Citizens Assemblies – why are they vital for Women and youth?

Thanks for scanning the QR code on the leaflet you found. If you can, please hang it up at your workplace or on a public noticeboard. Start this vital conversation. Here’s a PDF so you can hand it around. It will go into your downloads folder.

This page allows you to find out more about Citizens’ Assemblies (CAs) and HOW to get them happening. They just might make our lives better, and those of our young people. They will get the attitudes of ordinary citizens, including WOMEN and youth, into policy making without having to wait for four-yearly elections that are at the mercy of corporate media misinformation and major party shenanigans. (About 10% of Australians are 18-26 years old and there are NONE in parliament and only 20% of our current Fed Gov are women, and only 30% of all the 151 parliamentarians)

Ultimately, Citizens’ Assemblies might SAVE OUR LIVES. Share the links you like with your friends and start conversations about them. Get informed so when the issue comes up you can talk confidently about what they are – and what they are not. There is a lot of confusion and it is easy to spread misinformation.

Citizens Assembly on Climate and Ecological justice is the third demand of Extinction Rebellion (XR). So the XR site in WA has a great list of resources and here’s a really excellent YouTube talk called “Why Extinction Rebellion Demands a Citizens’ Assembly”

Here is a TED talk by Bruce Hennig about CAs “Are we collectively stupid?” How to use random selection to get good policy outcomes. (NOTE: CAs are not about replacing politicians – they are about providing policy advice from ordinary citizens to politicians. At least for now!)

This debate held in the Princess Theatre in Brisbane is great. Esp Prof. Alistair Stark who does a really good CA rave. The video starts from there. It was organised by Brisbane Dialogues.

A talk on Big Ideas (ABC RN) with Sydney’s Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully which includes a call for CAs

This is a short 2 minute cartoon about Citizens Assembly. In case a very simple intro is needed.

As an action to take, support a young person or three to come along to the School Strike For Climate in Brisbane on Friday March 25th. And come yourself!

How to have confronting conversations

And most importantly, HOW do we compel our leaders to put one on? By engaging in peaceful, creative, nonviolent disruptions of all kinds. Even David Attenborough said “We cannot be too radical” Radical means huge changes, amazing leaps, emergency focus.

The processes and businesses that are killing our ability to grow food, poisoning our water, polluting our air and lying to us MUST STOP, ASAP. We have 100 months to do so according to the science. One Hundred Months til 2030. Get trained about nonviolence and how to have confronting conversations with grief in your heart and LOVE in your intention.

Think about how you might organise a protest, make a public artwork on an issue like habitat loss or methane leaking, or hold a public meeting. Who would help you? What do you need? One thing you could do is join and contribute to the strategic nonviolence of XR. The three demands of XR to all our parliamentarians are – Tell the Truth, Act Now and hold a Citizens’ Assembly on the climate and ecological crisis.

Here’s a link to the main website in Australia: Who and what is Extinction Rebellion (XR)?

Here’s a live intro talk online on March 12th: https://m.facebook.com/events/1563294374050099

If you can see CITIZENS ASSEMBLIES need to happen you don’t need to join XR or start an XR group with your friends (although that would be great). You can push for them in your own way, however you feel best connected to do so. Educate and persuade those around you. Get friends over to watch the videos. Speak to your local MPs to tell them of this LOVING GIFT to them. 🙂 But do it RIGHT NOW. The window is closing for climate action that both prevents and prepares for the worst.

Comments and questions – please leave below.

XR Chants and Songs

For protests anywhere anytime. Here’s a handy 5-page collection of Chants (which can also be sung by adding a tune that suggests itself to you at the time) and songs which focus on the three BEAUTIFUL demands of XR, or one or more of the Ten AMAZING Principles. (esp. that Peacey, Non-Violent one, yo!)

The words are dumped into this post (so you can read them and sing them at a rally) and I have uploaded a PDF here so it’s ready to print.

The links below lead to some Very Basic Recordings so each of the tunes/rhythms can be heard.

First Page: Everybody Gathering in Peace to Rally

Tunes for all the little songs and chants:

Sorry about the layout of the words below – Much better to go to the PDF and look at it there. But in case your phone doesn’t do PDFs … here it is anyway!

Song/Chants for XR Actions

Everybody Gathering in Peace to rally – tune we’re going to to zoo

Chorus: Everybody gathering in peace to rally,

peace to rally, peace to rally

Everybody gathering in peace to rally,

and were not going AWAY

Because you got to tell the truth, truth, truth

Science has the proof, proof, proof

No future for the Youth, youth, youth

If we don’t tell the truth, truth, truth

Zero carbon is the aim, aim, aim

by 20 – 25 it’s plain, plain, plain

nothing can remain the same, same, same

when Zero carbon is the aim, aim, aim

(A bit slower for this important verse – )

Beyond politics of greed, greed, greed

Grows a hopeful little seed, seed, seed

Citi-zen’s assembl-ies, agreed, agreed

and solutions are decreed, decreed, decreed

We know what to do, do, do

It means a sacrifice it’s true, true, true

if Fossil Fuels are really through, through, through

Let’s REBEL, me and you, you, you 

We’re demanding truth
Cli-mate Truth – we’re not asking for it!

The whole truth – we’re not asking for it

We’re demanding truth and not asking for it! … 

Climate Truth Now!

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People gonna Rise

People gonna rise like the water

Gonna turn this system round

I hear the voice of my sons and daughter

Singing Climate Truth right now

Planet’s Burning

Planet’s burning, Planet’s burning

Fix the Engine, Fix the Engine

Solar Power! Solar Power!

Yes we oughta, Yes we oughta!

Never Doubt

Never doubt that a 

small group of people can change the world; 

indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Three Demand song (Frere Jacques)

We have only (We have only) Three demands (3 demands etc)

Citizens’ assemblies Act on Truth!

Government must Tell the truth

Government and Media the whole truth

Government must Act right now

Carbon free in 5 years Or we’re dead!

Leaders must be guided by

Citizens’ Assemblies Or we fry!

Why disruption? ‘cos we’re scared

(of) Total System breakdown House on fire

Climate crisis rebels rise

(in) Peaceful disobedience (in) Love and grief

This extinction worth a fuss!

In peaceful rebellion join with us!

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Bye Bye Coal Bye Bye fossil fuels
Hello renewable Energy from the sky
Bye bye Coal reduce Climate stress 
Hello cleverness Goodbye to coal goodbye
Goodbye to coal goodbye

We rebel in Love & Rage

I stand in love and truth with you my sister
I stand in love and truth with you my brother
We rebel in Love and Rage
We rebel in love and rage
We take a peaceful stand for this earth.

Hell Yeah – I love my planet 
Hell Yeah – I love my planet 
Hell Yeah – I love my planet – I’m standing up for life
Repeat
Let me hear you say 
Hey Now (resp: Hey Now) x3 – I’m standing up for life!

Don’t watch the news, Be The News

You can’t speak truth to power, 

Power only moves to power

Be true – to your power 

Make power – take power

Power to the people – the people got the power
Tell me can you feel it 

getting stronger by the hour
Power to the people – the people got the power
Tell me can you feel it 

getting stronger by the hour – 

Don’t watch the news, be the news (repeat)

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Lead With Love

You Gotta put one foot in front of the other

and lead with love x2

The Dance Goes On

Round and round we dance we hold each others’ hands

And weave our lives in a circle

Our love grows strong the Dance goes on

Waterloo Rising

Change is coming Love and Grief will keep us strong

Time’s been wasted and we haven’t got too long

Mother’s dying we can feel it in our bones

So we’re rebelling ‘gainst a system that is wrong

It’s your Rebellion

If you’re wanting Climate Truth Now (Come on in, it’s your Rebellion)

If you’re wanting Climate Truth Now (Come on in, We need you here!)

If you want Climate Justice

If you’re scrupulously peaceful / Respectful 

If you want Citizens’ Assemblies

If your heart is for non-violence

If your God says Creation sacred

If you are a Godless Pagan

If you cannot be arrested

If you’re willing to glue and lock-on

…. make more up if everyone’s enjoying it

Sung Chant:

Tell the truth! It’s an emergency!

Citizens’ Assemblies! Act Now!

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Living through a Dying (round)

This is a die-in, by the living

Because we’re living through a DYING (Rpt)

One by one by millions

CHANTS

1,2,3,4syl simple XR rhythm

We – Rebel – Peacefully – Come and join us!

We – Rebel – urgently – For all creatures!

We – Rebel – in service – to all beings

Rhythm 2 Clave – 1-12, 1-12, 1-12, 1-2-3-4

WE – Demand, WE – Demand, WE – Demand

(Clave) Cli-mate Truth NOW!

What do we need? Climate Justice

When do we need it? Now!

How we gonna get it? Peacefully! 

How we gonna get it? Peacefully! 

Coal – Gas – Oil Don’t Dig it

Leave it in the ground it’s time to get with it.

No more coal, no more oil, 

keep that carbon in the soil

No more gas, no more oil, 

keep that carbon in the soil

Climate Truth, We’ll fight for that, 
Murdoch lies? No time for that!

Respect existence or Expect resistance. Climate Justice now!

Listen to just about all of these songs and chants at www.carboncanaries.com.au

Other suggestions – email citizenmaguire@protnmail.com

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Bris West XR Choir Songs

Facebook link to share with your friends to encourage them to join the choir, learn the songs and come out on the streets to spread the message! The Facebook page will have events and details of practices and Flash Mobs.
https://www.facebook.com/XRChoirBrisbane/?tn-str=k*F

The list so far: and here’s a link to print out your own copy Brisbane Songsheet – big text

1  Dare to Believe
2  The seas are rising
3  Business as usual
4  Power to the People
5  Never Doubt
6   Salt Water
7  A Better Future
8.  We’re standing Here
9.  Message from Mother Earth
10.  Emergency
11.  Dona Nobis the Truth
12.  Climb the Climate Change Challenge


DARE TO BELIEVE Dermot Dorgan

Do you dare to believe in a future,
When we recognise the value of the earth
When we know we must protect
This precious planet from neglect
And we know what every human life is worth?

