XR Newsletter Archive #6: Declaration of Rebellion this week – over 300 up for arrest in November

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Declaration of Rebellion this week – over 300 up for arrest in November
Welcome to the 6th Extinction Rebellion (XR) newsletter. If you’ve just joined, you can catch up on what we’ve been up to so far by visiting the newsletter archive, here.

We strongly recommend taking the time to familiarise yourself with our Basic BriefingHow to Get Involved and Campaign Overview documents.

With only a few days to go until the Declaration of Rebellion at Parliament Square on the 31st October, XR has been busy preparing. Rebels have been occupying Greenpeace UK’s HQ, blocking the road in Stroud and Bristol, developing the movement’s regenerative culture, supercharging the rebellion’s social media presence and much more.

Almost a hundred prominent academics, politicians and other influential individuals signed a letter in support of Extinction Rebellion. ‘Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or science with impunity‘, say the signatories, a list of experts and influencers including former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Professor Molly Scott Cato MEP from the Green Party and Dr Alison Green from Scientists Warning, as well as dozens of scientists. Another piece in the Guardian describes how Hundreds of us are ready to go to jail.

George Monbiot has endorsed XR and will be joining us to speak at Parliament Square for the Declaration of Rebellion. His article in the Guardian about the need for a people’s rebellion has been shared by U.S Senator, Bernie Sanders which has sent the rebellion international with groups starting in Los Angeles, Vancouver, D.C and Melbourne.

We have launched our declaration and demands.  Here are some of our gorgeous people speaking from the heart about this.

The video of the talk has had 7.5k hits and we have given over 65 talks across the UK, the rooms are packing out.
Our big ask is to get people to join us for Rebellion Day on Nov 17th.
Those that want to do more can get training on Nov 11th or on the Nov 12th and join an affinity group for the rebellion period.

There are groups for connection and support for Extinction Rebellion:
Sisterhood,
Brotherhood,
Elders,
Young People,
Muslims,
Volunteers,
Families with Young Children
and groups springing up across the UK.

Can you help with financial support?
How to put on an XR talk

Contents

  • Declaration of Rebellion
  • Work with XR
  • Activity Since Last Newsletter
  • Developing Regenerative Culture
  • Social Media Amplification
  • Mission Lifeforce
  • Declaration of Rebellion and Demands
  • Inspiring Story of the Week- Follow up
  • Latest News and Data
  • Upcoming Events
  • Extreme Weather
  • Suggested Reading and Viewing
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Declaration of Rebellion

Wednesday, October 31, 2018. 10 AM – 3 PM
Meet at the statue of Millicent Fawcett, Parliament Square, London.

We are now only a few days away from officially commencing a rebellion to call attention to the oncoming climate catastrophe. We are demanding action be taken to stop what is being knowingly done to our world. We must take drastic action NOW.

So far, we’ve had over sixty talks in almost twenty cities across the UK. Over a dozen affinity groups have formed in this time, with actions taking place in multiple cities in preparation for the rebellion.

Three hundred people are interested in getting arrested, over two hundred of whom have said they are willing to risk going to prison.

SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED! 
On Declaration Day we will have a rally at Parliament Square. A number of high profile speakers have now confirmed they will attend and address those of us determined to rebel in the face of extinction. Speakers include; Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato and former Green Party co-leader, Caroline Lucas MP, Guardian journalist, George Monbiot and the inspiring and eloquent Greta Thunberg, who at the age of 15 was on school strike for weeks before, and every Friday since, the Swedish election to draw attention to climate change.

These speakers will be followed by a ceremony to signify the start of the Extinction Rebellion.
Extinction rebels are mobilising internationally. If you are interested in setting up an international group please get in contact with XR-International@protonmail.com.

We are concerned about the future, we are organising for it, and we will be heard.

Declaration day is just the start.

