Non-violent demonstrators arrested on October 7 during Extinction Rebellion's Global Rebellion.
18 people were arrested Monday, October 7, 2019 while practicing non-violent civil disobedience at a protest in Toronto, Ontario.
The activists, who were demonstrating to urge action on the climate crisis were arrested by police and charged with Mischief/obstruct use of property not to exceed $5000. Extinction Rebellion Toronto is seeking to raise $10,000.00 through this appeal, which will assist our members, who were arrested, with legal representation, bail bonds and other legal expenses.
We are facing an unprecedented global climate emergency.
The participants of XR-Toronto’s non-violent demonstration at the Bloor Viaduct on Monday, October 7 are part of a wider movement pressing governments to respond with the urgency that this crisis demands. Similar demonstrations were held in Halifax, Edmonton, Victoria, and Vancouver, as well as internationally.
XR-Toronto is a local chapter of the international Extinction Rebellion movement. We use non-violent civil disobedience to compel governments to take action on climate breakdown, and biodiversity loss, to prevent social and ecological collapse.
Non-violent civil disobedience intends to direct attention to an injustice which is sufficiently serious to morally justify a violation of the law. Those arrested protesters were peacefully demonstrating in opposition to global climate inaction. Will you donate and help our XR-Toronto members who were arrested?
Extinction Rebellion has three demands
Extinction Rebellion aims to create a culture that is healthy, resilient and adaptable. But for this to be successful, the following three things must take place:
- 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.
It is time to act on reality instead of ignoring it.
It’s not too late! A world that is fit for future generations to come is possible.
If you would like to join us, learn more about Extinction Rebellion or would like to provide in-kind donations (e.g. pro-bono legal work, performances at actions, food, or other suggestions) please contact [email protected]. You can also donate to our general fundraising appeal by clicking here.
If we surpass our goal, or the fees end up being less than expected, we will put the remainder towards future legal fees.
Banner Photo Credit: @furtivesubversive