Singing and outreach at Westgate Centre

Friday 29th is Black Friday, and the Westgate will be thronged with after-work shoppers. We plan to bring our very own Oxford version of the ‘glorious rabble’ into the shopping centre for an impromptu singing ‘flashmob’.

We will be singing to draw shoppers attention to the Climate Emergency, and leafleting / talking to shoppers about XR, our demands and how to get involved. This will NOT be about ‘blaming and shaming’ individual shoppers or telling people not to shop – we need system change, not just individual behaviour change. We will need people to sing AND people to hand out leaflets and chat to shoppers.

If you would like to join the singing, we will be having a rehearsal at East Oxford Community Centre next Wednesday (20th), from 8.30pm. All are welcome, and no previous experience is required! The songs / chants are easy to learn and people will be on hand to teach them to us. The more people come and sing, the more powerful and dramatic the action will be.

We also need people to hand out leaflets and chat to shoppers from 4pm (when XR Youth have an action in the Westgate) right through to 6.30pm. If you can help for an hour or two, please either contact the outreach working group (xroxfordoutreach@gmail.com) OR just show up on the day.


Venue
Westgate Centre, Oxford

Venue accessibility information
Fully accessible

XR Hunger Strike Awareness Action

There will be an outreaching action in solidarity with the XR Global Hunger strike on Friday from 5.30-6.30pm at Bonn Square.

The focus will be on hunger caused by the climate crisis, and the ecological impact of our food choices. Feel free to come (regardless of whether you have participated or are participating in the hunger strike) and bring signs that relate to one or both of these topics.

To clarify, under 18-year-olds are NOT allowed to hunger strike for more than 24 hours. We hope to see you there!

Venue
Bonn Square, Town

International Rebellion – October 2019

🌎 ⏳WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL REBELLION⏳🌎

Starting on October 7th, Extinction Rebellion groups across the world will gather in key cities to rebel.

It’s going to be huge.

Time is running out. Climate and ecological breakdown has already begun. Leading scientists and public figures (including the UN Secretary-General) have estimated we have as little as 18 months to turn it around.

The situation is urgent and we need to ACT NOW ⏳

In the UK, we will peacefully shut down all roads into Westminster in Central London and nonviolently disrupt the government until our leaders agree to TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION NOW. Other nonviolent actions will target corporations, ministries and infrastructure that maintain our toxic system. (You can stay up-to-date with plans at urlzs.com/RppA8)

In April and July, we sounded the alarm with disruption across the nation. None of our demands have been met. So now, we must confront the elites who profit massively from driving us all headlong towards extinction.

We will rebel for as long as it takes for our government to wake up and realise the death sentence they are giving our young people. Not to mention the loss of biodiversity and the countless species that are being pushed to the brink of extinction through our failure to act.

Respect existence or expect resistance. 👊🏽👊👊🏿

Tell your friends, your kids, your parents, your cousins, your neighbours, your neighbours’ cousins, your workplace acquaintances, and even that stranger at the bus stop.

We ALL need to stand up for our future.

Help spread the word and get involved:

  1. 👉 SHARE THIS EVENT on social media, even if you’re not a frequent poster, it’s one of the most effective ways to raise the alarm.
  2. 👉🏿 GET PLANNING and get linked into your local group, these small units are vital to organising during the Rebellion. rebellion.earth/act-now/local-groups/And this is not just for people willing to risk arrest. There are all sorts of roles that are vital to the Rebellion and keeping rebels safe, organised and well-fed on the streets.
  3. 👉🏾 START THINKING ABOUT YOUR ROLE. We need savvy cooks, admin legends, action designers, sanitation pros, financial whizzes, social media gurus, prominent spokespeople, legal observers, super-practical builders and fixers, musicians, logistics experts. And loads more. Explore our groups at rebellion.earth/act-now/resources/ (More info to follow)
  4. 👉🏼 DONATE. If you’re short on time but could give money, donate to the Rebellion at rebellion.earth/donate/.

This Rebellion needs everyone. If you think you have nothing to contribute, think again. Bring yourself, and that will be enough.

See you on the streets. 🌏🌎🌍

XR Oxford Art-Science Extravaganza

Extinction Rebellion Oxford - An art-science extravaganza

Join us for an extravaganza in collaboration with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, with mass actions and talks taking local public awareness of the climate crisis to a new level.

Expect…

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

We are collaborating with the Museum for this event, so there is no arrest risk for this action. It will be very family-friendly.

Click here for more details in the event guide.

Email: XROxfordArts@gmail.com – to take part in the performance actions or to get involved with helping on the day.

Programme

  • Event start: 10:30 – Welcome Performance & Talk
    In collaboration with the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), the Welcome Performance highlights life threatening deforestation caused by unsustainable palm oil production. SOS will also launch its campaign to make Oxford a Sustainable Palm Oil City.
  • Welcome Performance: 10:30 – 10:50
  • XR Talk: Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it) 11:00 – 12:15
  • End of Talk Performance Action 12:15 – 12:30

The Welcome performance will be repeated at 14:00, with the second Heading for Extinction talk at 14:30 ending with the final End of Talk performance action at 15:45

A diverse programme of activities has been designed to communicate the climate and ecological crises:

Films

Other activities

  • Masked Intervention by XR Youth & School Strike members 11:30 – 16:00
  • Story telling for children and adults (approx 15 mins) 11:00 and 15:15
  • Story telling for children (approx 15 mins) 11:30 and 14:30
  • Poetry Reading (Museum Poets) 12:45 – 13:45

Workshops

  • ‘Lets talk about Climate’ OUMNH Workshop for 15-19 year-olds – 10:00 – 14:00
  • XR Active Hope Workshop 13:00 – 14:00
  • Oxford’s first Citizen’s Assembly 14:10 – 15:10
  • Low Carbon West Oxford & Kids Climate Action Network: Talking to kids about climate change in a safe and empowering way. 14:30 – 15:30
  • Introduction to XR 15:30 – 16:30

Drop in sessions

  • Sumatran Orangutan Society: (SOS)
  • Sustainable Palm Oil City, Oxford 10:30 – 16:00
  • Bumble bee activities for primary age 11:00 – 16:00
  • Draw Heat Burn Art making workshop 11:00 – 16:00
  • Animation workshop for young people 12:45 – 16:00

Family bike ride in support of the Global Climate Strike

Oxford Extinction Rebellion are joining forces with Parents for Future in a mass family bike ride to show support for the Global Climate Strike.

