XR Stroud meeting with people sat in a circle in the convent room.

Meeting Notes for 14th August 2019

We’ll try to put a summary on here each week (where possible) for members who are unable to attend.

Here are the summary of announcements and topics discussed as yesterdays meeting:

Announcements:

XR legal – legal is stepping up work in order to fill the gap for arrestee support. A chat group has been setup for those who need it, please contact us if you require this service.

Extra wellbeing work – new sub groups are being setup mental health support within XR Stroud, to assist people in distress due to climate breakdown, or any mental health crises in general.

Clothes sale fundraiser for XR Stroud – 30 August during the day on Fri set up after 4pm open 5/6pm, £3 entry. Ready steady swap! Set up gazebos outside. 

Print workshop – every Thursday evening 7 to 9pm at Val’s printing shed.

Stop Ecocide – there will be a protector town event outside sub rooms on the 7th September. Event time TBC.

XR Youth – There is a new actions lead for this group. XR Youth will continue to meet on Tuesdays 7 to 9pm at the Beacon (old art shop in Stroud).

Earthstrike – 20th September – call for adults to assist the Youth strike in Stroud. More information available on Facebook page or on newsletter. Help is needed with organising, printing leaflets.

Red Rebel Brigade – the original global group is going a fundraiser to help setup similar groups internationally.

Sharing circles – for coping with climate breakdown or other issues that are distressing. Monday at 2pm or Friday 10am at the Beacon.

The beacon – group is working on improving the XR Stroud presence in the new shop. Additionally they are working towards having a weekly presence at the shop. They’re aiming to setup sessions there every Saturday at 1pm. More volunteers are needed to help with this and handing out leaflets to people in town. There is also an outdoor space at the beacon that can be used for growing plants. Plant donations are welcome.

XR Stroud party – 5th October 12 to 11pm at Stroud Brewery. Fundraising event for XR Stroud. Lots of help needed to organise. Bands needed.

Local XR groups – there is a meeting coming up about how all of our different (South West) groups can work together more – date TBC.

If you can help with any of these requests for help, please get in touch using our contact form.

Issues raised at meeting

Some people still not on XR Stroud newsletter despite giving out their email multiple times.

People’s assembly

We also had an explanation of how peoples assemblies worked, and the differences between them and a citizen’s assembly (which is much more formal requiring participant training, moderated recruitment and a formal structure.

We used the people assembly time in three groups to discuss the London rebellion and the April rebellion and what worked well and what we learnt from the experience of both. This information will be used to help XR Stroud plan their actions for the October rebellion. Each group wrote down three main target areas for improvement, and these were documented and will be discussed further in a future meeting.

Upcoming training

There was also a request for training to prepare for upcoming actions, particularly as we have new members, this will be arranged shortly. There was a bit of discussion about how we could do smaller training sessions as part of meetings as there is sometimes not great turn out to training events.

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