SIGN UP HERE TO BE A STEWARD ON 31st DECLARATION
REBELLION ON WHEELS- HAVE YOU GOT A VEHICLE TO SUPPORT IN LONDON?
MORE INFO ON THE 31st HERE
Introducing the Rebellion

Work with XR

We have a big ask. As many of you will have seen the rebellion has had a snowball effect over the last week through a George Monbiot article that wasshared by U.S Senator, Bernie Sanders.
Since then we’ve had 1,400 likes on our Facebook page and over 30,000 engagements (likes, shares etc) on our posts. This is 90% higher than last week. We’ve hit the snowballing moment!

We need folks who are willing to dedicate themselves to work on the rebellion and those who can give their time when possible to help with key jobs. A full description is in the application below.

We need help to make the rebellion a reality. A chance to play your role in a system change that is unprecedented for hundreds of years. A chance to help make history.

Apply Here

Activity since last newsletter

 

Greenpeace HQ Occupation

On Wednesday, 17th October the Extinction Rebellion occupied the UK headquarters of Greenpeace. It was undertaken to draw attention to the climate emergency, the severity of the problem, and the need for all concerned parties to drastically increase their efforts to tackle the crisis. The aim of the action was to persuade Greenpeace to inform their membership of the Extinction Rebellion movement, by notifying their mailing lists of the initial days of non-violent direct action on the 31st October and 17th November.

 

After entering the building, Extinction Rebels quickly set about distributing an open letter to all the staff, along with flowers and cakes. The rebels were conciliatory and not confrontational. Re-grouping in the entrance lobby, a pre-prepared talk was read out as senior Greenpeace representatives quickly agreed to hold a meeting with four Extinction Rebels.

 

While the meeting took place, rebels in the lobby finished the talk, sang, and held their own open meeting. After an hour and a half, the impromptu meeting was over. In the last few days we received a considerate response from Greenpeace of which we we will provide an official write up soon.

 

Our message was clear. Extinction Rebellion is looking to all of society, interested and unconcerned groups alike, to join us in addressing the climate emergency in comprehensive and honest terms. Action is urgently necessary to halt the terrible trend of apathy towards climate change.

Watch Video Coverage here
Check out the full livestream
Stroud and Bristol Roadblock
On 20th October, Extinction Rebels in Stroud carried out a Road Block and painted Extinction logos on the road in another run up action before the Declaration of Rebellion on the 31st October. With almost forty Rebels stopping the flow of traffic in the middle of Merrywalks in the centre of town, the action spoke for the ever growing Extinction Rebellion. People from all over the country are beginning to challenge political inertia in the face of ecological collapse.

While there was some frustration from drivers when confronted with the roadblock, Rebels held their position to keep focus on the pressing topic of climate change. The action was not designed to frustrate locals, it was directly addressing the most prescient issue of our times. The roadblock lasted 20 minutes, with Rebels engaging with drivers to explain the climate crisis and the need for such action to take place.

Police soon turned up to clear the Roadblock, with Rebels calmly leaving the road after making clear the aims of the Extinction Rebellion to onlookers and bystanding traffic. We can no longer continue to ignore what is happening to our climate in all good conscience. Now is the time stand up and take action. (Livestream)

Also check out the Bristol Disco Road Block!

Pledge to Rebel

Developing Regenerative Culture 

 

We understand that what we are asking of you is not easy. The focus of this movement is the climate crises we are facing, and the lack of action by those in power to face up to these realities and address them properly. These ideas will crystallise around the non-violent direct action (NVDA) that is going to happen on October 31st and for two weeks between 12th and 25th November. We now have hundreds of supporters preparing to be arrested. These concepts concerning the climate crises and the ways we wish to tackle the issue can be difficult to take on board and act on. We fully appreciate this, and have a Regenerative Culture Working Group focusing specifically on how to support people in the lead up to, and through the NVDA in November.

