Extinction Rebellion

Photo: Lola Perrin, Oxford Circus

London, England, April 29, 2019 (rebellion.earth)

It was a sad day for London’s Rebellion, as the beloved pink boat was lost amid a stormy sea of police- men and women. The neverending party was at last put on hold… for a few hours at least, until we retook Oxford Circus and the new sound-system arrived!

And let’s not forget, Oxford’s adversity was every other site’s blessing: as the fate of the boat and its harbour hung in the balance, rebels in Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square were taking some well-earned respite. Free from policing-based worries, rebels were free to proceed with the concurrent project of building a new, kinder, quieter world in the heart of the old one. It doesn’t grab headlines, but this is the process that’s changing the world.

Not that we’re too worried about headlines, with nearly 700 now arrested in the UK alone, and frenzied coverage of even small events like that in Heathrow involving a handful of youths.

And speaking of Heathrow, we’ve got another solid round of actions abroad: from bike-rides in Belgium to roadblocks in Germany.

Amid all the news and events, it can be good to remind ourselves why we’re giving so much for this movement. As a little refresher and ego-trip, here are the world of Noam Chomsky, one of the most influential thinkers of our age, on Extinction Rebellion:

“It is impossible to exaggerate the awesome nature of the challenge we face: to determine, within the next few years, whether organized human society can survive in anything like its present form. Global warming is already a prime factor in destroying species at a rate not seen for 65 million years. There is no time to delay changing course radically to avert major catastrophe. The activists of Extinction Rebellion are leading the way in confronting this immense challenge, with courage and integrity, an achievement of historic significance that must be amplified with urgency.”

High praise indeed – and we’re just getting started!

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Oxford Circus

In the annals of International Rebellion, Day 5 will be remembered as the day the pink party boat at Oxford Circus was finally cast adrift.

Photo: Ali Johnson

Police arrived in great columns just before midday, first kettling the boat then the entire square. They came with angle grinders, they came with climbing gear, and as Emma Thompson and XR Youth to finished their poetry readings they set to work, clearing the hull of locked-on Barnacles, cutting the power of the music system, and then cutting through the metal pins at the boat’s base. Rebels had no choice but to just sit and watch as the pink boat, named Berta Cáceres after the murdered Honduran environmentalist, was slowly cleared of its precious rebel crew. The sound guy went down with the ship, his hand glued to the mast.

Photo: Peter Forbes

But the reaction from the OC Rebels on witnessing this sad sight was one of beauty. There was applause for an inspiring talk by transgender activist Paris Lees; there was a heartfelt and raw rendition of ‘Power to the People’ led by a member of XR Youth that resulted in him being handed a megaphone and held up above the crowd; and there was a moving speech from a representative of ‘XR Dance For Life’, imploring rebels to empathise with the police, and show thanks for all the times that they have been there to keep us safe. The booming cheers and applause that followed packed a powerful emotional punch, for both rebels and officers, with one of the latter turning around to wipe away tears.

The always rebel-rousing Samba band then arrived from Marble Arch with the dazzling Red Brigade in tow. As the sail finally came down around 5:30pm, the atmosphere was electric. The crowd started chanting ‘we’ve got more boats’ and arrestable rebels blocked the boat’s intended escape route, meaning it could only be moved a matter of yards without further arrests.

Photo: @XRNorwich

As the daylight faded, the pink party boat was gone, but the pink party boat atmosphere remained in spades. A huge banner went up with the words “We Are The Boat”. The Rebels still had the square, a new sound system was found, and in between the dancing, discussions turned to how a new boat might be built. Within hours, a new cardboard vessel was emerging from the tarmac. At the same time, around 300 mourning rebels accompanied the boat on its funeral procession, walking before it and then stopping to wave goodbye as it sailed into the distance and an unknowable fate.

It’s only in hard times that we show the full depth of our movement: our resilience, our compassion and support for ourselves and each other, and our unchanging commitment to nonviolence. What an amazing day and a beautiful turnaround to what should have felt like a defeat. It really didn’t.

Parliament Square

We’re happy to report that Parliament Square has remained the peaceful hub of climate learning and minimal policing that we all know and love. For once, high-vis jackets have been a rare sight for an entire 24 hour news cycle.

Buoyed perhaps by the Attenborough documentary airing the previous day, or the stardust of Emma Thompson (or possibly our positive review in Notices!), the induction and training tents of Parliament Square were positively heaving with eager attendees, their lines spilling onto the grass as they waited to learn about the ways of the Rebel. 

Meanwhile the man living atop the very tall tree on the northside of the square is still there, doing his thing. Well done that man.

Photo: @hamishcampbell

Waterloo Bridge

Hundreds of Rebels occupied the bridge all day, and had a fabulous time in the sun, with music and dancing. By 5pm there were very few police in attendance, though there had been some some arrests earlier in the day. Spirits remained high and the music loud even after several waves of police arrests. The XR contingent took the arrests in their stride with the bands continuing to play as the arrests occurred, accompanied by applause and cheers of fellow activists. 

Photo: Amber Lunt, Waterloo Bridge

Peppy Dadd, 64, said ‘you feel like everyone is there for one another as well as the cause.’ She described how the frontline held by protesters had been renamed the heartline and that the heartline showed no sign of breaking with any fear around arrests disappearing as activities, music and fun continued throughout the day.

The aim of XR to create a welcoming atmosphere and to rebel with love and rage is in full flow at Waterloo bridge. Matt Phelps, a conservationist from Surrey, who this week has fit rebelling around his work said, ‘it just feels like there is such a positive atmosphere up here and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to end anytime soon.’ He also commented how the public were becoming increasingly aware of XR and its aims and that many people were coming down to Waterloo bridge to see what was going on and to support.

