Press release from Extinction Rebellion WNC:
In response to the call for a citywide day of action on Tuesday, Nov. 5, members of Extinction Rebellion WNC have organized a March on City Hall. Community members concerned about the climate emergency are encouraged to gather at Pritchard Park in Downtown Asheville at 5:00 p.m. to march on City Hall and demand local government tell the truth about the reality of climate change and act on it.
The choice to march on Nov. 5 is intentional, says XRWNC, as it is the day the people of Asheville would have been casting their vote if this year’s city elections where still happening. Instead, the 2019 elections were cancelled by way of the General Assembly’s passing of Senate Bill 813. Though the worst of the bill has been rejected, the people of Asheville have been denied their basic democratic right of voting.
Extinction Rebellion WNC knows the forces that cancelled city elections are the same ones preventing us from acting on the existential threat of climate change. So on Nov. 5, instead of heading to the voting booths, the people of Asheville are invited to take to the streets to demand action that addresses the reality of the impending climate crisis.
Extinction Rebellion is an international movement focused on the use of creative nonviolence and civil disobedience to force government action on climate change. In the United States there are four demands.
1) Tell the truth: Declare a climate and ecological emergency.
2) Act Now: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
3) Beyond Politics: Government must be led by a Citizen’s Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
4) Just Transition: Prioritize the most vulnerable. Reparations to marginalized communities. Legal rights for ecosystems.