Extinction Rebellion UK’s relationship with Green and Black Cross – Response to GBC’s letter

This response was originally published in the XR newsletter on Wednesday 29th May 2019. Thank you, Green and Black Cross Thank you, Green and Black Cross, for everything you’ve done to support the right to protest in the UK and empower Extinction Rebellion to take mass civil disobedience on the climate and ecological emergency. Extinction Rebellion is immensely grateful for the support Green and Black Cross (GBC) have given to individuals and the whole movement in the UK. From being integral in establishing Extinction Rebellion’s Legal Support working group in Nov 2018, to fielding calls to support Legal Observers (LO’s)…

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XR’s Position on Local/Regional Citizens’ Assemblies

It is heartening to see deliberative democracy taking root across the UK with places such as Oxford and Cambridge committing to citizens’ assemblies; a principle and practice we hope will flourish across the country—and world—as it is integral to changing the system that has brought us to the edge of extinction. A citizens’ assembly is one amongst many forms of deliberative methods that involve citizens in the governance of their country, cities, towns and villages. There are many forms of deliberative processes that all involve discussing and debating with peers, such as citizens’ panels, citizens’ summits,…

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Newsletter 22 – Get ready for a Civil Summer!

A human artwork from XR France Welcome to our 22nd newsletter! This week saw some inspiring non-XR actions from the Youth Climate Strike and Greenpeace, and there are more to come, with exciting plans shaping up from Ende G and the Vienna climate camp. These actions are met by XR with support and solidarity. The change we want to see requires a whole movement of movements, and we are continually grateful to the many non-XR activists out there in the global north and global south, who are organising tirelessly and demanding urgent action from…

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XR Business: Public Correction

For immediate release 27th May 2019 On 22nd April 2019, a letter appeared in The Times announcing XR Business. It was signed by twenty leaders and former leaders of businesses, as well as by two Extinction Rebellion (XR) people in the UK, Gail Bradbrook, co-founder, and Fiona Ellis. The project aimed to partner in some way with business in addressing the planetary challenges we all face. It also published a website (which has been since taken down). This happened in some haste in a particularly busy time, without full consideration by colleagues in XR UK and without the consent or…

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Extinction Rebellion statement on Met police call for 1,130 protesters to be charged

Email: press@risingup.org.uk Phone:  +447305700176, +447804743058, +447802865819; +447944894190; +447561098449; +447549766448; +447904735749; +447986671716; +447918165046; +447479234522 Website: https://rebellion.earth/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellion/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR  #ExtinctionRebellion Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/extinctionrebellion/ Photos/videos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1m1v7Cs8JFkDM1gHp45OF-NwwhLzPZJO8 NEW – What emergency? https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/the-emergency/   In April, thousands of people took to the streets of London due to the climate and ecological emergency we face, with many of them willing to be arrested for this cause, for life itself. More than 1,130 put their bodies on the line to secure our future and were arrested during non-violent civil disobedience. Those people come from all walks of life; they…

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Basic Standards for Organising Citizens’ Assemblies

Written by Marcin Gerwin There’s been an explosion of interest in organising Citizens’ Assemblies on climate change. This is really exciting. Citizen’s Assemblies will create the political motivation to implement policies to protect UK and global citizens from the effects of our warming climate and prevent further biodiversity loss. I have no doubt that recommendations coming from citizens will be strong and far-reaching – people understand both the urgency of the climate crisis and our dependence on biodiversity. However, for a Citizens’ Assembly to work well and be truly democratic, there are some basic principles that must…

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