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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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Newsletter 27: Global XR Actions

Hell hath no fury like a bank swarmed 25 JUL | Lausanne, Switzerland XR Switzerland saw its first arrests after a hefty police response to an action outside a bank in the city of Lausanne. Around fifty rebels swarmed the road outside the Crédit Suisse HQ, whose heavy fossil fuel investments make it the country’s most polluting bank. Roughly the same number of police appeared within minutes, splitting the protestors into two groups, containing them for three hours, and subjecting them to ID checks and a patronising ‘Don’t do this again’ speech. Eight rebels were then arrested and taken to…

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Newsletter 26: Take an ice-cold sip of Rebellion

(You can sign up to the newsletter here) Rebels in London trying to change how the media covers heatwaves Welcome to our 26th newsletter! The heat just keeps on rising. This week has seen record-breaking temperatures in the UK , across mainland Europe and North America, and “unprecedented” wildfires around the Arctic circle. A recent study found that Europe’s five hottest summers since 1500 have all been in the 21st century. The severe consequences of this increasingly obvious change in the climate have been further illustrated by a study suggesting a ‘substantial…

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Newsletter 26: More news

Real Climate critique of the recent report on the climate benefits of mass tree planting. It seems the effect would be more like ⅕-⅓ of carbon sequestration over 50-100 years rather than the stated ⅔ and ‘this proportion will decrease if emissions continue to grow’. In other words it’s still worth doing (sensitively according to the local variables) but curbing emissions is still the most important thing to do. Deer, sparrows and magpies are all at ‘substantial extinction risk’ because they may not be able to adapt fast enough to the changing climate. ‘What is worrisome is that…

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Newsletter 26: UK local actions

Four rebels arrested at XR Manchester Pension Fund action 19 JUL | GMPF, Manchester A crowd of 60 rebels gathered outside the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to demand that it withdraw its billions from fossil fuel investments. The GMPF is the biggest and dirtiest of its kind in the UK with 10% of its investments (£2bn) in fossil fuels, or fossil fuel investors. Five rebels locked on and glued themselves to the front entrance to show councillors the depth of their feeling about these immoral and untenable investments. Four of these rebels were arrested and taken to two different police…

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The Summer of our Discontent

Summer Uprising special The boats are back! In April, our beloved pink boat caused quite a stir in Oxford Circus. This time, rebels summoned not one but FIVE beautiful bright boats to sail us into the Summer Uprising in FIVE UK cities: Bristol, Leeds, London, Cardiff and Glasgow. And what an Uprising it was! Read on to get a flavour of how the Uprising played out in each city. The creative actions, stirring songs, fiery rebels, and particular messages gave this synchronised rebellion a life of its very own! Contents Bristol Leeds London…

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