Photo: @MaximilianJans2

Five days in and the atmosphere is positive and the resolve is strong. In the words of one activist and grandmother Gerri Jacobs, who was arrested today: ‘I am here so I can look my grandchildren in the eye and say I did what I could.’ The heartline is holding at Waterloo bridge.

Marble Arch

The atmosphere at Marble Arch remained chilled today, with a creative, playful mood taking hold as colourful bunting was erected. As rebel Ben said, “it’s begun to feel like home!” With it being a public holiday the area has been packed. 

Photo: Andy Reeves

Rebels report that at least half of the public are interested in learning more and express support to the cause. The atmosphere brightened even more with the arrival of a Samba band, drums, yoga, and the election of a slackline. However, the police, as well as being present in greater numbers than yesterday, were noticeably more tense. Ben was warned for simply chalking on the pavement.

Heathrow Airport

After stirring up quite the media panic by pre-announcing Heathrow airport as a target for a ‘shutdown’ action, what actually transpired was a small, contained, and emotionally powerful protest led by a small band of XR Youth.

Photo Adam Gray

Around 20 teenage Rebels occupied a road beside the roundabout between terminals two and three, raising a banner that poignantly asked “Are we the last generation?”. A huge police presence ensured they were quickly surrounded and pushed back onto a nearby pavement, and tears were shed by the brave young protesters, as they were told to disperse or face arrest. Four refused to budge for over an hour. 

No flights were ultimately disrupted, but the immense police reaction and widespread media interest in the action made it game set and match to XR.

Photo: Reuters

Coming up …

Saturday 20 Apr: A candlelight vigil

Sunday 21 Apr: An open feast

Getting involved in London’s Rebellion

The rebellion won’t last without Rebels. To maintain the pressure necessary for change, we need fresh faces to help in holding our locations. This could means being willing to sit in the road and face arrest – but there are many other ways to offer support, whether it’s stewarding, being a legal observer, bringing food to sustain fellow rebels or helping organise a site. 

If you’d like to get started, come to Parliament Square. We’re encouraging any budding rebels to start their journeys here: there’s greenery, open space, and normally a very light police presence. Inductions take place at 11am, 1pm, 5pm and 7pm.

Or please, even if it’s just for a few hours, just get down to any site and ask how you can help!

International Highlights

Disclaimer: we’re deeply, deeply appreciate of our fellow rebels around the world, and will do our best to cover their incredible, moving and inspiring exploits – but we can’t promise to catch everything! If you have a story that we’ve missed, please email us at xr-newsletter@protonmail.com with ‘Story’ in the subject line.


Today saw a massive NVDA, Block the Republic of Polluters, organised by multiple groups in Paris (video here and here). Over 2000 people were blocking multiple locations. Total’s headquarters, Societe Generale, EDF and the French Ministry of Ecology, Energy and Sustainable Development.  It was an unprecedented mobilization in France. Brave protesters in Paris have been sprayed with teargas directly in the face! 

Photo: Groupes locaux de Greenpeace Paris

“Emmanuel Macron has proven since the beginning of his mandate that he was the champion of business and not the climate one. By protecting the interests of big polluting companies at the expense of citizens, it blocks the political change we all need to deal with the climate and social emergency.” Bloquons la République des pollueurs

Photo: End Ecocide on Earth

Yesterday also saw Paris action against the Norwegian embassy, with its entrance blocked in a “die-in” action. Norway is one of the richest countries in the world – but its massive wealth is built on the fossil fuels it extracts from the North Sea. “The world already has more well-known reserves of oil and gas than we can use. The Arctic must be left out of recovery.”


Today Extinction Rebellion Ireland joined the full-scale International Rebellion to demand decisive action from governments on climate change and ecological collapse. Rebels in Dublin took O’Connell Bridge with an amazing turnout.

Photo: @ExtinctRebelsIE

Protesters gathered at The Spire in Dublin City Centre where there were speakers and music, including the Resistance Choir. After highlighting the ecological and environmental crisis there, they marched on towards O’Connell Bridge.

Photo: @ExtinctRebelsIE

“There is no greater cause on Earth than Earth itself, and the struggle to protect life on this planet, our only home. Our leaders have failed us. This twisted system is killing us. It has us headed for extinction. It’s time to rebel. We’ll see you on the streets, rebels.” XR Ireland


#FridaysForFuture met #ExtinctionRebellion today in Cologne for a march followed by an impressive die-in, highlighting how the warnings about our life-threatening future have already become reality in the global south.

In Freiburg, rebels took to the streets for an XR funeral march. “We’re in mourning for the countless species that are extinct, for our livelihoods”.

Photo: @XR_Freiburg

The night before, rebels had set up a roadblock to disrupt rush hour traffic before the Easter weekend near the main station. Police began arrests within the hour. There were “29 arrestsfor a fair & secure future”

Photo: @ExtinctionR_DE


BREAKING: @NLRebellion 50 rebels blocked the international headquarters of #Shell in The Hague, where they glued themselves to the entrance. Dozens of passers-by expressed support for the action. “Shell is one of the biggest polluters on the planet. We ask people to demonstrate to show we won’t tolerate Shell’s behaviour.“

Photos: @NLRebellion

Meanwhile, students staged synchronized die-ins across 7 Dutch universities.

Photo @XR_Amsterdam


In Brussels, XR Belgium holds its first of many critical mass bike rides to claim the streets.

New Zealand

The award for most creative action by far goes once again to XR NZ: a group in Dunedin, Otago highlighted the issue of sea level rise by staging a dinner party in the Anderson Bay inlet.

Photos Jamie Prout > Extinction Rebellion Ōtepoti Dunedin, Otago


Whilst in Poland rebels held a car die in/on.


XR Seattle had an action on Monday 15th in solidarity with the beginning of International Rebellion at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building on 2nd Avenue. There were speakers at the building followed by a die-in.

