This month Lambeth rebels got full on climate justice mode getting involved in protests against the Africa Energies Summit and disrupting the AGMs of fossil fuel insurers and funders HSBC, Barclays and Standard Chartered. And we’re planning to welcome Shell’s shareholders for theirs on Tuesday!
We have also started discussing and planning for a Lambeth-led action in June and the Summer uprising that will see London boroughs banding together to organise community-based outreach events.
Plenty to get involved in, then! Read on to see how.
In this newsletter:
1️⃣ Upcoming events and actions
2️⃣ A callout to get involved in our July uprising
3️⃣ A round up of what we got up to since our last newsletter
🚀Upcoming events and actions
– Our fortnightly General Meeting is back this Monday 23rd. We’ll dedicate half of it to an
action design mini workshop to get us going with a Lambeth-led action in June so don’t miss it!
🗓️ Monday 23rd May, 7-9pm
📍 Cressingham Gardens Rotunda, SW2 2QG
– Shell Rally – Book time off work for a big climate justice memorial outside the Shell AGM.
Remember, Resist, Rise – We’ll be commemorating everyone who has fought
for climate justice and honouring the people whose lives have been
affected by fossil fuel extraction, and combustion, globally
With music, drumming, and major speakers such as Caroline Lucas and
global activists in struggle against Shell, you don’t want to miss it!
Make sure you’re signed up here for updates
🗓️ Tuesday 24th May 9am
📍 Methodist Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH.
– XR’s mobilisation strategy – the 3.5 project – is taking off with
outreach and talks being held around the country to get 3.5% of the
population actively engaged in climate action.
Lambeth’s next talk is being held next Thursday
What can you do?
– attend the talk, and bring a friend
– help with leafletting around the area before the talk
– door knocking and outreach (full training given!)
For more info and any questions about this talk or how to get involved in 3.5 project in Lambeth contact [email protected] and join the Telegram chat
🗓️ Thursday 26th May 26th, 7pm
📍 St Anne and All Saints Church, Miles St, off South Lambeth Rd, SW8 1RL
July local uprising: get involved!
XR UK is organising a fortnight of “uprising” with the aim to reach out to and enage more people for our next rebellion in September. At the London Borough coordinator meeting, representatives discussed and agreed on having an autonomous London uprising centred around climate justice.
Final decisions will be made at the end of next week but here is some information:
– it looks like we will split into sub-London “cluster” groups and work with our borough neighbours to organise a day of events. We will also be supporting the other clusters on the day
– We’ll have to choose a day between the 18th and 30th of July
How can you help?
⏺️ We’ll be discussing this at Monday’s GM. Make sure to attend or catch up on the notes shared afterwards
⏺️ We’ll organise a dedicated meeting with other boroughs to discuss further. We’ll promote to our channel once the date has been agreed
⏺️ Get in touch with Zaz if you’d like to help organise. There will be plenty of roles to fill in and you don’t need to be an experienced rebel, just keen to help!
What we’ve been up to
🛢️ On Sunday 8th May we joined the #StopJackdaw protest organised by our friends in Fossil Free London. Jackdaw is the name for our dear neighbour Shell’s proposed new oil field off the coast of Scotland.
Some of our Lambeth rebels got very creative and prolific with thir placards:
This week we joined forces with Extinction Rebellion Africa, Sustaining the Wild Coast, StopEACOP,
Africans Rising, The Green Connection, Oceans Not Oil, Jubilee for
Climate, 350.org and Greenpeace to disrupt the Africa Energies Summit. One of the activists involved explains what the conference is about:
“What’s happening here is unregulated oil companies signing
exploitative new oil deals with debt-burdened African nations which need
to cope with not only the pollution of oil exploration in their
country, but the global effects of oil exploration – the drought,
floods, food insecurity, displacement and conflict. This is not a
conference – it is a crime scene disguised as a party.”
Lambeth rebels joined the outside disruption where a massive banner reading “Stop Oil Colonialism” was dropped from the hotel’s balcony. Our Nick gave an interview about why we disrupted the conference (link to video). One of our Lambeth rebels locked on to a suitcase inside the hotel to block the entrance to the conference suite.
On the second day, two other amazing Lambeth rebels supported
XR Cambridge who blocked the entrance to Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen restaurant, which was hosting a gala dinner for the conference
Stay in touch: https://linktr.ee/xrlambeth