XR Oxford Newsletter – July 2023

Climate change is out of control… If we persist in delaying key measures that are needed, I think we are moving into a catastrophic situation, as the last two records in temperature demonstrates

António Guterres, UN Secretary General

In the same week that global temperature records were shattered, the UK Government was revealed to be dropping its climate pledge. It has never been more important to step up the pressure on our failing leadership. If you haven’t taken action yet, or if you came to The Big One and want to find out about the next steps, come along to our Introduction to Extinction Rebellion Oxford on 19th July.

Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 15th July, 2pm: Stop Rosebank. Join us for a march to tell our government and Norwegian oil giant Equinor that we will not allow Rosebank to go ahead. Join on Signal for updates (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, 1 Victoria St, London, SW1H 0NE)
  • Monday 17th July, 12:30pm: Friends of the Earth protest against H1F1 road (County Hall)
  • Monday 17th July, 7:30-9pm: Geese Affinity Group meeting (South Oxford – email soxgeese@gmail.com for venue)
  • Wednesday 19th July, 7-9pm: Introduction to Extinction Rebellion Oxford (The Community Works, 21 Park End Street, OX1 1HU)
  • Thursday 20th July, 7:30-9pm: Headington Fringe affinity group meeting. (Headington – email headingtonfringecoordinator@gmail.com for venue)
  • Tuesday 25th July, 7:30-9pm: Rusty Bicycles Affinity Group meeting. (East Oxford – email xr-oxford-rustybicycles-coordinators@googlegroups.com for venue)
  • Wednesday 26th July, 6-7:30pm: My Extinction screening (Curzon Oxford)
  • Saturday 29th July, 11-1pm: Dirty Water themed stall/leafletting. Headington Fringe affinity group action: others welcome to join in (Headington Crossroads)
  • Saturday 5th August, 12-2pm: Dirty Water Wave 4 (Cornmarket, Oxford City Centre, then Port Meadow; banner drop 3pm Donnington Bridge; Swallows at Swinford Bridge, Eynsham)
  • Tuesday 8th August, 7:30-9pm: Climate Change public meeting: Dr Judy Webb will be speaking about the effects of Climate Change upon the Lye Valley This will be followed by the Friends of Lye Valley AGM. (Rear Hall, Bullingdon Community Centre in Peat Moors, Lye Valley, Headington)
  • Saturday 19th August, 12-2pm: Picket, music, leafletting, outreach (Barclays, Cornmarket)

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Introduction to Extinction Rebellion Oxford

Are you curious about Extinction Rebellion, but not sure what its exact aims are, how it operates, or how you could fit in? Or are you involved already, but would like to know more about the movement’s background and principles, or how we work in Oxford?

Please come along to this no-strings-attached introductory session, bring your heart and mind, bring friends, and meet other people who care about Earth’s future.

Time: Wednesday 19th July, 7-9pm

Venue: The Community Works, 21 Park End Street OX1 1HU (entrance via Becket Street)

Please share this poster with your friends and encourage them to come along!

Dirty Water

Photo: Suzanne Williams

On Saturday the 1st of July, the Canaries held a banner drop on Rainbow Bridge, Port Meadow, calling for an end to sewage-dumping in our rivers. The protest coincided with the news that Thames Water is reportedly on the brink of collapse as it grapples with £14 billion of debt and a horrific environmental record – between 2017 and 2021, the firm was fined £31million for releasing effluent into our waterways. The Canaries held placards, handed out leaflets and chatted with passers-by. The reaction to the protest was overwhelmingly positive. The majority of people engaged with us and took leaflets, sharing our anger that the river is being used as a dumping ground, damaging the wildlife that depends on it and risking the health of the people that enjoy it.  A reporter and photographer from the Oxford Mail came along, BBC Oxford requested pictures of the banner drop and That’s TV Oxfordshire interviewed Megan Murray-Pepper the day before the protest.

The coverage in the newspaper version of the Oxford Mail included an additional paragraph, added by the editor, claiming that XR have been under fire for disrupting public events and holding up traffic. The editor was clearly conflating XR and JSO and we are in touch with the Oxford Mail journalist about this.  

My Extinction

On 30th June, the moving, funny, and motivating film My Extinction opened at Curzon Oxford. It was followed by a special panel Q&A hosted by Anthony Barnett from Open Democracy, featuring Layla Moran MP, Dr Patrick Kennedy-Williams from Climate Psychologists, and Dr Rabhya Dewshi, XR Activist and Clinical Psychologist. There was a lively discussion about the need for direct action, bringing people on board from all walks of life, and getting a Climate Emergency Centre for Oxford. There is one more screening of the film on 26th July – book tickets here.

Flofest in Florence Park

In June, Oxford rebels joined the summer celebrations at the Florence Park festival and spread the joy of art and nature with children and families of the neighborhood.

Setting up a market stall is always a collective effort, with volunteers from different affinity groups pitching in to put up the tent, interact with people passing by, and engaging them in art activities. The stall was super-popular, at time quite hectic with loads of kids lining up (and not lining up!) to have a go at block printing.

Suzanne Williams fondly remembers a little boy who visited the stall and says, “He came back and back again, determined to cover a shirt with an image from every block!”. While the children were busy art printing, chats were had with the parents, as rebels gave out leaflets and discussed what they felt about the climate crisis. This was a good opportunity for parents to interact with their children about climate and environmental issues too. Some felt that having conversations was quite difficult to juggle along with managing a busy arts table – the next market stall needs to have lots of volunteers to engage those who come by!

Coco, a local Oxford rebel, summarises the vibe of the day perfectly as they say, “Art is a very family-friendly and welcoming introduction to XR!”

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

Regenerative Culture In Action

We need a regenerative culture. So says point 3 of our principles and values, and since The Big One we have been resting, strengthening our relationships, and looking forward to taking action once more. For those who have been with us for years, this is a familiar cycle. For those new to our movement, we have plans to bring back our introductory sessions – keep an eye out for announcements soon!

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 13th June, 6-7:30pm: XR Oxford Drummers – beginners session. Sign up here. (New Marston Pastoral Centre)
  • Saturday 17th June, 11am-4:30pm: Flofest. We aim to have an XR block printing stall if we can get enough volunteers (Florence Park)
  • Saturday 17th June, 3-4:30pm: Climate Cafe run by LCON (North Wall Arts Centre)
  • Monday 19th June, 7:15-9pm: Community Power to Save our Wild Isles. Community discussion event run by WWF (Ark-T centre)
  • Wednesday 21st June, 6-8pm: Race for the Future + Director & Panel. Film screening with discussion panel including XR members (Phoenix Picturehouse)

Volunteers Needed

We are planning to hold an arts activity stall at Flofest this year – but we need people to help run it! No experience necessary, and it’s always great fun. Contact Suzanne at suzannewilliams@mailhaven.com before Wednesday if you can join a rota of volunteers.

