Post rebellion support & upcoming debrief session

For those returning home and adjusting to life after the October Rebellion, make sure you read this article: Post-Rebellion Blues: a practical guide to coming down to earth, the diagram below points to us being in the ‘sunset’ of the rebellion – a time to share stories:

The regerative action cycle.

Next week’s debrief

Next Wednesday (30 October) is Post Rebellion Debrief, 6:30pm to 9:30pm at The Convent, Beeches Green, in Stroud. Facilitated by Jo McAndrews and Andy Raingold. Bring and share food, for 7pm start.

This debrief session is about ‘hearing the stories in a held space; time for gratitudes, and celebration, grief, anger, confusion – acknowledgment of each other and our part in things. The rebellion is over, for now…come and gather to reconnect and share stories and experiences from the last few weeks. We will hear, tell, acknowledge and witness – all emotions and experiences welcome’.

We will be sharing and gathering specific/practical feedback the week after this, 6th Nov. This is all part of the overall debrief process along with the reconnecting and grounding work that’s already been happening.

Pick up Stroud District council climate emergency leaflets from the Beacon.

Another two thousand of these ‘Stroud District Council’ climate emergency information leaflets have been printed. They are great for general leafleting but people have also been taking a bundle so that they can leaflet their own street/s. There are two boxes at the Beacon: please help yourself and make a note in the book of how many you’ve taken and which streets you are doing.

Tow people hold hands with the sign we act in peace,

The blanket section 14 is being challenged in the High Court and that may result in about half the arrests in London being declared unlawful, see article on Gloucestershire Live here.

Crowdfunder to support arrestees

Extinction Rebellion action is proving effective, but as the fight is taken to the courts our legal costs are already substantial.

We need your help to create a central Extinction Rebellion fighting fund. To cover legal fees in longer or more complex cases, to appeal verdicts and sentences to help protect the rights of future rebels, and to act as a safety net for rebels whose local group fundraising needs support.

Please donate anything you can, and share this crowdfunder link widely with your friends, family and on social media.

Crafting for social change

Finally, if you’re interested in discovering how crafting can be used for social change and gentle protest, join activist and presenter Sarah Corbett from the Craftivist Collective for a seminar on ‘changing our world one stitch at a time‘. Sarah believes that craftivism is for everyone from skilled crafters to burnt out activists, and those people who want to challenge injustice in the world but don’t know what to do, where to start or how to prioritise their energies and time.

Date: Wednesday 13th November, Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Place: Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Rd, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2JH – parking available on site

Link to more info here.

Rest well dear rebels.

An invitation to the post rebellion social at Star Anise

Avocado and nuts around a bowl

Nick and the team at Star Anise are super kindly welcoming all rebels – no matter where you rebelled, here in Stroud or in London – for a social!

Will be held at Star Anise on Wednesday 23rd October at 7pm with a 10pm finish.

We will have a bit of a jolly instead of the the usual weekly meeting. Bit of conversation…. bit of food or drink and lots of connection!

This isn’t a debrief – we’ll save that for the following weeks in our meetings – but a chance to see each other and check in and have a nice time….

So, Star Anise are going to put on a little spread for us… but they would like to cover their costs through the sale of drinks and coffees etc.

Hope you to see you there. We’ll be back to regular meetings at the Old Convent from 30th October.

Meeting notes for 2nd October

Next weeks rebellion

Please take the time to read through this last round of essential information about the October rebellion.

On the above link you’ll find the latest update on the action plan for next week, understanding your rights, what essential gear to bring as well as an FAQ page, and more.

Whatever happens next week, we’re here for each other.

Whatever happens, we’re here for the best reasons in the world.

Helpers for The Beacon

The Beacon has been open for two months, and has been a runaway success. We need more helpers to join our lovely team of volunteers at 20 Kendrick Street. Activities would include hosting the meet and greet desk, and listening to the stories people bring in.

Also being a message hub for all the wonderful people who are part of these movements. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends and get involved more with the vital work being created here. Shifts would be 10-1 or 1-4 Monday to Saturday, ideally a regular commitment, as much or as little as you can offer.

preparation for london

Stroud Elixirs will be in London!

Anything taken to London for set up needs:

  • White tape – Hyde Park
  • Green tape – Bridge
  • Masking tape – ‘Stroud’ – (if in actions)

equipment wishlist for London:

  • Scaffold/bamboo and couplers
  • poles
  • umbrellas
  • tarpaulins
  • inner tubes
  • she wees
  • old/new polytunnel plastic sheeting
  • *5-30 litre water butts
  • tubs plus lids
  • sandbags
  • pallets
  • Dome tents
  • rope
  • waterproofs
  • 3 x car tyres
  • massive metal pegs (like at markets)
  • camping chairs
  • head torches
  • megaphone
  • small fleece blankets rolled up
  • hammocks.

Please contact us if you can help.

Beacon Sanctuary

The beacon logo

The sanctuary at the Beacon is creating a map of regeneration spaces. If you have an indoor or outdoor space (e.g. cabin with heating, woodland), that you would like to offer a rebel to rest, reground, regenerate in, please contact us, this is needed 10 – Midnight 7th – 28th October.

We can link you up to a lift home from bus/train station also sign post you to therapies (bodywork, counselling, etc) offer warm space, hot food, listening ear.

We have many people involved in Sanctuary but the more the merrier. So if you find yourself wanting to offer support to hold space in Beacon, offer lifts home to rebels, offer holistic therapies, talking therapies, financial donations to cover costs at Beacon (Kendrick Street, next to Made in Stroud), drop into Beacon 10 – Midnight 7th – 28th or contact us.

Regular announcements

26 October 11am – Critical mass cycle ride Cheltenham– hope to provide more info in due course

Heartfulness Meditation will be available at the Beacon this weekend – Friday and Saturday.

Don’t forget about our funraiser party this saturday

Extintion Rebellion all day fundraiser

It’s going to be a great day and evening at Stroud Brewery on 5th October with Albino Tarantino now headlining!

There will also be an exhibition of art relating to life on earth on the top floor alongside the children’s area for storytelling and singing! 

Will also feature an auction with some exciting and generous offers such as;

  • a few days in a Welsh cottage by the sea
  • a Roundhouse weekend
  • wine tour with Woodchester Wine
  • Pub meals
  • Many therapists are offering their skilled services

More information about this event is on the event page.