Letter From The Editors #1

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Dear Rebel,

Welcome back to Re: Generation. We’re glad to see you here again. We’ve missed you! In our absence, a few things (a lot of things, actually) have changed. It feels like the world is transforming daily these days (it’s a bit whip-lash inducing, isn’t it?). Over the past few months, the Re: Generation blog has evolved, as we’ve spent time educating, reallocating efforts, and protesting. Regardless, we’re still a platform to amplify the beauty and creativity of our movement, along with all youth rebel voices.  

Above all, this space is for you! Re: Generation is a celebration of both our generation’s fervor for change and our collective emphasis on sustaining ourselves through regenerative culture, which often manifests itself as powerful creative expression. 

What does climate justice mean to you? And how do you relate to it? What has been your experience as a teenage activist? What makes you feel love? What makes you feel rage?

We’ve tried to develop a space for you to answer these queries side by side with other like minded activists. We want your essays! Paintings! Poems! Photos! Performing Arts! Prose! Film! Music! (Essentially, send us anything that you could fit in a blog post. Be as outside or inside the box as you want to be.) 

Submit your creations via this Google Form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. ***Please note that some submissions might not be accepted if they do not uphold our values. Pieces may be edited or revised with permission from the artist.***

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at blog@xryouthus.org We look forward to amplifying your beautiful work!

Now that we have some housekeeping out of the way, we wanted to update you all on what’s been going on in XR Youth the past few months! We hope to use these bimonthly editor’s letters to celebrate the grassroots efforts that each local group is taking in their areas. 

Over the summer, we saw XR activists reflect, reallocate and resist. 

September Rebellion (9R colloquially) kicked off last year as a national campaign in which Rebels demanded Rebellion from corrosive systems, Reparations led by and for Black people, and  Respect for the stolen land we occupy through a national intersectional climate justice campaign. Local Groups each participated in the effort in their respective areas with a coordinated stickering and wheatpasting effort (Paint the Streets), mass education actions, and localised campaigning. They worked to refocus climate justice back to the most vulnerable communities which are disproportionately affected by climate change. 

That was followed by After November, a mutual aid organizing guide written by the XRYUS team. Get your copy here!

In Charlotte, XR Youth Rebels hosted an event called ‘Dissent Duke Energy’ which partnered with speakers, poets, and musicians through social justice groups to address environmental justice, systemic racism, and Duke Energy’s disproportionate pollution of BIPOC communities. They also held a donation drive for Hearts for the Invisible Charlotte Coalition, a local organization dedicated towards responding to Charlotte’s houseless crisis.

This past October, XR Youth LA targeted the Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles, demanding reparations to Indigenous individuals in Owens Valley, preservation and sustainability of the LADWP’s practices regarding water supply, and hydration to those unhoused. They also partook in a stickering action for Valentine’s Day, and focused on the music industry’s carbon footprint via Instagram.

XR Youth Hudson Valley tackled virtual organizing with three Instagram live fundraising concerts. Over $1,500 were raised for BLM and environmental organizations.  They also met with two of their state representatives, questioning them on their policies and demanding action. As well as with stickering, XRYHV Rebels have focused on increasing membership and education. 

In collaboration with the 9R campaign, XR Youth NYC created multiple issues of a DIY guerrilla zine—Swarm Zine— focused on environmental racism. NYC Rebels also expressed their ideas through the XR Youth Poetry Project, which they circulated virtually and via wheatpasted posters. They further contributed in the form of mutual aid, hosting flea markets, resource drives, and distributing virtual resources via an artist’s database. You can sign up for their newsletter here!

Only a few months old, XR Youth DC recently reformed at the end of last year. Focused on increasing membership and outreach, they have grown steadily and Rebels have already done two sticker and wheatpaste campaigns since!

With all the wonderful work that you’ve been doing, we’re excited to see what you create. Stay tuned for upcoming content!

Love and rage,

Re:Generation Team

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