This is the first of what will be a series of Actions Updates in the leadup to March 22.
This is a call out to all of you in Australia that are planning Extinction Rebellion actions in the lead up to March 22 and beyond.
We in the Actions working group have been aiming to facilitate communication between the various actions groups organising to disrupt in the coming months, since facilitating the decision-making process that decided to make major disruption on March 22.
Actions groups in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as local groups in small towns outside the capitals (places like Urabedalla, and Canberra) are in various stages of planning and mobilisation in the leadup to March.
What Is Happening on March 22?
I’ve been hearing variations of this question from across the country. The decision to go into action on March 22 was facilitated over two sessions amongst representatives and members from actions groups in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Newcastle, Hobart, and small towns across the country.
The common purpose driving these people was the need to mobilize and take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion, and the need for a common date around which to take action together across the continent.
The COVID pandemic in the last year has taken it’s toll on XR. It’s impact and the isolation it force on us, combined with cycles of burnout, have left some XR groups in Australia more combat-ready than others.
On the positive side, rebels across the country have pushed on despite adversity, and there are a number of new rebel groups that have been mobilized into action during the pandemic.
This means that the actions around march 22 across the country will be different depending on the group and context.
Actions plans are in development, and volunteers and groups still signing up. My information is also incomplete at this time. That said, here is a taste of the things being planned so far.
An actions circle consisting of rebels from around a dozen local groups around Melbourne has formed, planning a full week of camping in the Carlton Gardens and assembling a program of disruptive and non-disruptive actions throughout the week.
This will include a welcome to country on day one, bump-in during the day followed by disruptive kick-off actions in the evening.
The Carlton Gardens will be used as a base camp for curious new rebels to join in the week of actions and build a community of rebellion together. To make it possible to organise a full week of actions, different local and affinity groups are planning actions at different times throughout the week, inviting the crowd to join in each one each day.
I need to update my info on this. XR SA have kindly put on the Festival of Civil Disobedience this week, so have been very busy!
I think they’re holding two major actions and a series of smaller affinity group actions during the week.
The Hobart rebels have recently impressed with their bank occupations and mass-arrests at roadblocks.
They’re planning a women’s march to emphasize the oversized impact that the climate emergency will have on women. There will be a disruptive action and a non-disruptive action on different days during the week.
Cleverly they are building momentum towards the women’s march with a pub night on international women’s day (March 8th).
The Brisbane crew are continuing to show off the power of small highly disruptive actions.
Justice and TK locked themselves to some temporary fencing to block the motorway last week:
They followed up with a zombie march and die-in this week.
A bunch of the XR Meanjin crew are headed to Sydney to start disruptive shenanigans there, but the group left behind are developing a mass action on March 22, with a series of smaller disruptive actions through the week.
The rural towns of NSW were a major focus for the mobilisers of the XR Australia Mass Mobilisation in the last six months, meaning that there is a bunch of new local groups intending to disrupt Sydney on March 22 along with XR Sydney. More info to come.
The XR WA crew are planning three days of action with disruptive actions every day.
They’ll also hold a continuous presence in a CBD park for rebels and well-wishers to come down and get involved.
With three and a half weeks to go, there is a lot we can do to prepare to build towards March 22 and beyond.
If you are wondering what to do, first get in touch with the actions groups organising disruption in your nearest capital city and see what you can do to get involved. If you have your own local group or affinity group, rally them together and discuss what your group wants to do. Self-organising groups can do a lot to multiply our momentum and disruption.
Have a look at the actions recipes if you’re looking for some basic actions designs.
The Festival of Civil Disobedience
XR South Australia in conjunction with rebels across the country are half-way through the Festival of Civil Disobedience, a week-long program of talks and workshops about all things civil disobedience.
For rebels who need NVDA training, there is an online NVDA training over two consecutive sessions tonight and next thursday. Although it’s not as hands-on as an in-person training, it’s a hell of a lot better than going into action untrained - please share this with rebels that need it.
In the week of March, a diversity of actions throughout the week will add to its disruptiveness. Come along alone or with a group of your fellow rebels to go through a facilitated workshop to put together an action for the week with other rebels across the country!
Paint the Streets
Paint the Streets is a basic action that you can get going in your local group in the leadup to March 22. It is easy to get involved and helps build the trust that you need to have an effective affinity group, while building the profile of your group. To get started, have a look at the Paint the Streets Australia Guide and Autumn Rebellion 2021 Arts Collection and start beautifying your neighbourhood!
Please let us know about your actions groups - I will be posting out regular national action - focused updates like this over the next few weeks to keep you all up to date.
Please let us know what your actions groups are planning and what you want shared with other actions groups across the country.
Please discuss in this topic, avoiding specific details that might impact the security of your actions or group.