Hello to you all in 2020!
Our organizing group of about a dozen has been taking the last few months to strengthen our internal communication channels with privacy as a main concern given the political climate’s shift toward a crackdown on environment activism.
We’ve also taken Anti-Oppression training, Non-Violent Direct Action training, Meeting Facilitation training and have been sharing books and resources to get our group onto the same page.
We have over 200 members on our email list, as well as 200 in our Facebook Group and following our Facebook Page. We are trying to find ways for everyone to get involved!
How to get involved: Can you host “The Talk”?
The Talk is Heading For Extinction And What To Do About It. It is approximately 1 hour talk with a break and should include time afterwards for sharing thoughts. The Talk explains the latest science about global warming with dire predictions if more is not done to stop it. It is not suitable for young children.
If you have a friend group, neighbourhood, association, religious group, work meeting or organization meeting that we can do The Talk at, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
XRGuelph has adopted a 4th Demand
The 4th Demand has been adopted by XR United States and has been adopted by several city groups across Canada. This demand is currently being worked on by XRCanada group and may be modified in the future. Because XR came out of the UK, it did not reflect many countries experience of colonization. This 4th Demand seeks to address this.
“We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all”.
Friday, January 24
Prelude to a Disaster: a film screening and hip hop show with Lee Reed
Silence, 46 Essex St.
9 pm – 11pm
Free (but donations gratefully accepted to cover costs)
Hosted by OPIRG-Guelph
Silence is a physically accessible venue
Trouble: Prelude to a Disaster, a short, provocative anti-capitalist film on the climate emergency. Trouble is produced by subMedia, a grassroots media collective which aids social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos.
Inhabit: Instructions for Autonomy is a collectively and anonymously written strategy from a network of autonomous projects across North America. The pocket-size book brings together diverse strands of thinking, activism, and hands-on experimentation into a radical vision for our tumultuous times. Any donation to the event gets you a copy of Inhabit.
Lee Reed is Canadian hip hop’s oldest and grumpiest radical left loudmouth, and a respected veteran of the nation’s indie music scene.
Doors 9:00, Film 9:15, Lee Reed 10:00.
Tuesday, January 28
Fast Forward Eco Film Series
Location: Orangeville TBA
Climate Change Action Dufferin-Caledon
Films and panel discussion.
If you are in North Wellington, Dufferin or Caledon and want to learn more about Extinction Rebellion, this is an opportunity to ask questions and meet in person.
XR Guelph will have an information table at this event.
A member of XR Guelph will give a brief talk.