Rising Up! is a collective of people holding different roles to make an organisation. Together Rising Up! aims to engage and empower members of the public to take effective, non-violent, fun direct action and civil disobedience. Rising Up! has a strategy developed from the study of international uprisings and system change, and now we want it here in the UK. Rising Up! uses a diversity of tactics (such as light and playful civil disobedience, chalk spray, stickering, dress up etc., to more hands on such as sit-ins, lock-ons, hunger strikes, prison sentences, etc.) and has already seen success in forcing two universities to agree to full divestment in the next five years, as well as fighting for workers’ rights, clean air for Londoners, anti-airport expansion and attending the front lines of the bank divestment/ anti-Fracking movements nationally and running several media campaigns including #toxicbankers #howtofakeademocracy etc.
Rising Up! has a unique structure in which self and community care is at its heart with a focus on nature connection, sustainable development and the true belief that every single person has the power, responsibility and passion to work together toward a shift from the unsustainable and unnatural system we now find ourselves in. It is clear that this shift needs a multitude of tactics and we want to awaken people to the varied possibilities, importance and pleasure in using Direct Action to work toward the change we know is rapidly approaching.