Newsletter 2020-08-12 — Last Pre-Rebellion gathering TONIGHT, 7pm

Oxford goes to The Rebellion! August bank holiday: Countdown to Rebellion actions. September 1st onwards: London.

This is it. We’re approaching rebellion, after a while away. You might feel excited, anxious, fearful, hopeful, or a combination of many things. Whatever happens, whether we can attend in person or not, we will be there for each other.

Feeling unsure about what’s going on, or looking to meet some people to go with? Our last pre-Rebellion gathering is TONIGHT. A bit bamboozled by all the separate documents and action plans floating around? Two wonderful curators of info have also put together this fantastic guide: XR Oxford goes to the Rebellion. It should be your one-stop shop for all local Rebellion info.

Read our Oxford Rebellion guide!

Contents

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Oxford Goes to the Rebellion! Guide
  3. Inclusion and Hardship Fund – open for applications
  4. XR Oxford joins the Unity March

Upcoming Events

TONIGHT: Wednesday 12th August, 7-9pm – Monthly Gathering: Prepare for Rebellion! (online)

Thursday 13th and Monday 24th August, 6.30-8pm – Legal Briefings with protest barrister John Briant (online)

Sunday 16th August, 1-4pm – Summer picnic! Florence Park, Cowley

Thursday 20th August, 6-9pm – Nonviolent Direct Action Training (XR Oxfordshire and Henley), (online)

Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd August – ‘Wake Up Westgate’ – XR Youth Action, Oxford’s Westgate Centre – email xryouthoxfordshire@gmail.com to volunteer as a steward or to support

Saturday 22nd August, 2pm – Oxford Unity March, Cowley to Bonn Square via Oriel College, with a rally in Bonn Square

Sunday 23rd August, 7-8pm – ‘Getting More Involved’ with XR Oxford (online)

Sunday 30th August, 1-6pm – Million People March, London

Every Tuesday, 7.30-8.45pm until end of September – Listening Circles with XR Oxford Regenerative Culture Working Group (online)

And of course…

Friday 28th – Monday 31st August – Countdown to Rebellion with Regional Bank Holiday Actions!

September 1st onwards – ‘We Want to Live: September Rebellion!’

Read the Rebellion guide

Oxford Goes to the Rebellion! guide

This guide can and might become your protest handbook – from training to how to keep informed, legal resources and financial support, it covers so much of how Oxford is participating to the Rebellion. Share it with friends planning on going! A short link is here: https://tinyurl.com/XROxSept

It’s also open for editing within XR Oxford, and we encourage it to be a collective document – join the Announcements list for edit rights.

You can also keep checking back in on what’s happening during the Bank Holiday and what’s happening during Rebellion, as details may be added as we approach Rebellion.

Read our Oxford Rebellion guide!

Inclusion & Hardship fund open for applications

XR Oxford Inclusion & Hardship Fund 

XR Oxford’s Inclusion and Hardship Fund, aimed at enabling people from under-represented groups to participate in XR events and activities, by providing financial support. In Oxford XR this includes people on a low income, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, young people (16-18), people with disabilities, those from the LGBTQ community and other people covered by the Equality Act.

If money is an important factor hindering your full participation in the September Rebellion in London, or the August Bank Holiday local actions in Oxford, you can use this form to request financial assistance from the fund. This offer is only for rebels living in Oxford (or nearby villages) or for people who have been active in XR Oxford. Details of sums that can be claimed are below.

Questions about this scheme should be directed to: XrOxfordInclusion@gmail.com

Check out the application form to learn more about who’s eligible, what sums are available and how to apply. Applications received before 19th Aug will be processed in time for the end of August. The fund will remain open after this date until the money runs out.

Raised fist graphic: Oxford Unity March, Saturday 22 August, 2pm

XR Oxford joins the Unity March

Saturday 22nd August, 2pm

XR Oxford has been invited to support a Unity March on the 22nd of August at 2pm, with a broad coalition of Oxford groups marching under the banner of supporting black lives and jobs, worker and migrant solidarity, and recognising the climate emergency; the march recognises that especially during the pandemic, “those working…who have taken risks and have died in numbers are in the most insecure, lowest paid jobs with the worst housing and are frequently victims of racism.”

What can we do now?

  • Save the date
  • Share the Facebook event when it comes out
  • Encourage fellow rebels to join
  • Bring your banners and placards, ideally not just about the climate emergency but how it links to the wider themes of the march
  • Anyone who can help with stewarding or other support please join this Telegram group

Where can I find more information?