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Get Involved

 

There are several ways you can learn more, help, or get involved with Extinction Rebellion US (XR US). Every person has something to contribute to the fight against the climate crisis, and we welcome anyone who wants to get involved. We especially encourage people of color, indigenous people, women, those who identify as LGBTQ, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups to join.

Get Informed

First, check out the XR US Demands and Principles, which is the basis of unity for everyone in XR US.

Then, if you haven’t already, we highly recommend watching a video of a foundational talk that will help you learn what’s at the core of XR called, Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It. This talk goes over how dire the situation is, with some bits of info that are less widely known, and XR's vision for using mass civil disobedience to get governments to take action that matches the scale of the emergency.

Next, we highly recommend watching a video of an XR Global Briefing to learn about what Extinction Rebellion is and how XR got started in the UK and has spread like wildfire. The video also describes XR’s focus on mass civil disobedience to force governments to meet the XR demands.

Get Involved

If, after reading the demands and principles and watching the videos above, you feel passionate about XR’s strategy of nonviolent civil disobedience, the first step is to sign up to our email list, if you haven’t already. Then you will receive updates about XR events happening in your area.

If you want to take a direct role in XR, consider one or both of the pathways below. Please make sure that you have deeply considered the materials linked above before applying.

How to Start an Extinction Rebellion US Local Group

Gather your people. At least two or more to get started. Two heads are better than one, and three is even better. Share some food and start learning and building together.

First, please watch a video of a foundational talk that will help you learn what’s at the core of XR called Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It. This talk goes over how dire the situation is, with some bits of info that are less widely known, and XR's vision for using mass civil disobedience to get governments to take action that matches the scale of the emergency.

Next, please watch a video of an XR Global Briefing to learn about what Extinction Rebellion is and how XR got started in the UK and has spread like wildfire.

Then, each person should ask themselves the following:

1) Do you agree with and will advocate for the four demands?

The basis of all XR US membership is supporting the XR US demands and principles. The demands and principles cannot be changed or deleted by an individual XR member or XR local group on their own. Please take time to consider the demands carefully.

2) Do you commit to working in ways that are in alignment with the principles?

The basis of all XR US membership is supporting the XR US demands and principles. The demands and principles cannot be changed or deleted by an individual XR member or XR local group on their own. Please take time to consider the principles carefully.

3) Do you want to work in a group whose main work is to do sustained, nonviolent direct action and mass-scale nonviolent civil disobedience which forces the government to meet the four demands?

Clarification: There’s a role for everyone in a rebellion. Although one of our most important goals is to help expand the scope of what is necessary and “socially acceptable” regarding resistance to the climate crisis – and for those who can, to ask more of ourselves – no one needs to risk arrest if they don’t want to or can’t, for any reason.

We celebrate everyone’s decisions regarding legal risk. In fact, most people will not be risking arrest. And, to have a chance to succeed, we will need thousands and thousands to risk arrest. Those who do choose to risk arrest and are most vulnerable to police violence will need more support. Local groups should always offer legal briefings for civil disobedience actions that take into account how the police and courts target and/or punish Black people and people of color, poor people, and people of different genders disproportionately. And be prepared and transparent about what support will be available.

The fact that XR’s work is focused on mass civil disobedience that escalates in levels of disruption until our demands are met does not mean that our work is restricted to civil disobedience. It does mean that whatever we are doing - whether it’s organizing a community gardening day or hosting a film showing - we are doing with the goal and as part of a strategy of building capacity and support for doing mass civil disobedience on a scale never done before.

The basis of all XR membership is supporting the demands and principles. The demands and principles cannot be changed or deleted by an individual XR member or XR local group on their own.

If you answered yes to all the above, then you can start an XR US local group! :)

Here's the next step:

Please download this document in order to find out how to start an XR US local group. This document, in part, contains instructions for how to join the network of XR US local groups and get listed on the website etc., including the final step - participating in one Q & A / Orientation Conference Call. The conference call information is in the document.

