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This Festival is for You. For Us. For Life on Earth.
What will you give to the Festival of Love and Rage?
This is a DIY festival of civil disobedience – make costumes, banners, flags, signs, performances, food!
YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET ARRESTED TO BE A PART OF THE FESTIVAL!
We’ll be parading on the Malcolm St Bridge
Why disrupt traffic on this bridge, the road link between Parliament House and St Georges Tce?
Standing on the bridge, the towers of some of WA’s biggest carbon polluters loom over us, dominating the skyline, and also dominating the seat of Government – Parliament House. This bridge is the symbolic link between our captured democracy, and it’s captors – the fossil fuel industry (learn about how they buy influence here). Meanwhile, the WA Government continues to make losses on logging our native forests for woodchips, and is spending our COVID recovery on roads when they could be future-proofing us and our economy by funding the rapid transitions we need.
Unfortunately, disruption is needed when the usual methods of lobbying, elections and so on are not working. Disruptive civil disobedience follows the proven traditions that have won people’s rights for centuries, and we are now disrupting for the world’s children’s rights to life.
This Festival is DIY – anyone can act in the name of Extinction Rebellion however they wish to, as long as they understand and agree to be working towards the 3 Demands of the Rebellion, and the 10 Principles and Values – read them below! For this Festival of Love and Rage, and any of our mass actions, we have what we call an ‘Action Consensus’ that we expect all who attend, to agree with and act in accordance with.
In order – and to be announced on the day via the Festival of Love and Rage broadcast:
– Daniel Garlett
– Clandestine Rebel Clown Army
– Roving random performers!
– YOU – join the drumming + choir workshop!
NOTE: this may change, and we are confirming more speakers daily as the buzz builds!
- Pop Ben Taylor Cuirmara – Welcome to Country
- Aunty Mingli McGlade – History of Noongar activism
- Daniel Garlett – ways forward, bringing First Nations and climate movements together
- 350 Boorloo Perth – Anthony Collins
- WA Forest Alliance
- School Strike 4 Climate (tbc)
What to expect, what to bring
We expect the Festival to run from 9am – 2pm.
The Festival begins at the main entrance to Kings Park, on the corner of Fraser Ave and Malcolm St. On the grass, under the trees we will be greeted by music of Della Mob, hear Pop Ben Taylor Cuirmara’s Welcome to Country, and get the Festival briefing.
At 10am, we parade from our starting point at Kings Park entrance, down approx 400m of a moderate hill to the Malcolm St Bridge. We are in communication with Police and other services to advise them of our plans and ensure our safety as we take to the road.
Between 10am – 2pm we will have our Festival. There are no seats and no shelter. It is an exposed environment, but we will have a chill-out space under shelter, with seating and company set back from the action.
There are toilets nearby at Parliament House ( includes accessible toilet, approx 3-5min away). There are Cafes with accesible toilets nearby on St Georges Tce (approx 2-4min walk).
- Be sun-smart: Long sleeves, hat, sunscreen are a MUST, no matter the weather conditions
- BYO camp chair, cushion or mat if you wish and can carry it. Maybe a towel to sit on!
- Backpack or bag with:
- BYO water bottle. We will have refill facilities on site
- Snacks and food
- Any medications, in a clearly labelled prescription container
- Personal hand sanitiser
- Phone battery booster if you need it
- Look up the weather and bring the spare layers you might need. Forecast here.
- Bring an umbrella for shade
Our Festival Agreement (read this!)
We are disruptive, not reckless. By attending the Festival, we all agree to these points:
- Be aware that there is a freeway below the bridge. Extinction Rebellion WA will facilitate the occupation of the bridge on the condition that:
- NOTHING is to be hung or thrown over the side of the bridge, or has the potential to be blown or fall over the side.
- Do not try to distract drivers on the Freeway below
- Keep on the road, not on the sidewalks of the bridge – allow these for people to move through the area.
- Do not lean or sit on the bridge railings
- Be strictly non-violent. Be cool. Step away from whatever might fire you up, seek out a Wellbeing Supporter or Marshal to help if you need it.
- Be respectful of people working in uniforms, other workers and bystanders
- NO non-prescription drugs or alcohol. Rebellion is serious business!
- Anything you take on to the bridge, you must ensure that it is taken off. This includes litter, wrappers, bags, chairs, etc.
- Be COVID-safe:
- Keep 1.5m from other people wherever possible
- Wear a mask if you wish (BYO, we have limited supplies)
- Use hand sanitiser stations
- if you are unwell at all, please stay home
- If you are arrestable, should the need/opportunity arise – you will have had Non-violent Direct Action (NVDA) training or Peaceful Protest Training (see here). You will have made arrangements for someone to support you (Arrestee Support) post-arrest. Email email@example.com for more info
Standard COVID-19 advice is applied, being:
- Stay at home if unwell, have recently been interstate or in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient
- leave or seek assistance if symptoms develop at an event
- Maintain physical distancing where possible (1.5m)
- Mark out 1.5m at key access points (such as toilets, water dispensing)
- Hand sanitiser will be available and we encourage you to use it
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Masks will be available
- COVID-19 signage containing the uidelines above will be in place and visible to all participants
Extinction Rebellion WA pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Custodians who looked after this land for tens of thousands of years.
We acknowledge that this land was stolen from them and that sovereignty has never been ceded.
Extinction Rebellion is a global movement. Our core strategy is mass disruption of city centres through nonviolent civil disobedience. We are about political change not personal change – though we welcome the latter. We act in full public view and we take responsibility for our actions.
Read more about the history and global strategy on the International Extinction Rebellion page.
Tell The Truth
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
OUR PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
All are welcome who want to adhere to our principles and values.
We have a shared vision of change
Creating a world that is fit for 7 generations to come.
we set our mission on what is necessary
Mobilising 3.5% of the population to achieve system change – using ideas such as “Momentum-driven organising” to achieve this.
we openly challenge ourselves and our toxic system
Leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.
we need a regenerative culture
Creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
we value reflecting and learning
Following a cycle of action, reflection, learning, and planning for more action. Learning from other movements and contexts as well as our own experiences.
we welcome everyone and every part of everyone
Working actively to create safer and more accessible spaces.
we actively mitigate for power
Breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.
we avoid blaming and shaming
We live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.
we are a non-violent network
Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.
we are based on autonomy and decentralisation
We collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. Anyone who follows these core principles and values can take action in the name of Extinction Rebellion.