Activist in the
Anthropocene

Suggested Viewing:

* Noam Chomsky- Racing to the precipice of human extinction [12]
* The Children’s March [13]- An insight into the arrests of thousands
of children in Birmingham, Alabama that led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act
* Extinction Rebellion Run Up Action- Road Block [3]

Sign up to the rebellion! [9]

Upcoming events:

Sep 6: Shrewsbury Talk [14]- 7pm
Sep 10: Stroud Talk [15] – 7pm
Sep 10: Manchester Talk [16]- Partisan Collective 7pm
Sep 10: Volunteer Welcome Conference Call [17]- 7pm
Sep 11: Nottingham Talk [18]- International Community Centre
Sep 11: London Talk [19]- Newspeak House 7pm
Sep 12: Oxford Talk [20]- 7pm-John Wesley Room
Sep 13: 12 Characters in Search of An Apocalypse [21]- Stroud
Sep 14: Brighton Talk [22]- Brighthelm Centre 7pm

Sep 18: Preparing for Rebellion- Stroud [21]
Sep 18: King’s College Climate Emergency: Defend Prosecuted Students
[23]
Sep 19: Machynlleth Talk [24]
Sep 24: Birmingham Talk [25]
Sep 26: Exeter Talk [26]
Sep 27: Lancaster Talk [27]
Sep 27: Frome Talk [28]

NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION EVENTS

Sep 8: NVDA Training and Talk- Pont Valley- Coal Nee More [29]
Sep 10: NVDA Training London [30]- New Unity 7pm
Sep 17: Manchester NVDA Training [31]- Partisan Collective
Sep 19: Bristol NVDA Training [32]- Hamilton House 6pm
Sep 18: Oxford NVDA Training- [33]7pm
Sep 20: Affinity Group Training- Stroud [34]
Sep 21: Brighton NVDA Training [35]- 6pm
Oct 8: NVDA Training London [36]
Oct 11: NVDA Lancaster [37]
Oct 16: Oxford NVDA Training [38]- 7pm

Inspiring Story of the Week
Following Sweden’s hottest summer ever, Greta Thunberg, 15, decided to
go on school strike at the parliament [10]to get politicians to act.
This is the kind of bravery we need in the face of the climate crisis.
The younger generation are waking up to the chaotic world that has been
left to them. Their actions will guide our future, much as the
Children’s March [13] did in Birmingham.

‘ADULTS ARE SHITTING ON MY FUTURE’

The rebellion will be volunteer led! [9]

CAN YOU GIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THE EXTINCTION REBELLION/RISINGUP?

RisingUp! and the Extinction Rebellion will have many costs over the
coming months including art materials, banners, fliers, personal
expenses etc.  The REBELLION NEEDS A LOT OF FUNDING TO START in several
place across the UK at the same time and to continue into 2019. Indeed,
tHE SCALE OF THE REBELLION COULD BE LIMITED BY THE AMOUNT OF MONEY
AVAILABLE.

If you would like to support the Rebellion financially, a regular
standing order would be perfect (as would one off donations).  Standing
orders or money transfers should be made to our Triodos Bank Account
(Sort code: 16-58-10 Account No: 20737912) in the name of Compassionate
Revolution Ltd (the holding company for Rising Up!).

Alternatively, if you’re a PAYPAL USER (or more comfortable with
PayPal), PayPal
payments can be made to info@risingup.org.uk

Any queries contact Dave Nicks (dave.nicks@btinternet.com)

“_Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent
revolution inevitable_”
John F Kennedy

Please contact us at extinctionrebellion@risingup.org.uk if you have any
questions or want to be added/removed from the mailing list.

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OUR MAILING ADDRESS IS:
The Exchange
Brick Row
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1DF
United Kingdom

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