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Movement-building Actions are an important part of Extinction Rebellion. They: Raise public awareness about the climate emergency Attract new Rebels to the movement Raise energy and morale, and provide an outlet for our concern Give new Rebels a real-life experience low-risk civil disobedience Keep chapters in practice for large mass civil disobedience actions Movement-building Actions will not, in themselves, compel our governments to accept XR’s Demands and take immediate action on the climate and ecological crisis. Therefore, the time, energy, and resources spent on them need to be balanced with other mobilization methods in order to grow chapters and get large numbers of Rebels ready for mass civil disobedience. While Movement-Building Actions are designed to gain attention and be at least somewhat disruptive, getting arrested is not the main point of these actions.

Blocco stradale di 3-7 minuti

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Blocking roads is a core part of the Extinction Rebellion strategy. When it comes to doing an all out rebellion in our state capitals we will be aiming to occupy and shut down streets day after day. But to grow the movement and get people experiencing the thrill of disobedience it's crucial to do smaller roadblocks in your local town or city first.

The action coordinator of the group should explain that the point of this action is to grow the movement, cause some local controversy to get people talking, get a picture to show to the press and to prepare people for mass civil disobedience. Overcoming fears is best done by actually doing direct action with other people in a safe way. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED 

PREPARING FOR THE ACTION 

DOING THE ACTION

  1. Everyone practices the routine in another location, where traffic is unlikely to be blocked. Do it about 3 times (see below for what to do).
  2. Everyone congregates at the agreed-upon location. Once everyone has arrived, everyone follows the coordinator to the crossing and pays attention to the traffic lights. 
  3. As the lights go red, the coordinator shouts, “Everyone in the road!” Coordinator herds everyone onto the road to stand behind the banner, holding it tightly and facing the stationary traffic. It is very important the banner is unrolled and the two banner carriers have organised who is walking toward the other side of the road, and who is going to stay closer to the sidewalk. The person going to the other side of the road goes as quickly as they can walk to the other side and they both get it taut, with the writing facing the traffic and the writing the right way up.
  4. The two people with the apology signs stand at each end of the banner holding up the signs to the cars. 
  5. The two cookie people walk straight up to the first two cars. And say the following:

XRA INSTRUCTIONS FOR A 3-MINUTE ROADBLOCK

STANDARD ACTION PLAN FOR BLOCKING A ROAD

The action coordinator of the group should explain that the point of this action isn’t to change anything but to get a picture to show to the press and to prepare people for mass civil disobedience. Overcoming fears is best done by actually doing direct action with other people in a safe way. 

The key elements are:

 

The run of the action:

  1. Everyone practices the routine in another location, where traffic is unlikely to be blocked. Do it about 3 times (see below for what to do).
  2. Everyone congregates at the agreed-upon location. Once everyone has arrived, everyone follows the coordinator to the crossing and pays attention to the traffic lights. 
  3. As the lights go red, the coordinator shouts, “Everyone in the road!” Coordinator herds everyone onto the road to stand behind the banner, holding it tightly and facing the stationary traffic. It is very important the banner is unrolled and the two banner carriers have organised who is walking toward the other side of the road, and who is going to stay closer to the sidewalk. The person going to the other side of the road goes as quickly as they can walk to the other side and they both get it taut, with the writing facing the traffic and the writing the right way up.
  4. The two people with the apology signs stand at each end of the banner holding up the signs to the cars. 
  5. The two cookie people walk straight up to the first two cars. And say the following:

 


 

Swarming is an easy entry level type of civil disobedience in which rebels do short roadblocks all across a city to cause gridlocked traffic. Swarming can be done by just a single affinity group blocking one road or it can be scaled up to have thousands of rebels blocking roads all across a city at once. Find a video resource here.

DESIGN

  1. Form rebels into small affinity groups depending on the size of the roads you’re planning to block. Around 5 rebels per lane of traffic is about right. 
  2. Identify significant road junctions in your city that are likely to cause maximum disruption. Consider: 

 

  1. Assemble your group next to a traffic light and wait for the traffic to be brought to a complete halt by the red light before stepping into the road. Never attempt to step into the road when the traffic is moving. 
  2. Walk calmly and slowly into the road holding a banner that is wide enough to stretch across the highway with rebels spaced evenly behind it. The banner is essential to show to motorists that the road is completely blocked and it prevents motorcyclists or bikes from trying to break through your line.
  3. Option A: Stand in the road for 7 minutes, step off for 3 minutes and let the traffic flow. Repeat. 

Option B: Stand n the road until the police begin threatening you with arrest or trying to drag the first person off and then all calmly and slowly walk off the road, disperse and meet again around the corner on a new road and do the same again 

  1. When blocking the road make sure you’ve got biscuits and cake and politely offer them to drivers stuck in the queue of traffic. Be completely respectful, apologetic and patient with frustrated drivers explaining that you’ll only be there a short time and offer them a leaflet explaining what you’re doing. 
  2. Do this for an hour or two before going to a cafe nearby for a debrief. This is really helpful for making new rebels feel included and committed to taking part in your next action.

