Newsletter 2019-07-07

A view from the air of people forming a giant Extinction Symbol at Glastonbury festival 2019.
XR and Greenpeace standing together at Glastonbury

It’s the Summer to rise up!

Get packing and start counting the days – no, it’s not a holiday, it’s our Summer Uprising in London, starting next Monday! Read on for transport details from Oxford.

But before that, join us at our family-friendly street party action at Barclays next Saturday!

While we’ve all been enjoying the sunshine, some busy bees (Dave and Brie) in Comms have made us a beautiful new website. Go admire it, and of course please let us know what you think.

Coming up

Our next Working Group meetings

Tuesday 9 July, JHB building, Brookes Headington Campus

7-8 pm Casual meet-up for rebels before the main meeting in the Cafe, new rebels welcome

8-9 pm Working Groups meeting, JHB Lecture Theatre

Wednesday 24 July, 7-9pm, Venue TBC

Upcoming Actions/Events

Keep an eye on our Calendar or subscribe to updates

Photo of a Barclays building sign, edited to say "Street party at Barclays".

Barclays Street Party and Disruptive Action

Saturday 13th July, 11-2pm

Cornmarket Street, Oxford

Barclays is the #1 UK bank investing in fossil fuels, including toxic tar sands and fracking. XR Oxford’s requests for this to end have been ignored, so we’re back with a disruptive street party, reaching out to the public on Barclays’ fossil-fuel funding record. Expect a party atmosphere, activities for families, music from the Rebel Folk Scratch Band, and more! This disruptive action has minimal arrest risk. Everyone welcome!

If you’re a member of a family and want to join the XR Oxford Families Group (many of whom will be going along), get in touch with Jon Kennedy.

Act Now. Summer Uprising from July 15.

Come to Project Mushroom // Summer Uprising!

Monday 15th July – Friday 19th July

Five rebellions, five cities, five days. XR Oxford goes back to London for a week of disruption, love and (rumour has it) familiar aquatic objects… In the spring we occupied central London – a week later, Parliament declared a climate emergency. Yet the Government is acting with neither the seriousness nor urgency required for climate justice. Instead they make weak commitments, encourage ecologically damaging projects and tax sustainable alternatives. 

So we return. Expect non-violent civil disobedience, family-friendly spaces, love and music! We will be camping in a second location to the main protests. 

Don’t forget to…

We’ll be meeting on Monday 15th July, 9am at Gloucester Green Bus Station to get the Oxford Tube – join us! Sign up to our travel event.

Rebels and other activists discussing the planned Oxford City Council Citizen's Assmbly.

Oxford’s Citizens’ Assembly moves forward

The Citizens’ Assembly (CA) Project Team recently held an evening with Councillor Tom Hayes and around 70 rebels, to discuss how Oxford can become carbon-neutral, and current plans for Oxford’s CA. XR have a short time (three meetings) to influence how the Assembly will be held, through a seat on its Advisory Panel. We plan to emphasise the importance of:

  • participants’ understanding and processing of climate change
  • time to connect with why climate breakdown is important: nature, future generations and justice.

Find out more

Zuhura (XR’s Rep on the Advisory Panel) has some short videos on the Oxford CA; you can also read the summary of last week’s meeting.

An Art-Science Extravaganza at Oxford's Museum of Natural History.

XR Extravaganza at the Museum

Saturday 28 September 2019

ALL DAY Actions, Talks and Performances

Join us for an extravaganza at Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History (OUNHM), with mass actions and talks taking local public awareness of the climate crisis to a new level.

Expect…

  • A huge multimedia performance action led by musicians and dancers, about ecological breakdown caused by the palm oil industry
  • Young people in costume representing endangered species
  • Ecological scientists engaging with the public on biodiversity loss and extinction
  • ‘Heading for Extinction’ Talks throughout the day
  • Films and Art-Science Workshops

We are collaborating with OUNHM for this event, so there is no arrest risk for this action.

Sign up to be a part of our amazing performances and volunteer team on the day!

26th-31st July - Power Beyond Borders.

‘Power Beyond Borders’ Mass Action Camp

Friday 26th July – Wednesday 31st July, Secret location in SE England

Reclaim the Power is taking action this summer against the new gas-fired power stations fuelling the climate crisis, and training up to take action on the UK’s Hostile Environment for migrants. Join us at Power Beyond Borders, a mass action camp in a secret location within reach of London. It’ll have informative and inspiring talks, trainings on climate, and direct action! 

This isn’t an XR action, but XR Oxford members will be going – it’s a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills for action, and learn about how all struggles are interlinked. Together we can fight for migrant justice as well as climate justice.

Reclaim the Power will help those wanting to go with transport options (minibus or car-share, depending on interest). Sign up to register your interest for travel here.

A Call for Poems!

Rebel Talk is a climate poetry project endorsed by XR Oxford’s Arts Working Group. We’re calling for poems in any form or language, responding to the climate emergency. To submit a maximum of two poems, </= 40 lines inc title, or to ask for more information, please email: rebtalk@igy50.net by 15 September. Please attach your poem/s in .DOC format, and spread the word!

Where can I find more information?