Extinction Rebellion Brighton Newsletter 3rd July 2020

Turn the heat up: help us lobby for green streets

Since the start of lockdown, we have seen glimpses of a low carbon future for Brighton where people's health and the planet are prioritised. Roads have been closed to help vulnerable people with social distancing, cycle lanes have been created, and pollution levels have dropped.

A vision for a green future has since emerged which can also boost the economic recovery and help reduce anxiety of older and vulnerable people spending time outdoors again. However, short-term vested interests are calling for a return to the old normal of a motor-vehicle dominated environment.

There is currently a petition gathering support to remove the temporary cycle lanes on Old Shoreham Road and another to return Madeira Drive to cars. If you want to help Brighton and Hove achieve its target to be 'carbon neutral' by 2030, please sign and share these counter-petitions. Both petitions will be taken to the full council on 23rd July:

> Make the Old Shoreham Road cycle lane extension permanent and establish a city-wide cycle network
> Keep Madeira Drive Closed For Traffic

The council has opened up a wider consultation on changes to the transport network to help with social distancing.
> Give the Council your views

You can pin/vote your suggested bike lanes on a map of Brighton (Widen My Path) and then share the link to this map with our local ward councillors.
> Widen My Path map

Remember to give court support to our two brave rebels!

Two of our brave Horse Hill rebels are due in court. Let's give them our support. Mags (XR Staines) and Venetia (XR Brighton) appear at Guildford Magistrates Court on 7th July. The hearing is at 3pm, arrive 2:30pm. Bring banners, flags, and love. Wear masks. Bring handwash. 2m social distancing measures.

> Please share the event and spread the word.

Us Lot Brighton Affinity Group 'No Going Back' film

Us Lot, a Brighton XR affinity group, have put together a short film called 'No Going Back' to inspire a transformation in the wake of the pandemic. "It was a truly joint effort to put this together, with our affinity group taking turns as writers, narrators, editors, musicians, and spokespeople."

> No Going Back film (3.5mins)

What next for Brighton XR

The People’s Assembly on 30th June was a great opportunity for Extinction Rebellion Brighton to re-group and re-energise, coming together for a really rich discussion about what we want to achieve and how to get there. Massive thank you to the over 50 rebels and the team of fantastic facilitators who joined us. If you didn't get a chance to take part, there's still time to feed back about 'What next for Brighton XR'! Watch this short presentation and then feed back using the form below by Monday 6 July.  We would love to hear from you!

> People’s Assembly presentation
> Your ideas and feedback
> contact the strategy stewardship team if you have any questions.

New co-ordinators for XR Brighton were elected at the coordination meeting on Thursday 2 July: Rob P as external coordinator, Kat as internal coordinator and Ben B as secretary.


Zoom: Because of COVID-19 restrictions, all meetings are taking place virtually via Zoom. For support with accessing these meetings please email XR Brighton. To book a Zoom call using the XR Brighton account please join the Brighton XR Zoom Team telegram group.

General Meeting

Tuesday 6th July, 7pm

General meeting every Tuesday by Zoom. How to stay strong, stay well, and rebel. All welcome!
> Join via Zoom (same link each week). Password 194057
> Full details on Facebook
> Draft agenda - please add items and facilitating offers

XR Brighton Coordination meeting

Thursday 9th July, 6pm

All welcome!

> Join the meeting Password: 418675
> Agenda
> Details of process and roles

Car Free by '23!

Friday 10th July

Join our 'Car Free by '23!' Zoom meetings on Fridays (soon to be renamed 'Streets for Life' in conjunction with Cambridge XR) promoting revolutionary street culture in alignment with the Second Demand.

> Join Telegram group for Zoom link and time of the meeting
> Email to find out more about 'Streets for Life' actions in Brighton & Hove

Sussex-Wide Coffee Morning

Every Day, 11am

Every day at 11am XR Brighton are hosting a Sussex-wide Zoom coffee morning. You are guaranteed a warm welcome.

> Join us for coffee on Zoom Password: 033387
> About our coffee mornings
> Join our Telegram chat


1 to 1 De-escalation & Nonviolence - NVC Breathe Training

Monday 6th July, 6:30-8pm

Interactive workshop looking at nonviolence in the context of activism. Nonviolence is one of the core principles which is non-negotiable for everyone who wants to act under the name of XR. De-escalation is a key skill for anyone involved in any action. It helps maintain nonviolent interactions and atmosphere.

This training will provide:
• a deeper understanding of nonviolence
• a brief introduction to Non-Violent Communication
• one-on-one de-escalation with a range of different scenarios
• practical role-playing exercises

> Register to join the meeting
> More information

Training Requests

Is there any online training you would like during these 'at home' times? We have an opportunity to upskill now so that we are ready for anything. We will do our best to source any suggestions. Please email us


Brighton Regen Chat

Looking after each other is more important than ever! The Regen Chat space on Telegram is a place to post and share supportive regen things. All welcome!

> Join the Regen Chat space

A calendar of national workshops and more

A jam-packed programme of Zoom workshops for aspects of XR during lockdown.

> See the programme
> Questions? Email us


> Further details on all events

> XR Brighton Youtube Channel

Follow us on social media:
> Facebook (@nepocide) for news and info
> Brighton Rebel Community Board Facebook for community chat
> Twitter
> Instagram

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