UK REBELLION 2020
Calling all potential De-escalators.
It's not too late to sign up for a South West De-escalation training before the September actions. And for those who have already done a training,it's useful revision and practice.
It's One-to-One and BREATHE, the core training for dealing with face-to face encounters.
Monday 17th August at 6.30. Here's the link.
Any questions about the training or being part of the South West de-escalation team, contacts for Cardiff etc, email Jennie on email@example.com.
August local action
CALLING ALL AFFINITY GROUP MEMBERS!
Affinity Groups are central to the way we in XR organise ourselves. Our August actions in Totnes and nearby* don't need rebels organised into AGs. It’s best if you let the coordinators know you’re planning to come, though. But AGs are absolutely crucial for sharing vital information about actions, mobilising rebels who'll take part, and identifying people with the skills needed in action-support roles.
Many rebels have already said they'll take part in one or more of the actions, others are helping organise and are taking up action-design and action-support roles. IF YOUR AG LACKS A COORDINATOR OR HASN'T BEEN ACTIVE FOR A WHILE, PLEASE HELP BY GETTING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR LOVELY CO-REBELS AND COME FORWARD FOR THE REBELLION!
See the information in this newsletter and in our other communications channels. Come to the Big Meet-up on Tuesday if you can (zoom link in this newsletter). If you definitely want to take part but haven't come forward yet, let us know. If you're not sure yet, but would like to learn more, let us know. Use this email address -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- or post in our local Facebook, Mattermost or Telegram channels.
*AGs may be useful as teams for Bristol and Exeter on 29th and 31st August, where we’re joining with the local groups, though individuals going with friends under their own steam will also be at the heart of it. Ditto for the Cardiff and London rebellions. Watch this space for more information!
A CALL TO ACTIONS
Here’s a list of the actions taking place locally, regionally and in Cardiff and London, with the email address of the Action Circle member who is the contact person for each. For more information, please contact them. If you haven’t already done so, please let us know that you plan to go to one or more, please let them know. If you’re not certain, please let us know anyway.
All the actions except some in Cardiff and London are non-arrestable, with police liaison in advance.
Wednesday 19 August: “The Stage” – that’s the nickname for an imaginative, inspiring action to which we have been invited. This message is all we can say about it for the time being:
“Call-out for an action 19 August, South England, (not XR-branded but XR welcome) to mass trespass and hold a ceremony at a significant place to accelerate the emergence of more benign human beings. In support of indigenous/people of colour struggles at this time, and a reminder to us of European descent to remember our indigeny, (how it was taken, the resultant trauma, caused to and by us and others as we enacted it across the world through colonisation) and an intention to de-colonise our thinking and find a better way to live on earth.”
If you think you might go, find out more from Rahelly and David email@example.com
Saturday 22 August: Socially-distanced Insect Action in Totnes. Outreach – stalls, information about the plight of insects and their vital place in the ecological system (our “survival-sphere”), information about the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, biodiversity talks, flower-man on stilts,insect hotels, seeds, and more. Contact Emma emztotnes@protonmail
Friday 28 August: Safe banner drops from bridges on the A38 and on the KEVICC bridge in Totnes: Tim Ponton for A38 firstname.lastname@example.org ; Suzanne Betts for KEVICC Suzanne.email@example.com
Friday 28 August: Actions in Totnes – pink gilets, samba band, Red Rebels, banners and placards, socially-distanced noisy an colourful procession across the two road bridges and around the town, socially distanced. Suzanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 29 August: Bristol airport action – socially-distanced single-file procession along the main road to Bristol airport, led by Bristol’s landing crew. Samba band, funeral march, Red Rebels. No disruption to passengers. Theme: death of democracy (airport not abiding by Local Authority planning decision on airport expansion, government failing to meet commitments on climate change). Contact Bob on email@example.com
Sunday 30 August: Green Spirits procession at Teignmouth beach in the morning, Paignton beach in the afternoon. Rebels needed to hold their very large banner, other banners, placards, also for de-escalation and speaking with the public. Maybe samba. Contact Lu firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 31 August: banks action in Exeter – socially-distanced noisy, theatrical action outside banks in the city centre, modelled on the “Clean up Your Act, Barclays” action carried out around the country last November. Posters, flags, banners, placards, probably samba. In cooperation with XR Exeter. Contact Bob email@example.com
Cardiff Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th September – detailed planning still in progress but likely to include spicy and non-spicy actions over five days. Please sign and send the information form, which lets them know your plans and will lead to info on accommodation if you need it. The form is embedded in this useful description of the rebellion: in Cardiff https://docs.google.com/document/d/12d-d96jFEUZWxQMQ_Ud-rpMbwLWBTRxkFByyzTHJFJE/edit . See the call-out for stewards below. Contact Bob firstname.lastname@example.org
London from Tuesday 1 September, up to two weeks: SW rebels meet at Tate Britain (not Tate Modern) 11.00, march to Parliament Square at 1.30. Marchers from other regions will converge at the Square at the same time and remain there until someone comes out to talk to them about the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. We await the actions calendar for the remaining days. SW likely to be the architects of actions for the second Thursday (10 September).
3 September Met Office action, Exeter – TELL THE TRUTH theme. An XR Press team (smartly dressed in like 1950s reporters) will greet Met office staff as they arrive for work in the morning. They will be thanking staff for their hard work on research into climate science but asking the question ' Why aren't the Government listening' ' Are the Govt doing enough' etc. All welcome. Bob email@example.com
Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. This is at the centre of the first 2-3 days of the London Rebellion. More details later.
