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:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
A calendar of national workshops and more
A jam-packed programme of Zoom workshops for aspects of XR during lockdown.
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