Actions Next Weekend

Next weekend there are three actions – unfortunately the calendar clash means you won’t be able to make it to all three, but hopefully one will suit you best!

Farnborough Airport – Flying To Extinction

Saturday 27th Jan, 11:00-16:00
Meet at The Meads, GU14 7RT
Speakers from 13:00 at The Ively Gate, GU14 0RP
Facebook event
Telegram Chat

Europe’s busiest private jet hub is looking to expand to allow 40% more capacity, flying in the face of the Paris agreement. Join XRUK and partner groups as we march to the main gate of Farnborough Airport to demand an end to private flights and expansion! This is a family friendly event, please bring your flags & placards with your message to the airport!

Nearest stations are Farnborough Main, Farnborough North and North Camp.

Bring your drums, bells and shakers! Join this Telegram chat for drummers.

Stop Rosebank Protest and Outreach

Let’s keep up the pressure on the government over the new Rosebank oil field, approved last Autumn in spite of overwhelming opposition from experts. A successful campaign forced Shell to pull out of the Cambo oilfield – now let’s STOP ROSEBANK.

We’ll be in Cornmarket 12-2pm on Saturday 27th with a large skeleton and some giant roses, talking to passersby and encouraging them to support the campaign and to join XR. We need people to hold banners and placards and to help with outreach. Bring placards, flags and your voices for chanting!

Greenpeace Project Climate Vote

Greenpeace has launched a bold plan to recruit a million climate voters by the General Election, to influence party policies and drive climate up the political agenda. XR Oxford supports the project, and a few of us have joined doorknocking sessions to collect pledges already.

For the next weekend of action, Greenpeace are organising two sessions: the afternoon of Saturday 27 Jan, and the morning of Sunday 28. Please consider getting involved! The sessions have a great sense of camaraderie (you canvass in pairs), and the response on the doorsteps is very positive.

Before joining a session, you’ll need to do the Greenpeace training (every Wednesday at 6pm – you can sign up here). This will get you set up on the Greenpeace system. We also have a WhatsApp chat for XR people getting involved – if you’d like to be added, email xroxford.tte@gmail.com.

Other Diary Dates This Month

  • Fri 26 January, 3-6pm: My City My Story (Oxford Brookes, Abercrombie Building, Room: AB 201)
  • Sun 04 February, 2:30-4pm: Climate Emotions Workshop (Old Fire Station)
  • Wed 07 February, 12-1:30pm: Silent Sitting at Barclays Bank Cornmarket (Barclays Bank, Cornmarket)
  • Sat 17 February, 2:30-4:30pm: Oxford Climate Choir monthly rehearsal (South Oxford Community Centre)
  • Wed 21 February, 12-1:30pm: Silent Sitting at Barclays Bank Cornmarket (Barclays Bank, Cornmarket)
  • Sat 24 February, 12-2pm: Stop Rosebank protest and outreach (Cornmarket)

XR Oxford at The Big One

So, you’re going to join thousands of others at The Big One, to show the government just how many people demand better from them. Brilliant! Here (we hope) is everything you need to know. Plans are still evolving, so it’s worth checking back later. The Rebellion Broadcast Telegram channel is a good way to keep up to date with developments, and the Oxfordshire Rebels in London Telegram chat will keep you connected on the ground.

The Big One will be a four-day gathering and protest in the area to the south of Parliament Square (the area was chosen to avoid clashes with the London Marathon). It will be a tremendously varied long weekend of protest, marches, performance, and people coming together to envision, and demand, a better future. It is entirely legal, and road closures have been negotiated in advance with the police.

Most of the basics are covered on the XRUK website – the FAQs at the bottom are particularly useful. There’s even more information available in the Rebel Toolkit.

If you’ve not been on a protest before, this video is a great little introduction:

XR Oxford’s plans

Travel: the Oxford Tube (slower, cheaper) and train (faster, more expensive) are the obvious ways to travel. Some Oxford rebels are planning to catch the 9am Oxford Tube at Gloucester Green on Friday 21st, and anyone is very welcome to join them. If you travel on a different bus, there are bound to be Extinction Rebellion people on it – just feel free to join them! Victoria, where the bus terminates, is a 15 minute walk from Parliament Square.

NOTE: if coming by train, you will need to travel to Marylebone on Chiltern Railways, because the railway between Didcot and Oxford is closed and a replacement bus service is in operation, affecting all trains to Paddington. Be aware that trains may be crowded.

XR Oxford has a participation fund to enable rebels on low incomes to join actions; for The Big One, it’s offering transport costs of up to £22 a day. It is now open for applications, which will be handled on a first-come first-served basis. Please make use of it if it would help you to be involved! Details are in the application form here

Meeting Point: what people will want to do will vary day by day (see below), but we thought it might be good to establish a meeting point where Oxford rebels can try to find one another. Our previous meeting point, Dean’s Yard, is closed, so Oxford people will be meeting at 12 noon at the Corner of St James’s Park near the junction of Birdcage Walk and Horse Guards Road.