Digital Rebellion. Ongoing programme of disruptive emailing and phone swamping of Whitehall. Much success already! More details later.
We also need these support roles for our local actions. If you are experienced in the roles listed below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which ones you can offer. Don’t hold back – we need you! While there is an extremely low risk of police intervention or arrest, we need to be ready. Skills and roles include Witnessing Arrest, Witnessing Police Behaviour, and Arrest Support (which includes Police Station Support). As we’ll be in some busy public spaces, rebels skilled in de-escalation, and in talking the public, will be essential too.
All rebels at an action should have done the Witnessing Arrest training. Other essential training for all rebels going to actions include Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) and Know Your Rights. Online training is available in all those area.
For more information, go the the Cloud section of our Communications Hub, find the Totnes and Area folder – within that you’ll find a growing array of background documents about the actions. (If you need help with getting yourself on the Hub, see the links elsewhere in the newsletter.)
Please familiarise yourself with the Rebellion 3 (Cardiff Phase): THE PLAN
Full document here
TACTICS / ACTIONS
WHAT CAN I DO NOW?
The XR Politics Circle invites rebels to write to email@example.com re the Government’s recent White paper, Planning for the Future, making use of the following points as you wish!
1 The target in the White paper of 2025 for new homes to produce 75-80% lower CO2 emissions compared to current levels is too little too late. The previous target of 2016 for new houses to be zero carbon was removed by a previous Conservative government. Will Mr Mangnall use his influence to ensure that at a local level we will still have the freedom under the new Planning strategy to require new builds to be carbon neutral immediately.
2. The Government's Committee on Climate Change in its July report states that the rapid decarbonisation of housing is a priority, as it accounts for 18% of total UK emissions, and that since the zero carbon date of 2016 was delayed, 1.8 million houses have been built which will need retrofitting. If the requirement is delayed for another 5 years, there will be another 1.5 million houses that will need retrofitting in addition to all the existing homes that need retrofitting!
3 In the South Hams, the situation is even more critical. Buildings in the South Hams account for 33% of all carbon emissions. To achieve the Government target of global warming remaining below 2% and to meet our commitment under the Paris Agreement, the South Hams will need to reduce its carbon emissions by 13.7% per year. Under the 2025 target, the South Hams will already have used almost our entire carbon budget available for housing by 2025. https://carbonbudget.manchester.ac.uk/reports/E07000044/
4. We are looking at a scenario of a 3-4% rise in global temperature in our lifetime or that of our children with the catastrophic outcomes that will bring on human society and nature. Local communities in the South Hams and South Hams District Council are keen to avoid this. However in the White paper, local people's ability to insist on zero carbon new builds through the planning process is taken away from them.
5. Mr Mangnall, MP, has expressed his personal commitment to supporting local communities in the South Hams to reduce their carbon emissions, will he use his influence to ensure that at a local level we will still have the freedom under the new Planning strategy to require new builds to be carbon neutral immediately.
THE CLIMATE & ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY BILL
The CEE Bill is launched! Watch & share this video: https://youtu.be/LPhAwYV0vM4
Find out more here: www.ceebill.uk
This is what we will be demanding of the UK Government on September 1st.
Write to your MP's, ask them to support it! You can find your MP's email here: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
"This Bill outlines the path needed to avoid the catastrophe outlined by the United Nations...it is farsighted aiming to protect those at risk now and in the future." - Kumi Naidoo, Ex-Director of Greenpeace & Secretary Amnesty International
If you want to find out what's happening locally, contact taaCEEbill@protonmail.com and also see the post here about the insect day.
Info and preparation for the Rebellion
Please join the XR SW Telegram broadcast channel using this link (https://t.me/joinchat/AAAAAEJjk_dCpN9zm3Jbtw) as this is an essential communication tool for the region.
If you aren’t sure already, telegram is an encrypted messaging app with a bunch of handy features, and is also XR UK’s primary method of communication across the country, within regions, and within local groups too. The link above, provided the app is installed, will automatically take you to the broadcast channel and ask you to join.
For those that don’t have telegram, don’t worry it’s free, and you can get it on your phone and desktop too
Apple store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/telegram-messenger/id686449807
Google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger&hl=en
Desktop download: https://desktop.telegram.org/
Thanks for your help in advance :)
Love and Rage,
Extinction Rebellion Winchester Youth
Get involved - there's something for everyone before, during and after the rebellion, both at home and on the streets. Everyone and every part of everyone is welcome.
To link up with Totnes and Area working groups, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The "we want to live" handbook, primarily for organisers
Hot off the Press: "handbook for life" for all rebels
live update document for Rebellion
Some useful links...
Facebook event: click 'going' and invite friends:
Crowdfunder: Donate and share:
Sign up to help out during rebellion:
Invite people to this UK-wide broadcast:
Wales&South West Rebels: Join the Cardiff broadcast:
Northern Rebels: Join the Northern broadcast:
Share the webpage and promo video:
sign up here for the XR SW newsletter for more information about regional actions, including actions in Cardiff and a SW mega group (SW, Bristol and Wales) action in London on Thursday 10th August. There's also a sign up form for the rebellion.
See link here for XRUK NEWSLETTER for full details of everything YOU NEED TO KNOW about joining the REBELLION
Please check out trainings getting ready for September Rebellion below!
Love & Courage to all rebels as we prepare for our biggest action of 2020!