THINGS TO BRING

ROLES / TRAINING

MESSAGING

Interrompere una seduta del consiglio comunale/regionale

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Many governmental bodies, both national and local, have public sessions in which you can sit as an observer. This is a perfect opportunity for rebellious disruption that will get the attention of your elected leaders. At the low end of the scale this can be as simple as holding a banner up or standing up interrupting a session with your own speech. At the more disruptive end this could extend to a full scale occupation that refuses to leave until the point of arrest. 

There are so many different creative ways to disrupt, but here’s a few concrete ideas to get you going: 

BEFORE THE ACTION 

  1. Scout the location out beforehand. Find out when the next public session is. Consider if there are any significant debates or decisions coming up. Are they planning a meeting about a new road, new airport or new incinerator? How many people can sit in the viewing area at once?
  2. Research the potential legal consequences and brief your group of rebels. Some states have laws about disrupting public meetings. 
  3. Do a recce and watch how a similar meeting pans out. How long before the session starts are visitors allowed to take a seat? What point in the meeting would be most impactful to interrupt? 
  4. Read the rules about what you can and can’t bring into government sessions. Sharps, knives and firearms will almost certainly be stopped, but some states have laws preventing even the bringing in of banners or political material of any kind. 

ACTION VARIATIONS 

  1. Take a place in the public viewing area and wait for the meeting to start. 
  2. Depending on what items you are able to bring in with you you could consider using the following methods of disruption:
    1. Shout or chant loudly over proceedings that there is a climate emergency. 
    2. Stand up and loudly make your own speech condemning the meeting for their criminal inaction 
    3. Hold up a banner or drop a banner from a balcony. 
  3. Remember to remain respectful and nonviolent at all times and avoid using blaming and shaming language. We recognise that we are all part of the same toxic system and so we are inviting our leaders to see sense and join us in tackling this emergency together. 
  4. If there is a chance to engage directly with members of the governing body you are disrupting then engage with them empathetically, explaining the reason for the disruption, the facts of the emergency and the fact that their inaction has led to an urgent need for action. You could consider inviting them to an upcoming Heading For Extinction talk. 

 

  1. OPTION A: Enter the chamber / meeting room early and sit down in the centre of the room, or in the seats that will soon be needed by members of the government body you are disrupting. Bring banners, music and food and drink to last you a few hours. Hold the space for long enough to have the meeting postponed or cancelled. Consider holding a workshop or making educational speeches and inviting members of the meeting to take part. 
  2. OPTION B: Wait until the meeting has started and walk to the front to peacefully interrupt proceedings with loud singing and chanting. 

 

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  1. Getting part- or completely naked in the session demonstrates a sense of humour that makes the action seem attractive and light hearted. 
  2. Consider painting a message on your body that can be revealed when you strip off. This is a good tactic to use if you are trying to disrupt a place where any political material (such as banners or signs) is forbidden from being taken into the session 
  3. If the viewing area is separated from the main session by glass you might want to consider using superglue to glue yourself to the glass for added disruption. Make sure you’ve done the research about what additional charges this may result in (criminal damage etc). 

 

  1. Surprisingly this actually does a pretty good job of disrupting a session… or getting you dragged out. 
  2. Make sure it really is just flower petals or soft paper confetti that you’re throwing and nothing that could possibly hurt anyone. It is crucial to remain nonviolent at all times. 



Calare uno striscione da un ponte/edificio

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Dropping a banner off a bridge, or from the viewing level of a government building is a simple and classic way of getting your message across. These tend to work best if they are provocative and taboo breaking. One of XR UK’s first actions was to drop a banner that simply read “Climate Change: We’re Fucked.”

Banner drops work best when you think about creating a great photo. Think about what image will make it into the press. How can you make this as striking as possible? 

The bigger the banner, the bigger the impact. Small homemade banners are easy to ignore and look like they’re the work of a lone fanatic rather than a growing mass movement. When making your banner it's best to either have it professionally printed or to use the Extinction Rebellion type font (Fucxed CAPS - downloadable in the art pack) to make it look visually striking. 

 

Il sangue delle nostre figlie

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Blood Of Our Children is a taboo breaking act of minor criminal damage that forces the public to connect the climate and ecological emergency with the mass slaughter it is already leading to. Its main purpose is to use controversy and polarisation to gain press and build the movement, but also to shift what's known as the ‘Overton Window’, the window of accepted conversation in public life. Many people still don’t connect climate change with the reality that it's already killing people in the Global South and, unless radical action is taken, it's going to lead to millions if not billions of deaths around the world. 

The action is a great next step for rebels who have taken part in a road block and want to move up to their next action. 