The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us


By Ellen Brown

April 17, 2019 (truthdig.com)

As public banking gains momentum across the country, policymakers in California and Washington state are vying to form the nation’s second state-owned bank, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919. The race is extremely close, with state bank bills now passing their first round of committee hearings in both states’ senates.

In California, the story begins in 2011, when then-Assemblyman Ben Hueso filed his first bill to explore the creation of a state bank. The bill, which was for a blue-ribbon committee to do a feasibility study, sailed through both legislative houses and seemed to be a go. That is, until Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it, not on grounds that he disapproved of the concept, but because he said we did not need another blue-ribbon committee. The state had a banking committee that could review the matter in-house. Needless to say, nothing was heard of the proposal after that.

So when now-Sen. Hueso filed SB 528 earlier this year, he went straight for setting up a state bank. The details could be worked out during the two to three years it would take to get a master account from the Federal Reserve, by a commission drawn from in-house staff that had access to the data and understood the issues.

Sen. Hueso also went for the low hanging fruit—a proposal to turn an existing state institution, the California Infrastructure and Development Bank (or “IBank”), into a depository bank that could leverage its capital into multiple loans. By turning the $400 million IBank currently has for loans into bank capital, it could lend $4 billion, backed by demand deposits from the local governments that are its clients. The IBank has a 15-year record of success; experienced staff and detailed procedures already in place; low-risk customers, consisting solely of government entities; and low-interest loans for infrastructure and development that are in such high demand that requests are 30 times current capacity.

The time is also right for bringing the bill, as a growing public banking movement is picking up momentum across the U.S. Over 25 public bank bills are currently active, and dozens of groups are promoting the idea. Advocates include a highly motivated generation of young millennials, who are only too aware that the old system is not working for them and a new direction is needed.

Banks now create most of our money supply and need to be made public utilities, following the stellar precedent of the Bank of North Dakota, which makes below-market loans for local communities and businesses while turning a profit for the state. The Bank of North Dakota was founded in 1919 in response to a farmers’ revolt against out-of-state banks that were foreclosing unfairly on their farms. Since then it has evolved into a $7.4 billion bank that is reported to be even more profitable than JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, although its mandate is not actually to make a profit but simply to serve the interests of local North Dakota communities. Along with hundreds of public banks worldwide, it has demonstrated what can be done by cutting out private shareholders and middlemen and mobilizing public revenues to serve the public interest.

The time is right politically to adopt that model. The newly elected California governor, Gavin Newsom, has expressed strong interest both in a state-owned bank and in the IBank approach. In Los Angeles, the City Council brought a measure for a city-owned bank that won 44% of the vote in November, and City Council President Herb Wesson has stated that the measure will be brought again. Where there is the political will, policymakers generally find a way.

Advocates in eight Golden State cities have formed the California Public Banking Alliance, which co-sponsored another public banking bill filed just last month. Introduced by Assembly Members David Chiu and Miguel Santiago, Assembly Bill 857 would enable the chartering of public banks by local California governments. The bill, which has broad grassroots support, would “authorize the lending of public credit to public banks and authorize public ownership of stock in public banks for the purpose of achieving cost savings, strengthening local economies, supporting community economic development, and addressing infrastructure and housing needs for localities.”

The first hearing on Hueso’s Senate Bill 528 was held in Sacramento last week before the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance, where it passed. The bill goes next to the Senate Banking Committee. With momentum growing, California could be the first state in the 21st century to form its own bank; but it is getting heavy competition in that race from Washington State.

Washington’s Public Bank Movement: The Virtues of Persistence

Like Sen. Hueso, Washington State Sen. Bob Hasegawa filed his first bill for a state-owned bank nearly a decade ago. The measure is now in its fifth iteration. Along the way, his Senate State Banking Caucus has acquired 23 members, just three votes short of a senate majority.

As Sen. Patty Kuderer explained at an informational forum held by the Caucus in October, their bills kept getting stalled with the same questions and concerns, and they saw that a different approach was needed; so in 2017, they advised the state to hire professional banking consultants to address the concerns and to draft a business plan that would “move the concept forward from the theoretical to the concrete, so that legislators would have a solid idea of what they would eventually be voting on.” They could bypass the studies and go straight to a business plan that laid out the nuts and bolts.

The maneuver worked. Senate Bill 6375 was the first public banking bill to be advanced out of the Policy Committee with bipartisan support. It got stalled in the Ways and Means Committee, but another bill, SB 5959, was filed this year. In yet another bill, SB 6032-Supplemental Budget, the fiscal Ways and Means committee committed $480,000 to assessing risk and developing a business plan for the effort.

The form of the proposed bank was also modified: a bank that simply would have received the state’s tax funds as deposits evolved into a “co-op” that would be open to membership not just by the state but by all “political subdivisions that have a tax base.” Opening the co-op bank’s membership would allow it to generate substantially more credit than could be made from the state’s revenues alone, since it would have the ability to hold as deposits the combined revenues of cities, counties, ports and utility districts, as well as of the state itself. Those entities would also be able to borrow at below-market rates from the co-op bank and to leverage the tax dollars they collected. The concept was similar to that being advanced in California’s SB 528, which would allow the IBank to expand its lending capacity to local governments by taking the demand deposits of those same governments and affiliated public entities.

The Washington State business plan is due no later than June 30, 2019, and legislators expect to vote on the bill no later than 2020.

Whenever it happens, says Sen. Hasegawa, “I see a public bank as almost inevitable because of the current financial structures we’re required to live under.” State infrastructure needs are huge, and the existing funding options—raising taxes, cutting services and increasing debt levels—have been exhausted. Newly-created credit directed into local communities by publicly-owned banks can provide the additional funding that local governments critically need.

Whichever state wins the race for the next state bank, the implications are huge. A century after the very successful Bank of North Dakota proved the model, the time has finally come to apply it across the country.

