Update of our latest actions
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We are currently working with HS2 Rebellion and the many other groups and individuals resisting HS2.
HS2 is a new train line set to destroy 108 ancient woodlands and countless wildlife habitats across the UK. HS2 shows us how far large corporations and the UK government are willing to go in order to make a profit.
The HS2 protestors are making continuous call outs for rebels to join the camps whenever possible. For more information about the camps and how to get there, click here.
some of our previous actions
We just came back from the "WE WANT TO LIVE REBELLION", alongside the rest of Extinction Rebellion UK. Our group remained active members throughout the rebellion, with multiple members facing arrest and others spending their time at the Stop HS2 sites.
On Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd of August, we held socially-distanced actions in the Westgate Shopping Centre; a location chosen for housing many corporations with appalling environmental and workers’ rights policies. Under the COVID-19 pandemic, the terrible treatment of workers has been made clearer than ever before — our focus was of course upon the Climate Crisis, but there can be no climate justice without social justice. There must be a change, and the abuse of workers must stop.
We had a die-in, did several banner drops, and were joined by the red rebels and Abingdon samba band. Throughout both days we also had a clothes swap, where people could take or donate clothes as an alternative to buying new.
Subverting Black Friday 2019, XRY Oxford did an upcycled fashion catwalk in the Westgate, as one of many Oxford actions. We worked on creating our own clothes out of stuff that we already had and then took to the Westgate with banners for a lively display of how the world might look without fast fashion.
In September 2019, XRY Oxford joined XR Oxford, Conservation Optimism and other groups for an ‘Extravaganza’ at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. We created masks symbolising endangered UK species and spoke to visitors about the effects of the climate crisis on UK wildlife.
We worked with the Youth Strike group again in August on a banner drop action around Oxford, on locations such as Carfax Tower, University Church and the Westgate centre. We then joined a demo in Bonn Sq, which featured on BBC South Today.
In May 2019, XR Youth Oxford collaborated with XR Oxford Students to put on a street party for our comrades UKSCN Oxford, after their climate strike. Music, dancing and lots of rebellious chalking filled Broad Street, Oxford.