Save the Dates! Two Local Actions, an Event for New Rebels, and an Evening with a Councillor…
Here’s an update on some exciting events coming up in the next month! Keep your diaries free – and spread the word…
- Mon 24 June, 7.30pm – ‘Oxford Citizens’ Assembly and the journey to Zero Carbon’: XR meeting with Tom Hayes
- Wednesday 26 June, 10.15am – Disruption of the Oxford Encaenia
- Wednesday 26 June, 8-9pm – Working Groups Meeting. Come and get involved, volunteering for tasks in our Working Groups. JHB Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes Headington Campus
- Wednesday 3 July – 7.15pm-9.45pm – Meeting for New Rebels
- Saturday 13 July – 11am-2pm – Barclays Street Party (Cornmarket) to protest Barclays’ position as major fossil fuel and fracking investor
See the end of this newsletter for other events.
We welcome as many rebels (old and new) as possible. So come get involved!
‘Oxford Citizens’ Assembly and the journey to Zero Carbon’: XR meeting with Tom Hayes
Mon 24 June, 7.30pm
Florence Park Community Centre, OX4 3NH
Sign up here
All XR Supporters are invited to an evening of discussion with Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council’s Cabinet member for a Zero Carbon City. This is a really important event, and we’d urge all XR members to attend.
Get up to speed on plans for the Assembly, as well as the Council’s plans to reach Zero Carbon. Most importantly, find out some of the major challenges our City faces in achieving Zero Carbon, and how we can mobilise to support this goal.
Oxford is the first place in the UK to set up a Citizens’ Assembly to address the climate emergency – one of XR’s three central demands. As a result, Oxford XR have been invited to join the Advisory Group, tasked with making the Citizens’ Assembly a reality.
Join our Disruption at Oxford Encaenia
Wednesday 26th June
Meeting 10.15am in city centre (meeting place TBC, join the Actions Google Group for further details)
XR Oxford are brewing plans to disrupt Oxford University’s Encaenia – the annual high-profile ceremony where the University awards honorary degrees and commemorates major donors. It also includes a procession through the town centre to the Sheldonian. Expect an ‘alternative’ XR procession – markedly different to the one the University will be planning.
Help plan this great action with us! Message Hazel at email@example.com to get involved in making it happen.
To challenge the University’s continued financial links to the fossil fuel industry. Last year the Cherwell reported on offshore investments made by Oxford colleges (to the tune of nearly £150 million), including tens of millions in fund schemes linked to fossil fuels, arms and tobacco. This means that, albeit indirectly, the University supports the fossil fuel economy through its pension funds and other endowments. The 2017 Paradise Papers investigation by the Guardian gives more details on Oxford University’s links to the fossil fuel industry.
Meeting for New Rebels
Wednesday 3rd July
St Clements Family Centre, OX1 1DA
This meeting is geared towards people who have recently joined XR Oxford, and want to:
- meet other rebels, old and new
- find out how to get more involved
- develop affinity groups
- and build our capacity for action
If you’re an ‘experienced’ rebel, please let us know if you can help facilitate the event, and with sharing your experience (however limited!): firstname.lastname@example.org
Street-party and disruptive action targeting Barclays bank for its fossil fuel investments
Saturday 13 July
Cornmarket outside Barclays
Follow the event
Barclays is the #1 UK bank investing in fossil fuels, including toxic tar sands and fracking. They have ignored our previous petition to stop this, so we are now re-engaging in peaceful disruption of their activities. Join our street-party on pedestrianised Cornmarket Street (arrest risk: tiny) to reach out to the public about the climate and ecological crises, and our response. There will also be a disruptive event inside the bank (arrest risk: tiny or low, depending on whether you leave when asked). Music from the Rebel Folk Scratch Band at 11am (folk musicians welcome to spontaneously join), Rebel DJs later. Interested in the disruptive element? Contact email@example.com .
Monday 17 June, 7.30 pm. ‘Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It’. Kings Head, Wantage.
Monday 17 June, 7:30 pm. Public debate about Ox-Cam Expressway, Oxford Town Hall (£7)
Wednesday 19 June, 7 pm. XR Oxford new members induction, The Venue@Cowley
Sunday 23 June, 3.30 – 5.30pm. XR Social gathering – Tea & cake, 32 Shelley Rd, Oxford OX4 3EB (Rabhya’s house). Bring yourself and something to share. No agenda except rest & relaxation.
Wednesday 26 June, 7-8pm. ‘XR Oxford Skillshare – Google Drive’.
Wondering how the hell Google Drive works? Want to create, share and edit documents online? Just before next week’s main meeting, we’ll be running through some of our new Google Drive guide. Come to Oxford Brookes’ Cafe with your laptop or smartphone. No experience needed! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on coming along.
Wednesday 10 July, 7 pm.. Induction and NVDA training, Wantage
Monday 15 July, 7.30pm. XR Oxford new members induction, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church
Plus don’t forget these FREE restorative evenings to help ground and settle the body and mind.
A few things from Comms…
We’re still looking for people to help out, especially if you have web design and/or SEO skills, plus volunteers to join a moderation team for the Google Groups. If you’re interested in online tools and helping information flow better, there are loads of options to help out.
The new Chat list has been set up to help reduce traffic on the Discussion list. The discussion list should be used for focused emails directly about planning the work of XR Oxford, in most cases replying directly to the poster rather than replying-all. Please send us feedback/suggestions on the new system!
Where can I find more information?
- Our website
- Make sure you’re subscribed to any mailing lists you want to be on
- Explore our internal resources (join our Discussion Group to access some materials)
- XR UK also have an Internal Newsletter
- Any suggestions for making online information and tools more accessible to people with low tech literacy would be much appreciated. We know that it’s all pretty overwhelming (for us too!) but figuring out what to do about it isn’t straightforward. Email email@example.com with suggestions