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Extinction Rebellion in NYC - 12/13
Training and Launch Event NYC Extinction Rebellion ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Avenue, 15th floor, Manhattan Thursday, December 13, 7 PM The climate emergency demands urgent action. Extinction Rebellion NYC (XR NYC) is starting up to resist business as usual and demand action to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero. You are invited to join XR NYC, mobilize your networks, and step up your activism. https://gotcm.org/xrnyc1213 Please contact organizers Greg Schwedock (The Climate Mobilization) and Jeanne Bergman at [masked] or[masked]. = = = = = From: Gregory Schwedock [masked] Allies, You’ve probably heard the exciting news from London: Extinction Rebellion (XR) has initiated a major campaign of escalating non-violent direct action (NVDA), demanding a WWII scale climate mobilization that eliminates UK greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, draws down excess C02, and reverses ecological overshoot. On Halloween, XR launched a month of civil disobedience. On November 17, they shut down five bridges in London and planted trees in Parliament Square. Affinity groups using swarm tactics blocked traffic and critical infrastructure around the city. This is not purely symbolic civil disobedience-- the aim is to create a measurable economic impact and eventually to shut down London. I’ve been assisting XR to expand internationally, especially in the US and of course NYC, where Jeanne has jumped on as coordinator as well. The UK movement is growing fast and it could go nonlinear as more actions make their mark. They are looking to us to be as ready as possible in the US. At https://xrebellion.org/ you can dive in and learn much more. I hope reading/watching core materials [link below] and seeing the videos coming out of the actions in London make you feel that tingle down your spine and know that this is one of those times you can’t sit out. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5bda9184c3c16a86b3c38cc5/t/5bdbbca0575d1f7287ffa8b6/1541127328235/A+Declaration+of+International+Non-Violent+Rebellion+Against+the+World%E2%80%99s+Governments+for+Criminal+Inaction+on+the+Ecological+Crisis.pdf = = = = = = XR envisions: A focus on direct action: We envision direct actions—many of them, large and small, around the city and beyond, that call attention the climate catastrophe and lay out demands and solutions. In the UK this month, XR has been blocking traffic and occupying public spaces. A decentralized, non-hierarchical, but coherent movement: While all XR actions must align with XR’s principles and demands, this is an open, diverse, and progressive movement. We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. Monthly XR general meetings: These will be held in varied neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn. These meetings will usually be held during the first week of each month. XR general meetings will include plans and updates on XR actions in NYC and globally, and generally feature a speaker, a training, and/or an art build. The formation of affinity groups: These groups will meet separately on their own schedules, in addition to participating in the general meetings. Affinity groups are defined in the ACT UP Glossary as “A group of people organized around a single intent, tactic, or focus for the purpose of executing specialized sub-actions during actions or demonstrations.” Most XR NYC actions will be initiated by affinity groups, and either implemented by the affinity group alone, or organized by the affinity group with the participation and support of many more activists.

Thoughtworks

99 Madison Ave, 15th Floor · New York, NY

What we're about

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The New York City Grassroots Alliance is a group of individuals and members of grassroots activist groups who work together on climate change, climate justice, and related environmental and social issues such as race and economic inequality. We also welcome as allies members of like-minded larger organizations and faith groups. During our first four+ years we focused most of our efforts on ending fracking in NYS (successfully!!), and we continue to fight fossil fuel infrastructure projects that affect NY State such as the Spectra-AIM pipeline.

As an Alliance, we are expanding our focus to include additional issues that impact climate and the environment. The intention is to provide more points of entry to our activist community since there are many more factors that contribute to climate change. These include agriculture and food (food safety, impact of droughts and floods on food, food waste, pesticides, GMOs, local food, composting), air and water quality, all sources of pollution, biodiversity, deforestation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, fossil-free transportation, nuclear power and waste, necessary lifestyle changes to reduce our negative impacts on the environment.

We address ethical and legal violations when precious air, water, food and the climate itself are threatened and, when necessary, we focus on a single time-sensitive issue, such as a corporation’s request for a project permit from a government agency. In our campaigns, we use environmental law, political engagement and support of local businesses as tools in our efforts, and include the arts in our mobilizations. We care about the impacts of climate change on mental and physical health and recognize that working to build supportive, inclusive and sustainable communities reduces the stress we all feel as we learn more about climate change.

The NYC Grassroots Alliance serves as a fulcrum for varied climate related issues. The common issue that unites us is reducing climate change. Member groups participate in organizing educational events with informative speakers and topical films. In addition, we organize and attend rallies, demonstrations and participate in public hearings about issues related to the environment. Engagement, collaboration and solidarity enable us to maintain our effectiveness.

PLEASE JOIN US! We welcome you to our meetings that take place on the first Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:45PM at NYC Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, NYC

· For information and updates about events that we and our member groups host please join our Meetup Group: https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Grassroots-Alliance .

· You can also find us owww.facebook.com/NYC-Grassroots-Alliance

MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS:

350NYC

Brooklyn For Peace
Bronx Climate Justice North

Earth Initiative of The Zen Center of NY, Fire Lotus Temple
Environmental Action Fund

Environment TV

Gray Panthers NYC
Green Faith
Green Sanctuary Committee, CCNY, UU

Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition

NY BCAN -- Buddhist Climate Action Network

NYC Friends of Clearwater
New York City Safe Energy Campaign
New York Climate Action Group
New York Society for Ethical Culture
Riverside Church Beloved Earth Task Force

Sane Energy Campaign

Shut Down Indian Point Now

The Climate Mobilization, NY Chapter
Trade Justice New York Metro
Transition NYC
United For Action

ALLIED EFFORTS (Non-local groups and other coalitions)

Citizens' Climate Lobby
Catskill Mountainkeeper

Food and Water Watch

IMAC (Interfaith Moral Action on Climate)
PCM-NY (Peoples' Climate Movement-New York)

WEACT (West Harlem Environmental Action)

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