Help needed tomorrow and useful rebellion links

Get rebellion ready 28 Aug to 5 Sept

This will likely be my last newsletter before the rebellion starts. I hope you are as well as you can be. I hope you know that anything that you can offer during the rebellion is appreciated, be it being there in person, supporting wellbeing from Stroud, or rebelling remotely, we are sincerely grateful for your time and energy.

Here is the latest info for local and national rebellion in Cardiff.

View Stroud rebellion guide

Banner drop help needed urgently

Our local Rebellion starts tomorrow Friday 28 Aug with Banner Drops on M5 motorway bridges. We need Rebels who can sit with these banners on a couple of quiet roads at Stonehouse to mind the banners during the day (couple of hours shifts, with another rebel.. come in a pair.

Please contact me if you can join in this one. This is part of the National Banner Drop Action to highlight the Rebellion and the Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill, which is the focus in this rebellion!

Observing arrests video

The final decision over whether you are arrested is taken not by you but by the police.

It is essential for every rebel engaging in NVDA to learn what to do when witnessing an arrest in order to safeguard the rights and the wellbeing of the person being arrested.

Please take 15 minutes today to watch this video.

(password is ProsecutePolluters)

Key telegram links

I will continue to update the rebellion guide with all the latest information as I get it, but for those of you with Telegram, here are the key links to click on and join.

If any of these telegrams get too much, remember you can mute each channel for a period of time rather than remove them.

Fossil fuel divestment petition

Here is a petition that would be good for you to sign re: Gloucestershire County Council still investing in fossil fuels, please share. And I look forward seeing those of you at tomorrow’s fossil fuel action. Here’s the link to the event if you need it.

Are you a London rebel?

If you are interested in going straight to London next week, please contact me and I’ll try to put you in touch with the right affinity group.

Nurturing practices

Sally has asked me to send you some key dates for all the nurturing circles between Sept 1 and Sept 13, you can see them all here. A nice thing to do if you’re going to be based in Stroud this rebellion.

NURTURING PRACTICES for all living beings and the earth itself

Illustration of people holding hands in a circle.

1st – 13th September

Please bring something to lie & sit on if weather is dry, if wet wear suitable clothing and maybe bring an umbrella.

Please arrive by food, bicycle, but or life share to lesson our carbon footprint.

Please bring anything you would like to share e.g. reading, poem, song meditative practice, musical instrument or singing bowl.

1st Tuesday HOLCOMBE BARN, near Edge. Sunset and nearly full moon. Please

7.30 pm e mail if you wish to join in as there is only room for 4 people.

3rd Thursday Meet at top of Leisure Centre car park below the childrens’ play area.

11.30am Earth Dances will interweave our practises.

4th Friday NOON Meet Nailsworth Playing Field.

5th Saturday 7 PM. Meet Whiteshill Playing Field outside Community Shop.

6th Sunday Meet Whiteshill Playing Field outside Community Shop to then walk

2.30pm approximately half a mile to practise near Kitesnest Farm.

7th Monday Meet at top of Leisure Centre car park below the childrens’ play area.

2pm Earth Dances will interweave our practices.

8th Tuesday Meet at Bus Stop and turning area at the top of Randwick by Standish

10am Woods to then walk approximately a quarter of a mile to practice site in

a clearing.

10th Thursday Sunrise at Rudge Common near Scottsquar Quarry on road between

6.30am Edge church and Whiteshill to practise around 50 year old oak tree.

11th Friday 2 PM. Meet Nailsworth Playing Field.

13th Sunday HOLCOMBE BARN 10am, near Edge. Please email if you wish to join in as there is only room for 4 people.


Your Stroud rebellion guide & our next meeting

I hope you’re not feeling too overwhelmed with info. I’ll do my best to outline some suggestions of things you could do next.

Step 1: Read your Stroud rebellion guide

I’ve worked on a guide to all of our local and upcoming national actions between 28 August and 5 September. This page will be kept up-to-date with all the events you can attend locally as well as what we’re planning to do as a Stroud group in Cardiff. You can view your Stroud rebellion guide here.

View Stroud rebellion guide

Step 2: Organise your training

All rebels should come to rebellion with knowledge of their rights, what to do if someone is arrested and how to deescalate a situation. You should complete NVDA, arrestee support and know your rights training before coming to rebellion (even if you don’t intend to be arrested).

Find out about training options here.

Step 3: Join a Stroud affinity group

It’s essential to have people to rebel with that will keep an eye out for you while rebelling and have the same goals for rebellion in mind.

There are currently affinity groups for:

  • Stroudies going to Cardiff
  • XR Samba Stroud
  • Rebels interested in spicy actions
  • Rebels staying in Stroud to support wellbeing

If you’d like to join any of these groups, drop your request in our main Whatsapp chat, contact me or reply to this email and I’ll put you in touch with the right group.

Step 4: Come to our next bandstand meeting

Thank you to everyone who came to our bandstand meeting on Wednesday, we all really enjoyed seeing you in person so we’ll have another meeting at Stratford Park bandstand on 26 August at 6:30pm.

In person meeting on Wednesday & key dates

Next in-person meeting: 19 August

Goodness, the weather we’ve had lately has been something. As a result we couldn’t complete all of our rebellion planning day, so instead I’d like to invite you to another in-person meeting happening this Wednesday 19 August at Stratford Park Bandstand at 6:30pm.

We’ll be meeting outdoors (but under cover) and following social distancing guidelines so please join us if you are able.

Rebellion diary – dates and times

I’ve added a new page to the website which covers what’s happening and when over the August/September rebellion. We have a number of actions/key events happening between 28 August and 5 SeptemberYou can view all the information on what’s happening here.

Rebellion planning & new Red Rebels coordinator needed

Outdoor rebellion planning 15 August Wallbridge Stroud 2pm to 5pm

The rebellion is getting close now, so I thought in this newsletter I could help with some ideas of how to get rebellion ready.

Idea 1: Come to our rebellion planning meeting

Our meeting at Wallbridge tomorrow 15 August will be where we as a Stroud group will plan what we want to do for our local rebellion. We’ll meet at 2pm to 5pm, with lunch and samba band at 1pm.

If you’d like to have your say about what actions we do in and around Stroud and Gloucestershire on 29 to 31 of August, this is the best way to find out the latest info. We’ll discuss actions that are being actively planned, organise into affinity groups (the people we’ll go with to the rebellion with) and decide which city we want to go to for the national rebellion that starts on September 1.

I’ll do my best to summarise key points here and on the website, but the best way to find out exactly what’s happening is to come along.

Idea 2: Read the 2020 rebellion handbook

If you’re unable to make the meeting but need a little help getting up to speed, have a read of this great 2020 rebellion handbook. It gives you information on our aims for this rebellion, protesting safely with Covid-19, checklists, training to have ready, and key links to check out (like links to the Telegraph app that will be used to communicate to rebels in real time).

Stroud Red Rebels group is looking for a new coordinator

Sadly, I have to pass on the news that Rebecca has to step down as Stroud Red Rebels coordinator. So our local Red Rebels group is looking for an existing Red Rebel to step up and take this role.

As a result the group is unable to train new members at this time, but they hope to open this up again in the future. Rebecca is able to provide a handover for anyone that can do this crucial role, so please contact us if you are interested.

However, there will be a small group of self organised Stroud Red Rebels available for the rebellion.

That’s all for now dear rebel, hope to see you tomorrow.