Photo by Steve @strutphotography
Since our last newsletter, which was only a little over a week ago, XRSA has successfully carried out two non-violent civil disobedience actions. A bicycle swarm and a die-in on the street outside the Adelaide morgue. Both actions ran so smoothly, we are really starting to see the benefits of the methodical and meticulous training and culture building that we have been doing since the formation of XRSA late last year. With new members flooding in from all across the state, our capacity to disrupt business as usual is only going to swell over the coming months, and we invite you to come along and ride the wave.
Recently Extinction Rebellion announced the next International Rebellion will start on October 7th. We encourage you to not only put the date in your calendar, but to book time off work. It’s going to be an activism extravaganza. Locally we are building capacity for this date through our trainings and upcoming actions. Now is the time to get involved, trained and ready to rebel.
Actions Last Month
Funeral for the Human Race
On the 22nd of July, XR rebel Cristel joined with dozens of other rebels for XR SA’s most dramatic non-violent civil disobedience action yet. Cristel penned some poignant words about the experience.
On Monday I was dead.
I laid across the road in front of the Adelaide morgue as a corpse who had died as a result of climate change. I had contracted dengue fever as Australia became extremely humid at a rapid pace and we weren’t prepared for the swathe of tropical diseases that exploded upon us. I was surrounded by others who’d died of other climate related causes as well as mourners who watched over the fallen and sang for a better future.
While this was a small piece of street theatre, there will inevitably be masses of deaths like this in lesser developed places around the world first unless we use all of our efforts to halt climate change, which starts with stopping fossil fuels.
We can do this and we must.
The rest of the world is relying on us to act.
Bicycle Swarm Action
On a bright, sunny Adelaide winter’s day, 30 keen cyclists joined us for our inaugural Critical Mass – Extinction Bicycle Swarm. With some ‘old hands’ alongside first timers we laid an excellent foundation. Participants aged from three (sitting in a cargo bike) to elder-hood. Our youngest cyclist was six years old, who completed with energy to spare. These will continue to be non-arrestable disruptive actions with the swarm slowing and stopping vehicle traffic, to raise awareness of the impact of fossil-fuelled societies. Drivers took this in good spirits, with only an occasional grumpy motorist.
So dust off your (or a mates) bike. Let’s double the numbers 31st August!
Heading for Extinction Presentation
24 people braved the cold to hear our Heading for Extinction Presentation XR presentation at the Coromandel Community Centre. A follow up get together is planned within the next month at which a local XR group could be formed.
Join the Rebellion
We have a lot coming up in the next few weeks, and we’d love you to get involved.
For new members we recommend you:
- Join up – and persuade friends to do the same
- Come to our ‘Heading for Extinction Talk’ (See events below)
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Check the XRSA blog for posts and important information
- Spread the XR message by getting a group you’re involved with to host a talk by Extinction Rebellion speakers. If interested contact XRSAoutreach@gmail.com
- If you can’t spare the time to commit to XRSA but would like to help financially, head over to our donate page. Every little bit helps.
Participate in Actions
We encourage you to come out and get involved in our actions. Many actions run by Extinction Rebellion will involve nonviolent direct action (NVDA). To be prepared for them, we need activists to complete Conscientious Protector training. After completing this training you can join or form an affinity group.
Affinity Groups are small groups who organise and take direct action together. As we are grow, they will be the most effective way for us to disrupt and draw attention to our demands.
Affinity groups have a long history. They’ve proven to be effective at enhancing activist support, sustainability and safety. At their core, they’re small groups of people who trust each other. and have similar views on their preferred types and levels of actions.
In XRSA, the Actions and Arts Working group are working out an overarching strategy. Each Affinity group has relative autonomy to work on their actions in support of the strategy while maintaining the values of XR.
Support our events
Concerned about species loss, hotter summers and our children’s future?
Come and hear about the situation facing us and learn more about the potential for using nonviolent civil disobedience to move our governments to action.
Directly after the presentation is our Extinction Cafe. Join others in having a coffee and a chat to get all your questions answered.