PG&E CEO Set To Receive $3M On First Day

April 17, 2019 at 10:33 (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)

William “Bill” Johnson begins his job on May 1

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Pacific Gas & Electric’s new CEO is set to make $3 million on his first day on the job Wednesday.

Bill Johnson was tapped to become the utility’s new executive, according to a regulatory filing.

He’s set to receive a one-time payment of $3 million on his first day, that’s on top of his $2.5 million base pay. That figure doesn’t include stock options.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January in the face of billions of dollars in potential liability from huge wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018, including the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century. That blaze in November 2018 killed 86 people and destroyed most of the town of Paradise.

In March, PG&E asked a judge to allow it to pay $235 million in 2019 bonuses to thousands of employees despite its bankruptcy filing.

The utility scrapped its plan to pay $130 million in bonuses for 2018, determining the payments were inappropriate given the wildfires that year and the company’s deteriorating financial situation. Attorneys for wildfire victims had objected to the awards.

An employee union argued that the decision was unfair to workers.

PG&E said bonuses have historically constituted 6 to 20 percent of employees’ pay and brought their total compensation “in line with the market and their peers in the utility space.”

Roughly 10,000 employees are eligible for a bonus this year. They include people with titles such as manager or vice president, but not top level executives who control company policy or report to the board of directors, PG&E said in its court filing.

First they came for the homeless

Mike Zint of First They Came for the Homeless

April 17, 2019 at 10:58 AM · 

By Mike Zint

Cops are at camp. They are trying to enforce the 3×3 rule for people’s possessions. Tents are 8×7.

Too poor for more than 9 square feet of possessions.

By Sarah Menefee

So the city of Berkeley [The Rich People’s Republic of Berkeley] is going around to people sheltered in tents trying to enforce its ugly ‘3×3’ law, which says people can’t cover more than 3×3 feet of sidewalk space with themselves and their gear, a clear putting into absurd ‘law’ their harassment & move-along practices. Cops gave warning to the small gathering of tents where James Cartmill and Michelle Lott live, and the stable and flourishing [for over two years] ‘Here/There’ camp with numerous seniors and disabled residents, that went thru 18 raids and much sacrifice to achieve that spot and stability, thru its own efforts. And they are not on a sidewalk at all, so this is truly bogus bullshit!! Do they really want us camped down at Shitty Hall again? Wouldn’t they rather see people peacefully taking care of themselves and each other at no cost to them? How much taxpayer’s $ are they wasting on this heartless exercise in mean foolishness and how many fragile people are they pushing closer to death?

San Francisco, Los Angeles support effort to allow public banks in California

California lawmakers have considered allowing public banks several times, starting in the depths of the financial crisis.

By Mark Anderson  – Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal

April 17, 2019 (bizjournals.com)

The city and county of San Francisco and the city of Los Angeles on Tuesday approved support for an assembly bill that would allow local governments to form their own public banks.

Having the two highest-profile cities in the state show support is a sign that a “coalition is coming together,” said Jonathan Underland, communications director for Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, who, along with Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, introduced Assembly Bill 857 in March.

“We want cities and counties to have the ability to create a public bank if that makes the most sense for their constituents,” Underland said. “Now, we don’t have the ability to even consider it. It is a local control bill. It would allow municipalities to experiment with this. It gives cities the opportunity to explore this.”

The city of Sacramento is aware of the bill, but hasn’t taken a side on the issue yet, said Mary Lynne Vellinga, spokeswoman for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

The city of Roseville also hasn’t taken a position on the bill. “Like many other cities, we are watching it and will continue to track it,” said Brian Jacobson, a Roseville spokesman.

By supporting the bill, cities and counties aren’t approving public banks, but they are allowing local jurisdictions the option to pursue them.

The bill was a response to requests from cities and counties that have shown interest in operating banks to manage their own money, Underland said.

The idea is that local governments could charter a bank to collect the benefits and earnings on large municipal accounts that commercial banks and Wall Street banks are taking now. Unlike private banks, which prioritize shareholder returns, a public bank could consider community needs in its decisions, Underland said.

The California Bankers Association, the state’s banking association, opposes the bill, which it says could put taxpayer dollars are risk.

Any bank chartered under the legislation would be required to maintain deposit insurance and approval from the California Department of Business Oversight, according to Santiago’s office.

California lawmakers have considered allowing public banks several times, starting in the depths of the financial crisis. Then, some suggested a state bank as a potential lender for community development. In 2011, then-Assemblyman Ben Hueso, a democrat from San Diego, sought to create a commission to examine the potential for a state bank similar to the Bank of North Dakota, the only state-run bank in the continental U.S. 

The Bank of North Dakota offers some services like savings accounts to consumers, but it has very few retail customers. The Bank of North Dakota has only one location, in the state capital of Bismarck, and no ATM.

Then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Hueso’s bill on the grounds that it set up a commission to study the issue, and Brown said the state’s financial regulator could study it.

As Sanders 2020 Campaign Gains Steam, Corporate Democrats Reportedly ‘Growing Increasingly Nervous’

April 16, 2019 by Common Dreams

“Being loathed and feared by the rich is a big reason why Bernie is so appealing, and Democrats who don’t understand this by now will never get it.”

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Democratic political operative David Brock speaks at the Clinton School of Public Service. (Photo: Danny Johnston/AP)

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign is rapidly gaining momentum early in the primary fight, and corporate Democrats are reportedly starting to get nervous.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that political operative David Brock has discussed launching “an anti-Sanders campaign” with other Democratic strategists and “believes it should commence ‘sooner rather than later.'”

“[T]he Bernie question comes up in every fundraising meeting I do,” Brock said.

In a fundraising letter sent shortly after the Times article was published, Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said the corporate forces working to stop the Vermont senator from becoming the Democratic nominee “don’t just hate Bernie Sanders.”

“They hate everything our political revolution embodies,” wrote Shakir. “They hate Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, breaking up big banks, free public college for all.”

Brock, a former Republican “media hitman,” is just one of many prominent Democratic operatives and deep-pocketed donors who are “agonizing” over the possibility of the Vermont senator becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, according to the Times.

Steven Rattner, a Wall Street financer who served as head of Obama’s Auto Task Force, told the Times that Sanders is discussed “endlessly” among his circle of wealthy Democratic benefactors.

“From canapé-filled fundraisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders,” the Times reported.

The Times added:

The matter of What To Do About Bernie and the larger imperative of party unity has, for example, hovered over a series of previously undisclosed Democratic dinners in New York and Washington organized by the longtime party financier Bernard Schwartz. The gatherings have included scores from the moderate or center-left wing of the party, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader; former Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., himself a presidential candidate; and the president of the Center for American Progress (CAP), Neera Tanden.

The Times‘ reporting comes just days after Sanders sent a scathing letter (pdf) to CAP denouncing the organization for playing a “destructive role” in the effort to defeat Trump in 2020.

“Center for American Progress leader Neera Tanden repeatedly calls for unity while simultaneously maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas,” Sanders wrote. “I worry that the corporate money CAP is receiving is inordinately and inappropriately influencing the role it is playing in the progressive movement.”

Sanders’ letter was prompted by a widely decried video published by ThinkProgress, CAP’s purportedly “independent” news outlet. The video accused Sanders of shifting his rhetoric on income inequality after becoming a millionaire on the back of his book sales.

In a statement Monday, Tanden said the video was “overly harsh.”

In response to the Times‘ reporting on Tuesday, Splinter‘s Libby Watson pointed out that a significant component of Sanders’ popularity among progressives lies in the fact that he is despised by the corporate donor class and the Democratic establishment.

“Being loathed and feared by the rich is a big reason why Bernie is so appealing, and Democrats who don’t understand this by now will never get it,” Watson tweeted.

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Extinction Rebellion

April 16, 2019 (rebellion.earth)

Waterloo Bridge

A bridge too far? Not even slightly. Throughout the day, Waterloo Bridge was crowded with rebels, and jam-packed with dancing, poetry reading, and skateboarding children. 

Rebels were returning trees and greenery to the bridge after the struggle to hold it the first night – evidence of a protest regenerating itself – and children were again covering the tarmac with chalk artwork and messages about the planet.

Police started arresting people apparently at random in the afternoon, swooping in every ten minutes or so in slow waves, and even nabbing one legal observer. But every rebel that got carried to the van was borne through cheering crowds. The first bout of arrests lasted for an hour or so, only to restart again around 9:00pm, when police seized another handful of rebels. As of 11:00pm, around 200 rebels still hold the bridge, the drums are playing, and the chilled vibe remains.

Photo by Anna Sherwin, Waterloo Bridge

Photo by Dan Bronks, Waterloo Bridge

Photo by Anna Sherwin, Waterloo Bridge

Shell Headquarters

Meanwhile Farhana Yamin, one of the most respected climate change lawyers in the world, having represented various countries at the UN and helped negotiate the Paris Agreement, was arrested today at 3pm at Shell HQ. She had glued her hands to the floor, supporting the rebels who had redecorated the building yesterday and occupied the sight overnight. Her reason for taking direct action? “Because writing books wasn’t working”.

The two spray-painters, 24 hours after committing ‘criminal’ damage, still out of custody

Farhana Yamin being arrested

Parliament Square

Parliament Square offered another day of gentle, cerebral protest – a welcome respite from the booming bass and stalking police of some other locations.

Although the Rebel numbers are low around the square, the blockade teams stationed there are a resilient bunch. Every schedule has been kept to, and every road has been held.

As a reward for their hard work, the day’s experts came to them, with speakers putting their soap boxes on the tarmac and addressing the blockaders directly. The day’s discussions mainly focused on the alternative economic models that might save us from extinction. A speech by Professor Joy Carter, a leading academic in geochemistry, was one of the highlights of the day.

Photo by Jo Peacock, Parliament Square

Marble Arch

Marble Arch remains a citadel for the Rebellion, its village-like infrastructure growing steadily. Music continued throughout the day, a play about Monsanto was performed on a nearby street, and a bit of rain didn’t phase anyone.

About 50 Marble Arch Rebels took a slow march to Waterloo Bridge to bolster the road blocks when the arrests restarted there. On the way they stopped at a junction of Tottenham Court Rd for a Declaration of Rebellion. A second expedition of Marble Arch Rebels joined the Oxford Circus party when the police presence started building over there too.

Camp meetings are now being held daily at 9am and 6.30pm so local Rebels can congregate, and inductions for new Rebels are also taking place daily at 11am, 1pm, 5pm and 7pm. All welcome. 

Photo by Tina Lawlor Mottram, Marble Arch

Oxford Circus

The pink party boat remains beached in the middle of Oxford Circus and the atmosphere has been electric all day, pulling in the public like nowhere else. Hundreds of people have been dancing, listening to speeches and poetry, then dancing some more. 

In the afternoon XR Youth, who spent the day doing NVDA training and bopping to Samba in Piccadilly Circus, joined the party to huge cheers. But as rush hour hit the area was flooded (as it were) by police, and officers began plucking Rebels from the crowds to make quick arrests. The arrests continued every ten minutes or so well into the evening, and around 30 Rebels in all got carted away, yet the amazing atmosphere has remained. It feels like no tide can put out this disco inferno.

Photo by Andy G, Oxford Circus

Photo by Tina Lawlor Mottram, Oxford Circus


XR Scotland have been living up to the Scottish reputation for rebellion!

Today 700 people converged on North Bridge in Edinburgh, blocking the road for five hours and replacing traffic with music. The atmosphere was festive and colourful, the crowd bursting with dancers and drummers, skeletons, puppets and clowns. Those on the bridge were soon joined by five groups of ‘rebel rider’ cyclists, totalling 150 people, who had been performing critical mass -style disruption across the city. 29 courageous rebels obstructed police, and by doing so prolonged the block for several hours until their eventual arrests.

