Thousands set on London for mass civil disobedience in next two weeks-
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*DECLARATION OF REBELLION* *The Extinction Rebellion has officially begun*
Wednesday 31st October saw *over one thousand people* come together for the Declaration of Rebellion. We stood in the face of all that we see wrong with our current system. The day was an uplifting gathering of hearts, minds and faiths. We amassed in Parliament Square beneath the statues of great practitioners of civil disobedience, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Millicent Faucett. Powerful speeches that addressed our collective dismay at the state of environmental destruction, and willingness to rebel in these conditions, were heard from an array of speakers.
Mainstream political support was seen with *MP and former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas,* *Green MEP Molly Scott* *Cato*, and prominent *Labour MP Clive Lewis* speaking up for the Rebellion’s demands and against the continuing institutional failures to tackle climate breakdown. Campaigner *Donnachadh McCarthy
“ *To me almost everything is black and white. There are no grey areas when it comes to survival*.”
While tears were shed, with Extinction Rebellion wreaths laid on the ground to commemorate those who have already died because of environmental destruction, the overwhelming sense of the day was one of solidarity and purpose.
With everyone engaged in the need for civil disobedience, Dr Gail Bradbrook, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, then invited those in attendance to join her on the road outside Parliament. With a consensus among all those at the rally, the peaceful Declaration continued in the form of an occupation of the road for over two hours; made up of speeches, songs, and chants shaming the UK government’s inertia in the face of the climate emergency. Fifteen arrests took place in the process
The message was clear: WE’VE HAD ENOUGH. The resolve among the crowd was determined, and the events of a day for which no permission was sought, demonstrated the power we have in numbers. This was a strong marker from which we will continue to build. Another 15 Affinity Groups have been formed since Declaration Day, with talks and workshops continuing around the country. The numbers attending the upcoming actions are growing with each passing day, and we hope you join us between the 12th and 25th November for the Rebellion. The time is here. If not us, WHO? If not now, WHEN?
*People from all backgrounds and walks of life standing side by side and declaring rebellion in unison was a powerful and inspiring thing to behold. This rebellion will be fuelled by respect and love and the fear that our civilisation is teetering on the edge of an abyss* – Narj, Conscientious Protector Watch George Monbiot’s Speech in the middle of the road
*Rebellion Day 17th November 2018*
This is going to be big.
We are organising a day of *mass public civil disobedience* in London. We will have briefing stations where first time attendee rebels will be given necessary information for the day and some information on nonviolent discipline. These groups of attendees will then be taken to an affinity group who will have an assigned spot in London to block.
This means that we can rapidly integrate new people into the disruption and that we can spread all across town in a tactic known as swarming. The benefit of this is that the police cannot kettle (encircle and arrest) people that are dispersed and moving. We will maximise the levels of disruption.
Affinity group co-ordinators will be contacted with more information soon.
Organise travel from your area to *be in London the night before* and ready to be at Parliament square early on Saturday 17th November
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Groups are encouraged to do actions in their own towns and cities if they cannot attend.
Time to shutdown London and focus on *the* issue of our time.
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The growth of the Extinction Rebellion has only been possible because of the multifaceted years of work that have been done in the name of protecting the earth.
We are appreciative of every person who has made this rallying cry, and each week we will show our appreciation for campaigns and actions in the history of environmentalism that we are building on. Without these moments before us, it would not have been possible to have grown at the rate we have.
This week, we begin our narrative with this year’s Ende Gelände action from the 25th – 29th October 2018. A movement that in a matter of years has grown from 12 to 6,500 people. The level of organisation that categorised the action was a marker that we are now all working to achieve and surpass. With over 2,500 people successfully blocking the tracks that supply RWE’s power plant with lignite or brown coal, the action was an overwhelming success.
This was in spite of concerted efforts by the Polizei to sabotage the action by closing down the initial sight of the Ende Gelände camp and churning up the soil on Tuesday night to make any return impossible. Within two days, a back-up site was found, and the camp rapidly prepared for the thousands who were coming to attend training on Thursday and Friday before the action on Saturday. People from all over Europe eager to engage in non-violent direct action came to the camp. A train was organised from Prague, coaches came from Copenhagen, with others making their own way from France, Spain, the UK, Poland and many more.
The comprehensive training that prepared everyone to overcome the police presence and occupy the train tracks for over 24hrs was awe inspiring. Despite the Polizei diverting the legally approved route of the Ende Gelände march, the action was a storming success.
RWE is Germany’s second largest energy provider, owning Germany’s largest opencast coal mine, that has destroyed 90% of the historical Hambacher forest in the last 40 years. Shutting down the operation of such a powerful company, that was supported by a well prepared Polizei presence, spoke unequivocally of the power that we have when coming together, knowing what we want, and preparing to achieve it. We can achieve remarkable things together, click here
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*Death toll rises to eleven in Italy as storms hammer the coast
*In the last couple of weeks in South west France- floods kill 13 people,
*Myanmar’s climate dispossessed
*Venice is sinking and the elite does nothing – is civil disobedience the only way to make governments listen on climate change?
*Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’
*Solidarity with environmental and indigenous activists in Brazil – ‘The Bolsanaro effect’- 36% increase in Amazon deforestation during election
*Free Range Network: ‘Protestagram’ Toolkit
*Climate Change Workshop Podcast – Civil Disobedience
*Disobedience; pressure the powerful, empower others and highlight the structural violence of the status quo. “I’ve got the entire world’s empathy with me”*
*Tales of Resistance – The Battle of the Newbury Bypass
NOV 8 Social Media Training for actions and promotion
There’s no use in longing for the past; today’s struggle is to find ways to progress meaningfully through our present, to use the time we have to act for the future. We need to gather the indifferent, call up the lost, lure in the apathetic whatever the cost. The time for complacency is over. The time to act is now.
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