April Rebellion

A Message From the Heart to All Our Arrestees

Because we wanted to say THANK YOU to all our amazing arrestees, the Extinction Rebellion art blockers printed up this special edition pink patch which we’ll be handing out at court. If you’d like to claim yours, please get in touch via zoe.blackler@protonmail.com and we’ll find a way to get it to you. Photographs by Helena Smith. Cecily Bedner, 20, a film and digital arts student from Plymouth James Ryle, 53, university project manager from Bristol Roman Paluch-Machnik, 26, admin assistant from London Philippa Tomlinson, bearing acorns Bee Ivanova, 25, a research assistant in linguistics, originally from Bulgaria…

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Louis, 25, from Sheffield: One of Five Arrestees Featured in Today’s Guardian

The Guardian published a couple of pieces today: A news piece about all the trials that have started along with a series of mini-profiles of five of our defendants. Among those featured is 25-year old PHD student Louis Brijmohun, pictured above left at his plea hearing last week with fellow XR Sheffield member Heather Hunt, also a defendant. Louis told the Guardian: “I thought I knew what climate change was – it was one of the things alongside, say, homelessness and poverty that we needed to tackle urgently. But as I began to read these academic papers,…

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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…

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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…

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