Extinction Rebellion Brighton Newsletter
8th January 2021

A New Year to Save our Planet

Covid has cocooned us, but let’s not be afraid to continue the work at hand. Wherever you’re at – lockdown hibernation, making digital ripples, hitting the streets with creative subvertising designs, or plotting disruptive actions – you can help to save our planet.

A guide has been created by XRUK Action Circle offering a supportive actions framework for the months ahead. See the Guide

Week of Action

Saturday 23rd - Thursday 28th January

We are proposing a Week of Action for January. Actions booked so far are: SE Region CEE Bill banner display, two seafront strolls in Hove, pressure on Peter Kyle / Our Children's future / Greeting Card Push.

We are looking to Working Groups and Action Groups for further ideas and actions (eg Bike Swarm?) The focus should be on getting up and out after the festive season; sea air in our lungs, socially responsible 3D catch-ups, CEE Bill to the fore, wind at our backs. Start the New Year with renewed love for our planet. Hope to see all of you there! Details in the coming weeks!

Help wanted

Help in the Coordination Group!

Do you want to help XR Brighton grow? Coordination Group is looking for new communicators to keep information flowing amongst the rebels

Coord Group Communications Role

The purpose and some of the responsibilities of the position are:

  • To make sure that the Coord Group has strong communication across XR Brighton and that it is accessible and its work is shared widely

  • To check the inbox of the coordination group’s email and answer any incoming emails/messages or forward them to the relevant working group

  • To be aware of relevant developments across XRB (in discussion with Guide and Shepherd) and share them widely and effectively across XRB using appropriate channels: Newsletter / MIHM / MatterMost / Telegram etc.

  • Checking other external communication channels such as a MatterMost reception

If you would be interested in helping out in this role, please come along to the next Coord meeting on Thursday 14th January 2021 at 6pm.

> Join Coordination Group Zoom Meeting  Passcode 418675

Help is also needed with sending out the newsletter for an hour or two a week.

If interested, come to the same Coord meeting, or email xr_brightonmedia@protonmail.com to find out more.

Meetings and training

XR Brighton General Meeting

Tuesday 12th January, 7-9pm, online (Zoom)

Second General Meeting of this New Year! Come, join in, reflect, and plan our way to make a difference and create change. It’s you that makes the difference!

> Join General Zoom Meeting on Tuesdays at 7pm  Passcode 456681

Empathy Circle Facilitation Training Introduction

Friday 15th January, 10pm-12am

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process that effectively supports meaningful and constructive dialogue. It supports team building, emotional grounding, connection, conflict resolution, creativity, and innovation.

Learn about the course and training to facilitate an Empathy Circle for your local XR chapter and beyond. This is an orientation to Module 1, a 5-session facilitator training.

> Further information
> See the full course outline
> Zoom meeting

Extinction Rebellion and climate change activism

Breaking The Law To Change The World - Book presentation

Thursday 21st January, 5:15-6:30pm

Oscar Berglund and Daniel Schmidt's new book, Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism: Breaking the Law to Change the World, summarises and critiques XR as a social movement organisation, engaging with key issues surrounding its analysis, strategy and tactics. They suggest that XR has an underdeveloped and apolitical view of the kind of change necessary to address climate change, and that while this enables the building of broad movements, it is also an obstacle to achieving the systemic change that they are aiming for.

Oscar Berglund discusses XR and civil disobedience with a panel. Chaired by Andrew Kelly, director, Festival of Ideas. There will be time for questions, discussion, reflection and an opportunity to buy a copy using a discount code provided at the event.

> Register here

Further information

> Extinction Rebellion Brighton's website
> XR Brighton Youtube Channel
> Facebook (@nepocide) for news and info
> Brighton Rebel Community Board Facebook for community chat
> Twitter
> Instagram

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