We will be setting off around 5.00pm from several locations around Oxford and then cycling into the city centre, converging on Radcliffe Square at 6pm to sing a couple of songs and hopefully encircle the Radcliffe Camera. After this we will cycle a short loop of the city centre as one big group before going our separate ways.

Please note that this is not a supervised or stewarded event, and everyone is responsible for their own and their children’s safety. The final decision about the route to take will be made collectively at each starting point, taking into account the needs of the riders, and the ride will be at children’s pace so no-one is left behind.

We will have a small number of customised Hi Vis vests and lots of bike flags to lend out. Please bring your own decorations and messaging too.

Venue
There will be 5 routes into Oxford, as follows:

  • West Oxford:
    • Leave Eynsham, Red Lion Square 4:55pm,
    • Fogwell Road, recreation ground entrance 5:20pm,
    • Seacourt Inn pub. Botley 5:30pm,
    • arrive Radcliffe Square, Oxford 5:50pm.
  • South / East Oxford:
    • Leave Sea Scouts (Meadow Lane) 5.30pm,
    • possible earlier start from Oxford Business Park to join this route.
  • Headington:
    • Leave Bury Knowle Park entrance 5.10pm,
    • JR / Manor Surgery Green off Osler Road at 5.20pm,
    • Pullens / Jack Straw Lane off Headley Way at 5.40pm.
  • North Oxford:
    • Leave car park / garage area behind BBC Oxford at 5.30 pm.
  • Marston:
    • Setting off at 5.30pm from the New Marston Croft Road recreation ground.

Venue accessibility information
All venues are on the street

Global Climate Strike

In May this year, Greta Thunberg and 46 youth climate activists put out the following call:

“Young people have led the climate strikes. Now we need adults to join us too. We can’t stave off global heating by ourselves. Together, on 20 September, we can unleash mass resistance.”

This is our chance to stand in solidarity with the young generation. Greta Thunberg and youth strikers have inspired the world. And people from all walks of life are responding. This September, throughout the world, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young
climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it! No more “business as usual”. We demand climate justice for everyone.

In Britain the 20th September Climate Strike has backing from the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN), the Campaign against Climate Change (CaCC), Extinction Rebellion and a number of trade unions. A motion calling upon the TUC to call a 30 min stoppage has been passed unanimously at the UCU NEC. This will now go
to the TUC which starts on 8th September. Trade union activists up and down the country are building for some sort of action on 20th.

But you don’t have to work through the trade unions to support this Climate Strike.
What everyone can do:

  • Draw up a simple petition, suitable for your workplace, to support “action” on 20th September and go round your work mates to see who will sign it. If possible hold a lunch time meeting to discuss this.
  • If you are not in work, discuss the 20th September with your friends and arrange to take part together.
  • On 20th Sept get together with workmates and friends and take time off from work, or a long lunch break or strike action, in order to join others in Broad Street in the centre of Oxford. Bring your trade union banner and your placards.

Update 2019-07-28: Location changed from Bonn Square to Broad Street.

ReDeclaration of Rebellion

Along with many XR groups around the country we will be marking the anniversary of the first Declaration of rebellion by reading out a ReDeclaration of Rebellion. We will be letting the government, and Oxfordshire County Council, know that they must ACT NOW. Please come with colourful flags and banners and add your voice.

Venue
At the entrance to County Hall, New Street Oxford OX1 1ND

Venue accessibility information
Accessible

Oxford goes to Project Mushroom / The Summer Uprising

Calling all Oxford-based rebels! We won’t stop rising until the waters do too – and it’s once again time to show this to the world! We’ll be going down to London to spend a week showing the government that now they have told the truth, they must now act as if the truth is real, and ACT NOW!

We’ll meet at Gloucester Green Bus Station at 9am Monday to head down to London (specific location will be publicised ASAP), and from there will head to a camping spot that evening where we shall spend the rest of the week. However long you can make it is long enough, how many people you can bring along is company enough, so if you can then please do!

See the XR Oxford Facebook event for Oxford updates.

See central XR for more details about the summer uprising.

XRO Street-party and disruptive action targeting Barclays bank for its fossil fuel investments

Barclays is the #1 UK bank investing in fossil fuels, including toxic tar sands and fracking, literally threatening the collapse of civilisation due to climate breakdown.

They have ignored requests to stop so many times that we are now asking by engaging in peaceful disruption of their activities.

This event will involve a street-party on pedestrianised Cornmarket street (arrest risk: tiny) with the aim of reaching out to the public to inform them about the climate and ecological crises and our response, and a disruptive event inside the bank (arrest risk: near zero or low, depending on whether you leave when asked).

Music from the Rebel Folk Scratch Band at 11:00 (folk musicians welcome to spontaneously join), Rebel DJs later.

If you are interested in the disruptive element, please contact jonathanleggett@protonmail.com for details.