Do you dare to believe in a future,
When we’ll use the power of wind and wave and sun,
To finally succeed
In meeting every human need
Do you dare to believe it can be done?

Do you dare to believe in a future
When we know our lives are closely intertwined
With every creature that can be
With all the land and all the sea,
Do you believe this is a future we can find?

Do you dare to believe in such a future?
Do you dare to take a stand for this belief?
Will you join us as we strive to find better ways to thrive,
For when we start to live it, it will be. Yes, when we dare to live it, it will be.


THE SEAS ARE RISING Dermot Dorgan
Watch a performance in King George Square in Feb 2020 – Go Choir!!
Simple version with just guitar and vocals HERE

The seas are rising, and the forests burning.
The glaciers melting, and the climate’s turning.

It’s time to put aside our differences
Before our lives are blighted,
And face this climate crisis
As a human race united… repeat united (on second time)


BUSINESS AS USUAL – Dermot Dorgan

Listen HERE – vocal with Guitar

Business as usual will lead us to disaster
But business as usual is all our leaders know –
Bigger, higher, longer, further, wealthier and faster –
Can’t they see the writing on the wall? The answer’s “No”.

But business as usual makes the fire season longer,
Business as usual intensifies the drought
Business as usual makes the deadly cyclone stronger,
Business as usual makes us raise our voice and shout –

And shouting, we rebel against this road on which we’re led,
We refuse to follow blindly on this grim, ill-fated way,
For we know that there are better, safer ways to move ahead,
And we need to change direction, and we need to start today.


POWER TO THE PEOPLE – Call and answer

Power to the people,
People got the power,
Citizens’ Assemblies!
Getting closer by the hour.

Call/Response
Power, people, people, power
Power to the people…


NEVER DOUBT – Words by Margaret Mead

Never doubt
That a small group of people
Can change the world 0 indeed,
It is the only thing  That ever has
(repeat whole song 3 times)


SALTWATER  by Julian Lennon

We are a land that’s burning under a golden sun
We are a country hurting, rise up as one
So when I hear about the climate denial ……
Saltwater wells in my eyes

We climb the highest mountain, we’ll make the desert bloom
We’re so ingenious we can walk on the moon
But when I hear of how the forests have died ….
Saltwater wells in my eyes

Chorus:
I have lived for love, but now it’s not enough
For the world I know is dying (and now I’m crying)
And time is not a friend
as friends we’re out of time,
and it’s slowly passing by, right before our eyes

We light the deepest ocean, send photographs of mars
We’re so enchanted by how clever we are
Why should one baby be so hungry she cries …..
Saltwater wells in my eyes.

Chorus:
I have lived for love, but now it’s not enough
For the world I love is dying (and now I’m crying)
And time is not a friend
as friends we’re out of time,
and its slowly passing by, right before my eyes

We are a land that’s burning under a golden sun
We are a burning (hurting?) country rebel as one
So when I hear about the climate denial ….
Saltwater wells in my eyes, saltwater wells in my eyes.


A BETTER FUTURE to the tune of Bella Ciao

We need to wake up, we need to wise up
We need to open our eyes and do it now, now, now.
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

We’re on a planet that has a problem,
We have to solve it, get involved and do it now, now, now.
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

No point in waiting, or hesitating
We must get wise, take no more lies and do it now, now, now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now.
Hey, hey, hey…

Cos there’s a crisis, a climate crisis
We need to wake our leaders up and do it now, now, now
We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.

We need to build a better future,
And we need to start right now.


WE’RE STANDING HERE Owly Dave / arr: H. Yeomans.
Hear and learn it, with score for guidance at www.helenyeomans.co.uk/xr/

We’re standing here – for this is an emergency.
We’re standing here – for all that we hold dear.
We’re standing here – for beauty and diversity
and we’re standing in the love that binds us all.

And we demand our government must tell the truth.
And they must act as if the truth is real.
And we demand a Citizen’s Assembly
to urgently create a green new deal.

We’re rising up!
We stand here in rebellion
And we declare that ecocide’s a crime.
In love and rage and peaceful disobedience
The signs are clear  –  We’re running of of time.

We’re standing here – for this is an emergency.
We’re standing here – for all that we hold dear.
We’re standing here – for beauty and diversity
and we’re standing in the love that binds us all.


Message from Mother Earth by Frankie Armstrong

Remember, I give you birth
Remember Mother Earth
Remember, I give you birth
Remember Mother Earth

I am the soil that harbours the seed
I am the crops the good soil yields

I’m the wood, the forest, the trees
I give the buds, take back the leaves

I am the rain, the river, the sea
All creatures born must drink of me

I have been here since time was new
But now I fear what your time may do

You plunder me for coal and oil
Leaving me scarred, leaving me spoiled

You clear the forest, uproot the trees
Poison the air, pollute the seas

Pure air, pure rain, for millions of years
Now on the wind come acid tears

Why can’t you hear, why can’t you see
You kill yourself when you kill me


10.  Emergency
11.  Dona Nobis the Truth
12.  Climb the Climate Change Challenge