Everyone can can get involved with Extinction Rebellion (XR) Brighton – whether it’s your first meeting, first time joining a protest, you just want to help behind the scenes or you're a seasoned activist – we are all crew.
XR Brighton is made up of people from all walks of life and we strongly believe in a zero-blame culture – if you're XR curious in any way then you're sure to be welcomed!
We are part of a powerful and rapidly-growing international network of XR groups. Below are some suggestions for how you can become a part of the movement. Together, we’re unstoppable.
1. Watch a video and find out what we're about
To find out more about us and how we work, read our rebel starter pack and watch Extinction Rebellion founder Dr Gail Bradbrook talk about why we need to act now, and what we can do:
2. Subscribe and join the conversation
Subscribe to our updates and we'll let you know about upcoming actions, training sessions, events and meetings in and around Brighton via email or WhatsApp, whichever suits you. You can also join our main (broadcast only) WhatsApp group straight away, which will keep you up to date with events and planning.
You can chat to fellow rebels on our Facebook community group.
3. Come along to an event
At local meetings you'll meet Brighton rebels and find out about actions we're planning. Join an action to see what we're all about and start making a difference. Sign up to a training session to learn more about us and how we work.
4. Join a working group
Working groups form the backbone of what we do; aside from direct actions it's how we collaborate in teams and contribute our skills in order to keep XR Brighton going. As with everything we do, these function in a way that is decentralised, autonomous, non-violent and act with care for the whole.
These are the existing working groups that have been set up to support XR Brighton. If you are interested in volunteering for a group or would like to contact the group for advice or support, please attend your next local XR meeting, email the address listed, or join our Slack (an online chat group where you can join the 'channel' for the working group you're interested in).
The organisation group organises, resources and publicises Brighton-wide meetings. It is responsible for storing personal data for the local group and maintaining the mailing list. It manages the shared document drive. This group is also responsible for developing the structure of the local group as it grows and changes.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alex and Jack)
Build (formerly recruitment)
The ‘Build’ Working Group is about getting bigger. It’s about growing our active supporters beyond the magic 3.5% of the population. In Brighton and Hove this translates to around 10,000. We plan to do this by Educating, Influencing and Activating our community; through one-to-one conversations, group talks, events, and notable influencers like politicians and celebrities.
Contact: email@example.com / Join the WhatsApp group
Publicity & Media
The publicity and media team is responsible for managing the online presence of Extinction Rebellion Brighton, connecting with local and national press, raising awareness through public announcements. It also advertises local actions and supports members to engage with the press/public.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mel)
Finance and Resources
The resources and funding team is responsible for collating and managing a list of all resources we share as Extinction Rebellion Brighton, ranging from cash in the bank to access to spaces or transport. This team will also be the movement’s treasurer and engage in fundraising.
Contact: email@example.com (Paul)
The welfare team is tasked with setting up processes that support the wellbeing of those within the movement. It has the following functions:
- Legal: legal advice, arrestee follow up, police station support, legal observers
- Arrestee Support: point of contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Medical: first aid
- Ongoing mental health: support for those with trauma following involvement in XR actions, pastoral care
- Resolution: non-violent communication, de-escalation, conflict
- Physical welfare: provision of resources and equipment at events (“the welfare wagon”), presence at events
The welfare group includes training (non-violent direct action, legal observer training etc) at the moment. It works closely with the inclusion group and those providing creche facilities.
The strategy and actions team coordinates, but doesn’t organise, actions; it aims to capture things that work and those that don’t, to support on strategy, to link with experienced partners such as the Green party, and to maintain a record of actions taken.
The creativity team is there to support the flow of creative, artistic and other positive energy within and beyond our movement. It arranges music, singing and a variety of artistic endeavours and is keen to link up to anyone engaged in them.
Equality and Inclusion
The Equality and Inclusion team works to ensure all individuals and communities including BAME and LGTBQI are culturally and socially accepted into Brighton XR.
The Regenerative Culture team are involved with supporting Rebel long term resilience and also sharing experiences that support the understanding and development of a regenerative culture on a range of scales. Some things we offer include:
- Sharing circles
- Book clubs
Contact: email@example.com (Wah Wah)
Actions and Logistics
The Actions and Logistics team are responsible for organising large actions and for supporting other actions through the sharing of expertise. The team will be creating teams with specialist knowledge of different aspects of actions. It will advise on and support other local and national actions, and keep a record of past and ongoing actions.
Rebels Rising South East regional gathering
Responsible for making this event, hosted by XR Brighton on 14-15 Sept, happen!
Contact: SouthEastRising@protonmail.com / Join the dedicated Slack workspace
5. Join an affinity group - or form a new one!
These small groups are often formed around shared interests and goals. They are a great way to get to know fellow rebels, keep yourself motivated, and support each other at actions. Our self-organising structure means any affinity group can also create their own actions as part of XR if they want to, so long as they agree to follow our ten core principles.
If you'd like to join an affinity group just provide your contact details and we'll let you know about the next get-together for rebels keen to form and join groups. Below are our existing affinity groups, some of which have Facebook groups you can join if something catches your eye:
- Brighton XR Bike Squad »
- Theory/philosophy »
- XR Families Brighton »
- Saving Species
- The Pod
- Green Laine
- Energy Efficiency & Renewables
- Shoreham-By-Sea »
- Red Rebel Brigade »
- Guerilla Gardeners »
- Camp XR
- Yogis 4 XR
- Brighton XR Tree group »
- Hanover & Neighbours
- LGBTQ+ / Pride »
- Us Lot
- Portland Rd West Hove
Other Brighton groups:
- XR Brighton Drummers »
- XR Brighton Choir »
- XR Rebel Hoopers »
- XR Brighton Education »
- Extinction Rebellion Brighton - Banner Making »
- Extinction Rebellion Sussex and Brighton Universities »
6. If you can, consider donating
Support our Brighton arrestees from the London rebellion in April, and share to spread the word.
Help us to host more events, stage more actions and spread the message about the climate crisis by donating to XR Brighton if you're able to.