April Rebellion

Zoe Jones: Our Legal System is Failing to Protect Us

Mitigation statement delivered by Zoe Jones, 23, a charity worker from Bristol, when she pleaded guilty in October to breaching Section 14 of the Public Order Act during the April Rebellion. “I come here today in the interest of transparency and truth. Truthfully, I was a complete nerd at school. I loved to learn, and I couldn’t bear to disappoint people, or to be in trouble. I believed the rules were there for a reason. I was sure that if you were kind and good, you would have the chance to live a good life.  It’s been 8 years…

April Rebellion Bristol Mitigation statements Plea hearings Section 14
Read full post

Rebel Who Glued On in Court Sent to Prison

Melanie Edwards, a carer from South Wales, has been sentenced to seven days in prison for glueing herself on in court during her own trial.  She was found guilty of contempt of court and is serving out her sentence at Bronzefield Prison in Ashford, becoming the first Extinction Rebellion protestor to receive a custodial sentence.  Melanie, 41, glued one of her hands to the witness stand during her trial at City of London Magistrates Court on Monday. She then read out a letter explaining her action, which was taken into evidence as part of her testimony. Witnesses said those present…

April Rebellion News Trials Wales
Read full post

XR & the Police – Extinction Rebellion Podcast Special 2.7

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Podomatic Live on all platforms NOW Extinction Rebellion have always had a controversial relationship with the police. During the April Rebellion, there were chants of “we love you” and a practice of liaising with the police before actions. During the October rebellion, this relationship became much more conflictual. This episode tracks those changes and is a prelude to a more in depth podcast, coming this winter. Speakers include Sian Berry (Co-Leader of the Green Party), George Monbiot (The Guardian Columnist), Rupert Read (Extinction Rebellion Spokesperson), XR lawyers, and…

#EverybodyNow april April Rebellion exinctionrebellion Extinction Rebellion extinction rebellion podcast extinctionrebellionpodcast George Monbiot Green party october october rebellion octoberrebellion police rupert read Sian Berry The Guardian trafalgar square xr disabled rebels xr lawyers XRpodcast
Read full post

Our April Arrestees in Numbers

For several weeks during the summer, a pair of reporters from Tortoise Media came to our regular Friday plea hearings. Last week they published their report, an in-depth look at how we’re taking out truth to the courts. As well as featuring a few of our defendants, they also produced some fascinating data visualisations that demonstrate the breadth of the movement. Reproduced with kind permission below. How many were arrested and at what cost to the Met? How old are the arrested rebels? Where are they from? What has happened to them so…

April Rebellion Data Media Watch Plea hearings
Read full post

Video: My World was Blown Apart and Brought Together at The Same Time

Ele Waters, 46, from Liskeard Cornwall runs a natural burial site and is building her own off-grid home in a permaculture community. She is pleading not guilty after being arrested in April. “I’ve been a permaculturist now for 26 years, and we’ve planted 21,000 trees, we set up a natural burial site, we live off-grid, built our own house. Feeling really good about it. But then the IPCC report came out and I realised that what we were doing was great, but it was not enough to make the change needed in the time we have left. So I…

April Rebellion Cornwall Section 14 Video
Read full post

Cecily Bedner: This Was An Act of Self Defence

Cecily Bedner, 20, a film and digital arts student from Plymouth, told the court she broke the law for her sister, aged five. This is the mitigation statement she read out in court. “I’m not here to tell you that I wasn’t there or I didn’t break the law. What I will tell you is that I didn’t want to be there. I didn’t find it fun or exciting or empowering especially. And I know that my actions contributed to inconveniencing many other valid, important lives, and for that I am truly sorry. But the reason I had to be there was,…

April Rebellion Cornwall Mitigation statements Section 14 Students
Read full post

Janet Young: How Could I Stand By and Do Nothing

Janet Young, a 72-year old retired social worker and grandmother from Devon read out this statement at her plea hearing in August. She was arrested on Waterloo Bridge on the first Tuesday, 16 April. “I am pleading guilty for financial and emotional reasons. I accept that I did not comply with a regulation, imposed in order to control and limit climate change action. But morally and ethically I am guilty of nothing. Having heard the scientific evidence and seen the terrible devastation already occurring in Africa and Asia and knowing that many species are already extinct, I felt there was…

April Rebellion Devon Grandparents Mitigation statements Section 14
Read full post

Andrew Peel: I Told the Truth and Acted As Though the Truth is Real

Andrew Peel, 59, a delivery driver from Norwich, read out this statement at his plea hearing on Friday. His tipping point, he says, was watching the action on the London bridges in November and seeing a banner that said “For My Children”. “Following a serious health issue in 2014 in which I almost lost my life, I looked deeply into myself and asked the most important question i have ever asked…where is love?My answer was simple. I love my children, I love our earth and all her beings.I won’t go over the ground with a long statement about the sixth…

April Rebellion Mitigation statements Norfolk Parents Parliament Square Section 14 XR Norwich
Read full post

Video: Ruth Jarman’s Day in Court

Ruth Jarman, 56, a mother of three from Hampshire who works for a small Christian charity, was found guilty last week after standing trial at Hendon Magistrates Court. She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and a total of £640 costs. Film-maker Peter Armstrong recorded this video of Ruth’s day in court. The mitigation statement she delivered before Deputy Chief Magistrate Judge Ikram is published below. You can also read Ruth’s own account of the trial here. “I am a Christian and a mother. My faith requires me to ‘serve and preserve’ the earth; it requires…

April Rebellion Christian Climate Action Mitigation statements Section 14 Video
Read full post

Court Report: Ruth Jarman finds the law at odds with morality

Extinction Rebellion’s Ruth Jarman was on trial last Monday at Hendon Magistrates Court. The 56-year old mother of three from Hampshire, and member of Christian Climate Action (CCA), gives her account of the trial – from cross-examining a policeman to breaking down in tears. Watch Peter Armstrong’s video of the day here. Finally I’m here in court, wishing I’d dressed less like I was going to a wedding, with three CCA supporters. One, Christine, is forcing oranges, cereal bars and smiles at every opportunity. Peter, who I met for the first time, had maybe spent more time…

April Rebellion Christian Climate Action Court report Hampshire Section 14
Read full post

join the rebellion