Digital Rebellion, Global Youth Strike, Change Is Now, and More!

The Policing Bill is back in the Lords this week, and we need your help to lobby them to reject the authoritarian measures the government is trying to push through.

We’re also keeping very busy as we get ready to rebel in April; look out for another newsletter with all the details for London next week.

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 22 March: PCSC bill returns to the Lords
  • Wednesday 23 March 12-2pm: Barclays – Stop Funding Fossil Fuels. (Cornmarket)
  • Thursday 24 March 7-8:30pm: Know Your Rights. (St Columba’s United Reformed Church)
  • Friday 25 March 2pm: Global Youth Strike (Broad Street)
  • Monday 28 March 6:15pm: Rebellion film + QA (Phoenix Picturehouse)
  • Wednesday 30 March 12-2pm: Barclays – Stop Funding Fossil Fuels. (Cornmarket)
  • Wednesday 30 March 7-9pm: Change is Now (Headington Quarry Village Hall)
  • Sunday 3 April 2-5pm: XR Arts Workshop and Children’s Cyanotype Workshop (S S Mary and John Primary School)
  • Wednesday 6 April 12-2pm: Barclays – Stop Funding Fossil Fuels. (Cornmarket)
  • Saturday 9 April, 10am: Next UK Rebellion. (Hyde Park, London)

News

Outreach with Nellie

On 26th February, Nellie the Elephant was out on the streets again, this time highlighting the link between the Energy Crisis and the Climate Crisis. If you missed our blog post, read all about the background here. She also came to Headington in March to draw people to our Change is Now session, coming on 30th March.

No New Roads!

Protestors stand at a gate with signs reading
"No New Roads"
"£394m but no cycle path?"
"Oxon CC: Reconsider the road"

On March 14th, XR Oxford teamed up with Friends of the Earth to successfully block surveyors from the County Council from accessing the land they want to compulsorily purchase for an environmentally disastrous and eye-wateringly expensive new road. Watch the video here.

Digital Rebellion

Every day until 22nd March, online

Digital Rebellion’s work against the PCSC Bill in January was remarkably successful – but we’re now in the pingpong parliamentary phase, and the Lords’ amendments will all be lost if they don’t stand firm on 22nd March. Another campaign of calls and emails could really help.

Everyone can lobby the Lords from our convenient platform at https://digitalrebellion.uk/policingbill but for those keen to lobby even further – here is a longer list of Lords to target, in order of priority.

Barclays – Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

Every Wednesday from March 23rd to April 6th, 12-2pm, Cornmarket

Unfortunately the first session was rained off, but it’s going to be unseasonably warm this week (no prizes for guessing why). Join us for this outreach action where we will call out Barclays, Europe’s Number 1 fossil fuel funder for their continuing major role in exacerbating Climate change. At the same time we will be seeking to recruit new members for XR in the run up the London Rebellion. Please come with banners and placards and help us leaflet passers by and Barclays customers. We will also engage with and encourage Oxford residents to join XR and demand that Barclays stop funding fossil fuel exploration, extraction and consumption that contributes hugely to climate damaging CO2 emissions. New members especially welcome to this action.

Know Your Rights

Thursday 24 March, 7:00-8:30pm, St Columba’s United Reformed Church

Every rebel needs to know their legal rights at a protest. Two experienced rebels will introduce the key messages for engaging with the police and discuss their experiences of the legal system.

Disabled access: The main entrance has a concrete ramp into the building. The Hall has ramps which fit over the steps out of the fire exit, and a wheelchair in the foyer. There is a disabled toilet. If you have limited mobility or other needs, please contact us in advance at xroxfordarresteesupport@protonmail.com, so that we can confirm details with the venue.

Global Youth Strike

Friday 25 March, 2pm, Broad Street

Join us as we strike again globally and in Oxford. The climate crisis does not exist in a vacuum; the various other crises systematically affecting billions of people in the world amplify and are amplified by climate change. As we continue to fight for climate justice, we must make sure to put people before profit, and ensure that the voices of the people most affected by the climate crisis are heard. Bring banners. Bring signs. Bring your friends.

Rebellion Film + Q&A

Monday 28 March, 6:15pm, Phoenix Picturehouse

Rebellion is the first feature-length documentary to tell the behind the scenes story of Extinction Rebellion from its launch in 2018.

Given unprecedented access, the filmmakers follow a group of unlikely allies who have come together to confront the climate emergency and depict the highs and lows of the movement as they crash into the status quo – and each other.

The film captures the human drama of social movements first hand and questions the health of our democracy, as we witness the right to protest come under attack.

Change is Now

Wednesday 30 March, 7-9pm, Headington Quarry Village Hall

Back by popular demand! After welcoming new and dormant rebels to two successful sessions in central Oxford, we’re running another Change is Now event in Headington. If you have any friends who are concerned about the climate but haven’t joined us yet, bring them along!

XR Arts Workshop and Children’s Cyanotype Workshop

Sunday 3 April, 2-5pm, S S Mary and John Primary School

We are hosting a flag and banner-making workshop, using block printing and stencilling to prepare materials for the upcoming rebellion. Fabric for these will be provided – if you’d like to bring a (light-coloured) cotton garment of your own to print too, please do! There will also be a children’s cyanotype (sun-printing) workshop, suitable for age 10+. Please note, parents/carers will retain responsibility for their children at all times. Wear clothing you don’t mind getting messy, and please come prepared to help with the clean-up afterwards – we are all crew!

Get ready For Rebellion

We’re going to have the full details on preparing for rebellion in the next newsletter, but we recommend getting started with these training sessions.

South-East Rebellion Briefing

Tuesday 22 March, 7pm, online

Are you wondering what this Rebellion is all about and where you fit in? More than ever before, this Rebellion needs each of us to step up in any way we can. In this short briefing we will set out as much information as possible and give a simple guide to what to expect and how to get involved, with space for questions.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 4745 0067
Passcode: 891607

Rebellion Testimony Workshops

Thursday 24th March, 7-8:30pm, Saturday 26th March, 10-11:30am, Wednesday 30th March, 7-8:30pm, online

If you’re coming to Rebellion on April 9th, write a one-minute testimony expressing your personal reasons for taking action. We inspire courage in each other and testimonies help us build collective bravery on the streets. In the workshops, we’ll hear from each other, get tips on writing the testimony, get inspired and grounded in our commitment to step up in these challenging times. Join a Rebellion Testimony Workshop here. The workshops will cover the optional extra step of filming your testimonial to share on social media as a call to join the Rebellion. In 2022, everybody has a testimony.

Non-violent Direct Action Training

Thursday 24th March, 6:30-9:30pm, Tuesday 5th April, 2-5pm, online

You’ll learn about the history of Civil Disobedience, theories of Non-Violence, and NVDA skills, such as how to talk to the police, how to block a road, and how to use your support systems. No prior knowledge is needed, just fierce love of our planet and a sincere desire to protect all life. Book your place here.

Love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew