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Extinction Rebellion: Support Our Arrestees

Non-violent demonstrators arrested on October 7 during Extinction Rebellion’s Global Rebellion.

18 people were arrested Monday, October 7, 2019 while practicing non-violent civil disobedience at a protest in Toronto, Ontario.

The activists, who were demonstrating to urge action on the climate crisis were arrested by police and charged with Mischief/obstruct use of property not to exceed $5000. Extinction Rebellion Toronto is seeking to raise $10,000.00 through this appeal, which will assist our members, who were arrested, with legal representation, bail bonds and other legal expenses.

If you would like to support our arrestees through our Chuffed fundraising campaign, please donate here.

We are facing an unprecedented global climate emergency.

The participants of XR-Toronto’s non-violent demonstration at the Bloor Viaduct on Monday, October 7 are part of a wider movement pressing governments to respond with the urgency that this crisis demands. Similar demonstrations were held in Halifax, Edmonton, Victoria, and Vancouver, as well as internationally.

XR-Toronto is a local chapter of the international Extinction Rebellion movement. We use non-violent civil disobedience to compel governments to take action on climate breakdown, and biodiversity loss, to prevent social and ecological collapse.

Non-violent civil disobedience intends to direct attention to an injustice which is sufficiently serious to morally justify a violation of the law. Those arrested protesters were peacefully demonstrating in opposition to global climate inaction. Will you donate and help our XR-Toronto members who were arrested?

Extinction Rebellion has three demands

Extinction Rebellion aims to create a culture that is healthy, resilient and adaptable. But for this to be successful, the following three things must take place:

  1. Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  2. Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.
  3. Government must create, and be led by the decisions of, a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice.

It is time to act on reality instead of ignoring it.

It’s not too late! A world that is fit for future generations to come is possible.

If you would like to join us, learn more about Extinction Rebellion or would like to provide in-kind donations (e.g. pro-bono legal work, performances at actions, food, or other suggestions) please contact:  xrtorontofundraising@protonmail.com.

If you would like to donate money, support our Chuffed campaign here.

Banner Photo Credit: @furtivesubversive

Global Rebellion in Toronto

CLIMATE CRISIS? WAKE UP-DISOBEY

Toronto members of Extinction Rebellion along with Animal Rebellion Turtle Island and other solidarity groups, joined rebels across Canada and around the world to launch the Global Rebellion—a two-week campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience to demand that governments take immediate action on the climate crisis. We are on the brink of ecological collapse and in the beginning of the sixth mass extinction. 

Toronto rebels gathered at Playter Gardens at 7:30am for a briefing. By the time we occupied the Prince Edward Viaduct at 8:05am, our numbers grew to nearly 200.

Throughout the day we engaged in singing, chants, art, and theatre. The atmosphere was at times serene and somber and at other times joyous and uplifting. It was so heartening to see so many fight for a just and livable future.

Rebels held the bridge for close to five hours. The police attempted to clear the bridge at 11:45pm and ordered everyone to vacate the area. 18 members of Extinction Rebellion Toronto and Animal Rebellion Turtle Island refused to leave the bridge and were arrested and charged with Mischief/obstruct use of property not to exceed $5000. They were all released within 24 hours and are now safe at home. They are currently reviewing their options and deciding how to proceed.

We want thank those who were arrested for their courage and thank our Regenerative Culture team for their patience and compassion in supporting them throughout the night and in the following days.

Extinction Rebellion Toronto is not alone in its desire for action. We unite in solidarity with nearly a million people in Canada and 6 million worldwide who took to the streets for the Global Climate Strike. We refuse to continue on business as usual and are demanding action. The science is clear. If we do not move swiftly, we will soon reach the tipping point for irreversible climate breakdown.

We welcome anyone to join us who wants the Government to tell the truth, act now, and move beyond politics for real and sustained action on the climate emergency.

Updated October 10, 2019

Extinction Rebellion Toronto, October 7, 2019
Global Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion Toronto, October 7, 2019
Global Rebellion

Press Release: October 7, 2019 – Global Rebellion

EXTINCTION REBELLION TORONTO JOINS THE GLOBAL REBELLION

EXTINCTION REBELLION TORONTO

WEBSITE: https://extinctionrebelliontoronto.org

EMAIL: xrtorontomedia@yandex.com

CLIMATE CRISIS: WAKE UP – DISOBEY

Visit Extinction Rebellion Toronto’s website for the full Declaration of Rebellion.

WHEN: October 7, 2019, 8:00am

WHERE: Meet at Playter Gardens Park at 7:30am (4 Cambridge Ave, north side of Danforth, west of Broadview Station)

WHO: Extinction Rebellion Toronto  

CONTACT: xrtorontomedia@yandex.com

September 30, 2019—TORONTO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto members of Extinction Rebellion unite with rebels around the world and across Canada in a Global Rebellion. In Toronto, we plan to disrupt business as usual by occupying the Prince Edward Viaduct over the Don Valley Parkway beginning at 8:00am on October 7, 2019.

Nearly 750,000 people in Canada joined an estimated 6 million worldwide in the Global Climate walkouts to demand action and a just climate policy. Now, in the leadup to the Canadian Federal Election, Extinction Rebellion Toronto and allies from across Ontario will escalate their campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience and push for immediate action on the climate crisis. We have three demands of the government: TELL THE TRUTH, ACT NOW, MOVE BEYOND POLITICS.

The science is clear; we have run out of time for token gestures like the Prime Minister’s declaration of a climate emergency followed the next day by the approval of a pipeline or John Tory’s proposed climate emergency declaration that fails to include “new pledges for additional programs or initiatives”. Because the Government has neglected its duty to protect its citizens by allowing the ongoing destruction of the biosphere, members of Extinction Rebellion intend to disrupt economic activities in Toronto until our demands are met. 

This action will occur simultaneously with other Extinction Rebellion chapters in large and small urban centers across the country and around the globe. By engaging in a strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience we aim to awaken the hearts of citizens and call them to action and to demand the Government act now to address the climate crisis.


A notice of demonstration will be filed with the police for this event. Those who do not want to block the road are invited to stay in Playter Gardens Park nearby. 

LEGAL INFORMATION

While we have a charter right to freedom of assembly in a public space — including the streets — the police also have a strong legal right to perform their duties to maintain public order. When these rights overlap it is important to understand the possible legal consequences. We believe that the park will be a green zone throughout the action with an extremely small chance of arrest. The road will be a yellow zone — protestors can occupy city streets and often do so without arrest — but it is possible, though unlikely, that police may determine this gathering unlawful and arrest people. If police specifically order people to clear the road and state verbally that those who do not comply will be arrested, the road will become a red zone where chances of arrest are high, but impossible to predict.

While we highly recommend that you attend a Non-Violent Direct Action training, you can also inform yourself of potential outcomes with this document.

This action will be supported by the Movement Defense Committee (a team of volunteer lawyers) and you should call this number (416 833 6137) if you are arrested.

*** Extinction Rebellion Toronto cannot guarantee legal representation for anyone arrested during this action beyond this initial phone call but the Movement Defense Committee will advise you on retaining a lawyer. ***

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

We acknowledge that we meet, organize and protest upon the traditional territories of the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation, Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, Wendat, and Huron Indigenous Peoples. They are the original stewards of this land, as well as the original environmental activists, whose models of resistance we see reflected in our own activism. 

We operate on Treaty 13 land, which was defined during the Toronto Purchase claim of 1805. The Treaty indicates that Tkaronto is unceded, and has never been sold or agreed to be shared with settlers by the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The truth is that most of the area this city covers has been settled illegally and unjustly. We live, work and organize on stolen land, which was taken from Indigenous peoples against the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

We recognize the violent history of this space, in which many of us are still benefactors. As activists, we aim to act responsibly and stand in solidarity with land and water defenders all across Turtle Island. 

Death to Oh-So-Sweet Life: September 27th

When rebels meet at 7am and don’t stop fighting for climate justice until 4pm, you know you’re doing something right. On September 7th, XR Toronto members gathered at Bloor and Adelaide. With the sun barely out, they proceeded into the Path, where they slowly “died of heat.” the same impactful script was read as at the Kensington die-in the week before. While the rebels were quickly kicked out by disgruntled security guards, they simply picked up and walked to Union, where they “died” again, and once booted out of there, they ran into a group of flexible, yoga-performing activists and “died” alongside them. All this before 9am!

While the die-ins were a great kick-start to the day, they were more of an icing for the activist cake later that day. It was the global climate strike, too. At 11am, the grass in front of Queen’s Park began filling with people of all ages, taking time off work or school to fight for our future. Rousing speeches and beautiful musical performances were enjoyed by all, and then we started marching. People began streaming out of the park around 12, and there was about an hour of marching altogether. Estimates on numbers range from a conservative 50,000 to 100,000! XR proudly marched alongside our Climate-Conscious Comrades.

The Strike was amazing, mobilizing 6 million people all around the world. But we can’t fizzle out. We must keep the momentum going, and continue pressuring governments for change. Join XR Toronto on October 7th to disrupt business as usual right here in the biggest city in the country. Sign up here.

Photos thanks to JP H, Yana Sery, and Prashant Tripathi.

Who says rebellion can’t be fun? Roadblock dance party

On Tuesday, XR held one of our most regenerative events yet – a roadblock dance party! This event saw rebels blocking the intersection of Bloor and St. George in swarms, but dancers took centre stage this time. While some members kept the intersection safe by blocking traffic, others took the the middle of the streets for some good old fashioned dance. Everything from brake dancing to belly dancing to group salsa dancing was on the table. An incredible performance showcasing an evil pipeline being struck low closed off the evening. A wholesome, family friendly, and fun event for all. Revolution isn’t all doom and gloom!

Dying of Heat: Kensington Die-In

On Saturday, September 21st, rebels took to the streets of Kensington in an intense production showcasing the consequences of the astronomical heat level rises we are facing. A vision of the near future, rebels stumbled through the streets, crying for water and collapsing from the “heat.” This eventually culminated in a die-in in the middle of Kensington market, where the activists were covered in shawls bearing the XR logo, and a moment of silence was observed for all those suffering from this crisis.

Photo credit: Ian Lawrence, ianlawrencephotography.com Instagram: @ianlawrencephotography

Global Climate Strike Week

EXTINCTION REBELLION TORONTO & ALLIES:

Toronto members of Extinction Rebellion, an international climate action group, are joining forces with other environmental groups in Toronto to offer a range of events during the Global Climate Strike Week this September 20-27.

Global Climate Strike Week was declared by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who recently completed a remarkable carbon-neutral odyssey across the Atlantic to bring an urgent message to North America. “Since our leaders are behaving like children,” says Thunberg, “we have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago.” Her group, FridaysForFuture.org, is calling on students and workers alike to strike for the planet. 

Toronto members of Extinction Rebellion will be striking in solidarity with Fridays for Future on Sept 20 and Sept 27 and will be offering the following events in support of Global Strike Week:

  • Sept 20 – FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE – STRIKE AND TEACH IN (12:00pm, 7 Hart House Circle) Join Fridays For Future and solidarity groups for chants, songs, a mass teach-in and more to show our government that we are watching.
  • Sept 21 – HEAT DEATH IN KENSINGTON: PERFORMANCE AND DIE-IN (12:00pm, Alexandra Park) Extinction Rebellion Toronto invites the public to join us in our performance. Improv training will be provided.
  • Sept 22 – CLIMATE PICNIC (11:00am, Stanley Park): Extinction Rebellion Toronto hosts a potluck and text sharing picnic. Bring a text to share that speaks to what regenerates you.
  • Sept 24 – ROADBLOCK DANCE PARTY (5:30pm St. George and Bloor) It’s another Extinction Rebellion Toronto roadblock—but with a dance party theme.
  • Sept 25 – TALKING CIRCLE DEMOCRACY AND DISOBEDIENCE (6:00pm Location TBA check website for details) A talking circle helps communication, decision-making, visioning, and builds community. We will use this model to focus on how we can activate ourselves and our networks to take action on the climate crisis.
  • Sept 27 – GLOBAL STRIKE FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE (Sep 27, Meet at 11:00am Queen’s Park, March at 12:00pm) Toronto will see its biggest strike and march for climate justice. It is hosted by Fridays For Future Toronto, who invites adults to join youth strikers in solidarity, and is backed by the S27 Coalition, a diverse group of activists, union members and individuals.


“Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.”

Global Climate Strike

For more information about the Global Strike Week, please contact the media group.

Extinction Rebellion Toronto Previous Media Coverage:

Non Violent Civil Disobedience – Why Is This a Hard Concept for Canadians to Understand? Victoria Fenner Interview, Rabble.ca, September 5, 2019

Protesters gather outside Brazil Consulate in Toronto , CTVNews, August 23, 2019

Toronto activists stage mass die-in outside the CNE, BlogTO, August 20, 2019

Global protest group Extinction Rebellion is now shutting down traffic in Toronto, BlogTO, July 17, 2019

Le tele-journal Toronto, July 16, 2019, Radio-Canada, July 16, 2019 (Coverage begins at 0:40)

ABOUT EXTINCTION REBELLION

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement, founded in the UK in October 2018, that uses nonviolent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social

collapse. The Government has failed in its duty to protect its citizens by allowing the ongoing destruction of the biosphere, and now it is our duty to rebel. Extinction Rebellion is nonpartisan, decentralized, and nonviolent. 

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued numerous reports, written and approved by hundreds of environmental scientists, stating that the world’s nations must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030 or face extinction-level threats, including famine, water shortages, extreme weather, and social collapse.

Extinction Rebellion’s demands are:

1.     TELL THE TRUTH: Governments must declare a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

2.     ACT NOW: Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.

3.     BEYOND POLITICS: Governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate action and ecological justice.

Extinction Rebellion Action Consensus

Participants in XR Actions must abide by this action consensus: https://rebellion.earth/act-now/action-consensus

Resources

Time to Act Now with Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion, Video

Climate Change: 12 Years to Save the Planet? Make that 18 Months

The Emergency, Extinction Rebellion Earth

Connect with Extinction Rebellion: 

Extinction Rebellion Toronto Website: https://extinctionrebelliontoronto.org/

Extinction Rebellion Canada Website: https://extinctionrebellion.ca/

International Website  https://rebellion.earth