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Get Involved

 

There are several ways you can learn more, help, or get involved with Extinction Rebellion 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.

1. Get Informed

First, check the out XR Demands and Principles, which reflects what unites everyone in XR.

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.

2. 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, if you haven’t already. Then you will receive updates about XR events happening in your area.

If you want to take more of a leading 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.

Become a Local Coordinator

Local coordinators are the anchors for XR in cities and regions across the country. They will play a key role in getting XR chapters up and running. They will also be in regular contact with the national coordination team and with other local coordinators. Adding local XR chapters is a critical need at the moment, so this is potentially the most effective way for people to get involved.

If you are interested in becoming a local coordinator, 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.

Once you’ve completed those steps, please join a Local Coordinator Briefing. These calls will go over what it entails to be a local coordinator in detail, as well as how to get a local chapter up and running.

The Local Coordinator briefing call is held weekly on Wednesdays at 8:00pm EST // 5:00pm PST.

Register for a local coordinator briefing call.

The final steps for starting a local chapter will be discussed on the local briefing call.

Join a National Coordinating 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 chapters, giving them the resources and guidance they need to succeed.

The national coordination team 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 that can contribute to any of those working groups, and you have at least 15 hours a week to devote to 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.

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, which working group you would like to volunteer with, and two activist references who can verify your identity and skills.

Thanks very much!