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Rebels Return Meeting

Three weeks after The Big One, Oxford rebels met for an evening of reconnection, reflection and debrief. At the Florence Park cafe, new and experienced rebels alike discussed what the four days in London meant to them and to the movement. Common celebrations emerged around the various alliances built and the show of numbers at the Parliament. There was a shared sense of disappointment regarding lack of media coverage on that should have been acknowledged as a historic gathering of people with a unified demand to avert the collapse of organized human life. Although expected, the Government’s silence on the demands made by over 100,000 members of the coalition continued to be a sore point. As the world faces the near-certain future of breaching 1.5 degrees of warming, rebels reiterated the urgency for rapidly growing the movement by building lasting broad-based coalitions. In various groups, rebels also deliberated on concrete next steps for action at the local level. The meeting ended, true to the commitment to regenerative culture, by sharing food and laughter.

Climate League of Oxford and Cambridge 2023

On 27th May, our friends at CLOC launched the second iteration of their project which ranks Oxford and Cambridge colleges based on their climate action. This year both Oriel and St Hugh’s came in with a shameful score of zero, while St Antony’s came out on top. However, none of the colleges achieved a score of over 60% on criteria of decarbonisation, divestment, delinking, and governance. Find the full results here.

Online actionS

While we wait to get back on the streets, here’s a few online actions you can take:

Oxford Friends of the Earth need signatures to Stop Oxfordshire’s Road To Ruin.

Heroic activist Marcus Decker is threatened with deportation; sign here to call for a stop to this cruel punishment.

Write to your MP (particularly if they are Conservative) to support the Energy Bill in the second half of June. It now includes a key amendment from the House of Lords to prevent new coal mines. There are some ideas for the letter here, but a personalised letter is best.

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

Rebels Return from The Big One

Nature sustains us, it’s wild, it’s wonderful and it’s full of exotic plants, huge ancient trees, cute insects, and animals. We need to look after it. Grown-ups, you need to start listening to us kids for once. Just because you’re older, it doesn’t mean you know better. We’re the ones who will have to live through this mess, so we need to come back together as a community, and fight for our planet.

Aoife-Mae, opening speaker at The Big One

Amazing nine-year-old Oxfordshire activist Aoife-Mae kicked off The Big One with her stirring speech – watch it here. For the rest of Friday we were outside the Department of Education designing a curriculum for the future, with breaks for some “discobedience”. On Saturday, hundreds of young and old Oxford citizens came to London for the massive March for Nature, many on their first ever protest. Sunday coincided with the marathon, when we made clear the message that we are Running Out Of Time. On the final day, pickets resumed all along Whitehall, ending with a countdown to the deadline for our demands. The indifference from the government was unsurprising, but we were blown away by the passion and creativity of the crowd, and we move forward with renewed support from a huge coalition of groups and new rebels!

The massed crowds at the March for Nature. Photo: Feng Ho

Dates for your diary

  • Sunday 14th May, 6-9pm: Rebels Return: Debrief & Social (Flo’s – The Place in the Park)
  • Saturday 20th May 10:30am-4:30pm: Leveller’s Day (Burford, free coaches to and from Oxford)
  • Tuesday 6th June, 6-7:30pm: XR Oxford Rhythms (samba) – beginners session. Please contact xroxforddrummers@gmail.com if you plan to come so that we know how many extra drums/percussion to bring. (New Marston Pastoral Centre)

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The Emperors Speak Out

Talking Heads in front of the Sheldonian. Photo: Suzanne Williams

On 1st April the famous Emperors’ Heads that sit outside the Sheldonian delivered a powerful message on the climate and ecological emergency.

Local members of Extinction Rebellion gave three Emperors words and used these as the starting point for hundreds of conversations with people on Broad Street. Hundreds of photos were taken (and hopefully shared!) by those who passed, and over a thousand leaflets calling on people to join The Big One, were given to those who were interested. 

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Voices from The Big One

Everyone at The Big One had their own personal reasons for being there. Megan Murray-Pepper explained hers: “For me The Big One was all about demonstrating the widespread public demand for greater action on the climate and ecological crisis. I’m a mother and teacher and I’m so worried about the impoverished world our children are set to inherit – nature in decline, emissions rising, rampant inequality. But we have a choice about what the future could look like. I was among teachers and educators from all around the country asking the Department for Education for some real action. What if we reimagined our curriculum to equip children with the knowledge, skills and values they will need for the future? How can schools properly safeguard pupils in the face of climate breakdown and foster a world in which they will be able to thrive as adults? The current strategy from DfE falls so far short of addressing these urgent questions. During The Big One it was really inspiring to take part in a programme of ‘street lessons’ offering bold and imaginative possibilities for the future of education. Our children need and deserve this.”

We asked you to write in with your own experiences – read them all here.

Rebels Return

At 6pm on Sunday 14th May at Flo’s – The Place in the Park, come along and share stories & experiences of rebellion. We’ll run a debrief, and then eat, drink and make merry together, to replenish ourselves.

Part I: Debrief
How was the Big One for you? What were the roses of success, the thorns of what could have worked better, and the buds of what we could learn for future actions?

Part II: Replenish
After sharing our thoughts and feelings about the Big One, we’ll share food and drink and enjoy some mellow time together. Bring a dish (labelled would be great) to share, something to drink, and yourselves.

Everyone is welcome! If you didn’t make it to London, come and hear people’s experiences, and find out how you can get involved in upcoming events. Look forward to seeing you there.

Solidarity Forever

Thank you to Oxford & District Trades Union Council for their offer to finance a coach from Oxford on Friday. We are very grateful to XDTUC for their generous support. The coach was a great idea, and made it possible for 60 mostly new rebels to take the step of joining the action, as they were able travel easily and all together to London from Oxford, Wallingford and surrounding areas. This is a lovely example of collaboration between trades unions and XR.

On International Worker’s Day, the XR Oxford drummers headed the Oxford and District Trades Union Council march up Cowley Road for a rally in Bonn Square, in support of striking workers. We were among a diverse group of organisations, including Keep Campsfield Closed, the Socialist and Green Parties, the NEU, UCU, PCU, Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association, and more. At the rally we heard from the nurses and teachers unions, both of them highlighting the shocking backlog in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), with children waiting years to get support. Over a decade in government cutbacks have left public services at breaking point. The rally was followed by workshops, including “Climate Justice: trade unions for a just transition”, held jointly by members of the Trades Council’s climate working group and XR Oxford.

We’re really glad to be working together, and hope there will be many more opportunities to ally in common cause. We are stronger together!

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

How Can We Be Good Ancestors?

In an incredibly short period of time we have endangered a world that took billions of years to evolve. We are just a tiny link in the great chain of living organisms, so who are we to put it all in jeopardy with our ecological blindness and deadly technologies? Don’t we have an obligation, a responsibility, to our planetary future and the generations of humans and other species to come?

