Extinction Rebellion US Week Of Action

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Extinction Rebellion US Week Of Action

Call to Action for April 15 – 22, 2019

Disruption and Solidarity

1) Disruption, Confrontation, and Shut Down – No Business as Usual

We invite everyone who hasn’t already to do the painful work of confronting that fact that we only have 12 years to make the necessary changes to avert an unimaginable climate disaster, and to act accordingly. This is a process that can include anger and deep grief. We join you in this anger and grief. Organizing is the antidote to despair.

Overall, many of us need more courage than hope. Action is our best hope. We invite everyone to join XR in asking: “How will we become the people we need to be in order to do what’s necessary to stop this destruction of all life while we can?“

We call on everyone who knows we are in a climate emergency to use nonviolent direct action to confront, disrupt or shut down:

– target local, city, state, federal government buildings

– target fossil fuel companies and infrastructure

– target local, city, state officials – who gain power and make money while protecting the fossil fuel industry – in their offices or in family friendly protests at their homes and communities

– target right wing media outlets like Fox News or Breitbart for lying to the people to protect the fossil fuel industry and to enrich themselves

We call on all who can to not just target a location once, but to return, day after day, in creative ways.

Get Involved

For any rebellion to have a chance to exist, or succeed, we need disruption that escalates over time. XR US local groups nationwide have just gotten their start over the course of two months and are made up mostly of people with no activist experience. In January we successfully coordinated our first, small actions as a movement – now begins the work of growing our regional, national and international power.

Our goals for the April week of actions are for all XR US local groups to escalate in scale from previous actions in January. We need support to make that happen. We need trainers and organizers to get involved at the local level to help local XR groups scale up. And we need people to join with XR local groups to plan actions. Please contact us at xr@extinctionrebellion.us if you’d like to support.

2) Solidarity

April 15 to 22, 2019 XR US will do solidarity actions for movements resisting the fossil fuel industry that are using direct action and/or offer them direct support, and/or hold fundraising events for them. We call on all environmental groups, and other movements, to use the week of April 15 – 22, 2019 to do the same.

For any rebellion on the scale we described in the long term strategy section above to have a chance to exist, or succeed, we need true solidarity. So rather than using the April week of actions to focus on building XR US and raising money for it, XR US will use the week of rebellion, in part, to do what rebellions need the most: build solidarity, especially with groups and movements who are fighting the fossil fuel industry using direct action, such as frontline resistance camps and urban and rural environmental justice groups.

True solidarity is the strongest, most important force we can create to see us through the hard times that will come when we collectively try to stop those who will stop at nothing in service to their greed. We don’t think a rebellion on the scale that matches other civil resistance movements is possible without changing XR’s current heavily white, male composition. These solidarity actions are meant to be part of building relationships with communities and groups who are most directly impacted by the fossil fuel industry with the hopes of building strong alliances. We are also putting resources and time to increase outreach to traditionally underrepresented groups to build XR US from the ground up, to collectively make XR be what it needs to be, to be effective. We will also be launching a speaking tour that will, in part, be connecting with frontline communities of color and poor communities to do support work and listen and share.

Much love and solidarity to all, see you in the streets.

Suggested Media Messaging for April 15 – 22, 2019:

For govt building targets:

Climate Justice Saves Lives

Climate Inaction = People Dying

Climate Lying = Communities Dying

We are Facing a Mass Extinction of Species

Climate Change = Ecocide

System Change, Not Climate Change!

Right Wing News:

Climate Lying = Communities Dying

Science Doesn’t Care About Your Opinion

Climate Inaction = Mass Murder

Climate Change = Ecocide

Climate Change Hurts the Most Vulnerable

Fox News Makes $ From Climate Denial

General Messaging:

There is No Climate Solution Without Climate Justice

Fight Like Your World Depends on It

Climate Change is a Racist, Capitalist Crisis

Action is our Best Hope

We Will Not Beg World Leaders, Change is Coming Whether They Like It or Not

Only the People Can Solve the Climate Crisis

The Climate Crisis has Already Been Solved. We Just Need to Wake Up and Change

The Last Time the Planet Warmed this Much, 88% of Life Disappeared

Climate Change Worsens Inequality and Poverty

78 percent of African Americans live within 30 miles of a toxic-spewing coal plant

80 percent of Latinos live in counties that violate at least one federal air-pollution law

Latino children are two and half times more likely to develop asthma than non-Latinos

Water is Life

Life is Sacred

Human Life Depends on Biodiversity

We are Facing a Mass Extinction of Species

If the Bees Go, We All Go

We Need Courage, Not Hope

When Hope Dies, Action Begins

If the Ocean Dies, We Die

Organizing is the Antidote to Despair

Another World is Possible

1 in 8 Birds Is in Danger of Global Extinction

No more pipelines! No more stolen land!

Keep the oil in the soil!

We Can’t Drink Oil, We Can’t Eat Money

No Intelligent Species Would Destroy Their Own Environment

(Picture of a Dinosaur) They Didn’t See it Coming Either

Climate Change Can’t Be Solved through Personal Choice

Details

Starts On

April 15, 2019 - 12:00 am

Ends On

April 22, 2019 - 12:00 am

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