Getting more involved
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THE REBEL JOURNEY.
We are keen to welcome new members into our Extinction Rebellion Exeter group. As well as joining in our local activities you can access information, training and volunteer opportunities through XR UK via the national website and other online portals.
Where to start?
READ ABOUT EXTINCTION REBELLION (XR) & HOW WE WORK
The Rebel Toolkit is an online resource library. The first ‘shelf’ called ‘Intro to XR’ is the best place to start.
ATTEND AN ONLINE ‘Welcome to Extinction Rebellion’ ZOOM SESSION
You can join a live 90 minute ‘Welcome to XR’ talk on Zoom every Tuesday at 7pm. There is a sign-up link on this page or a link to a recorded session.
DEEPEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE THROUGH THE FOUNDATION PROGRAMME
The Foundation Programme is an inspiring well-constructed online course to understand more about the ethos, principles and processes that structure XR. It runs monthly. The ‘basic’ course requires about 2 hours/week for 3 weeks but can be done at your own pace. You can read more about it, see dates of the next courses, and register here.
SIGN UP TO OUR LOCAL EXETER NEWSLETTER
You’ve probably already done this, but if you haven’t, please click on this link…
COME TO ONE OF OUR SOCIAL MEETINGS
These are held at the City Gate pub (usually) at 7.30pm every other Thursday. You can find the date and time of the next one on the Exeter XR Newsletter, on the Events & Meetings page of the XR Exeter website or on the Signal group chat (see below). If you’ll be attending for the first time you might want to let us know so we can tell you exactly where in the pub we are.
ADD YOURSELF TO THE SIGNAL GROUP FOR XR EXETER REBELS
Signal is an encrypted instant messaging service. XR Exeter have a Signal group which we use for group messaging. It is a good way to keep in touch with current discussion, events and actions. To add yourself to the group:
- Install Signal Messenger on your smartphone: https://sea.mashable.com/tech/14059/how-to-download-and-install-signal-on-android-and-iphone
- Go to https://signal.group/#CjQKIHAmPcvDN4lqC-ED4BROoQxXh-fMlVUm2L9yNPT4tCNBEhAgkclptm6RTUnryJWX4aEz
- Once one of the group administrators accepts your request, you will be a member of the group.
SIGN THE XR VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT
ATTEND A NON VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION (NVDA) TRAINING SESSION
Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) is XR’s main way of action. It’s what makes us so successful. Attending a training session is an important and valuable starting point. XR Exeter holds occasional NVDA training sessions: please ask if one will be happening soon. If not, XR UK has an online training session that you can access here
JOIN OR FORM AN AFFINITY GROUP (AG)
An Affinity Group (AG) is a group of people who support each other to take action. AGs are a key organising structure for actions. They are made up of 8-20 rebels who all have some form of affinity (whether that be living in the same area, a willingness to get arrested or not, or a belief about what constitutes nonviolence, etc), and are there to support each other. To find existing AGs please ask.
TAKE PART IN AN ACTION
Easily the best way to get involved is to take part in our actions. We have some regular actions and others that are one-off. By far the majority of our actions are peaceful and non-confrontative. You will never need to get arrested unless you choose to. You can read about upcoming actions in our Exeter Newsletter or on the XR Exeter Signal group. If you’ll be attending for the first time, you might want to let us know so someone can meet and welcome you.
JOIN A WORKING GROUP
In Exeter we have a number of Working Groups where a lot of the nitty gritty work of XR happens. We would love to point you to a group and a role that might suit your interests and skills. The easiest way to do this is through a telephone conversation. If you would like to hear about current working groups and roles to fill please email us. We can arrange a time to chat and you can choose whether or not to get involved.
VOLUNTEER FOR A ROLE WITH XR UK
If an online role with XR is better for you than a local one, you can see volunteer activities of all types by going to the XR UK Volunteer webpage From there you can subscribe to receive a weekly email with roles relevant to you.
Follow and like us on social media
Read the ‘rebel starter’ and ‘rebel next steps’ packs
If you accept our 3 Demands and 10 Values and Principles then you can act in the name of XR. The volunteer agreement confirms this, and also contains our Data Protection statement. https://actionnetwork.org/forms/xr-data-protection-agreement-2
Get access to the hub
The XR UK communications hub, has 3 main elements:
- The Forum – Multi-threaded discussion for easy organising.
- The Cloud – Document storage.
- Mattermost – Instant chat.
To request access to the Hub, please contact Chris at email@example.com who will register you, and take you through the next stage.
Page updated 29/05/2023