Every person that steps forward is precious to the movement. We look forward to working together :)



How to Apply to Join an Extinction Rebellion US National Team Working Group

Extinction Rebellion US is currently expanding its national coordination team and is looking for more people to help out. The main purpose of the XR US national coordination team is to facilitate the growth of local groups, offer support, training, and help them find people who can support them locally. In addition, the national team facilitates coordination between the local groups.

The national coordination team currently has six primary working groups:

Media & Messaging

  • Contact journalists and develop existing media contacts.
  • Develop key framings, arguments and point and find and brief people to speak to the media.
  • Write and send out press releases.
  • Design and implement social media plan.
  • Design and implement a traditional media plan coordinated with the action and logistics group.

Outreach & Training

  • Recruit and train people, in order to enable them to take an ongoing part in the rebellion.
  • Recruit people by going to events and groups to do call outs about the campaign.
  • Contact people and groups online to tell them about the campaign.
  • Brief local coordinators and get new chapters integrated into our systems.
  • Develop or organize training materials and training sessions for local coordinators.
  • Brief national volunteers on how the national coordination team works and integrate them the group based on their skillset.
  • Ensure all people in the Working Groups get a briefing on the communication system.

Action & Logistics

  • Develop an overall strategic plan for Extinction Rebellion.
  • Develop in precise detail the general civil disobedience escalation of the campaign.
  • Organize and prepare the options for actions.
  • Brief local coordinators on logistics of action options – e.g. getting materials, preparing backup, and preparing what happens when at the actions, etc.

Infrastructure & Security

  • Develop protections against legal issues.
  • Design and manage technological information systems.
  • Develop the design of online presence, e.g. website, facebook etc.
  • Decide which core IT systems are used, and to provide training for those who use them.
  • Ensure that digital communications are secure and encrypted.

Finance

  • Manage the budget for the campaign.
  • Take care of all necessary financial disclosures and tax processes.
  • Raise money for the campaign by contacting potential funders and soliciting donations from the public.
  • Develop a clear system distributing money for expenses which is documented and transparent.
  • Oversee distribution of funds to local chapters as needed and if possible.

Regenerative Culture

  • Encourage a culture of care and respect, both within the national group and throughout the XR US movement.
  • Create procedures which aim to welcome people into the rebellion and make them feel supported and appreciated.
  • Ensure people are swiftly informed of ways to engage in respectful and non-violent communication, on- and off-line, e.g. briefing people at the beginning of meetings.
  • Design and implement a clear & transparent disciplinary process to deal with anyone who is being disruptive, harassing and/or disrespectful, which may include asking people to leave the campaign.
  • Assist people who are in conflict by implementing the RisingUp Conflict Resolution Process.

If you are interested in applying to be on the national team and you feel you have skills and experience that can contribute to any of those working groups, and you have time you can definitely commit to work on XR, the first step is to check the out XR Demands and Principles, which reflects what unites everyone in XR.

Then, if you haven’t already, please watch a video of a foundational talk that will help you learn what’s at the core of XR called, Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It. This talk goes over how dire the situation is, with some bits of info that are less widely known, and XR's vision for using mass civil disobedience to get governments to take action that matches the scale of the emergency.

Next, please watch a video of an XR Global Briefing to learn about what Extinction Rebellion is and how XR got started in the UK and has spread like wildfire. The video also describes XR’s focus on mass civil disobedience to force governments to meet the XR demands.

Lastly, please read this document to get an overview of XR US and how the network of local groups and the national team work together.

Once you’ve completed those steps, please reach out to xr@extinctionrebellion.us and let us know you’ve completed the steps listed above and send us your name and which working group you would like to volunteer with. We will ask you for two activist references who can verify your identity and skills, once we speak with you.

Please note: We are all volunteers. We thank you for your patience and kindness. It may take us a while to get back to you.

Every person that steps forward is precious to the movement. We look forward to working together :)

Thanks very much!