Google maps:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/3nu2QKzCUxrJRvuP9?g_st=ic

What 3 Words
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The Oxfordshire Rebels in London Telegram channel is also a good way to locate other Oxford people. If this is your first XR protest and you would like a friendly personal introduction, please e-mail xroxfordwelcome@gmail.com

What to expect day by day

Each day will be different, but there is a plan for people will come together in Parliament Square at 3pm each day. It has been agreed with the police that we will start dispersing around 6pm each day, but there will be vigils continuing into the night. 

Friday 21st: People’s Pickets

The machinery of state is being used against people and the planet, so we’re planning to protest (peacefully, inclusively and creatively) outside government departments, highlighting the ways in which each department is contributing to the crises we face. Everyone is free to join whichever picket suits their interests – see map.

XR Oxford will be at the Department for Education (DfE), urging them to Teach the Truth and fulfil their safeguarding obligations towards children who are growing up in a world increasingly destabilised by climate change. The DfE is located at 20 Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BT, a 15 minute walk from Victoria Station. The nearest tube is St James’ Park, 7 minutes from the DfE.

Alternatively, XR South East will be part of the massive Defra picket at 17 Smith Square, with a focus, among other things, on water pollution. Other Oxford rebels are planning to participate in the Treasury picket at 1 Horse Guards Road on the theme of Debt for Climate – or you can even picket-hop!

Pickets will be starting at 7am (in order to catch civil servants on their way in) and finish around 6pm. You are of course free to join when and for as long as suits you!

Saturday 22nd: Biodiversity March

1-3pm, Parliament Square: A massive biodiversity march and rally on Earth Day to honour and respect species endangered by the global ecological crisis. With sanctuary and family-friendly spaces, food, art-blocking, print-making, performances and amazing guests. Feel free to get creative! Make and bring nature-related banners, props and costumes.

All organisations are welcome to join; invite family, friends and everyone you know! 

Sunday 23rd: Running Out of Time

The focus on Sunday will be participation and democracy – People’s Assemblies will be held to address questions of what kind of future we want to see, and how we want to get there. Also, the final stretch of the London marathon will intersect with the action, providing an opportunity to engage with the public and actively support those running in the marathon for causes amplified by the climate crisis.

Monday 24th: People’s Pickets again

On the last day, the demands of The Big One will be presented to government. XR Oxford will again be at the Department for Education.

And it doesn’t finish there! The four days of protest will be followed by time and space for reflection, and decision making as to where the movement we’ve been building goes next. XR will aim to keep accommodation and other areas open for group discussion, collaboration, experimentation and decision.

Practicalities

Amenities: see the Amenities for The Big One map for details on public toilets, water locations etc.

Accommodation: if you’re looking for overnight accommodation, camping and a limited amount of indoor accommodation is being arranged. Details of how to sign up are in the Rebel Toolkit

Inclusion and Accessibility: The Big One aims to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. You may feel overwhelmed about how you will manage whilst in London. Our aim is to support each other and to help you find the access you may need. Information on provisions made to facilitate inclusion and accessibility is available on the Rebel Toolkit.

For further access information and needs, or to ask any questions, contact: xr.inclusion@protonmail.com

Families

There will be a Families Hub on each day with talks and activities, such as games and Duplo. To keep up to date with developments, join XR Families broadcast on WhatsApp.

Friday 21st

The Families Hub will be on the wide pavement area between the trees at the end of College Green, alongside Great College Street. The main theme of the day is protests outside Government departments. Some parents are keen to join XR Educators outside the Department for Education and there will be some educational children’s activities, but we need to be conscious to avoid overcrowding the pavements as the road there will be open. There will be other protests to visit and a noisy protest in Tufton Street with XR Rhythms.

Saturday 22nd

The Families Hub will be in Parliament Square, next to the Abraham Lincoln statue, in front of Little George Street. The surrounding roads will be closed to traffic. XR Grandparents and Elders will be sharing the space and bringing eco-themed books for all ages and aprons with pockets full of interesting things. On Saturday there will also be a Biodiversity March starting from Parliament Square. There will be different ‘blocs’ within the march, some celebrating biodiversity and some mourning biodiversity loss. Families are recommended to join the celebratory bloc.

Sunday 23rd

The Families Hub will be around the Abraham Lincoln statue in Parliament Square again. We should have a good view of London Marathon! Grandparents and Elders will be joining us again.

Monday 24th

The Families Hub will be back at the end of College Green, as on Friday. There will be activities, but probably not quite so much as on previous days as we are expecting fewer families on Monday.

We Are All Crew!

What we achieve at The Big One involves everyone getting involved and helping out. As we’re expecting big numbers, we need a LOT of supporting crew! Don’t worry if you have very little experience as there will always be someone to buddy or support you, and it is a great way to really feel part of the event. 

See the main on-the-ground crew roles and join a team right away. Just tick the box and you will be sent an email with more details of each role and a link to join the Telegram group chat. We particularly need stewards! It is the perfect starter role and you can even volunteer with your friends and family. Check out everything you might want to know about Stewarding here.

