XR newsletter #3 – Buildup to the rebellion

Welcome to the 3rd Extinction Rebellion Newsletter! If you’ve just joined the rebellion, welcome!

Contents:
Round Up
Walk for wildlife debrief
Next XR action: Declaration of Rebellion
Volunteer Callout
Suggested Reading/Viewing
The Rebellion is coming – how to get involved
Extinction Symbol and Sign out

The Countdown Continues
The 6th Mass Extinction is a time of monumental grief which we are determined to help each other channel into non-violent direct action.

We are going to force the government to accept the reality of the situation, to reverse it’s destructive policies and to take meaningful action on the climate catastrophe.

The sixth extinction must be resisted.

“The revolution was effected before the war commenced. The revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections of the people was the real American Revolution”

– John Adams (Letters)

Round Up

Urgent action in the face of climate change is growing with each passing day. The storm is upon us, and people are responding accordingly.

#FrackFree4 Sentenced
The frack free 4, who acted to defend nature and community, have been sentenced. Three are going to prison, with another on suspended sentence. This is saddening, shocking but not surprising. We cannot express enough gratitude for these 4 men who did what was right and necessary in the face of a political climate that leaves nature open to certain destruction. This does not end here!
Please send messages of support via: http://frackfreefoursupporters.org/contact/
There’s a 38 degrees petition to free them, here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/free-the-anti-frackers

Polluted Carolina Rivers Spilling into the Ocean Visible From Space
Nearly 8 trillion gallons of rain fell across North Carolina during Hurricane Florence. That rain led to catastrophic flooding across the state, and has polluted rivers, streams, creeks and their outflows along the coast, NASA’s satellite images show.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article218934685.html

March Against Extinction, 6th October
Awareness of the 6th Mass Extinction event is spreading. Over 130 cities worldwide will join the annual World March Against Extinction this 6th October, 2018. #MarchingAgainstExtinction is focused on drawing our attention to the plight of elephants and rhinos, who are on the verge of joining all the other species we have lost in recent years.

http://march4elephantsandrhinos.org

BBC Announces they’re finally starting to get real on Climate Change(?)
Jo floto, editor of the World Tonight and Newshour announced “If Europe’s ports are underwater, Brexit may seem less important’: we’re expanding climate change coverage”. From 3 October, The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on BBC World Service will be covering climate change every week.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/entries/653495fc-7cbb-474c-b51f-bb0ba19b3905

Hambacher Forest
On Wednesday 19th September, Steffen Horst Meynin, journalist, blogger and activist died. Attempting to document evictions by the Special Task Force of Police, he fell 20 metres from a bridge in the tree house village in Hambach Forest. Protectors have been occupying the Hambacher Forest since 2012, to stop RWE energy from expanding their huge brown coal mine into the area. In recent weeks the joint forces of the police and RWE’s security escalated the fight and began systematically destroying areas of ancient woodland.

A vigil was held in London and other cities across the UK on Wednesday. Stefan was the 67th this year on a list of people around the world who have lost their lives fighting against environmental injustice, the vast majority of them from the global South. Rest in Power.
https://tinyurl.com/ybg72qpk
https://www.unicornriot.ninja/2018/journalist-dies-during-german-police-sweep-of-hambach-forest/

There are many obstacles to overcoming conventional wisdom. We are stronger together, and must continue to strive for what we know is right.

Walk for Wildlife Debrief
Saturday, 22nd September saw the Extinction Rebellion join Chris Packham’s Walk for Wildlife, rubbing shoulders with the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the Nature Friendly Farming Network and many more. The event began at Hyde Park with a number of high profile speakers including author, Robert Macfarlane and journalist, George Monbiot discussing the severity of environmental challenges we are facing here in the UK.

