Pimp My Unicorn
We were thrilled to be offered the chance to be part of the two week event showcasing art, poetry, politics and glamorous dress ups from the LGBTQ+ community in Norwich.
XR Norwich had a space at the back of St Margaret's church to exhibit some of the heartfelt protest art that has been created over the past few months.
Our talented member Fern also created a giant unicorn piece to hang on the wall. A very colourful little corner of art activism to be explored during the two weeks.
The event kicked off on Monday 22nd July with lots of powerful speeches made on Launch night. Having many queer members, XR Norwich have a real gratitude and admiration for those who for generations have protested and fought for the rights that the LGBTQ+ community have today in the UK. XR Norwich member Simon spoke about his involvement with Extinction Rebellion and the importance of protest and taking action whilst there still remains inequality in the world.
We share this one planet and we share it with one love.
There is no Climate justice without Equality.
XR members also used the space in St Margaret's Church to hold a mini practice peoples assembly ahead of the real one planned for the end of August. It covered how Extinction Rebellion can become more inclusive and how the rights of LGBTQ+ people will be affected by Climate change.
Special thanks to Vince Laws for getting us involved and Victoria for organising it.
Stalls at the Forum
The 27th and 28th of July were two very busy days for XR Norwich, with stalls at both Pride and The Vegan Fayre.
A great team effort to get the stalls looking beautiful and thanks so much to all those who volunteered some of their time to hand out leaflets and talk to people at the events.
Whereas before at outreach events, a lot of time has been spent explaining who we are, this time there was a real feeling that the name 'Extinction Rebellion' has hit the mainstream. Although it remains hard, having conversations about the climate crisis seems to be becoming a much more approachable subject for people of all ages.
Although the activism remains a tricky concept for many, there was a sense that most people agree, something has to change ! Local support seems to be growing.
With so many new XR groups springing up, we were able to not only promote XR Norwich but also point people in the direction of their own local group in Norfolk or Suffolk.
There were some really interesting and encouraging conversations with the public and it was a pleasure to spend the weekend at two such joyful and important events.
We also got to let our hair down at Pride and danced till we could dance no more!
What a great bunch of people to spend a weekend with.
Bring on October !