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Rebel Daily 5: Non-violently hitting our stride

(Sign up to the International Newsletter here) As we approached the first weekend of the October Rebellion, it was humbling and inspiring to see that rebels showed no sign of slowing down. In fact, day 5 was marked by a series of exciting milestones: XR Dublin had their first arrests;…

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London Newsletter: Rebellion Day 5

Midday at Trafalgar Square and Gail Bradbrook is on the main stage, with crowds gathered to listen in an enthralled silence: ‘This movement is like water!’ she declares. ‘You can’t get rid of us, because we will rest, regenerate and move again like water!’ And indeed we have. On day four we all flowed into…

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Rebel Daily 4: Planes, boats and automobiles

(Sign up to receive the international newsletter here) Day four of the Rebellion saw rebels acting out of love and extraordinary courage. XR New York shut down Time Square with a lime-green boat, UK rebels descended on London City Airport and even climbed onto a plane, and Berlin switched up their tactics to keep disrupting the city. Rebels in Rio…

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London Newsletter: Rebellion Day 4

If you walked through Trafalgar Square this afternoon, you may have seen an innocuous looking sign plastered to a pole, quoting the words of Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” We must let these words resound in our hearts as we take stock and look forward to the days ahead. We have…

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Rebel Daily 3: They gave their lives

(Sign up to receive the international newsletter here) Empathy begins at home. Many of those reading this will, in the past days and months, have fought, grafted and struggled to build spaces where human beings can come together, support one another in a shared sense of loving grief. Grief for the damage we see all around us; grief…

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London Rebellion: Day 3

In a grim metaphor for the ongoing extermination and extinction of so much of our planet’s natural life, the police are picking rebels off the street with steady assurance – 92 year-olds and Pink Octopi alike have been removed. And they do it with the authority of laws not designed to protect the wellbeing…

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London Rebellion: Day 2

After Monday’s exhilaration, today we’ve been pushing down roots and getting used to life in the capital. As we found in April, there comes a point at which it seems almost natural that we would be here in the roads. Natural, but also nicer: instead of car engines, choirs and samba bands; instead of…

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XR Unchained: Day 2 of Rebellion

XR is more Unchained than ever. The sheer scope of creative, ingenious and courageous actions all over the globe is no longer something we can even attempt to keep up with. But rather than leaving so much unrecorded, we thought we’d give you our readers the chance to succeed where we can’t: so below, you’ll…

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Rebel Daily 2: The Rebellion Takes Root

(Sign up to the international newsletter here) The seeds have been sewn. Compassion; awareness; courage. They landed in cities, suburbs and farmland; in hearts and in minds, taking no account of age or occupation or background. And now we’re growing: taking root.  In some cities we’re established on the…

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Rebel Daily 1: The Sun Rises on a New Wave of Rebellion

International Rebellion is here. And it’s bigger and more beautiful than we dared to imagine. This is what mass civil disobedience looks like.  It’s happening. It can’t be ignored. It’s only growing stronger. It’s a rebellion. We’re back on the roads – with as much joy, fear, love and courage as ever. We’re shutting down…

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