XR’s People’s Assemblies: Mapping out the future of fashion

when

From:
08 October 2019
16:00 (UTC +01:00)

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Until:
16 October 2019
18:00 (UTC +01:00)

where

Trafalgar Square

type

Activity/Event

hosted by

XR Boycott Fashion

WEDNESDAY 9TH: UPCYCLING MATERIALS: CRAFT AND A RETURN TO MAKING
A People’s Assembly hosted by Michelle Lowe-Holder, artist and maker and Chekii Harling of Trash 4 Gold.

THURSDAY 10TH: CHANGE THE WORLD, NOT JUST YOUR WARDROBE
Journalist and activist, Tansy Hoskins in conversation with Asad Rehman, Executive Director of War on Want. After the conversation, we will split into breakout groups to discuss.

FRIDAY 11TH: BODY DYSMORPHIA IN FASHION
Debra Bourne, campaigner for diversity in fashion in conversation with designer Sinead O’Dwyer about this issue. After the conversation, we will split into breakout groups and we’ll be joined by designer Phoebe English as we discuss visioning a way forward.

SATURDAY 12TH: FASHION, TELL THE TRUTH
Representatives from XR Boycott Fashion in conversation with Patrick McDowell and Elliot Atkinson of design collective, Bite Studios. After the conversation, we will split into breakout groups to discuss.

SUNDAY 13TH: FASHION EDUCATION EMERGENCY
Fashion education is out of sync with the time. Alice Wilby, Sustainable Fashion, short course tutor at Central St Martins and Laura Krarup Frandsen, a recent RCA fashion graduate who refuses to make a graduate collection, will talk about fashion education now, before we enter into breakout groups to discuss.

ABOUT THESE ASSEMBLIES
Whether you’re a fashion creative, technician, business person, communicator or consumer, everyone is welcome to have their say. See below for the schedule. We are situated in XR Burning Earth. See here for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/520106715443293/

Fashion is a powerful tool of communication. If we can harness it for the struggle to save all life on earth, it could be a game changer.

But, as it stands, the fashion industry uses its power of persuasion to fuel consumerism. This employs a vast number of people but at the expense of our environment, our life support system. We need to talk talk about the hard realities of what the future holds for fashion and those it employees.

But let’s also discuss how fashion can hold the key to a better future. Those in fashion have creative and innovative minds. Let’s get together and map out how we can use our skills to save all life on earth.

THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT
Dress warm and bring waterproofs. This is a road block and might move or be shut down. Do check here on on our Instagram @xr.boycottfashion for updates.

Want to get involved? Email us at XR.Boycottfashion@gmail.com

WHAT IS A PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY?
People’s assemblies are a way for a group of people to discuss issues or make decisions collectively, so that all voices are heard and valued equally and no one person or group is able to dominate the process.

Extinction Rebellion uses participatory democracy processes, such as people’s assemblies, in order to model participatory democracy within the movement, generate ideas, gather feedback and make decisions.

For many of the assemblies we are hosting, we’ll start with a conversation before breaking into a People’s Assembly format.

MIGHT I GET ARRESTED?
The police will be there, but you don’t have to be arrested to take part – we need everyone! The majority of people at the rebellion are new to activism, so don’t be worried about coming down, as you won’t be alone. We have a right to peaceful non-violent protest, and the police must facilitate that. They have to give you a warning if you’re in the wrong place, so you’ll have a chance to leave if you want to avoid being arrested.

Legal observers in orange bibs will be there to record what the police are doing, and stewards and de-escalators will help make sure nothing gets out of hand. XR is a non-violent movement, and this will be a strictly non-violent protest. Please also remember it’s part of the agreement in XR we don’t take drugs or alcohol on our actions.

Police officers, particularly Police Liaison Officers in blue bibs, may talk to you. They are usually trying to gather information even in ‘friendly chats’, so please be careful what you say if you say anything at all. XR police liaisons will we present to negotiate with police where needed, so don’t pass on messages or speak on behalf of others.

For every arrestable in the Rebellion, we need at least 10 non-arrestable people behind them, organizing stuff and supporting. There are plenty of volunteer roles (more info below) and ways you can help out without being arrested. The XR community is built on love and trust in each other. We are all crew, and we need every pair of hands we can get to help. You will be welcomed as part of the family.

If you are willing to risk arrest, we salute you! There is no greater cause to make a sacrifice for on this green Earth than this green Earth itself. Make sure you’re mentally, physically and logistically prepared. If you want to take part as an arrestable on the 7th or another day, please make sure you’ve done an XR Non-Violent Direct Action training, and joined an Affinity Group of XR activists to take part in actions (affinity group signup below).

If you’re new to this and are considering taking part in actions later in the Rebellion, come to Trafalgar Square to learn more, get an induction to XR, or take part in a training. There are lots of workshops and many ways to get involved!

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