Extinction Rebellion Brighton Newsletter
19th September 2020
The rebellion is not over ...
Extinction Rebellion Brighton Newsletter 19 September 2020
TODAY at 11am: Refugees Lives Matter. See below
UK Rebellion 2020 - The Next Steps
Almost all democratic advances, everywhere, have been secured by people who were branded “anarchists” and “criminals.” -George Monbiot
Together with rebels from across the country, we've pulled off something quite incredible over the last few weeks.
We've upped the ante, putting the government, mainstream media, think tanks, and fossil fuel industry on notice. And we’ve truly rattled them.
As we reflect on our successes and think about how we can have even more impact next time, we invite you to be part of the exciting next stage of XR Brighton using the momentum that we’ve built up these past few weeks. Now’s the time to get involved!
This week we will be supporting the last Black Lives Matter march of the year and keeping the pressure up on Brighton and Hove City Council to invest in active travel to make our streets healthier and carbon-emission-free.
Read on to see how you can find your place in XR Brighton and be part of the change.
See The story of the rebellion 2020 a powerful 4 minute video
Refugee Lives Matter
Saturday 19th September from 11 am
On Saturday, XR Brighton will mark the lives of refugees who’ve died travelling to the UK, during the last BLM march this year: Where is Home? Join us at the War Memorial from 11am until the march has passed by, dress code all black please.
> Get in touch for more info and how you can help
Tuesday 22nd September
Meet at The Level 5.30pm for swarming at 6pm
On Car-Free Day, a bike swarm is being planned with a coalition of cycling groups. Followed by a People's Assembly on the seafront to discuss how to make B&H a safer place to cycle and actions to promote cycling etc. Wear bright clothes, bring flags, hooters, bells.
Brighton XR Streets for Life: time to keep our council accountable on healthy and accessible transport
Brighton and Hove City Council has the opportunity to receive nearly £3 million to improve cycling and walking in our city. The money has the potential to go a great way towards the city becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Unfortunately, some councillors are dragging their feet and putting this funding at risk.
The next important decision making date is the Environment and Transport (ETS) committee meeting on 29 September; we are planning to heat up the debate and get Councillors to ACT NOW and not kill the investment in active transport.
As a warm up, we urgently need some rebel keyboard power to highlight to these councillors how important this opportunity is—let your voice be heard!
Here are four ways you can help:
1. Write to your councillor before 25 September—see the handy guide from our allies at https://bricycles.org.uk/2020/09/10/act-now-to-save-our-cycle-lanes/ Hint: Labour councillors are key!
2. Share your cycle/walking love on social media and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Even better, write an article and submit it to the Argus! They are desperate to print—let’s flood them with positive stuff!
3. Show the Council that we care! Complete the online consultations for the emergency infrastructure implemented in our city by 31 October: https://consultations.brighton-hove.gov.uk/parking/covid-19-temporary-measures/
4. Join the Brighton XR Streets for Life group to get involved with preparing our next action targeting our council - Link to join chat: https://t.me/joinchat/NlaoJBT6C8RsuG4RX21rXg
Ask your MP to back the CEE Bill
It’s more important than ever to keep the pressure on our MPs to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. We took to the streets to demand action rather than words, and now we can continue to make our voices heard with the Digital Rebellion.
> Support the Bill
Workshops for climate week
Every day September 21st to September 27th
At 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm (British Summer Time)
Inspiring programme of workshops on Zoom—all free. Register for as many as you like. Topics include Ending Racism and Classism in the Climate Movement; War and Climate Change; Building Resilient Movements to End the Climate Emergency; Expressing Climate Grief. Organised by Sustaining All Life and United to End Racism.
XR Brighton Drop-In: Where do I fit in?
Every weekday 11am-2pm
Come along to the XR Brighton office and talk to an experienced member of the group in an open and friendly chat. Find out where your skills can fit and how you can make the best impact with your time and passion to fight the climate crisis.
Ring the doorbell (opposite the station) at The Brighton Eco Centre, 39-41 Surrey Street BN1 3PB. If you can’t make it in person, or would like to meet somewhere more accessible (there are steps down to the office), call 11am-2pm 01273 766627.
XR Brighton General meeting
Tuesday 22nd September, 7-9pm
All welcome. This is a space for sharing, listening, feedback, and questions. Come and hear about the latest XR Brighton news, and learn how you can make a difference.
> Join on Zoom Passcode: 456681
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