Numerous topics were discussed that point directly to ongoing ecological collapse. Successive UK Governments have presided over; a 56% decline of farmland birds since 1970 [1], a 68% decline in the population of “priority species” since 1970 [2], with more than one in ten of the UK’s wildlife species now threatened with extinction [3]. The last State of Nature report in 2016 described the UK as, “among the most nature-depleted countries in the world”[4], with biodiversity potentially having fallen so low that, “ecosystems may no longer reliably meet society’s needs.”[5]

In the face of this growing and undeniable evidence, thousands of concerned citizens marched on Downing Street – unified by a demand for serious action to overturn years of negligent government policy on the environment. As conservationists, animal rights groups and sustainable farming advocates gathered to hear more speakers at Downing Street, the Extinction Rebellion bloc stood outside the gates of number 10 until moved along by police.

It is time for the people to rise up in the face of government inaction! We call on those thousands marching on Saturday, and any who were not, to join us this Autumn to launch the Extinction Rebellion and firmly place the issue of climate change at the centre of national discussion.

[1] https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/hope-for-farmland-birds/
[2]https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/669769/England_Natural_Environment_Indicators_2017_Revised.pdf. (Page 13. Report commissioned by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs.)
[3] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/14/one-in-10-uk-wildlife-species-faces-extinction-major-report-shows
[4]http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/Images/State%20of%20Nature%20UK%20report_%2020%20Sept_tcm9-424984.pdf (Page, 6).
[5]http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/Images/State%20of%20Nature%20UK%20report_%2020%20Sept_tcm9-424984.pdf (Page, 70).
NEXT XR ACTION: Declaration of Rebellion
Wednesday, October 31, 2018. 10 AM – 3 PM
Meet at the statue of Millicent Fawcett, Parliament Square, London.

There will be a rally to address the press and public. Speakers will be invited to talk about the dire situation we face. We will hold a short extinction ceremony, honouring those who have died and those who will die as a result of the criminal negligence of the government’s inaction. We will then hold a peaceful sit-in and a banner drop at a nearby location to symbolise our defiance in the face of extinction and our determination to rebel. Some will take a non-violent action which may lead to arrest. If the government does not respond seriously to the Extinction Rebellion’s demands, civil disobedience will commence from the 12th November. Now is the time because we are out of time. There is nothing left to lose.

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. We have two regular conference calls for new volunteers on Mondays at 7.00pm and on Tuesdays at 1pm 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’ and ‘Briefing’ 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?
Suggested Reading:
New Climate Debate: How to Adapt to the End of the World
I’ve Been Jailed For Protesting Fracking – Here’s Why I Won’t Give Up The Fight
Orca ‘apocalypse’: half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution
Business lobby plans to oppose raising EU climate ambition
Extinction Rebellion Diary #1: So it has come to this?
Suggested Viewing:
Heading for extinction and what to do about it (MUST SEE)
What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people? -Ted Talk
Greta’s strong speech last day of the school strike. – “I will continue and urge you to do the same!”
Sign up to the rebellion!
The Rebellion is coming – How to get involved

Autumn Gathering
Join us to come together for a weekend gathering – just one month before the Extinction Rebellion kicks off!
We invite you to join us for a weekend gathering in London. A space to welcome and connect with each other within the RisingUp culture of positive and powerful resistance. We’ll be sharing ideas and building momentum as we prepare for action!

PLEASE REGISTER HERE IF YOU ARE ATTENDING: https://risingupuk.eventbrite.com

Socials

BRISTOL – Weekly social and meetup
On 31st Oct 2018 we’ll be declaring a rebellion. In the months leading up to it, we’ll be preparing for it, training and practicing/modelling civil disobedience. It’s fun and meaningful, and we get to hang out with lovely and exciting people.
What more could you want? Vegan dinner 6-7pm, meeting afterwards, finishing at 9pm.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018. 6 PM – 9 PM
BASE, 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol. BS5 6JY

BRIGHTON – XR First Brighton Meeting
COME ALONG AND MAKE THE REBELLION HAPPEN IN BRIGHTON! This will be a relaxed and productive evening where we will get to know each other and have a think about how Brighton could best contribute to the Rebellion. Bring some (preferably vegan) food if you can. See you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 4, 2018. 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Brighthelm Centre
North Road, Brighton. BN1 1YD

Talks: Climate Change: Heading for Extinction and What To Do About It
In these public talks, we share the latest climate science on where our planet and our society is heading, discuss the some of the current psychology around climate change and offer solutions through the study of previous radical social movements.

