Declare Emergency Throw Red Paint on the National Archives

   

   The Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington DC was evacuated after two climate activists with Declare Emergency dumped red powder on themselves and the case holding the United States Constitution. 

   This is the second arrest this week of Declare Emergency activists. Earlier this week, both Donald and Kroger, who took action today, blocked a highway in DC along with another Declare Emergency supporter.

   Declare Emergency is asking for President Biden to declare a climate emergency.

   Donald, who took action today, said, “We are determined to foment a rebellion. We will not be held to laws in which we have no voice or representation. ”

   Kroguer, who also took action, said, “This country is founded on the conditions that all men are created equally and endowed with unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We’re calling for all people to have these rights. Not just wealthy white men. We all deserve clean air, water, food, and a livable climate.”

   Declare Emergency is part of the A22 Network for Civil Resistance. These same activists have been trying to raise the alarm for the past year. Although they have achieved 90% name recognition for Just Stop Oil and Last Generation in Germany and UK respectively, the same can not be said for the US, yet.

   Both Donald and Kroguer were banned from the National Archives, with Green accumulating an additional ban from the entirety of DC due to his past action, where he scrawled “Honor Them” at a 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regimen civil war monument at the National Gallery of Art

They were released after spending 24 hours in jail, with pending charges of defacing public property. 

Declare Emergency later released this statement to the press, "Yesterday's US constitutional right to life, nonviolent civil disobedience, love in action, climate protest for Valentine's Day was intended as a wake up gift to our fellow citizens who are all suffering from a society repressed by a captured government system and public narrative which is very unhealthy and not what our founding fathers had in mind, and no one voted for social and ecological breakdown.

We have collective problems such as our constitutional right to life (i.e. fresh air, clean water, healthy food and livable planet) is being stolen by a few corporate bad actors whose long-term broad and deep power have infiltrated our better human nature. Our better stories have been repressed by six centuries of separation from ourselves and the rest of the living world. From the 550 year-old Doctrine of Discovery, which granted European nations the right to claim the new lands they discovered on behalf of Christendom (recently denounced by Pope Francis) to free market capitalism, our current economy is very unhealthy and driving Earth’s climate breakdown mainly because it’s organized around the delusion of endless growth on a finite planet.

WE THE PEOPLE are calling for a new constitution that gives rights to nature so that we can have an economy organized around socially valuable sectors that work to give everyone a dignified life, and that stays within Earth's carrying capacity. We share collective complex problems, but we believe our better stories are waiting for us if we act together to reach for them. And maybe we can truly learn how to balance our relationship with ourselves and with the rest of the living world if given a chance before it's too late. If not already… starting with President Biden telling us the truth and declaring a climate emergency and then using his executive powers to lead us into our better stories."

After spending 24 hours in jail, Donald and Kroguer posed with the "Declaration of Rebellion." If you'd like to sign the declaration, go here

 

In Solidarity, Will Regan

After dousing the Constitution in red paint, and spending 24 hours in jail, Donald and Kroguer are posing with the Declaration of Rebellion. So - if you sign it - you are in good company! 

tweeted via @XrPathways, 2-15-2024

Get it yet? There is not a chance in hell that any neoliberal government is going save us. Even if they try, big finance will force them to push the costs onto ordinary people - creating a radical right backlash. Time for a Progressive Revolution.

Roger Hallam via @RogerHallamCS21 on Twitter, Feb 7th, 2024

Yesterday, on the occasion of the Valentines celebration, Extinction Rebellion went into action in eight different Italian cities to highlight the toxic relationship between government and climate.

XR Italy, via @XrItaly 2-15-2024

Global temperatures have spiked in recent days, and are now back above 2C in the ERA5 dataset, matching the record reached last November. So far February is on track to be the warmest since records began, continuing the record-breaking streak of months that started last May.

Zeke Hausfather, via @hausfath on Twitter, 2-15-2024

Big news from the latest ERA5 data. For the first time in recorded history, the 180-day running mean for the global surface temperature just crossed 1.70°C above the pre-industrial 1850-1900 IPCC baseline.

Eliot Jacobson, via @EliotJacobson on Twitter

I attended court to support Cressie Gethin because I don't think she is getting a fair trial . I think , along with the UN , that the UK’s protest laws and sentencing of protesters are unjust , draconian , and in conflict with our basic human rights.

Hey Shell, Actions not Greenwashing!  Activists from Extinction Rebellion Hungary at Corvinus University sent their message directly to the President of the Board of Shell Hungary. 
Photos of the Campi Bisenzio flood on Botticelli's "Birth of Venus". We ask the Government to take concrete action to support communities affected by climate disasters. They can censor us, but they cannot censor reality.

 

 

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“What are our responsibilities at this time? Because of the fossil fuel industry, we are facing horrors of a magnitude never before experienced in our existence. Our government continues to lead us to the edge of no return. We must stand up and defend ourselves. No one else is going to do it. It must be us, if we want to live.
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Will Regan has been a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion in the US and Declare Emergency. He's editor in chief for the Daily Rebellion and has been arrested 4 times since taking that role.