Here’s a message from our friends at XR Gloucestershire, regarding a great gathering of local rebels that they’re planning:
A great gathering for XR Glos, Stroud & other local groups
Join us as part of a Movement of Movements for a single, beautiful day of workshops and regenerative culture .
A chance for Potential Rebels, Resting Rebels & Active Rebels to learn and share, regen and prepare for what is before us…
We will assemble on Saturday 7 August from across the county starting from Noon at Trinity Rooms in Stroud, one of the birthplaces of Extinction Rebellion to welcome all.
Rough sequence of events is planned to be from noon onwards:
🥳 12:00 Meet and Greet 🍰 then Cake! + Bring and share Lunch*
1pm to 3pm 1) Welcome for Potential Rebels = Heading for Extinction short talk + Introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action + Affinity Groups 2) Sharing Circle(s) for Reflecting Rebels with Sue 3) ArtWorks = Exhibition + XR Art Making
3pm to 3:30pm 🫖 Break and tea
3:30 to 4pm 🗣 Speakers
4pm to 6pm 1) Sharing Circle(s) for Reflecting Rebels with Sue 2) AUGUST REBELLION update & planning + Samba 3) ArtWorks = Exhibition + XR Art Making
6pm to 7pm 🥙 Food*
7pm to 8pm 📣 Speakers + Singing and music 🎙 Ending ceremony 💃Parting & Party
* All within Covid Regulations and sensible precautions given the age range and other factors of attendees. Please ensure you have done a recent covid test and feel free to wear a mask. We will need to take contact details for a register in case of needing to alert you.
You’re most welcome to join us at our next meeting in the park on Wednesday. Social starts at 6:30pm with meeting at 7pm. Here’s how to find us.
There are lots of interesting actions coming up, so here are some dates for your diary:
💚 Next XR Stroud meeting – 14 July, 7pm Stratford Park 🛩 Bristol airport appeal action – 20 to 22 July (more info below) 🚶♀️Pilgrimage from Wye – 23 July (more info below) ⚰️ Die-in in Stroud – 7 August (Saturday morning, more info below) 🎊 Rebels in Gloucestershire social – 7 August (6:30pm, venue TBC) ✊ National rebellion – starts 23 August for two weeks in London
Upcoming Stroud action – die in at MPs office
We’re looking for more people to help with a die-in action on 7 August. This is planned for the morning outside Siobhan Baillie’s office in Stroud. We are looking for “corpses” to lie outside her office covered in sheets, indicating the people who will die from the climate emergency. We also need people to help with outreach and leafleting passersby as this will be a silent, solemn action. Please also bring climate-related ideas of causes of death as these will be displayed with the “bodies”. There is a die-in planning group which we can invite you to if you’d like to get involved, please get in touch.
Please save the date – 7 August (6:30pm) for a social gathering for all XR groups in Gloucestershire. This will be a shared meal and a social catchup, although we welcome any ideas you have for the group or anything you’d like to talk about while everyone is together.
Can you help with heading for extinction talks?
Kath is looking to get our induction talks up and running again. This is for both the full heading for extinction talk (an intro to climate breakdown, extinction rebellion, and the climate science behind our movement). We’ll also be trialing a new 10-minute version of this talk. Please contact us if you’d be interested in running talks for others, or have previous experience with giving the talks.
Bristol airport appeal – help needed!
Here’s a message from our friends at Bristol Airport Action Network: Hello dear friends; this is a call for help and some info about what YOU can do… The public planning inquiry about the airport expansion starts in less than two week, on 20 July; this is the single biggest carbon decision in the region and will lead to an extra million tonnes of carbon a year, 10,000 car journeys a day, thousands of extra night flights disturbing residents and a multi-storey car park on greenbelt land-so a pretty big deal. We have fund-raised to engage a leading barrister and world-class experts (including Prof. Kevin Anderson who some of you will have heard of).
The good news is that we are in with an excellent chance of winning (it was turned down at a local level with nearly 9,000 people objecting) but we need ordinary people to HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD and convince the three inspectors of the strength of local feeling against these plans!