Roman Krznaric – The Good Ancestor

Dear friends,

With less than six weeks to go until The Big One, we’re getting excited. Over 300 of you have confirmed that you will be joining us in London already, and we’re hoping for even more to sign up over the next month. For all the details, check out our dedicated page for people in Oxford to get ready for The Big One.

Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 18th March, 11am-1pm: Dirty Water (Thames Water HQ, Reading)
  • Tuesday 21st March, 7-8pm: XR Oxford Open Call on The Big One (online)
  • Thursday 23rd March, 7-9:30pm: New Rebels Social (White House, Abingdon Road)
  • Friday 24th March: National Day of Action on divestment
  • Saturday 25th March, 10am-4pm: Outreach stall (Gloucester Green)
  • Saturday 25th March, 2-3:30pm: How do directly affected women strive to access water! (online)
  • Sunday 26th March, 2-4:30pm: Block printing workshop (St Mary & St John CE Primary School)
  • Tuesday 28th March, 6pm: Finite film screening + XR Oxford Q&A (Phoenix Picturehouse)
  • Wednesday 12th April, 10am-4pm: Outreach stall (Gloucester Green)
  • Saturday 15th April, 2:30-4:30pm: XR Oxford Singers (Headington – contact xroxfordactions@gmail.com for more info.)
  • Friday 21st – Monday 24th April: The Big One (London). Make sure your diary is clear, and tell your friends!

Help needed

Oxford Open Call on The Big One

As part of XR’s plan to get 100,000 people surrounding parliament in April, calling for rapid and just climate action, we are inviting other groups who share our aims and values to join us, so we can all amplify one another’s voices. This call is being held for local groups who are interested in coming, but perhaps don’t yet have all the information they need about the event. We’d also love to hear what other groups are hoping for from The Big One, and if time allows, to discuss how we can work together on projects in future. Zoom call on March 21st, 7-8pm – register here.

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Act Together!

On March 1st XR Oxford hosted a Community Talk as part of our mobilisation efforts for The Big One on 21st – 24th April. 

 We were joined by Roman Krznaric, philosopher and author of The Good Ancestor, who spoke about the importance of leaving good legacies for future generations. He pointed to the “fierce urgency of the now”, marked by the slow violence of rising temperatures and sea levels and declining water tables. At this time of social and economic injustice, so strongly linked to the climate and ecological emergency, we need to understand what our relationship to the future is. And while acknowledging that millions struggle today with the immediate consequences of climate devastation, particularly in the global south, we must also grasp the scale of the injustice that faces the tens of billions of people who are yet to be born. 

Read more here, or watch the whole talk on Youtube here.

Dirty Water – Wave 2

The second wave of our Dirty Water campaign will take place in Reading, on Saturday March 18th from 11am to 1pm at Thames Water HQ, Clearwater Court, Vastern Road, RG1 8DB.

A carnival of pollution, poo costumes, floating turds, dead fish, placards, props, speeches, drummers, singing and more…let’s tell Thames Water exactly what we think of them!

This is a rail strike day, so those attending need to use other means to get there. This may include 39 & 40 buses to Reading from Oxford. The best parking is Hills Meadows: 73 George St, RG4 8DH.

XR Reading is organising the event – follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

New Rebels Social

Come along and meet others who have recently joined Extinction Rebellion, as well as some who have been involved for longer. You’ll also be able to find out more about the plans for heading to London in April, as well as what is going on in London. Thursday 23rd March, 7-9.30pm in the Upstairs Room at the White House, Abingdon Road, OX1 4PQ.

Eh! How do directly affected women strive to access water?

Women directly affected by crises in water, poverty, climate and nature, are rarely heard. There are many obstacles – lack of technology, lack of education, lack of funds, language to be interpreted, transport needed to a local town with a hall, lack of electricity and more… The same obstacles that affect their daily lives make it difficult for their voices to be heard.

But women everywhere want to be heard as equals in a troubled world – especially women on the frontlines of the crises in climate, water, nature and poverty. Women in two rural communities in Uganda and women who have been displaced and are now living in an urban slum in Kampala, will be online, will see those they are talking to, be seen and heard and share their reality with the rest of the world.

On 25th March from 2-3:30pm, online, directly affected women will be expressing the pain of their reality, airing out their concerns on different injustices, some of which are a result of climate change. Register here.

Block printing workshop

If you’d like to try your hand at block printing, or have done it before but fancy another go, we are holding a block printing workshop so that you can print clothes, patches, flags and bags with iconic XR designs. We’ll be printing flags and patches to take down to London, but please feel free to bring your own things for an XR makeover! Plain or not too strongly patterned fabrics tend to work best. Children welcome, but will need adult supervision at all times.

Come along to SS Mary and John School, Meadow Lane, OX4 1TJ, on Sunday 26th March from 2-4:30PM.

Finite Film Screening

In Germany, concerned citizens stepped forward to save an ancient forest from one of Europe’s largest coal mines. They form an unlikely alliance with a frustrated community in rural England who are forced into action to protect their homes from a new opencast coal mine.

The Phoenix Picturehouse are holding a special screening on Tuesday 28th March at 6pm. Book your tickets here.

Join us after the screening for a Q&A hosted by XRO, with director Rich Relgate, and panellists:

  • Sarah Webb, Special Educational Needs tutor and Just Stop Oil supporter
  • Chris Church, Campaigns officer with Oxford Friends of the Earth and Director of Community Environment Associates
  • Rabhya Dewshi, clinical psychologist and XRO activist

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

XR Oxford Back in Action

We will need to remember that we are not alone and never were, that we are part of a world of many worlds, only some of which are human. And we will need to rediscover that any world worth living for centres not on the vast systems we built to secure the future, but on those encounters that are proportioned to the kind of creatures we are, the places where we meet, the acts of friendship and the acts of hospitality in which we offer shelter and kindness to the stranger at the door. In this way, even now, there may be time to find our place within the vastly larger and older story of which we always were a part.

Dougald Hine – At Work In The Ruins

Dear friends,

Our amazing rebels have leapt back into action to make sure that The Big One is a success. We’ve been drawing attention to the shocking state of our rivers, highlighting the council’s continuing use of fossil-fuel enabling Barclays, and getting ready for an outreach blitz to supercharge our turnout in April! It’s now confirmed to be a four day event, so if you can’t make it on the Friday, we’ll see you there on the weekend.

Dates for your diary

Help needed

Act Together – Wednesday, 1st March

Roman Krznaric, philosopher and author of the inspirational book The Good Ancestor, will talk about why it’s so important that we become good ancestors, and act to preserve the Earth for future generations. Members of XR Oxford will speak about what being in Extinction Rebellion has meant to them, and there will also be a chance to hear about The Big One, a peaceful campaign uniting climate, nature, and social justice groups to bring 100,000 people together in London from April 21st this year. This is a public event aimed at people who have not taken action with us before. Please spread the word about it as widely as you can; bring friends, family, colleagues to what promises to be a fascinating evening.

