Speaking at the launch of the August 2021 Impossible Rebellion in London, on the eve of the UNESCO International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, Esther Stanford-Xosei explains why Extinction Rebellion chose the Guildhall for its first direct action and opening ceremony.

In the 17th century it was at this building that the rich and powerful founded their Royal Africa Company, which traded in gold, ivory and humans. The wealth created and through that exploitation is still used today to fund the wars and further exploitation of the Global South.

Although today commemorates the Haitian Revolution which in 1804 overthrew the slave owners and established the first free Black State, the City of London is still the heart of global capitalism and the heart of the engine driving the climate and ecological crisis which disproportionately affects Indigenous, Black and Brown people around the world.

Esther links the climate struggle to the need for revolution and the creation of a new world where we can ALL be free.

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