The way to do this is by registering that you want to make an oral statement at the inquiry. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her you want to speak. Summarise what you want to say; it doesn’t have to be technical at all (although it can be if you have technical knowledge about, for example, health impacts or climate change). Be as emotional as you like if that is what you want to say. Tell her whether you want to speak remotely (on Teams) or in person. The likely dates for your slot will be 20 to 22 July. Please visit the Bristol airport action network website for more information.
There’s lot in the news this week about how our government isn’t doing enough to prevent climate breakdown. In upsetting times like this, I find myself with two options: 1) to despair 2) to see what more I can do to support Extinction Rebellion and Stop Ecocide.
Now is a great time to come back to our meetings – we’re meeting this Wednesday (and every Wednesday) in Stratford Park bandstand at 6:30pm for a friendly, social meeting. Please join us and help us in our work we’d be very happy to see you.
Can you help with rebel ringing, outreach or XR social planning?
We’re planning on discussing these and other actions and support activities in our next meeting so please do come along if you could spare any time to help with these, or any other roles, or actions ideas you have.
Wednesdays meeting will start at 6:30pm at will be at the Stratford Park bandstand. To celebrate us meeting again let’s have a bring and share meal. Let everyone know and remind and invite people you haven’t seen in a while. There will be an open mic during the meal if anyone would like to play some music. Here’s how to find us.
Can you help with placing banners?
This is a good way to help with G7 if you’re unable to travel or want something to do right away. Help is needed by Val to make and place banners around the local area, so please get in touch if you can help. We’ll be hanging banners in key road locations ready for G7 on Thursday 10 June (in the morning). Please contact me or reach out to Val if you can help.
🎨 27 June – Paint the streets is coming again. This involves flyposting and putting up posters and leaflets about XR. This paint the streets action is aimed at the free the press action on 27 June in London. However if you’d like to be involved in local flyposting or helping in general on this date please contact me or reach out to Senan. There’s this info doc if you’d like to know more about paint the streets.
🚶♀️26 June – HS2 rebellion walking the Truthtrail. Rebels will be walking from Birmingham along the planned route for HS2 in the North. If anyone wants to do that get in touch or reach out to Val.
🧘♀️ August – the second phase – of rebellion of one is coming…
It was lovely to see so many rebels at our first in person meeting of 2021. It was nice to catch up with so many of you. If you couldn’t make it not to worry – we’ll be meeting weekly in person on Wednesdays at 7pm. Our next meeting is at the railway arches by Waitrose. Here’s how to find us.
We’re keen to hear your ideas about what our group should do next. We also need people to step forward as coordinators to help us with organising actions and meetings. There are many roles that you can do, and we’ll be happy with any time you can spare. There is a Stroud XR coordinators meeting tomorrow 31 May at 7pm at the Trinity rooms in Stroud for anyone that would like to help.
Our last meeting went really well and we had great turnout, so now is a great time to come back and meet with us again. Join us next week if you can.
G7 drowning in promises protest in Cornwall – 11 to 13 June 🌊
There will be a big group of us from Stroud going down to Cornwall to protest at the G7 conference. Please contact us or reply if you’d like to come with us. We really recommend that everyone going is part of an affinity group. Let us know your plans and we’ll make sure you have a Stroud-based group to look after you. There are also people with spaces in their cars and vans if you would like to car share for travel.
I’ve prepared a guide for anyone that needs information on what’s happening in Cornwall and when. Including what actions are happening on what days as well as travel and camping information, including where to find out more information using Telegram.
Banner drops and beacons 🔥
Want to help with G7 but can’t travel at the moment? We’re looking for people to help with banner drops in our local area leading up to the G7, and banner making so we can take as many banners as possible for G7 delegates to see. We’re also looking to light local beacons around Stroud to raise awareness. Please contact us or reply to get involved with either campaign.
✊ Roger Hallam is coming to Stroud on 17 June (at the Centre for Science & arts) to give his reasons to be cheerful speech
📣 Penny would like us write to our MP Siobhan Baillie as concerned citizens of Stroud (not as XR) to encourage her to support the CEE bill. The call to action is to ask her to make a public declaration of support even if she feels unable to support an early day motion.