This followed the previous day’s Festival of Climate Reality: comparable to Bristol’s Spring Uprising, the event featured hourly cycles of ‘The Talk’ – including one version in Gaelic. There was a ‘Solutions Zone’ which saw discussion of responses to the ecological emergency; trainings in NVDA and legal rights, and an arts space. 500 people came to share their knowledge and solidarity – putting them in a good position for the following day’s action!

On the same day as the Festival, dauntless rebels in hung banners at Glasgow’s City Chambers and Finnieston Crane, and Edinburgh’s Victoria Street.

Rebels in London will be happy to hear that after today’s success, a large contingent of Scots will be descending south of the border to join the action in England. Most will be taking the night bus on Wednesday, arriving ready to join the rebellion on Thursday; many more are expected over the weekend. 

Photo by Fraser Knight

Extinction Rebellion Scotland reckons 29 arrests have been made in Edinburgh so far as a protest against climate change continues on North Bridge @LBC 

@ScotlandXr | #ExtinctionRebelion pic.twitter.com/aZjEmN4uvz


The banner at Finnieston Crane


XR podcasts

Enjoy reading about the highlights of London’s Rebellion? Well now you can listen to them too thanks to Extinction Rebellion Podlets – mini podcasts about the day’s XR happenings. They’re being released every other day, and Episode 1, which covers events from the first glorious day of International Rebellion, is available for your listening pleasure here.


If you’d like to share a story from the ground or join our global crew of roving reporter ants, then please get in touch at xr-newsletter@protonmail.com.

We’d also really like to hear from rebels who are willing to share the ongoing stories of their Affinity Groups during the Rebellion. If this sounds like your cup of tea, please get in touch by emailing xraffinitygroups@gmail.com.

Share your footage!

Help the rebellion by sharing your footage with us!

We are collating a library of film & photo content for Extinction Rebellion.

Please send a link to media via your preferred online file sharing service and email to jamie.xr.media@gmail.comand the media will be added to the drive. Please email with your full name and details in case you need to be contacted for permissions needed for commercial use.

DISCLAIMER – The images could be used in press releases and also for promoting XR on mainstream media. By uploading to this drive you’re giving XR permission to use the media for non-profit use. Any other use will be a matter of negotiation between the owner and the company requesting commercial use. 

IMPORTANT!!! Do not upload every image or film that you take. Please be selective and choose the best compositions and images before you send.

Getting involved in London’s Rebellion

The rebellion won’t last without rebels. To maintain the pressure necessary for change, we need fresh faces to help in holding our locations. This could means being willing to sit in the road and face down arrest, but there’s a whole range of other ways to support what we’re doing: whether that’s offering to steward or be a legal observer, to bring food or to help organise a site. Please, even if it’s just for a few hours, get down to a site and ask how you can help!

Coming up…

‘There will be an Extinction Rebellion public transport protest action tomorrow highlighting a particular aspect of the climate and ecological emergency’…

And above ground: on the 17th April Extinction Rebellion UK will dedicate a day of action in solidarity with the International Day of peasant struggle; we will be highlighting the links between our food system, land use, climate chaos and the ecological crisis

International Highlights

Day 2 and across the world rebels continue to disrupt in the name of ecological justice. We’re genuinely struggling to keep up with the sheer number of incredible actions taking place – each one a testament to so many hours of community-building and organising, and to so much courage and love. This is what change looks like.

We’re lost for words here, so will speak mainly in images.

In Australia rebels camp out as night falls on the steps of parliament in Melbourne

Photo: @XRebellionAus

In New Zealand XR Ōtautahi marked the beginning of the International Week of Rebellion with a dawn vigil at sunrise on New Brighton beach. They joined together in meditation and set intentions for the coming weeks as the first people to greet the sun, sitting in an image of the earth drawn in the sand, and facing the rising tide. In symbolic solidarity with the pacific islands the group was swamped by waves as the tide came in.

“This is The Blood of Our Children”  a peaceful demonstration today in Denmark as they poured symbolic blood outside Christiansborg to make the gravity of the #ClimateCrisis clear to their politicians.

Photo: @ExtinctionRDK

Rebels in The Netherlands today occupied the International Criminal Court in The Hague, dropped a banner: “Make Ecocide Law”, calling to recognise ecocide as an international crime so that CEOs of oil companies and complicit Governments can’t get away with the destruction they cause.

Photo: @NLRebellion


© Maya XR France / CChttps://www.facebook.com/xrfrance/

Credit: Ludovic Marin / AFP (for the photo Notre Dame)

Lamya Essemlali, President of Sea Shepherd France shared this message this morning.”fluctuated nec mergitur”. Bruised but still alive. A little like our planet. Notre-Dame has been saved in extremis of total destruction by the courage and action of some, supported by the fervor of all others. How do you not see a message? Believers or atheists, many are those who have moved to tears for our lady. How much did she realize how dear she was to our hearts before we thought she was losing her forever? Notre-Dame is the most beautiful copy of the natural cathedrals, the forests of which its builders have inspired themselves. And yet we are very little to move away when ancient forests and their priceless treasures are destroyed by our fires and by our bulldozers. Nature is an integral part of our culture and history, it is the first inspiration, the essential prerequisite. After a long emotion, an international effort begins to restore our lady and make her greatness. Let’s put as much heart to save the original work that we put to save its most beautiful copies. We will save not only our souls, but also our lives. ” 


‘I wish we cared about our planet as much as we do about one pretty building’https://www.facebook.com/search/str/extinction+rebellion+berlin/keywords_places/


#HumansofXR Photo: Marja Tonteri Tillgren


Photo: @atelieraimbe

Yesterday, Extinction Rebellion Belgium kicked off the international rebellion week doing a double action in front of the European Commission. Presenting a human XR logo on the Shuman Square and in meantime blocking the road by activists pretending to be dead. 


