UK Newsletter 14: No Going Back
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Earth Day Switch 22 Apr – 10 May
Is your money funding fossil fuels
? Go to Earth Day Switch
to find out if your bank or energy provider is investing in fossil fuels and switch to a provider that isn’t funding the climate and ecological breakdown.
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Extinction Film Release01 May | Online
This Friday, 1st of May, marks a special day in our Rebellion. On that day last year, the UK became the first country in the world to declare a climate and ecological emergency
. The declaration came after 10 remarkable days of rebellion.
To celebrate this historic moment, a short film made with Emma Thompson and Sam Knights will be launched on this channel
Winds of Change01 – 05 May | In the wind
We can all feel it, the wind is turning, change is on its way. Let‘s rise up on the winds of change. Let’s reclaim our future.
What changes do you want to see? Make a windsock, a beautiful wind spinner or share your thoughts on a flag. Release your views for a better future into the winds of change.
Find out more here
Update on the Next Rebellion from the Rebellion Weavers Team
In this unfolding crisis of today we are all aware that an even worse crisis looms on the horizon.
It’s clear that we need to take some form of protest back to the streets as soon as it is safe to do so. However, given that it appears that the current lockdown will not just be ‘turned off’ overnight and will instead be eased gradually, XR faces a tough judgement call about when to act and how to do so whilst maintaining social distancing.
To help make decisions on what and when the next large scale in-person protest for XR UK should be, a sortition council has been called – made up of randomly selected people from across the movement (with adjustments made to ensure true demographic representation) – to democratically undertake the decision making on behalf of the wider movement.
This group will be meeting on or shortly after the 11th of May.
It will be informed by input & ideas from regional and national representatives from across the movement. Some regions are holding digital people’s assemblies to do this. Please contact your local group or regional coordinator
to find out if one is happening in your area.
XR Volunteer Website is Live!
Even during this lockdown, there is so much to do in our movement. Want to get more involved, or haven’t quite found the right role yet? Have a browse of our newly launched XR UK Volunteer site
, with roles that need filling.
Local Government Pension Funds must divest from Fossil Fuels
Local Government Pension Schemes are investing £16.1 billion
in the fossil fuel sector. UNISON, the public sector union with over 1.4 million members, has been campaigning for pension schemes
to divest from carbon-based industries.
XR wants to mobilise union members to support this movement through their grass root union branches.
We need members of UNISON and other unions to complete a questionnaire in order to put pressure on their local branches to actively divest. If you are part of a trade union please complete this short questionnaire
Two large London Councils, Hackney
, have recently committed to divesting from Fossil Fuels. We need to make our voices heard to demand more action.
Pause for the Earth – Ramadan TalksXR Muslims
invites you to a programme of webinars
to bring people together during Ramadan at an unprecedented time of isolation where staying connected is more important than ever.
We aim to reflect together on the beauty of our natural world and highlight how important it is to address environmental destruction and create communities that can live harmoniously with all forms of life on earth. Sign up here
WTF – We The FutureXR Youth UK
is now more than a year old, much has changed since we started. With schools and universities shut and the world changing so fast, the time is now for XRY UK to get together, get connected and start thinking about what’s next?
We’d love to have trainings from different local/working groups during WTF. To join an existing session or suggest a new one go to our linktree
Find out more here
or contact email@example.com
Climate Crisis ChallengePhoto: @helenasmithpix
Do you have a complaint about the way your local council is making decisions relating to the climate crisis? The legal team is on the lookout out for cases.
We want to build up a body of case law requiring local authorities to take climate change into account when making decisions. If we are successful in creating a precedent, it could revolutionise the way that local councils spend their money, and make them more mindful of the long-term health of the planet.
Establishing this principle will not be easy and we need your help. We need to identify decisions by local councils that are having a negative impact on the climate crisis.
To get you started, here are some ideas of decisions by local authorities that might be open to challenge:
- Investing pension funds in fossil fuels
- The sale of council-owned land for housing or other developments
- Using animal products in food provided by the council to schools or workers
- Using paper in council buildings, or communication by letter rather than email
If you have an idea, please send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust the People
Are you supporting your community during this pandemic? Want to help build empowered, resilient and regenerative communities?
