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Announcements #1: “What’s the point?”

Dear rebels, “What’s the point of me studying science, when all you do is ignore it?” “What’s the point of training to be an athlete, when I won’t have clean air to breathe?” “What’s the point of studying history, when all of humanity is heading towards becoming history?” See what school strikers in India have to say. Young people across the world are voicing the questions and rage we all sit with every day. Because, unless we act now there is no point. And we all know there is no time to dwell in…

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October 7th is coming: Get Ready for Rebellion

A Rebel in NYC climbed the 12+ storey Unisphere to hang a banner over Brazil on the map, highlighting the crisis in the Amazon. Dear rebels, As you may know, the international newsletter team is taking a break for a couple of issues to make sure we’re in top shape for the October Rebellion. However, the news never sleeps. In light of this, here’s a round-up of some important announcements for XR UK as we go into the final month before the 7th of October. We’ve got some key events this month for any rebels itching for some action, as…

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Northern Rebellion: a rebel write-up

We’ve come to the end of our four-day Northern Rebellion. What an extraordinary experience. My first time at anything like this. These are  some of my personal recollections from those four days. Now, almost immediately we are into the preparation for International Rebellion London.  We occupied one of Manchester’s most polluted roads and shopping streets – Deansgate – for 4 days. We were there to stand up and be counted. We were there to highlight the need to address Manchester’s failure to meet legal air quality standards. And, we were there to prepare for London.  The Northern Rebellion  started in…

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A Movement of Movements for the October Rebellion

Queries and Contact: alliance@rebellion.earth Memorandum of Understanding for interested groups Extinction Rebellion has introduced a Movement of Movements strategy as a crucial part of the International Rebellion in October and beyond. This approach will see a range of groups – often putting aside their differences – to take to the streets together in a unified call for immediate action on the climate and ecological emergency. The initiative aims to include a wide range of groups from across society – doctors, farmers, animal justice activists, academics, faith communities, as well as international solidarity, peace, women’s, youth, elders, and…

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Newsletter 28 – Murder in the Amazon

Rebels all over the world watch heartbroken as fires devastate the Amazon. Known to many as ‘the lungs of the Earth’, the rainforest is a vital organ of our living planet whose health hangs in the balance. The record-breaking fires are casting a shadow on over half the area of Brazil and are visible from space. On Monday, Sao Paolo was plunged into an unnatural ash-filled darkness in the middle of the day, and the ash cloud has now reached Peru. But the most traumatic effects are undoubtedly felt by those who call this forest home,…

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History Corner – Peterloo

August 16th saw the 200th anniversary of the notorious Peterloo Massacre of 1819 in which mounted cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 60,000-80,000 people in Manchester, killing 11-15 and wounding up to 700. They had assembled to demand parliamentary reform and to protest against the poverty and inequality afflicting the general population, especially in the north of England. The Peterloo Campaign website has a brief summary of the events of that day and a poignant eyewitness account by Samuel Bamford, the radical reformer accused of treason and later imprisoned for 1 year on incitement…

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XR Unchained

Welcome to XR Unchained! As much as we’d love to squeeze every action we hear about into the email, it simply can’t be done! XR Unchained will be a new source of rebel actions, celebrating the efforts of XR from all corners of the world. If you want to see your action here, please email your story and most exciting photo to xr-newsletter@protonmail.com with ‘Story Contribution’ in the subject line. Western Australian Rebels declare rebellion 15 AUG | Parliament House, Perth, Australia Herbert Bropho conducts a traditional smoking ceremony XR Western Australia came together for a joyful, bright…

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Newsletter 27: Crikey! Disobedience down under!

(Sign up to the newsletter here) Welcome to our 27th newsletter! Mysterious symbol crops up in UK countryside Congratulations, you made it through the hottest month ever recorded. You know there’s something wrong when it’s 35°C (95°F) in Sweden, just north of the Arctic Circle, and there are wildfires in Siberia. Glaciers are melting so fast they are being described as ‘roaring’, and there was even a plaque to commemorate the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change. Its name was Okjökull, or ‘Ok’ for short. Suffice it to…

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Newsletter 27: Crikey! Disobedience down under!

Mysterious symbol crops up in UK countryside Congratulations, you made it through the hottest month ever recorded. You know there’s something wrong when it’s 35°C (95°F) in Sweden, just north of the Arctic Circle, and there are wildfires in Siberia. Glaciers are melting so fast they are being described as ‘roaring’, and there was even a plaque to commemorate the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change. Its name was Okjökull, or ‘Ok’ for short. Suffice it to say, Ok is not OK! 40,000 litres of oil spilled into the sea…

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Newsletter 27: History Corner

(image source) With a right-wing think tank now beginning to use the ‘t’ word to describe XR, now might be a good time to look at a period in the early 00s known as the ‘Green Scare’, when environmental activists in the US were routinely referred to as ‘domestic extremists’ and ‘terrorists’ and treated as such by the police, intelligence agencies and the legal system. This 2008 Crimethinc article goes into detail on the activist background of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front, the decade-long FBI investigation known as ‘Operation Backfire,’ and describes the…

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