Change is NOW > Decide Together
The Midlands had a fantastic turnout on Saturday. THANK YOU for your passion, rage and consideration to do these protests safely and socially distanced. We had around 2000 rebels across the country who took part in this SILENT, SOCIALLY DISTANCED protest in over 100 locations. In the midlands, we had 388 rebels who took part from over 22 local groups
Scroll to the bottom of this email for some images from around the midlands.
Check out the Twitter thread highlighting Midlands Stories here
Check out a video about Saturday’s action here
Last week kicked off with the Public Accounts Committee report finding HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport had lied about the fact they knew the project couldn’t be delivered on time, on budget or on scope. Out of control from the start, HS2 is wasting billions of pounds at a time the NHS badly needs support. Instead, while the country’s in lockdown, HS2 ploughs ahead, felling ancient trees during nesting and breeding season and threatening precious native wildlife, including birds and protected bat species. The destruction is happening right now - but you can help. Protests continue along the route, from London to Birmingham, with brave protectors in trees and woodland camps. To find out how you can support, go to the HS2 Rebellion website, and follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stand for nature. Stand for the NHS. Rebel for life!
We have 1 more Facilitation Trainings in the midlands! Places are limited so please register via Eventbrite to get the link. This training is to support Meeting Facilitation in local groups/working groups. Please share in your regional networks.
Tuesday 9th June 10:00-12:00 LINK
Check out more Midlands trainings here.
Campaigns to Know AboutWinds Of Change
Film Screenings: To inspire hopes and dreams for a greener, fairer future, the 'Winds Of Change' campaign invites XR Local Groups to organise their own screenings of documentary film ‘2040’, through an exclusive and customisable online platform, and design the discussion afterwards to resemble a people’s assembly. By featuring some of the best climate solutions, such as Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics Model, ‘2040’ shows us a hopeful, regenerative and empowering vision of our future and that #AnotherWorldIsPossible!
XR Local Groups will have the exclusive price of just £1 per rebel for a group of 30 to 100 people. Find further details here.
Get Creative: In these socially distanced times, many of us are looking for new ways to communicate our commitment to the planet and humanity. #WindsOfChange is a powerful action we can participate in, from our front gardens and balconies and is a great creative action for families. Declare your will for a green and just world by putting a #WindsOfChange poster in your window and a paper windsock on your washing line, hang an origami mobile from your porch or put a pinwheel on your gatepost. You could even take a pinwheel for a bike ride or out on your daily walk. Explore our beautiful Action Guidelines document for ideas, full video tutorials and family friendly, printable templates.
Encourage your street to join in or batch produce some wind catchers and offer one to each of your neighbours to display. The conversations you start with new people are key to spreading the will for a future focussed on wellbeing and a thriving environment - this is the green version of ‘Rainbows’. It will also begin the important work of recruiting more rebels to Extinction Rebellion.
Coming soon, #WindsOfChange rebels will be flying kites and other #UnifyingFlyingObjects ‘out in the world’ and 'across the country’, in a kite flying action every month. So get your creative juices flowing and join the Telegram chat.
"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” - Arundhati Roy, War Talk
THE REBEL TRAIL
On the morning of June 20th, Extinction Rebellion with communities and groups which stand for people and planet will depart Birmingham Curzon Street and walk to London along the route of High Speed 2. 125 miles. 7 days. Click here for details.
Paint the streets
If you haven't already, the ongoing paint the streets campaign social medias are linked here. Go follow them on Instagram and Facebook to see amazing street art. They’ll also share your beautiful work so please tag any images on social media #paintthestreets #rewild (please include your location so we can credit you). Also tag our midlands account in your posts: @midlandsxr
No Going Back - Another World is Possible
NO GOING BACK
Every Sunday at 10am, stand in a safe, socially-distant place.
Hold a sign about how YOU want an environmentally & socially-just society.
Wear a face-mask & protest silently.
If you want to, find a space where other people are doing the same & be 'Alone Together'.
Take a photo & upload to social media with #NoGoingBack
If you don't mind us using your images - post your photos on the Action FB page
Watch the Action Video Brief here
Also, send any pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a Facebook group for the action.
Zoom Security Guide
Due to the open nature of zoom calls, there is the possibility for ‘Zoom-Bombings’, and they can be distressing. We must protect our groups and audiences. Luckily, there are a few easy Settings we can use, but they are not default - so follow the instructions outlined in this Zoom Security Guide
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Love & Rage,
The XR Midlands Media & Messaging Team
XRUK Black Lives Matter StatementExtinction Rebellion UK stands in solidarity with those in the US mourning and raging in memory of George Floyd and of so many others.
How many final straws will there be?
We stand alongside all those who are fighting for a world where the casual murder of black and brown people is a distant nightmare.
Black Lives Matter.
Illustration by Sacrée Frangine
Climate Justice IS Social Justice
Climate and environmental justice is far more than the reduction of emissions alone. There will be little progress if we separate the ecological issue from the social factors driving extractivism and destruction. Without social justice for marginalised and oppressed peoples we cannot build a sustainable future.
Black and brown people in the Global South are disproportionately affected by climate change and ecological destruction, for which the Global North is largely responsible. In the UK, we must acknowledge our colonial past and that racist structures are still in place. If we do not acknowledge these injustices in our wider society, we will not be able to confront them within our movement.
In the Midlands, we had an open Conversation around solidarity and effective allyship last night, and it was agreed we want a global justice working group to champion the interweaving of climate justice with social justice.
For now, check out this document for Anti-Racism Resources, and share widely.