Facebook event / website event

Local Alliances Group

A key part of the strategy for high turnout in April is working with other local climate-concerned groups. Individuals have been doing great work at reaching out to some of these groups, but we need more help to make sure we don’t miss any. If you can help out for the next couple of months, please email: xroxfordcoordinator@gmail.com

Gloucester Green Stall

On four Spring dates, the XR Oxford Canaries are organising an outreach stall in Gloucester Green Market (25 Feb/8 March/25 March/12 April). There will be leaflets, art materials, and hopefully some alliance partners sharing our stall. We’d love you to join us for a shift reaching out to market-goers and passersby, particularly to invite them to The Big One in April. Please use the rota here if you’d like to sign up. And email canariescoordinator@gmail.com if you have any questions!

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Dirty Water

On 28th January, as part of a national campaign, XR Oxford joined with many other groups across the county to highlight the government’s disgraceful inaction on sewage pollution in our waterways, unveiling ‘blue plaques’ commemorating the voting down in October 2021 of an amendment that would have required water companies to clean up their act. Many other Oxfordshire groups took part in the action, targeting specific MPs who had voted against the amendment. 

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Reminding the council to stop banking with Barclays – in song

When we discovered that Oxford City Council, in spite of having declared a climate emergency, continues to bank with Barclays – Europe’s biggest funder of fossil fuels – we decided to take action.

Last autumn, rebels marched to Oxford Town Hall and handed over a letter asking the Council to move its account. In response, the Council laughably claimed that Barclays was the ‘most ethical’ of the banks who had tendered from the account. Not good enough, we decided, especially now that at least one competitor in the Local Authorities banking market (Lloyds) has since committed to ending new fossil fuel investment.

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XR Oxford Singers – Come and Sing!

On the second Saturday of every month, 2:30-4:30pm, learn and practice a variety of great songs for use at future protests – and for enjoyment too. All are welcome – no previous knowledge or expertise is required and all songs and harmonies will be taught by ear. If you have a song you’d like to bring along and teach, please let us know in advance by emailing xroxfordactions@gmail.com. We’d appreciate a contribution of £2 on the day to cover the cost of room hire. Brenda Horwood Room, South Oxford Community Centre (fully accessible).

Debt for Climate in Oxford: March 3rd

Eight international activists from South Africa, Argentina, Germany, Romania and USA are in Oxford on Friday, March 3rd. Come meet Debt for Climate between 5:15 and 7pm at the Old Fire Station Café, OX1 2AQ, for an informal (and free) chat and discussion about:
• why debt cancellation would be a victory for climate and ecology
• how debt and the climate crisis impact women in particular

Watch a video on Debt for Climate here.

Divestment is at the core of what we do

Divestment has been a very successful tactic for publicising and undermining fossil fuels corporations still plotting further exploration and development of new fossil fuel sites. The national divest campaign has called a day of action countrywide for 24th March. General details at: https://www.divest.org.uk/ and local events will be announced soon.

No New Roads!

Please remember to voice your concerns on the new HIF1 South Oxfordshire road scheme, which, if allowed to go ahead, will blow a massive hole in local council climate plans. To object go to https://oraa.org.uk/take-action

Petition from youth activists to fossil fuel executives

One last quick action for you – sign this petition from Vanessa Nakate, Helena Gualinga, Luisa Neubauer and Greta Thunberg telling fossil fuel CEOs:

This Cease and Desist Notice is to demand that you immediately stop opening any new oil, gas, or coal extraction sites, and stop blocking the clean energy transition we all so urgently need.

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

Oxford prepares for the Big One

Dear friends,

We hope you all had a restful holiday and are resolved to get back into action, leading up to our big event in London on April 21. We will be hard at work recruiting friends and neighbours, building alliances with local groups, and getting ready for the biggest Extinction Rebellion action ever!

If you’d like to hear more, Clare Farrell has beautifully articulated our aims in this podcast (note: some strong language, if there are sensitive listeners nearby).

Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 14th January, 2:30-4:30pm: Singing Workshop (South Oxford Community Centre)
  • Sunday 22nd January, 12pm: Strike March (Manzil Way)
  • Thursday 26th January, 7pm: Rusty Bicycles Affinity Group meeting for all those living in OX4. For venue details contact: xr-oxford-rustybicycles-coordinators@googlegroups.com
  • Saturday 28th January, 12pm: Dirty Water (Wolvercote Bathing Area)
  • Sunday 29th January, 11:30am, Path of MADness on Holocaust Memorial Day. Contributions on climate change and the sixth great extinction are welcome. (Heyford Park, Bicester)
  • Wednesday, 1st February, 7pm: Media & Messaging meeting (Zoom). Email xroxfordcomms@gmail.com for details.
  • Thursday 2nd February, 7:30pm: Actions circle meeting (Zoom). Email xroxfordactions@gmail.com for details.
  • Sunday 12th February, 5:30pm (and every second Sunday): Headington Fringe Affinity Group monthly meeting/social (Butcher’s Arms, Headington, OX3 7AN)
  • Friday 21st April: The Big One (London). Make sure your diary is clear, and tell your friends!

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Singing workshop

Start the new year with singing! We know singing at protests can be really powerful and effective, and would like to build a collection of songs that lots of us in XR Oxford know for use at future actions. Come and join us for an afternoon of song learning and sharing, including the wonderful XR Anthem. All welcome – no previous knowledge or expertise is required and all songs and harmonies will be taught by ear. If you have a song you’d like to bring along and teach, please let us know in advance by emailing xroxfordactions@gmail.com. If possible, bring a small contribution towards room hire, and a mug for tea!

Come along to South Oxford Community Centre from 2:30-4:30PM on Saturday 14th January. The venue is fully accessible (via ramp up to door).

March Together, Strike Together!

Oxford & District Trades Union Council has called a march and rally with the South Central Postal branch of the CWU. The theme is “March Together, Strike Together!”, in support of strike and on cost of living. The crisis has been exacerbated by energy bills resulting from the continuing use of fossil fuels and the general vulnerability of UK food security to long supply chains and insufficient UK food production.

Meet at Manzil Way at 12PM on Sunday, 22 January 2023.

Dirty Water

We’re joining groups across the country to highlight the government’s failure to ensure our rivers are clean and unpolluted.

In October 2021 the government blocked an amendment which would have required water companies to reduce the amount of raw sewage they dumped into British rivers. In spite of this, Thames Water has continued to release untreated sewage into the Thames. West Oxfordshire has recently been plagued with sewage releases, but, given the poor state of Government environmental policies concerning water, neither our rivers nor seas can be considered safe or unpolluted year round.

