Trials

Video: Why I Became an Activist

Tom Hardy, 65, is a semi-retired teacher and academic writer from Islington, London. He will be on trial in January: “Our parents’ generation feared enemy action. Our children’s generation fear inaction. And the actions that we have taken this year have been more vital than anything.” Last October, I woke up one fine morning, switched on the radio, and heard that we had 12 years left. I had led a carefree life up until then, but the idea of being carefree was no longer a thing. I suddenly had images of my children’s generation being one that will witness the…

April Rebellion London Section 14 Teachers Trials Video Writers
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A rare and fine result for Elinor Milne

On Friday 20 September, Elinor Milne (far left) a 35 year old human rights worker who is planning to adopt a child, became the first of our defendants to receive an absolute discharge – an extremely rare and significant result. Judge Snow decided not to impose punishment, despite Elinor’s guilty plea, out of concern for “an infant in need of a loving home”. This is the statement she read out in court before he made his decision. “Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. Firstly, I would like to apologise to those people whose lives were disrupted…

April Rebellion News Plea hearings Section 14 XR Jews
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What did you do when the Earth was unravelling?

Jane Baker, 64, a retired NHS speech therapist from Exeter read out this statment in mitigation when she pleaded guilty to “not moving when asked from Waterloo Bridge”. She was appearing at City of London Magistrates Court on 6th September before District Judge Rimmer.“I want to apologise for the necessary disruption caused at the April Rebellion. This has been quite a week for me. Yesterday I retired from 38 years of Public Service in the NHS. Today I am in court for a Public Order Offence for my part in Extinction Rebellion’s non-violent direct action. Tomorrow is my Grandson Zachary’s…

Devon Grandparents Health practitioners Mitigation statements
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Court Dispatches

During the April Rebellion, over 1,000 people were arrested. Teachers and tradesmen, doctors and carers, gardeners and psychotherapists, teenagers and grandparents: Ordinary people of every age from every walk of life, and from around the country helped sound the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis.  Nearly all of those people are now being prosecuted through the magistrates courts, with many pleading not guilty and trials set to take place through to January and beyond.  A number of others who committed more serious offences – disrupting a Docklands Light Railway train, shattering a window at Shell’s HQ – are awaiting…

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