We are facing an unprecedented global emergency.
Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making. It is generally recognised that we have less than 12 years in which to take radical action. Current plans come nowhere near close.
To force governments to take urgent action, XR have a policy of non-violent civil disobedience. This inevitably leads to arrests which is stressful, possibly dangerous, and potentially expensive for those courageous rebels prepared to put themselves on the front line. This Crowdfunder sets out to address the expensive part.
Getting arrested can be costly. Personal expenses soon mount up, many had their possessions destroyed by police, there are costs for travelling to court & accommodation, loss of income, court costs and, possibly, significant legal fees. With over thirty Birmingham XR rebels being arrested in London the total amount could be hefty. This Crowdfunder allows the general public to say, in a very practical way, a big 'thank you' to those rebels who put themselves on the front line.
We are hoping that in view of the ruling on the illegal use of Section 14 that some of the cases will be thrown out, but this will still leave a very significant number as the majority of the arrests were for other offences such as obstruction, conspiracy, public nuisance.
To ensure that all donations are used to help those in most need, there is an Arrestee Support Group within XR Birmingham, charged with the responsibilty of making this happen.