We are inviting Oxford’s two MPs, Anneliese Dodds and Layla Moran, both of whom voted in favour of the amendment in 2021, to speak at the event. We hope individuals and groups with an interest in cleaning up our rivers will join us in this peaceful and symbolic action. This might include wild swimmers, paddle boarders, anglers, Wildlife Trusts, environmental groups and anyone else who loves the river and Port Meadow.

If you are part of a group who might be interested in joining the action, please pass on this link to them.

Groups who’d like to be co-hosts should contact Steve Dawe, stevedawe@gn.apc.org

If you might be able to help with organising the action, please contact April, xroxfordcoordinator@gmail.com

Gather at Wolvercote Bathing Area (191-193 Godstow Rd, OX2 8PJ) on Saturday 28th January at 12PM.

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

Oxford Cops COP27 Outrage

Cop27 was meant to be the African Cop, but the needs of African people have been obstructed throughout. Loss and damage in vulnerable countries is now unignorable, but some developed countries here in Egypt have decided to ignore our suffering. Young people were not able to have their voice heard at Cop27 because of restrictions on protest, but our movement is growing and ordinary citizens in every country are starting to hold their governments accountable on the climate crisis.

Vanessa Nakate

Dear friends,

Despite progress on loss and damage, fossil fuel interests continued to hold massive influence over proceedings at COP27. XR Oxford was out in force to keep the spotlight on the polluters. We have also been out doorknocking in the rain and shine to grow our numbers ahead of The Big One in April.

Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 26th November: Walk for Wildlife POSTPONED – sadly this will not be happening until next spring.
  • Saturday 26th November, 2-8pm: XR Youth solidarity day (Ark-T, 242b Barns Rd, OX4 3RQ)
  • Saturday 26th November, 11am-4pm: Oxford Indie Book fair, where we will have a stall (Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, OX1 2DH)
  • Tuesday 29th November: The Oil Machine film screening, with guest speakers (Phoenix Picturehouse)
    • Kate Raworth – Author of Doughnut Economics
    • Christian Silk – Ex Formula 1 engineer, now an MSc student at the Centre for Alternative Technology
    • Chris Goodall – writer and gusiness person working on the energy transition
    • Dr Rabhya Dewshi – Clinical psychologist and Extinction Rebellion activist
  • Friday 2nd December, 7:30-9pm: All Rebels Meeting + Social (St Columba’s URC hall, Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH)
  • Saturday 3rd December, 10:30am-4:30pm: Green Fair (Oxford Town Hall)

Volunteers needed

Green Fair

The Green Fair on 3rd December is an Oxford institution and a great way for us to meet, talk to, and possibly sign up like-minded people. We have a stall booked where we’ll have some handmade XR merchandise, as well as information to give to browsers. And we need staff! If you can spare an hour or two to be on the stall, it would be tremendously appreciated if you could sign up for a shift on this rota.

Community Solidarity Day

XR Youth Oxford are holding a community solidarity day on Saturday 26th November, at Ark-T, 242b Barns Rd, OX4 3RQ (wheelchair accessible).

2-5PM Swap Our Clothes & Give Each Other Gifts

Bring any clothes in good condition, especially things like warm clothes for the winter and out-grown school uniform. Bring new or nearly new presents that people could give to their friends and family this winter. You can come bring something, take something, or both. Everything is free! We are looking for volunteers for the clothes and gift swap, as well as for prepping the meal. Email if you can help out.

6-8PM Fundraiser meal

The fundraiser meal will be served shortly after 6pm and will be vegan, halal, and gluten-free. Please sign up here so we can estimate numbers for the food! The funds will be for local striking workers who are suffering financial hardship because of their strike action. Please contact us if you need to inform us of any allergies. Please bring desserts to share with the ingredients listed!

Signup transcribers

Our outreachers have been doing an amazing job gathering contact details, but we need people to type up the paper forms. If you can spare an occasional hour to do some typing, contact xroxfordcomms@gmail.com.

News

All Rebels Meeting – FRIDAY 2nd December, 7:30PM

Venue: St Columba’s URC hall, Alfred Street, Oxford OX1 4EH

It’s been a while since we got all of XR Oxford together. This will be a meeting of two parts: first, a chance for rebels old and new to find out about the exciting plans for next year – the 100 Days project, and what we in Oxford can do towards it. And then it will be a social! We’ve worked really hard lately, and seen some fantastic results, with great actions and strong mobilisation work. Please join us to celebrate our progress and wind down a bit as we head into a winter pause. Bring food and drink to share – mince pies (vegan if possible) very welcome!

COP27

During the two weeks of our world leaders making expectedly disappointing climate commitments at COP27, Oxford was abuzz with targeted outrage. From the 6th November, Rebels spent their lunchtimes on Cornmarket St, defying the rain with eye-catching mood boards, and growing Extinction Rebellion Oxford’s numbers to 170. After two days of leafleting and sign ups, day three was led by XR Trades Unions and focused on connections between the climate and cost of living crises.

Then came the Global Day of Action on Climate Change, on Saturday 12th November. Demonstrations marched through cities worldwide, including 40 towns and cities in the UK alone. XR Oxford lead a song and samba event through the streets of Oxford, circling from Cornmarket St through to Broad St and the Radcliffe Camera. By the return to Cornmarket, a peak crowd of around 150 had joined in solidarity. Inspired by the captivating Samba chorus, Hazel Dawe is now organising an XR singers group; to be involved, reach out at Hazeldawe5@gmail.com.

Monday 14th November was the National Day of Barclays Actions which draws attention to Barclays’ appalling record of unsustainable investment as Europe’s largest fossil fuel funder. Mirroring efforts across the country, XR Oxford camped out front and inside the Barclays branch on Cornmarket St, armed with leaflets and defiant banners.

A short walk away was the Oxford City Council, whose accounts are held with Barclays, and who was next to be occupied. Filling the stairs of the Town Hall, XR Oxford delivered four powerful speeches (amplified by the foyer’s impressive acoustics) and demanded the council cease banking with Barclays. As no council official was prepared to meet, Clive Gillam delivered a letter to reception, compelling the council to respect the climate emergency they themselves declared three years prior. A request from a hall official that XR activists be removed by the police was meanwhile refused on the grounds that no obstruction was being caused.

Activists deliver an important message to an uncomfortable council

Though rain dampened intended efforts on Tuesday 15th, spirits were high (and dry) by Friday with Nellie the White Elephant marching down Cornmarket Street. Affinity groups helped to vary our activities, with Wallingford XR, Geese, Canaries and the Meditators all leading different days. 

Our actions attracted a lot of media coverage; interviews with BBC Radio Kent and That’s TV Oxfordshire, two articles in the Oxford Mail, and a lot of photography and video clips distributed via Facebook and Twitter.