Adelaide – 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month
11-1pm at Café Outside the Square, 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Willunga – Every Monday (not public holidays)
3-5 pm at The Green Room, 2 High Street, Willunga
Nuriootpa – 2nd Saturday of each month
11-1pm at CO-OP Fresh Cafe, 1 Murray St, Nuriootpa
Want to know what Extinction Rebellion South Australia is about? Come along to find out and get to know some other rebels. This event is perfect for new members.
XR Up North Monthly Meeting
1st Saturday of each month, 12-2pm
Natural Resource Centre, 132 Melrose St, Mount Pleasant
Monthly meeting for organising with XR Up North branch. Come along to help organise upcoming actions, events and more.
August 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Adelaide Remakery, 18-28 Young St, Adelaide
Come join the Extinction Rebellion Actions, Arts and Logistics team for an afternoon of crafting fun. No crafting skills or experience required, just enthusiasm!
Tell your kids and your friends!
Follow the Moon – Full Moon Gathering
August 14th @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Onkaparinga River National Park
The Regeneration Culture Working Group would like to invite rebels to gather for the Full Moon around an open fire, amongst the trees, while we connect, identifying and releasing that which no longer serves us.
Bookings essential – Limited tickets so please RSVP
Extinction Rebellion conducts training for new and aspiring activists concerned about the lack of action on the ecological emergency, widespread extinctions, and rising global temperatures. Based on the principles of non-violent direct action (NVDA), this training will give you the skills to engage in civil resistance, a peaceful and disruptive form of direct action.
If you have been watching rebels blockading bridges in London, stopping traffic in Melbourne, occupying parliament in Adelaide, blockading the Adani site–and you are considering participation in actions like these–here is a starting point.
Protesting, advocacy and the law: An information session
August 19th @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Scots Church Hall, 237 North Terrace, Adelaide
During this session Dr Sarah Moulds will outline some of the relevant laws that apply to individuals or groups engaged in advocacy or protest activity in South Australia.
It will include a broad overview of:
- The types of criminal offences that may apply
- Your rights and responsibilities when engaging with police
- Other legal implications, including employment related implications
- The consequences of a criminal conviction
PLEASE NOTE: this is an information session. Dr Moulds will not be providing specific legal advice.
August 22nd @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Quaker Meeting House, 40a Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide
Delivery of the Heading for Extinction presentation in our communities is a priority. Come and learn and practice with other rebels – Let’s make our voices heard.
This training has two purposes:
- New people will have the opportunity to learn about the intent, structure and content of the Heading for Extinction (HfE) presentation.
- Those already on the training runway for delivery of the HfE training will be able to practice and gain confidence so they are ready to make the next step and give the talk in their community.
This Is Not a Drill Reading Group
August 26th @ 5:00 pm – 7:00pm
Sparkke at the Whitmore, 317 Morphett St, Adelaide
Interested in learning more about Extinction Rebellion?
We are getting together on Thursday August 22, 5-7pm at The Whitmore (Whitmore Square) to discuss the book ‘This Is Not A Drill’ published by Penguin through XR in the UK.
The blurb states ‘This is a book of truth and action. It has facts to arm you, stories to empower you, pages to fill in and pages to rip out, alongside instructions on how to rebel – from organising a roadblock to facing arrest.
Bicycle Swarm Action
August 31st @ 9:45 am – 11 am
Eastern Side of Whitmore Square, Adelaide
Reclaim the streets!
Join us on the last Saturday of each month for a bicycle swarming action. This action is designed to be fun and friendly. Action will be disruptive but non-arrestable.
In the news
By Anonymous Author, The Guardian – I’m an ordinary person who joined an Extinction Rebellion blockade. Here’s why you should too – Read more
By David Smith, The Guardian – Extinction Rebellion protesters confront politicians at US Capitol – Read more
By Julia Conley, EcoWatch – Philanthropists to Raise $62.5 Million for Extinction Rebellion and School Strikers – Read more