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This phase is over – but the Rebellion doesn’t stop here!

With the sun setting on Thursday evening, marchers arriving at Parliament Square were welcomed by a sight for sore eyes. The return of the Pink Boat. Parked right outside Parliament, as a final defiant message to power. It was the perfect way to end weeks where actions around the country catapulted the Climate and Ecological Crisis back into the public consciousness. We pulled off something quite incredible. We upped the ante, putting the government, mainstream media, think tanks and fossil fuel industry on notice. And we’ve truly rattled them.  The Rebellion in London kicked off with the presentation of the…

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Intergalactic memorial carnival for David Graeber

During the recent rebellion we lost an inspirational ally, David Graeber – a man without whom many of us might not be part of XR. You might know him from his books – Debt: The First 5,000 Years, or Bullshit Jobs – or from Occupy Wall Street and the phrase ‘We Are The 99%’. You may even have been lucky enough to have been taught or encouraged by him.

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A letter in support of Extinction Rebellion

The Government is failing us on every count.  Deaths from Covid 19; a recovery plan that allocates billions of taxpayer’s money to the fossil fuel economy; climate and ecological devastation that has destabilised our planet; refugees used by politicians and media to stir up fear and hatred; Public Health England scrapped with zero consultation.  This list is not exhaustive. The system is broken and the Government is not protecting us. Extinction Rebellion has helped push the Government’s failure to act on the climate and ecological emergency into the public eye.   Whether or not we agree with their tactics or…

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Rebel Daily 7: Rebellion wraps up

(Sign up for the newsletter here) Dear rebels, Welcome to Rebel Daily #7 – the last issue of this Rebellion! And what a Rebellion it has been. Rebels have shown their true colours this Rebellion: the astounding bravery and dedication we’ve seen on the streets and online are testament to a movement that will not give up, no matter how nasty and unjust our opposition might become. For some rebels involved, this is no joke. Papers like the Daily Mail have been singling out individuals to attack, even printing their home addresses. While certainly…

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Rebel Daily 6: Climate CSI

(Sign up for the newsletter here) Hello rebels, Welcome to Rebel Daily #6! We hope you enjoyed catching up on the rest of the world’s action yesterday – today we’re back with the UK Rebellion. Tomorrow will be the last day of this wave of Rebellion, so if you’re dithering at all, come on down! Keep checking that London broadcast for the latest on what’s going on, and where. The Oil Slicks turned out in full force for the ‘Shell Out’ action, terrifying as ever. Photo: Gareth Morris It’s…

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Rolling Rebellion. Global Newsletter 43

(Sign up to the newsletter here) Dear rebels, A global wave of (rock and) rolling rebellions is upon us. With immense courage, cunning and care, rebels are returning to the streets in a dozen countries all across the globe. As we all know, it’s been a strange and tough few months, and a huge amount of thought and discussion has gone into the decision to return to the streets. Despite our cheerful tone, rebellion is not something we do lightly or without considering the consequences. On the contrary, consequence is something we take…

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Rebel Daily 5: We will not be intimidated

(Sign up to the newsletter here) Welcome to Rebel Daily #5 – and what an eventful weekend it was! Ugly words from our prime minister provided a sharp contrast with our beautiful earth-defending actions. Ever since we crossed the Murdoch media (for a single night!), the government has taken its repression to another level. The intensity of policing and restrictions to civil liberties have left rebels feeling like they’re living in a dystopian novel. Food and water has been denied to HS2 rebels in trees for a second day running, in a truly…

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Rebel Daily 4: Don’t read the news, be the news

(Sign up to the newsletter here) Dear rebels, Welcome to Rebel Daily #4 – some of the only news available today! A team of over 100 rebels blockaded newspaper printers overnight, successfully preventing The Sun, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Times from reaching newsstands all over the country. In one of our most coordinated and disruptive actions to date, rebels simultaneously took sites in Broxbourne, Liverpool and Glasgow with fantastically effective roadblock structures. Bamboozled. Credit: Gareth Morris In a truly international rebellious effort, rebels in Sydney, Australia dumped a…

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Rebel Daily 3: Pop the kettle on, ‘Authoritarian Regime’ is starting

(Sign up to the newsletter here) The Macho Enforcement Team (MET) shows its muscle. Photo: Gareth Morris By day 3, the Rebellion has fully warmed up: we’ve seen bold and beautiful actions all over the place. And yet, as we bring more love, the police bring more aggression. At Lambeth Bridge we saw the most shocking scenes of this Rebellion so far. During a critical mass bike ride, a swarm of police vans rushed in and kettled over 200 peaceful protestors. The Met held rebels in the rain for hours, searched and arrested everyone…

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