Nellie spies injustice

Special thanks to the sign up team: April J, Jules, Sarah SB and Ingrid W and to the photographers Feng Ho and Suzanne Williams. 

Story by Steve Dawe and April Jones

Project 3.5 visits Headington

On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is the most serious, how worried are you about the climate crisis?

So goes the first question in the script for Project 3.5 door knocking. The 3.5 campaign is based on a simple idea: to build a movement that’s too big for the government and the fossil fuel industry to ignore, and to do it one door at a time. The first step is to invite people to a talk at a local venue by calling on them at home and listening to their concerns and thoughts about the climate crisis. Over a week in late October and early November, an intrepid group from XR Oxford knocked on a grand total of 1698 doors in Headington and had nearly 600 conversations. Ringing a stranger’s door bell for the first time is daunting, but many people were happy to talk to us and it was a great way to step outside our bubble. Raising the profile of the climate crisis and starting a conversation is crucial if we’re going to reach our goal of 100,000 on the streets in April.

I met some interesting people along the way: a doctor concerned about the effect of climate on her patients and the NHS, someone from Pakistan whose family had been affected by the flooding, a young woman from Italy who had been affected by drought, and an elderly woman who feared for the future of her grandchildren. And the answer to that question – nearly everyone we spoke to said that they would rate the seriousness of the climate crisis as either a 4 or a 5. Most people felt that the government are not doing nearly enough to tackle the situation (1 or 2s) and many of them said that they agreed with XR’s aims but not necessarily with all of our tactics. We were delighted that 23 people attended the talk and many of them said they would join us on the streets in April.

Story by Emma Brooks

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

What a COP Out!

A reminder: the people in power don’t need conferences, treaties or agreements to start taking real climate action. They can start today. When enough people come together then change will come and we can achieve almost anything. So instead of looking for hope – start creating it.

Greta Thunberg

Dear friends,

We expect that COP27 will be a fig-leaf for governments to pretend they are taking action on the climate emergency. It is being held in Egypt in order to greenwash their image, hiding a litany of horrific human rights abuses. Meanwhile at home the government can’t even pretend to care, with the Prime Minister declining to attend, and King Charles held back. However, we can use the global attention to set the agenda ourselves – we will be out on the streets daily to Tell The Truth.

Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 5th November, 12pm: Britain is Broken National Demonstration. Join the People’s Assembly to demand a general election now. Book your Oxfordshire coach ticket to London here.
  • Monday 7th – Friday 11th November, 12-2pm: COP27 Week 1. Join us on Cornmarket daily for outreach. Some days will have special events – see below for details.
  • Thursday 10th November, 7-9pm: Change is Now. Talk and meeting for new rebels (Cheney School)
  • Thursday 10th November, 6:30-9pm: How do we fix the energy crisis and the climate crisis? (Oxford Friends of the Earth). Book your ticket here. (Wesley Memorial Methodist Church)
  • Saturday 12th November, 12pm: COP27 Global Day of Action. Meet in Cornmarket then move to Broad Street, Radcliffe Square, and Magdalen Bridge. Drumming and singing – please come with flags and, if you want, your singing voice.
  • Saturday 12th November, 2:30-4pm: Arts open meeting (32 Shelley Road)
  • Monday 14th November: Deadline for Local Plan submissions (see below).
  • Monday 14th – Friday 18th November, 12-2pm: COP27 Week 2. Back on Cornmarket daily, starting with the National Day of Action targeting Barclays on Monday.
  • Saturday 19th November, 1pm: Oxford Unity Planning Meeting. After the People’s Assembly on the 1st October, we’re reinvigorating the Oxford Unity alliance to build cooperation against capitalist chaos in our city, bringing together groups and individuals to fight for our rights and our future. (242b Barns Rd, OX4 3RQ)
  • Saturday 26th November: Walk for Wildlife
  • Tuesday 29th November: The Oil Machine film screening, with guest speaker from XR Oxford (Phoenix Picturehouse)
  • Saturday 3rd December, 10:30am-4:30pm: Green Fair (Oxford Town Hall)

Volunteers needed

We will have an XRO stall at the Green Fair on 3rd December, and we’ll need people to staff it. Add your name to the rota here.

Arts Open Meeting

We’re holding an open meeting to generate ideas for arts in XR Oxford, discuss how to organise ourselves and to plan a schedule of actions/activities working towards the next rebellion in April 2023, and other events beyond.

Anyone who’s interested in getting involved and helping generate ideas please come along. There will be tea, biscuits, enthusiasm and inspiration, as well as talk about the practical stuff of organising. Please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested, and do come along!

Saturday November 12th 2.30 – 4pm 32 Shelley Road, Oxford OX4 3EB
RSVP to xroxfordarts@gmail.com

If you can’t make the meeting, but would like to get involved or be kept in the loop, please email xroxfordarts@gmail.com.

COP27 Outreach

We are going to be on the streets every day of COP27 from 12-2pm, Monday 7th – Friday 18th (except Sunday 13th). To keep things interesting, we’ll have a variety of special actions on certain days:

  • Wednesday 9th: XR Trade Unions highlighting the connection between the cost of living and climate crises.
  • Friday 11th: Die-in – bring a white sheet!
  • Saturday 12th: Global Day of Action, with singing and drumming, moving to Broad Street, Radcliffe Square, and Magdalen Bridge.
  • Monday 14th: National Day of Action against Barclays.
  • Wednesday 16th: Meditation – a change of atmosphere from the drumming.

News

A Weekend of Resistance

Photo: Suzanne Williams

London has been buzzing with energetic climate activists throughout the month of October, with conversation around the climate emergency again gathering steam. Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the ‘Festival of Resistance’ scheduled in September due to the passing of the monarch, Extinction Rebellion was back with new plans for continuing action in October. Activists from around the country gathered in London for a ‘Weekend of Resistance’ from 14th to 16th of October, joined by a number of Oxford Rebels.

[ Read more ]

The Bus Tour visits Oxford

This autumn, three Rebellion Buses have been touring local communities throughout England, spreading the word about the climate emergency and what ordinary people can do about it.

One such bus paraded Oxford through 11th-12th October, and stationed on Catte St by the town centre’s famous Radcliffe Camera. It also visited Manzil Way and the Blackbird Leys Community Centre before returning to London in preparation for the Weekend of Rebellion.

[ Read more ]

Better without Barclays

Rebels continued to build pressure on Barclays bank as they protested outside the bank premises on Cornmarket Street on Saturday, 8th October. Beginning of the university term meant that there were large crowds of students busily walking past. As the sombre cadence of the samba band conveyed a sense of urgency, rebels distributed leaflets that outlined Barclays’ role in funding continued fossil fuel extraction.
“Leafleting on Cornmarket Street is hard work but everytime a handful of people come up to enquire about the protest and which ethical banks they can invest in instead”, a local rebel shared about their experience of outreach. Representatives of a local mosque who were raising funds for the floods in Pakistan also came up to the rebels and connected over the consequences of the climate crisis in the global south.