YORK
Monday, October 1, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
The Crescent Community Venue
8 The Crescent, York. YO24 1AW

TOTNES
Thursday, October 4, 2018. 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Royal Seven Stars Hotel
The Plains,Totnes. TQ9 5DD

BRIGHTON
Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 6 PM – 8 PM
Sussex University, Room 202, Fulton Building,
66 Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton. BN1 7HA

NOTTINGHAM
Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
61b Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG1 3FN

CAMBRIDGE
Thursday, October 11, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
David Attenborough Building Cambridge
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

LIVERPOOL
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Gilmour Room, Liverpool Guild of Students

BATH
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
103 Walcot Street, BA1 5BW Bath, Somerset

LONDON
Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 7 PM – 9:30PM
King’s College, London – room to be confirmed

LEEDS
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Wharf Chambers
Ground Floor, 23 – 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds

BRADFORD
Wednesday, October 17 2018 7-8:30PM
Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, 29 Great Horton Road, BD7 1AA
CORNWALL
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
The Fish Factory
Fish Factory Art Space, Commercial Road, TR10 8AG

LONDON
Tuesday, October 23, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Big Green Bookshop
Unit 1, Brampton Park Road, Wood Green, London N22 6BG

Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) Trainings
Affinity groups are forming around the country to take part in a series of escalating disruptions during November. At these training sessions we will do a briefing about the Rebellion, go through the theory, and more importantly the practice of nonviolent action. We will consolidate these lessons by forming affinity groups during the training, and discuss further ways to recruit people.

YORK
Monday, October 8, 2018. 6 PM – 9 PM
The Crescent Community Venue.
8 The Crescent, York. YO24 1AW

LONDON
Monday, October 8, 2018. 7 PM – 9:30 PM
UNITARIAN CHAPEL
Newington Green, London. N16 9PR

LANCASTER
Thursday, October 11, 2018. 6:30 PM
Friends Meeting House
Lancaster, Lancashire. LA1 1TX

OXFORD
Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
John Wesley Room, Wesley Memorial Church,
New Inn Hall Street Oxford. OX1 2DH

Workshops:

XR Media & Messaging Training
The Extinction Rebellion needs to be on-it when it comes to communicating what we’re about. So we’ll be spending the day refining our messaging and practicing speaking with confidence and power. If you’re interested in being a part of XR and speaking to the media, this workshop is for you!
The workshop will be led by Jamie Kelsey Fry, contributing editor for New Internationalist and media activist.

BRISTOL
Sunday, October 7, 2018. 11 AM – 4 PM
St Werburghs Community Centre
Horley Road, Bristol. BS2 9TJ

What’s the deal with prison?
Introductory, interactive workshops on prison – why does going to prison make a difference? What’s it like inside? How can we support each other through this process? Covering the key aspects about we are using going to prison as a tactic for the November rebellion and how it’s going to work.
DISCLAIMER: We wish to make very clear that the information contained in this workshop is our best bet view. We cannot be responsible if matters turn out differently to what we all expect. We will give you the best probability we can of what might happen. If you want certainty it might be best to reconsider whether you take part.

LONDON
Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

BRISTOL
Wednesday, October 10, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

MANCHESTER
Thursday, October 18, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

LONDON
Tuesday, October 23, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

BRISTOL
Wednesday, October 24, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Venue TBC

ONLINE
Thursday, October 25, 2018. 7 PM – 9 PM
Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/784464013
Or, dial in using your phone: United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5028
RSVP for access code.

The rebellion will be volunteer led!

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)

Extinction Symbol and Sign Out

The Extinction Symbol represents extinction. The circle signifies the planet, while the hourglass inside serving as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species. The world is currently undergoing a mass extinction event, and this symbol is intended to help raise awareness of the urgent need for change in order to address this crisis. In order to spread the message as widely as possible, please create this symbol in any location you feel able to.
Thank you.
extinctionsymbol.info and @extinctsymbol on twitter.

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