De-escalation & Non-violent Culture Training (15th Sept)

Nonviolence is vital for our movement: It’s an absolutely key element of our theory of social change and strategy. It models the world we want to live in and it’s a personal and collective practice which requires commitment.

Nonviolence works because it inspires, builds trust and opens doors for large numbers of people to get involved and express themselves. Beyond blame and judgement, nonviolence recognises that all of us are part of this system and that we live interdependently (what happens to you affects me and vice versa) and all of our futures are at stake.

In the workshop, we will… (depending on the length of the workshop and needs of the group):

  • Explore what nonviolence means to us and why it’s effective.

  • Share practical tools in:

    • Nonviolent atmosphere creation during actions and occupations,

    • 1-2-1 and large crowd deescalation (including during swarming),

    • Utilising song, music and body in deescalation and nonviolent atmosphere creation,

    • Meditation and breath for nonviolence,

    • Internal conflict transformation for your XR groups.

  • ‘Train the trainers’: Support for anyone who’d like to help spread Nonviolence and Deescalation training, or take on another role relating to supporting Nonviolence in XR

This is an indepth workshop, particularly suitable for rebels with pre-existing interest / skills in Nonviolent Atmosphere, NVC (nonviolent communication), de-escalation, conflict transformation, restorative processes, calming space holding (singers and drummers etc) and facilitation.

Musicians / poets / storytellers / meditators (etc. etc.) who may be able to help encourage non-violent atmospheres are especially welcome to come and deepen their skills!

Please bring snacks and food for yourself and / or to share.

There’s no charge for this event, but donations towards our room hire costs will be gratefully received.

Venue
See the booking page for venue details.

Venue accessibility information
The venue is wheelchair accessible. For any access needs, please contact us to ensure that we can do our best to meet them.

October Rebellion: information and preparing for action

This meeting, hosted by our Actions Working Group, will focus on planning and preparing for the October Rebellion in London.

Come along to find out more about the rebellion, think about the practicalities of NVDA, discuss how we will organise ourselves as Oxford XR and share ideas for actions we could take.

This meeting is for everyone interested in taking part in the rebellion, whether or not you usually come to Actions WG meetings.

Venue accessibility information
The rooms we’ve booked are upstairs but there is a lift for access and a disabled toilet downstairs

Non-Violent Direct Action training (17th Sept)

(Update: Corrected date from 19th to 17th)

This training will cover the practice of non-violent techniques, including:

  • the background and rationale behind non-violent direct action
  • the relationship between NVDA and the law, and resources to find out more and decide your level of action
  • how affinity groups take action together
  • passive resistance and practical exercises
  • protecting against burnout in actions, and regenerative actions

Venue
Please see the Eventbrite booking page for venue details.

Venue accessibility information
Disabled parking
Fully accessible with two disabled toilet and shower facilities downstairs and one upstairs. There is an automatic lift to access the first floor.

Non-Violent Direct Action training (4th Oct)

This training will cover the practice of non-violent techniques, including:

  • the background and rationale behind non-violent direct action
  • the relationship between NVDA and the law, and resources to find out more and decide your level of action
  • how affinity groups take action together
  • passive resistance and practical exercises
  • protecting against burnout in actions, and regenerative actions

Venue
See the booking page for venue details.

Venue accessibility information
Ramped access to the building with some public disabled parking spaces. An accessible toilet on the ground floor and a lift to Upstairs Hall.

Swarming & de-escalation practice (plus a picnic!)

Join us for an informal practice of two essential non-violent direct action techniques: swarming and de-escalation! Followed by a picnic in the park to unwind.

SWARMING

Originating from military tactics, swarming as a non-violent protest technique uses speed, agility and fluidity to temporarily hold a space, whether that’s a street or a city, before moving on. Often in small groups, rebels can use it to block roads for defined periods of time in a non-violent, disruptive way. You can see it in action in The Guardian’s Climate activists block London bridges in ‘swarming’ protest video.

DE-ESCALATION

De-escalation is an essential tool in your non-violent action toolkit, in order to keep situations peaceful and minimize risks to yours and other’s safety. Often during protests, especially during roadblocks and other disruptive actions, emotions are high and conflicts with the people affected (e.g. drivers) can arise. Knowing some de-escalation tricks can help calm an otherwise volatile situation.

We’ll be practising these techniques in a relaxed and collective way, followed by a picnic, so bring picnic food if you’d like to stay afterwards! The session should last until roughly 12.30-1pm, with the picnic afterwards.

Please note that we may practice swarming techniques on quiet stretches of road behind University parks – failing that, on paths with the parks itself.

For any questions, please email Lucy on lucywalters185@gmail.com

Venue

South-West Entrance of Oxford University Parks, OX1 3QD

Venue accessibility information

Much of University parks is accessible, but there is some uneven terrain.

Let us know beforehand if you have any mobility issues that we need to be aware of to help you to participate.

XR Oxford Non-Violent Direct Action Training

Get prepared to take part in non-violent direct actions with Extinction Rebellion!

XR Oxford is offering free NVDA training for all those interested in getting involved in our direct actions.

30 spaces available and booking essential via Eventbrite (link below).

Information about the Training:

Extinction Rebellion is a peaceful movement addressing the climate crisis through non violent direct action (NVDA).

This training will cover the practice of non-violent techniques, including:

– the background and rationale behind non-violent direct action
– the relationship between NVDA and the law, and resources to find out more and decide your level of action
– how affinity groups take action together
– passive resistance and practical exercises
– protecting against burnout in actions, and regenerative actions

Parts of this training will be active – please wear comfortable clothes! And let us know if you have any access or participation issues that we can be aware of, to help you participate fully. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilet facilities.

The training takes 3 hours, and there will be a break in the middle, so please bring your own water and snacks if required.

We will ask for contributions on the night, from anyone who feels able to, towards the cost of the venue hire. Please bring some change if you can.