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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


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