Local Plan submissions

Oxford City Council is consulting on its Local Plan through to 2040.

Last time round, its aggressive growth ambitions resulted in 15,000 houses being offloaded onto the countryside of the surrounding Districts. This is putting pressure on local communities and impacting Oxford’s transport infrastructure and green spaces, but fails to provide truly affordable housing.

We need lots of people to tell them NOW – we want development to cater for NEED not GREED. The housing figures should be set at the minimum that it is possible to achieve, whilst meeting genuine need.

Email your views to planningpolicy@oxford.gov.uk by Monday 14 November.

Find resources for your response at NeedNotGreed and Cowley Area Transport Group.

XR Oxford Universities is back in class!

XR Oxford Universities is being re-launched, with ambitious plans to mobilise over a hundred students for the biggest XR rebellion yet in April 2023 – join this WhatsApp chat to be part of the new group, and to help build a student activist body for April!

XR activist wins Youth Activist award

Congratulations to Aoife-Mae Kelliher, one of our youngest members, for winning Young Activist in this year’s Oxfordshire Youth Awards. Watch her speech here (at 2:02:00)

“To all the people who want to be activists – remember to stand up for what you believe in. You have a voice!”

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

Resistance Strikes Back!

Dear friends,

Despite the postponement of the Festival of Resistance, it has been an incredible fortnight for XR Oxford. We were a key fixture of the Great Big Green week, with an exhibition at the Old Fire Station, samba drumming for the launch event, and then joining two marches at the end of the week. We were also busy putting together a community climate talk with Dr Emily Cox; we returned to Barclays to keep up the pressure, and we have started getting ready for the Weekend of Resistance.

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October: The XR National Bus Tour visits Oxford (times and locations below)
  • Tuesday 11th October, 7pm:South East Open Call. Hear all about the plan for the weekend.
  • Thursday 13th October: Traffic filters consultation closes.
  • Friday 14th – Sunday 16th October: Weekend of Resistance. A long weekend of action, outreach, workshops, talks and more (London)
  • Monday 7th – Friday 18th November: COP27. We will aim to increase awareness in outreach activities during this period.

Volunteers needed

  • The arts working group is looking for new members! If you want to help create the flags, banners and props that make XR actions so distinctive, and might be able to help run sessions, please get in touch: xroxfordcoordinator@gmail.com
  • Outreachers for the XR Bus: if you can be available anytime on 11th-12th October, we will need outreachers to maximise the impact of the bus!
  • Spending all your time on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or TikTok? Put that experience to good use by joining our social media team. Email xroxfordcomms@gmail.com
  • Handy with a camera? Join the new photographers’ pool. Email xroxfordcomms@gmail.com

News

Bus tour

Beginning on 20 September, the three big, beautiful buses of the XR bus tour are roaming Britain, listening to local people and offering them ways to get involved in the movement to demand action on the climate and ecological crises. One of them is coming our way on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12 October, and we need rebels to join the crew for outreach at all the locations below. We will have speakers, possibly some Samba, artblocking and plenty of outreach materials: 

  • 11 October, 12-4pm: Catte Street OX1 3BW
  • 11 October, 5-7pm: Manzil Way OX4 1GE
  • 12 October, 11.30-2pm: Blackbird Leys Community Centre OX4 6HW
  • 12 October, 2.30-4:30pm: Natural History Museum OX1 3PW

Please join us at any of these locations! If you’re thinking of coming, it would be really helpful if you could let us know by signing up on this rota, so we can get a sense of numbers.

Weekend of Resistance

The Festival of Resistance is back! The schedule and venue have changed since the original September plan, so make sure you’re fully aware of the new plans. Check out the Weekend of Resistance page on the UK website first, then read on here for the Oxford plan.

If you’re going and you’re comfortable sharing your name, please add it to the Oxford spreadsheet.

Alarm Bells at the Old Fire Station

In Oxford, the Extinction Rebellion Art Group have taken over the Old Fire Station with a gallery of stirring artwork used in previous rebellions and actions. The exhibition opened on the September 24th and will conclude in a week, on the 15th October.

A crowd of people attend the opening of the Old Fire Station exhibition.
Photo credit: Feng Ho

Art has played a pivotal role in movements around the world and XR has been no exception. The hand-printed colourful satin flags, banners and props give XR its distinct look. In Oxford too, Nellie- the white elephant has been a consistent protest companion, drawing large crowds as it brings attention to the misdeeds of the biggest polluters and CO2 emitters. The exhibition showcases many such exemplary pieces of protest art as well as powerful testimonials of rebels around Oxford. It also presents inspiring video montages of Oxford rebels in action – including XR Arts members and the iconic Red Rebels.

[ Read all about it here ]

‘Cost of living’ march, 1st October

The XR Oxford samba drummers join the XR Youth 'Cost of Living' march.
Photo credit: Feng Ho

The links between the cost of living crisis and the climate crisis have never been clearer, and our campaigns have been joining forces. On 1st October, XR Youth Oxford brought together the trade unions, Keep Campsfield Closed, Acorn, and other groups for a rally on Broad Street, followed by a march to Manzil Way. At the end of the march, there was a community assembly where groups discussed how to tackle the numerous adversities facing us, and a commitment for greater collaboration between Oxford’s activists.

Community Climate Talk, 4th October

Dr Emily Cox gives a Community Climate Talk.
Photo credit: Suzanne Williams

For a couple of weeks we have been busily inviting people from Oxford to join us to hear about the threat posed by inaction on climate change and what we can do about it together. The evening was very successful: around 40 new people came, the speakers were affecting and inspiring, and the energy in the room afterwards as people gathered in small groups to discuss what was heard, was palpable. The vegan food, courtesy of Waste2Taste CIC, was delicious and disappeared fast! A massive thank you to the speakers: social scientist Dr Emily Cox, a specialist in how people respond to the climate crisis, and Oxford’s own Alan Allport (Canaries) and Abha Jeurker (Geese), who talked about how being in XR empowers them in the face of climate and ecological breakdown. Much love and appreciation to everyone else who helped with the event.

Extinction Rebellion Creative Hub

There is now an opportunity to get your creative writing published in a highly pertinent venue and also do something good for the planet (by highlighting the vital issue of climate change and getting readers to think about it).

Send us your poetry, songs, flash fiction, short stories, prose poems and scripts for plays or films addressing climate justice, the current climate crisis and possible aftermaths and future worlds here on earth.

In an era of soaring temperatures, melting glaciers and raging wildfires climate change has to be the single most pressing topic of this decade, and we have posted lots of powerful, eloquent and provocative pieces on it.