 

We are asking all members of affinity groups to fill in this form and give it to their wellbeing coordinator BEFORE taking any action. Even if they are not expecting arrest, this will help wellbeing track anyone who is arrested and meet their needs:

Affinity Group Information form

Support & Resources for Taking Non Violent Direct Action & the Consequences
(Drop us some recommendations!)

 

In line with developing Regenerative Culture, we want to see each Affinity Group have an assigned Legal Observer. They play a vital role in any movement or campaign and it’s important we build our capacity right across our movement and networks. We have two training sessions coming up with Green and Black cross and these will provide invaluable information of how to behave at an action and deal with the police, for Legal Observers and anyone else attending actions.

Legal observer training- London (Nov 4th)

Legal observer training- Bristol (Nov 8th)
Leeds (Info coming soon)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Check out our website‘s events list to see over a dozen other events we have on offer in the week leading up to the Rebellion

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Social Media Amplification

Want to support Extinction Rebellion on social media? Great! We need people to help amplify our posts: commenting, liking and sharing will help us reach more people. If you want to be part of the XR Social Media Amplification & Super-charging team, join this broadcast-only WhatsApp group.We won’t spam. We’ll use this sparingly. In order to climb the social media algorithms we need to get as many people as possible to interact with our posts as soon as they’re posted. This is how to expand the XR reach beyond our networks and make XR viral!  We may also use it to blast out news about any important actions, happenings or emergencies.

 

Ahead of 31st October we’re working hard to grow our social media channels organically. If you have Instagram and want to support digitally please follow @extinctionrebellion. We’re also looking to ramp up twitter and instagramfollowers and facebook likes too. Even if you no longer use these platforms and have otherwise abandoned your accounts, it will still help XR’s spread if you like+follow.

 

We are in the process of organising some technical social media training. If you’re interested, join the WhatsApp group and PM one of the admins.

Social Media Training
We are running a technical social media training on Nov 8th. Come along to learn how to make the most of your social channels during actions and campaigns.

 

The rebellion will be led by you!

Mission Lifeforce

Mission LifeForce is a growing international movement of legal Earth Protectors – people who care about protecting the Earth – who are signatories to a legal document, the Earth Protectors Trust Fund Document.Their mission is to protect the Earth by establishing ECOCIDE (ecosystem destruction) as a crime at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Their mission statement – To align the force of law with the force of life – is fully supported by the Extinction Rebellion. Like them, we too wish to see international law align with a universally recognised moral code of respect, peace and a duty of care for all life.

Identifying ecocide as a crime is not new – Sweden’s Prime Minister, Olaf Palme highlighted it at the time of the Stockholm Declaration in 1972 and it was further discussed in the decades preceding the drafting of the Rome Statute in the 1990s, though it did not make the final draft. Mission Lifeforce are working hard to see Ecocide become the fifth law in the Rome Statutes’ existing four Crimes Against Peace.

This work is of particular relevance to anyone involved in the Extinction Rebellion because signing up as a Conscientious Protector through Mission Lifeforce provides a straightforward way to present this case in court. For all those Rebels facing or planning on facing legal action as a result of acting from your conscience to prevent ecocide, signing up as a legal Earth Protector is highly recommended.

 

Please see the Mission Lifeforce website for more information

Our Declaration of Rebellion and the Demands

We have now launched our Declaration of the Extinction Rebellion and have published our Position and Demands:

  1. That the Government must tell the truth about how deadly our situation is, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
  2. Good intentions and guidelines won’t save the ice caps. The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
  3. By necessity these demands require initiatives and mobilisation of similar size and scope to those enacted in times of war. We do not however, trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve this and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK – FOLLOW UP 
Last time we told you about Greta Thunberg, who decided to go on school strike at the Swedish parliament to get politicians to act on the climate crisis. Now she is on her way in an electrical car to join us for the Declaration of the Extinction Rebellion in London on 31 October 2018!