THINGS YOU’LL NEED

PREPARING FOR THE ACTION

  1. Recruit at least 10 rebels to be blood pourers. Ask them to source black suits to wear for the action. 
  2. Prepare some spokespeople to give testimonials over the microphone during the action. It's good to get them briefed on some of the core facts about the emergency but for maximum impact you want spokespeople who can speak with raw emotion about how shit scared they are for their future. Mothers, pregnant women or grandparents talking emotionally about their fears for their children’s futures. 
  3. Scout out a visually stunning location. Think about the space outside government buildings or the road outside. A flight of steps works really well too. Ultimately your aim is to get one stunning image in the press so think about what angle the photo will be taken from and what will be in the background. 
  4. Give blood-pourers a legal briefing on what the possible legal consequences will be. In other countries rebels have not been arrested for this action, but there is the potential to be arrested and charged with criminal damage. Fake blood poured directly onto a building is much more likely to result in this charge than fake blood poured into the road which is more likely to be tolerated. 
  5. Identify a police liaison and preplan how you will talk to the police on the day . You might want to consider speaking to the police and telling them that you will be doing this action, explaining the fake blood is washable and not permanent and communicating that the action will be nonviolent and peaceful. It's generally best not to tell them the exact location in case they try to intervene before the blood can be poured.
  6. If the location of your action requires a road to be blocked then recruit teams and coordinators to do the road blocking element following the guidance in the 3 minute roadblock action guidance. 
  7. It's good to gather a bigger crowd who will participate as general protestors for the action. If you need to keep the exact location secret you could advertise the event’s time and rough geographic area and either ask people to meet at a point nearby 

DOING THE ACTION

  1. If blocking the road, follow the 3 minute roadblock guidance and peacefully close the street to clear space for the action.
  2. Have the blood pourers line up ceremonially in position - remember to think about what will make the most impactful photo. 
  3. As quickly as possible, to make sure that you aren’t interrupted by the police, pour the blood in unison. Keeping an air of solemnity will make this most impactful. You might want to have more than one bucket each for maximum impact. 
  4. Hear speeches from spokespeople over the microphone. 

La marcia funebre

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A funeral march is an entry level action that's great at growing the movement. There can be lots of variations on the theme but at its simplest the idea is to ceremonially carry a fake coffin and march provocatively slowly through your town / city slowing down the traffic as you go. 

THINGS YOU’LL NEED

PREPARING FOR THE ACTION

  1. Get verbal commitment from your coffin bearers and a core group of ‘mourners’ to follow the coffin.
  2. Make a public facebook event and email everyone in your mailing list inviting them to attend. Remember to keep the facebook event and email description short and to the point clearly explaining the ‘who, what, where, why, when’ of the action. If people are aware of more disruptive actions you have taken locally, you can reassure people that this action is likely to be non arrestable. Give a very clear start and end point to the march. It's best if this is two local landmarks but you could mark two locations on a digital map as well (or drop two pins on google maps).
  3. Use the seven mobilisation methods to find and invite new rebels to take part. This is a perfect action for first timers so make the most of the opportunity. 
  4. Inform the police of your plan, but don’t ask for permission for a sanctioned march - this often involves the police enforcing conditions on your plans. The march is intended to be disruptive to traffic but below the point of arrest. 
  5. Send a press release to the press in advance to try and get local press and photographers to come down. 
  6. Get commitment from your own photographer / live streamer / videographer 
  7. Get your art team massively involved. Lots of local art groups get really excited by the idea of the funeral march and creativity is a great way to get people from outside the movement involved. Making fake skeletons, bunches of flowers, mourning robes… this all adds to the spectacle and involves more people in the action.  

 

  1. Plan out your route in advance and do a recce to check out the streets you’re planning to march down. Consider your town’s highstreet or downtown area where you will be seen by the maximum number of people.
  2. If the march is likely to attract a large turn out of 100+ its worth recruiting some people to do stewarding (guiding people safely to follow the route), first aid and some rebels to bring bottles of water for anyone who feels unwell on the walk. Get a massive load of flyers printed and assign some rebels as outreach rebels to hand them out to passers-by along the way.

DOING THE ACTION 

  1. Enter the road at a safe place. Consider using the 3 minute road block technique if you want to enter along a busy road. Do not enter the road when traffic is moving. 
  2. To march in a covid-secure way ask everyone to march 2 or 3 metres apart. You could ask people to bring a length of string or cloth to trail behind them to help measure the social distance. 
  3. Either let the coffin bearers set the pace or try counting to 3 between every step. The slower you go the more you’ll disrupt the traffic. 
  4. End the march at a public square or equivalent open space and have some speeches about the emergency. A good way to get lots of people involved is to ask people to take the mic and give 2 minutes on their personal reasons for being there. This can often lead to some really surprising and impactful stories. Make sure everyone attending knows how to join your local group, when the next meeting is and (ideally) what your next action is. 
  5. If you have people willing to risk arrest, for a more disruptive ending you can bury the coffin in a significant piece of land outside a government building. This will ordinarily lead to you being arrested for criminal damage so make sure the people doing have had a legal briefing about the possible consequences. 

AFTER THE ACTION

It's great to have another action already in the pipeline that you can invite people straight into. Planning your next action as something that involves a higher level of civil disobedience - like Blood Of Our Children, Red Handed or a 3 Minute Roadblock - is perfect so you can help take rebels on a journey towards more rebellious action. Having an NVDA training booked for the following week is another great next step to keep rebels moving on their journey. 

 

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