Join the Community Transformers Programme on Reset TV
and sign up here
. Now with webinars on how to reclaim community power, rebuild a real democracy, and People’s Assemblies to share experiences and ideas.
Can you make a Kite?
Do you know how to make Kites? Soft Kites, different shapes, sizes, colours? We are looking for a coordinator and a group of kite makers. If you have the skills and can commit then please get in touch at email@example.com
Feedback and Learning Culture Circle is looking for rebels
In the Feedback and Learning Culture Circle, we work to improve our learning, reflecting on successes and failures, bringing principle 5
‘we value reflection and learning’ to life. What you could get involved in
: We are creating an Actions Council to help give feedback on controversial action plans, starting a set of feedback interviews for active rebels, and are creating an outcomes dashboard to help measure XR’s impact. What we need
: All kinds of people really! We are also looking for rebels with a background in project management, theories of change, educational platforms, data analytics, life/business coaching, video editors, 2D/3D animators to help us disseminate our findings.
Think you could help? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
XR Podcast takes on the Finance Sector
Economics is not a sideshow in our lives. This global pandemic has shown us that. But what comes next?
We talk to Vince Knowles and Rathbone Greenbank Investments about the investment industry, University of Bristol professors Alvin Birdi and Chris Preist about the insurance industry, and XR Money Rebellion about what you can do.Listen now
History Corner: How Murder in Mexico Birthed Online Civil DisobedienceLas Abejas hold portraits of their relatives killed in the Acteal Massacre (photo by EFE)
On December 22nd, 1997, in a remote village in southernmost Mexico, members of two right-wing paramilitary groups burst into a church prayer meeting and shot dead 45 indigenous people
, mostly women and children.
The Acteal massacre happened because the villagers were activists for Las Abejas (The Bees), a Christian pacifist group focused on land rights for indigenous farmers. Their movement was a local one, originating from overzealous policing of a family property dispute.
It became the target of death squads when Las Abejas stood in solidarity with the anti-neoliberal principles, but not the violent methods
, of the Zapatistas.
Three years earlier, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
had declared war on the Mexican government for signing NAFTA, a major free trade agreement between Mexico, the USA and Canada. The Zapatistas realised that the deal would harm indigenous communities
and launched an armed uprising on the day of its enactment, taking over the Mexican state of Chiapas.To find out how the paramilitaries who carried out the massacre were linked to the Mexican and US governments, and how protestors in San Diego launched the first virtual sit-in at websites that belonged to both governments, continue reading this story on the XR website.
Pandemic Picks #3: ‘If A Tree Falls’Documentary | USA | Dir. Marshall CurryDocumentary | USA | Dir. Marshall Curry
Despite being nominated for an Oscar back in 2011, this brilliant documentary about the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is largely forgotten.
The ELF was born of a group of frustrated activists, radicalised following police brutality and co-opted governance, who turned from peaceful protest to violence. They went on to commit targeted arsons across North West America, burning down businesses that they felt were profiting from ecocide.
But as mistakes were made, and the violence threatened to spiral, the group disbanded, then betrayed one another, and ended up facing life sentences for terrorism in an America still rocked by 9/11.If A Tree Falls
focuses on one ELF member as prison looms and he weighs up a plea deal, but part of the film’s brilliance is its breadth, featuring interviews with ELF members, the friends and family who watched them radicalise and self-destruct, the police officers who traced them, and the business owners whose livelihoods went up in flames.
Anyone interested in changing our world through protest should heed the lessons contained in this startling, morally complex, and truly enlightening story.If A Tree Falls
is available to watch now on Youtube
Thank you so much for reading! Even as we self-isolate, there’s so much exciting stuff going on in the movement that we barely have time to write this sign-off. Keep up the good work! If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch at email@example.com. We are in a crucial phase of human history, and our Rebellion needs money to make sure our message is heard. Anything you can give is appreciated.
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