Latest News and Data

SIX Earthquakes Recorded in Cuadrilla’s First Week Fracking at Preston New RdGlobal CO2 Emissions Set to Hit Another Record High for 2018Environment Agency Investigating UK Plastics Recycling Industry for Fraud and Corruption

Swindon Borough Council Wants to Burn Plastics

Plastics Found in Faeces of Every Person Who Took Part in EU Wide Study

UN says UK is Responsible for Denying People’s Right to Clean Air

Earth’s Largest Living Organism, the Pando Tree Colony in Utah is Dying

Climate Change is Exacerbating World Conflicts, Says Red Cross President

Thousand Gather In Helsinki To Demand Swift Action on Climate Change

Extreme Weather

 

Flooding Kills Firefighter, Hundreds Evacuated in Malaga

Tunisia Flooding Kills at Least Two

Flooding Kills at Least Two in Texas

Qatar Flooded by a Year’s Rainfall in One Day

Over 1000 People Still Missing After Storm Michael

Rome Struck by Freak Hailstorm and Flooding

Flooding, Landslides in Trinidad Affect 120,000 People

Hurricane Willa makes landfall in Mexico with 120mph winds

Suggested Reading:

 

Suggested Viewing:

 

MONEY TALK

What do we need money for?

Art materials | Banners | Flyers | Travel | Personal expenses | Printing costs | And much more!

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.

To give financial support to Extinction Rebellion you can…

Set up a regular standing order or give a one-off donation by bank transfer:
Triodos Bank
Sort code: 16-58-10
Account No: 20737912
In the name of Compassionate Revolution Ltd (the holding company for Rising Up!).

Donate using PayPal: 
PayPal payments can be made to info@risingup.org.uk

Donate on our crowdfunding page via Fundrazr:
We have set up a crowdfunding page to help us raise money for the Rebellion.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

OCT 29 XR: Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) training  | Manchester
OCT 31 KSAF Attends: Extinction Rebellion – Declaration of Rebellion  | Parliament Square, London
OCT 31 Declaration of Rebellion  | Parliament Square London
NOV 1 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it | Loughborough Students’ Union
NOV 3 Know Your Rights workshop | Community Base Brighton, 113 Queens Road BN1 3XG
NOV 3 Climate Change – Heading for extinction and what to do about it  | Nurture Centre Carmarthen, Wales
NOV 3 XR Scotland inaugural meeting
NOV 4 Climate Change: Non-violent Direct Action Training by Rising Up!  | Trumpington Village Hall
NOV 5 XR: Non-Violent Direct Action Training (NVDA) – Glastonbury  | Glastonbury Goddess Hall
NOV 6 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it  | Darkroom Espresso Swindon
NOV 8 Social Media Training for actions and promotion  | Printworks London
NOV 8 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it | Quaker Meeting House, Shaftesbury
NOV 8 Legal Observer Training  | Bristol Central Speakers
NOV 9 Climate Change: Heading for extinction and what to do about it | Isabel Blackman Centre – Hastings
NOV 10 XR Full Day Training | London
NOV 11 XR Full Day Training | London
NOV 12 Support Extinction Rebellion | Online
NOV 17 Rebellion Day | Parliament Square
DEC 15 XR Debrief & Celebration | London
MAR 8 RisingUp Spring Gathering | TBC
End of Newsletter #6
If you can help out with the next edition please let us know!That’s it until we come back to you after the Declaration of Rebellion.All the hard work will not be for nothing, and we hope to see you on Wednesday 31st October in Parliament Square to officially begin the Rebellion!

Being a misfit is our biggest virtue. Don’t Comply. Be impatient. Stubborn, Rebellious, Confident. Chase the Impossible. Like Lovers.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

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

If you have news or information which you think should be in the next newsletter, email: extinctionrebellion@risingup, with ‘XR NEWSLETTER’ as the title.

This newsletter was put together by volunteers of the Extinction Rebellion
Roman, Ann, Robin and Marjin.
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