Village school protest climate change.


Location Dhanera Via Palanpur, Banaskantha Gujarat

In Mexico XR_Mex of course, they do it on the beach, rebellion that is….

“The time to act is now! We have been asking governments for many years to address the ecological crisis, from science, from the streets. But there is no time left to wait for an answer. That is why we are going to direct nonviolent action, so that neither governments nor markets can ignore the problem anymore. Rebélate for life and join the Rebellion for extinction!”

“Inherit me a future, not a sentence”

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/xr_mex/

Rebels from across Nova Scotia marched on Halifax to demand media outlets and the province’s main energy producer take meaningful action on climate change. The protest resulted in four arrests and meetings with both the Chronicle Herald newspaper and the board of Nova Scotia Power! More details and media from the group can be found here.

Commuters in Chicago woke up to a sleeping giant today thanks to XRChicago!


Hamilton US die-in and march in downtown Hamilton.

Photo: Adam Schumacher 

In San Francisco, California over 100 people gathered for rebellion. They painted the XR logo in the middle of the street in front of the SF Federal Building, blocking off the street and halting commuter traffic, sang in unison, declared an emergency for the planet, and launched XR Youth US (@XRYouthUS). It was an inspiring event and the first of many in the Bay Area! You can watch a video of it here.

Washington DC

#teamgreed gets put in a time out thanks to US Capitol Police!

Fish arrested for fighting for their future — at Republican National Committee (RNC).

And in an action not organised but wholeheartedly supported by XR, children in Mozambique showed their frustration today at the world’s inaction to the climate and ecological crisis, after Cyclone Idai, one of the worst tropical cyclones to affect Africa, destroyed millions of houses, left more than 1,000 people and many thousands still missing.

Those involved in writing these updates are excited but exhausted by the week’s events; we’re deeply, deeply appreciate of our fellow rebels around the world, and will do our best to cover their incredible, moving and inspiring exploits – but we can’t promise to catch everything! If you have a story that we’ve missed, please email us at xr-newsletter@protonmail.com with ‘Story’ in the subject line.

Humans of XR

Photo by @ExtinctionR, at Piccadilly Circus

Freya, 21 from Bristol and conservation science student, supported XR Youth in their takeover of Piccadilly Circus. “‘One of the big reasons I’m here is that I think all of these problems are really affecting people’s mental health; I personally have really struggled with coming to terms with what we have done to the planet”

Photo by @ExtinctionR, at Oxford Circus

Chikere came down from Leeds with his family to show their support after hearing about the international rebellion. “We need to stand up for the environment, for things that cannot speak for themselves, like oceans.”

Amber from Bristol, an Early Years teacher, shares her motivation to join the protests: “As adults it’s our responsibility to promote children’s wellbeing and the most crucial way of doing this is to protect the planet that they will inherit and that we all share”.

Photo by @ExtinctionR, at Waterloo bridgeThank you for your courage today Jack!! 

Meet Jack, who faced arrest for his action on Waterloo Bridge today. “People have written letters for 30 years and nothing has changed. We have need direct, drastic action to reduce the levels of co2 and prevent catastrophic climate change

Photo by Stav, at Oxford Circus 

A special shout out to Niaohm from conscious catering, feeding hundreds of hungry rebels all day! “I’m here because I’m really scared about what’s happening, I just feel like I have a skill and I want to be here to support the fight so I can be using it.”

“Our three key demands on a bright yellow banner and, below that, a brave protester is carried off by the police.

We have to always remember what we are fighting for. A fairer, better, kinder world. And perhaps it is just about possible…”   https://t.co/sc16AvnLjO

Nevada Assembly Passes National Popular Vote Bill

April 17, 2019 (publicnewsservice.org)

Nevada and Oregon are the latest states to consider signing onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. (Gutzemberg/iStockphoto)

Nevada and Oregon are the latest states to consider signing onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. (Gutzemberg/iStockphoto)April 17, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The State Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would make Nevada the 16th state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The proposal would require the state to pledge all six of its Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins a majority of the national popular vote.

If enough states sign on, said Barry Fadem, president of the nonprofit National Popular Vote, it could go into effect for the 2024 presidential election.

“Two-hundred-seventy electoral votes worth of states, that’s the number you need to be elected president,” Fadem said. “When enough states do that, yes, those states will award their electoral votes to whoever wins the most votes in all 50 states.”

New Mexico recently joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and the Oregon Senate just approved joining. If it becomes law in Nevada and Oregon, the compact would have 202 pledged delegates, 70 percent of what is needed for the popular vote to swing the Electoral College and, thus, the election.

Opponents have said the change would dilute the power of the eight to 10 “swing states” that currently have the most weight in determining the outcomes of national elections. However, Fadem said, it would give voters in every state their fair say.

“It makes every vote in every state cast for president count,” he said. “So, it doesn’t really diminish any states at all; it allows every state to participate in the presidential election.”

Twice in the past 20 years, Republicans have won the U.S. presidency with a majority in the Electoral College after winning slim majorities in battleground states, despite losing the popular vote for their candidates – namely, George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact has not passed in a single so-called “red” state.

The text of Assembly Bill 186 in Nevada is online at leg.state.nv.us, and more information on the Compact is at nationalpopularvote.com.

Articles ~ Actions ~ Events for Thursday, 4/18; Friday 4/19 & Sunday 4/21 (from Adrienne Fong)

Limited post of upcoming events. Am NOT back posting

Please encourage groups you are involved in to post events on Indybay: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

Thank you to all who are posting there!

