A few months ago we took to mass action to block the entrance of the tanker park in Farmsum, where the toxic waste product resulting from the gas extraction in Groningen is brought. Over a year ago we blocked the coal harbour in Amsterdam. We have celebrated our successes and collected lessons to be learned. And we’ve grown beyond expectation. Now we face the question, now what? Read more in this newsletter about the opportunities for reflection and next steps for Code Rood. Also in this newsletter, information about the actions of Extinction Rebellion in the United Kingdom and the action around the earthquake emergency exercise in Groningen.
1. LOCAL MEET-UPS: 2 YEARS CODE ROOD, AND NOW WHAT?
After 2 years of Code Rood, the moment for reflection and coming up with next steps for the movement has come. We are faced with questions like: What works well with the organizational form of Code Rood and what should be done differently? How do we build the movement, and what role does Code Rood play within social and climate movements? But also: Are we going for a major mass action in 2019, or do we want to focus on multiple decentralized actions, and are we going to build several local Code Reds?
Several local meetings are already being organized in Amsterdam, Rotterdam (both on 13 December) and Utrecht (16 December). You’re encouraged to set up a local meet-up in your city to think about these issues, because Code Rood comes from people everywhere! Mail to email@example.com for help with setting up a local meet-up, and check out the instructions on the website.
2. EXTINCTION REBELLION
It’s Extinction Rebellion in the United Kingdom! Thousands of people are taking to action for their government to treat the urgency of climate chaos as the emergency that it really is. See here their video “Heading for extinction and what to do about it”. Like XR says, the inaction in the face of climate breakdown is criminal, so it is up to us to rebel! Last Saturday thousands of people occupied five important bridges in London. Time is running out and proves that civil disobedience is necessary. Thousands are willing to make the city come to a standstill, willing to be arrested for the resistance against climate injustice, until the truth is told about the threat that climate chaos causes for life everywhere. Watch them closely because this Saturday is Rebellion Day 2.
3. EARTHQUAKE EMERGENCY EXERCISE
Last Saturday an earthquake emergency exercise was organized, to prepare for strong earthquakes caused by the gas extraction. In an impressive creative form of action extra ‘wounded people’ traveled to the exercise to make it less predictable and more realistic. They also announced Groningen to be an ‘unsafe region’. As long as the gas extraction continues, Groningen is not safe. The truth about the disastrous consequences of the gas extraction must be told and action must be taken. After all, we know exactly what needs to happen:
STOP THE GAS EXTRACTION – ACCELARATE THE REINFORCEMENTS – GIVE MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE.
The next steps of Code Red also have to be financed. We are an independent movement that can exist entirely because of volunteers. Do you want to contribute to Code Rood? Transfer a donation to NL55 TRIO 0338 6023 80 (name: Steungroep NVDA).
Do not forget to set up a local meet-up or join an already organized local meeting. The resistance continues!