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The Washington, D.C., chapter of a climate activism group issued an apology to Black Lives Matter for "eroding trust with our black and brown allies" at a September protest.
Extinction Rebellion's D.C. chapter wrote in an open letter that it "did not respect, and instead dismissed, Black Lives Matter DC's hard block regarding fliers that apologized to the public for our disruptive actions." This decision marginalized the voices of black activists involved in the protest, the group added.
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Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter were among a number of activist groups that staged mass protests in Washington on September 23. Extinction Rebellion stated in an email to supporters beforehand that it intended to "fundamentally change the way the climate crisis is talked about and dealt with in this country." Although protesters shouted, stood on ladders, and chained themselves to a sailboat, most news outlets largely ignored the demonstration.
The protest did affect the commutes of many D.C. residents. Members of Extinction Rebellion handed out fliers apologizing for the inconvenience, contrary to the wishes of the local Black Lives Matter chapter. The latter group feared that apologizing for inconveniencing the public could set...
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