Extinction Rebellion Oxford is really looking forward to many people from Oxford joining us in London for The Big One. Whether you have ever been to an event like this before or not, everyone is welcome! It is time to come together to deliver an urgent message to those in power. Together we can make our voices harder for the government to ignore. We are aiming to make this the biggest climate protest ever held in the UK. And we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Introduction to the April Rebellion

On April 9th, our next Rebellion begins in London. Longstanding rebels will step up into mentorship, guiding tactically smart, highly disruptive mass participation action designed to disrupt, engage, and recruit new rebels in Central London, with built-in options for level of risk. We’ll be easy to find, easy to join, disruptive and impossible to ignore. We will create the most roadblocks we ever have with a new action design.

We advise that you read Oxford’s full briefing document for all the details, but here are the key points.

Preparation

Every rebel is advised to join an Affinity Group.

Prepare an A2 placard. It should be plain white with thick black lettering, reading “I am here for…” with your choice of message. For example: “I am here for my children’s future”.

Write and optionally record your one-minute testimonial.

Join these Telegram groups:

  1. Rebellion Broadcast: for key UK-wide broadcasts and preparation.
  2. South East Region Broadcast: for regional announcements.
  3. London Rebels Broadcast: for actions happening in London.
  4. Oxfordshire Rebels during Rebellion: for Oxfordshire action-coordination during the Rebellion.
  5. XR Oxford Announcements: for key Oxford preparations and training in advance of Rebellion, and post-action debrief afterwards.

There is also Outreach Broadcast for rebels joining outreach days.

Find a role! To find your crew, role or team for Rebellion please go to this form for descriptions of roles and links to join the different teams’ channels.

Set your intentions. Consider in advance how far you are willing to go. Are you planning to get arrested? If not, work out what conditions will prompt you to leave, such as a police warning.

Training

The South East Rebellion Briefing (20 minutes) is a great introduction to the plan for Rebellion.

Online training sessions are offered by XRUK – find them on the Events page. We recommend:

Know your rights

Choose a solicitor before you join an action – as well as the firms listed on the Bust Card, John Briant (07870 597 888) has experience working with XR Oxford.

DATES

The Rebellion starts at 10AM on April 9th and continues to April 17th. Be ready to continue in civil resistance in London on at least the following three weekends: 23rd-24th April, 30th-1st May, and 7th-8th May.

There are dedicated outreach days in London: Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, and Thursday 14th April.

On Monday 11th, Nellie the Elephant will be joining the action. If you could be part of the Nelly team, please get in touch with xroxfordcoordinator@gmail.com.

There are local events leading up to Rebellion:

  • Friday 1st and 8th April: Banner drops – contact your AG coordinator for details.
  • Sunday 3 April 2-5pm: XR Arts Workshop and Children’s Cyanotype Workshop (S S Mary and John Primary School)
  • Thursday 7 April 7:30-9PM: Oxford All-Rebels Meeting (West Oxford Community Centre)

LOCATION and TRavel

On 9th April, Oxfordshire rebels will be gathering inside the Stanhope Place pedestrian gate on the north side of Hyde Park at 10:00. After the welcome and training at Speaker’s Corner, rebels will move on to targets around London at 12:00.

The simplest way to reach the meeting point is the Oxford Tube bus service, which stops at Marble Arch. We recommend organising with your affinity group to travel together.

There are different meeting points for the Outreach Days. We suggest getting the Oxford Tube to Notting Hill Gate for these:

  • Monday 11th – The Albert Memorial, Hyde Park (20 minute walk from Notting Hill Gate)
  • Tuesday 12th – Allen Gardens, Shoreditch (Central Line to Liverpool St. from Notting Hill Gate)
  • Thursday 14th – Tate Modern, Riverside (Circle Line to Blackfriars from Notting Hill Gate)

On all other days, the meeting point will be Speaker’s Corner – see the full timeline.

Travel subsidies are available.

  • XR UK is providing a travel subsidy for up to £35 for rebels who would otherwise be unable to come. They request that you use cheapest available transport option. Apply here.
  • If you find that the central fund cannot provide you with what you need, apply for XR Oxford’s travel subsidy here.

Accommodation

Campsites will be announced – follow the Camp Broadcast 2022 Telegram channel to find out more.

The Human Hotel is an option for rebels not able to camp.

COVID-19 precautions

As the actions may become crowded, please take a lateral flow test before coming. These can be ordered free online. Wear a mask in situations where you cannot maintain distance from other people.

Supporting the Rebellion from Oxford

While we would like as many people as possible to rebel in London, we understand this isn’t an option for everyone. We will be running local outreach on Cornmarket on Saturday April 9th from 2-4pm, and depending on numbers, will try to do more.

Rebel from home in the Digital Rebellion. There will be daily Zooms during the Rebellion starting Monday 11 April. To keep updated, join the email list and Telegram chat.