To see prose, poetry and song already published and for submission guidelines go to Extinction Rebellion’s Creative Hub and then create something of your own from your ruminations, speculations, hopes, fears, doubts, dreams and nightmares.

COP27 IN OXFORD

COP27 takes place 7-18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. XR Oxford’s Action Circle would like ideas about activities mainly on the Cornmarket in Oxford, on weekdays during this period.

What kind of activities would you come along and be involved with?

Activities should be:

  • Practical, doable and rely on a limited amount of props
  • Ideally, offer themes for specific days – making their character and appearance different
  • Lead by specific affinity groups or local XR groups from elsewhere in Oxfordshire on some days, with a theme and activities of their choosing
  • Run between 12.00 noon and 2pm on each weekday, to catch the maximum number of people moving over the lunchtime period
  • Thought about in relation to different demographics: how does a particular theme or activity appeal to students/women/ethnic minorities etc?

Please send in your ideas as soon as possible – to stevedawe@gn.apc.org – and we will discuss them in Actions Circle (and other groups realistically) until we have a robust programme.

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

XR Oxford Newsletter – September 2022

The world is heading towards 2-3C of global warming. This sets Earth on course to cross multiple dangerous tipping points that will be disastrous for people across the world. To maintain liveable conditions on Earth and enable stable societies, we must do everything possible to prevent crossing tipping points.

Professor Johan Rockström

Dear friends,

Extinction Rebellion Oxford were deeply disappointed by the postponement of the Festival of Resistance, and we sympathise with the many of you who were frustrated and saddened at losing the opportunity to come together to learn and bond in rebellion. The decision was understandable – whatever your feelings about the monarchy, it is undeniable that the Festival would have been completely overshadowed by current events, and press coverage would have been hostile or non-existent. We thank the organisers of the Festival and Bus Tour for their efforts, and for taking on such a difficult decision. All that energy will not go to waste, as the Tour embarks on its new schedule, and planning ramps up for October 14th. There is plenty to get involved with, and we look forward to seeing you at many of these events in September and October.

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday, 20th September, 6:30-7:30PM: Why Debt Cancellation is Climate Action. Explore the colonial origins of Global South debt, how does debt drives fossil fuel extraction, and why debt justice is essential for climate justice. Register here.
  • Thursday, 22nd September: Take action online or in Reading/London for Loss and Damage Day
  • Friday, 23rd September, 11AMSchool Strike: People not Profit. Organised by Oxford Youth Strike for Climate (Bonn Square)
  • Friday, 23rd September, 5-7PM: Rebel for Life: Love and Rage art exhibition opening night (Old Fire Station). Exhibition continues until 15th October.
  • Saturday, 24th SeptemberGreat Big Green Week begins.
    • Launch event, 10:30AM-4PM in Bonn Square, featuring XR samba and speakers.
    • Talks and art workshops in the Old Fire Station. Booking required (here)
  • Saturdays + Wednesdays 24th September – 15th October: Market stall (Gloucester Green)
  • Saturday, 1st October, 12PMFight the Cost of Living Crisis: March and Community Assembly, organised by XR Youth Oxfordshire (March from Clarendon Building, Broad Street to Manzil Way)
  • Sunday 2nd October, 1.30PMClimate March organised by Oxford4Nature (Broad Street)
  • Tuesday 4th October, 7-9PM: Community Climate Talk (New road Baptist Church, Bonn Square)
  • Saturday 8th October, 12-2PM: Come and help us keep up the pressure on Barclays, Europe’s biggest funder of fossil fuels. We need people to help with outreach / leafletting. More details to follow (Barclays, Cornmarket)
  • Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October: The XR National Bus Tour visits Oxford – look out for more information as it becomes available (times and locations TBC)
  • Friday 14 – Sunday 16th OctoberWeekend of Resistance. A long weekend of action, outreach, workshops, talks and more (London)

Volunteers needed

  • Arts coordination: our much-appreciated Arts coordinator is moving away. The Arts group has made us wonderful actions props, banners and flags over the years, and a functioning Arts group can be massively beneficial to both outreach and rebel wellbeing. If anyone loves XR Oxford Arts and would like to help with keeping it going, please get in touch: xroxfordcoordinator@gmail.com
  • XR Youth Oxfordshire are organising a march to Fight the Cost of Living Crisis on 1st October (details below). If you can help with any of the following, email xroxfordcomms@gmail.com
    • Stewards
    • First-aid
    • Legal observers
    • De-escalators
    • Folding chairs at Manzil Way
  • We will have a market stall on Gloucester Green every Wednesday and Saturday for the three-week duration of the Old Fire Station exhibition. This will be a valuable outreach opportunity. We already have rebels for the stall, but it would be great to have a few more to talk to the public about what we do. Sign-up rota here. We would also appreciate people printing the poster to put up locally.
  • Outreachers for the XR Bus: if you can be available anytime on 11th-12th October, we will need outreachers to maximise the impact of the bus! Save the dates, and we will give more info on times and locations as soon as we have it.

News

Fight the Cost of Living Crisis

As energy prices skyrocket and the government fails to protect the public, we must take action. On Saturday, 1st October, join a coalition of activist groups, organised by XR Youth Oxford. Following strike actions in the morning, we will gather at Broad Street at 12PM, and march to Manzil Way, where a community assembly will take place at 2PM.

The assembly will be a structured way for a group of people to discuss issues or make decisions collectively, so that all voices are heard and valued equally, and no one person or group dominates the discussion. This will be facilitated by two young people from XR Youth Oxford.

This is a family friendly event – children’s activities will be provided!

Community Climate Talk with Dr Emily Cox

We’re inviting the public to a community talk on October 4th, 7-9PM about the climate crisis and what we can do about it. Scientists are touring towns and cities across the country this autumn to share their knowledge about the crisis. They will be joined by members of XR Oxford who will be sharing their experiences of organising and taking action to play their part in creating a healthier and safer planet for children everywhere.

Please join us at New Road Baptist Church, Bonn Square, and please ask your friends, family and colleagues to come and mingle, sit down, share vegan food, and chat with like-minded people from our community. Everyone is welcome – let’s decide together what we can do to change things for the better.

Traffic Filters Consultation

Oxfordshire County Council is holding a consultation about traffic filters proposed for next year. You can make online submissions at this link.

The second public engagement event was postponed, with a new date to be announced. The first event was dominated by the antis. The councillors need to hear from the supporters.

Useful possible questions to ask to give the councillors a chance to talk about the positives

  • My bus journey is getting longer, will this help ?
  • How will it make biking safer ?
  • Will there be new bus routes & where will they go ?
  • I can see 100 day passes per resident per year is proposed. That sounds like too many to get behavioural change. Surely 50 would be ample?

Keep an eye on the website for the new date.

In love and rage,

The XR Oxford Crew

P.S.