     Check Indybay for other events that might interest you. There are some important events coming up that are listed there


A. Philly DA to drop challenge in Mumia Abu-Jamal case, clearing appeal to reach high court – April 17, 2019


B. Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war – April 16, 2019

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/04/17/trump-vetoes-measure-to-end-us-involv ement-in-yemen-war/

C. If Your Country Were Committing War Crimes Would You Want to Know? – April 16, 2019

D. Notre Dame and the case of misplaced empathy  – April 16, 2019


E. Video from Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Leadership Council:

   In Memoriam: Jeff Adachi (1959-2019)


1. Oppose Congressional efforts to condemn boycotts for Palestinian rights

   SIGN: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51044/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22432

2. Tell your Senators: No False Solutions to Nuclear Waste!

   SIGN: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=26769

3. Tell the Marriott to Tell the Truth About Sexual Harassment in their Hotels Worldwide!!

   SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/marriott-break-the-silence?jwj&link_id=2&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-tell-marriott-to-protect-their-employees-from-sexual-harassment&email_referrer=email_530047&email_subject=tell-marriott-to-protect-their-employees-from-sexual-harassment


Thursday 4/18; Friday 4/19; Sunday 4/21

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Recreation and Park Commission Meeting

Thursday, April 18, 2019

 10:00 A.M.

SF City Hall, Room 416

1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco

Full Agenda:


Item RE: Alex Nieto Memorial is 5 C. on the Consent Calendar:

   “C. BERNAL HEIGHTS PARK ALEX NIETO MEMORIAL Discussion and possible action to accept a grant of a memorial and plaque from Alex Nieto Memorial Committee and Acción Latina to commemorate the life of Alex Nieto; to approve the installation and location of the memorial; and to approve the language of an affixed plaque. (ACTION ITEM) Staff: LaMonté Bishop – 831-2769 This item was referred from Operations Committee to the consent calendar”

Note:  The Commission will hear public comment on each item on the agenda before or during  consideration of that item.

Message for plaque: 

“Against the violence and injustice of 59 bullets, family and grassroots community arose as a movement to promote the positive spirit and to defend the honor of a beloved young man, Alex Nieto, who was killed by the police.

Amor for Alex Nieto”

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Spiritual Pilgrimage through the “Stations of the Crisis”

Interfaith Footwashing Ceremony to Honor Immigrants

Thursday, April 18, 2019

11:00am – 12:30pm

Meet at

333 Bush St. (nr. Montgomery St.)

Outside Senator Harris’s office building


 Please join with Interfaith Movement For Human Integrity, Friends of Crystal City and pilgrims who just returned from the Crystal City Pilgrimage to Texas, and immigrant rights groups in the SF Bay Area

During Holy Week and Passover, join us for a spiritual pilgrimage through the “Stations of the Crisis” faced by our migrant communities! We will hear a reflection about the humanitarian crises, participate in a ceremonial foot/hand washing, and deliver letters to Senator Harris’ and Senator Feinstein’s offices.

Join us to request our Senators, as civil servants, to serve immigrant communities, provide oversight and accountability on the actions of the federal government, and provide vocal leadership:

** End U.S. arms sales and military assistance to Honduras!
** End barriers to asylum seekers at the border!
** End detention of immigrants, families, and children!
** End ICE’s contracts with private prisons!
** End deportations and family separation!

Bring signs (optional) in opposition to the detention and deportation of asylum seekers and immigrants.

For more info, please contact:  gshimizu7@gmail.com  or  gking@im4humanintegrity.org

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/604585753353970/

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Justice for Jerome!

1-Year Anniversary Action at SFO

Friday, April 19, 2019

6:00pm – 7:00pm

San Francisco International Airport

International Arrivals

Between Doors 2 & 3

April 19, 2019 marks one year since the detainment and torture of Jerome Aba, a Moro youth peace advocate from Mindanao, Philippines, at San Francisco International Airport.

Jerome Aba was invited to the U.S. by human rights organizations, church leaders, and Congressional leaders to discuss the current conditions and everyday experiences of Moro-Muslim peoples under President Duterte’s Martial Law in Mindanao. Upon arrival in SFO, he was immediately detained, psychologically tortured by personnel of Customs & Border Protection for over 28 hours, and was deported back to the Philippines.

You can also see this video for background and also the rally at SFO held a couple days after.

Speaking Out Against CBP and Border Patrols Fascist Tactics

We’ve also learned that the CBP has ramped up their efforts to harass and intimidate those coming through SFO. A plane full of Chinese families were detained, another 2 instances of Filipino families, and countless Muslims visiting the US. We’re holding this to speak out against the fascist tactics of the CBP, the inhumane treatment at the border, and to hold the Philippine government and Consulate accountable for colluding with the Trump administration in the torture of Jerome Aba, a human rights defender.

As we continue to fight for Justice for Jerome, BAYAN-Northern California and MIGRANTE Northern California invite you all to an indignation rally, calling for and end to torture at SFO, accountability from Customs & Border Protection and Department of Homeland Security, and for an end to militarization – land, sea, or air!

Join BAYAN USA & MIGRANTE USA as we kick off the San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California leg of the National MAKIBAKA: A U.S. Speaking Tour on the Filipino People’s Resistance Against Duterte’s Dictatorship.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2345617832380499/

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3rd Anniversary: Frisco 5 Hunger Strike

Sunday, April 21, 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

95 Cresta Vista Dr.

San Francisco

On April 21st Black & Brown United for Justice, Peace, and Equaity will be commemorating the 3rd Anniversary of the#Frisco5 Hunger Strike. This is the time we remember the innocent lives taken by SFPD that led to the Hunger Strike, and the abundance of people power that influenced the resignation of then Police Chief Greg Suhr. 

The community will be holding space at the location at George Gascon’s house.

Our demand is for DA George Gascon to charge killer cops with murder, or resign.


SF MUNI info: # 43 bus line

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/407158469867720/

Pelosi Vocalizes Disdain for Progressives (Again). Meet Her Primary Challenger: Shahid Buttar

The Humanist ReportPublished on Apr 16, 2019

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