On Black Friday, I posted an article about the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in downtown Vancouver, focusing some attention on the Red Brigade.
This silent group of red-robed and face-painted dancers were also spotted last month outside Provincial Court. That coincided with a court appearance by Extinction Rebellion activists who were arrested for blocking traffic on the Burrard Bridge on October 7.
In addition, these crimson-attired performance artists staged a funeral procession outside a Trans Mountain facility on Mission Flats Road in Kamloops on October 7.
The Red Brigade made its first appearance in the U.K. and has since joined Extinction Rebellion protests in Sweden and the United States.
In early October at a protest in London, Guardian columnist and author George Monbiot summed up why Extinction Rebellion protesters behave in unconventional ways.
"For decades, they called people like us 'mad'," Monbiot said. "And when there were only a few of us numbering in the thousands, it hurt. Yeah, it hurt.
"But now that there are millions of us, it doesn't hurt anymore. We own the label. Yes, we are mad. We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
"For decades, they called us weird. And when there were only a few of us, that hurt," Monbiot continued. "But you know the etymology of the word weird? It's from the old English wyrd, which means destiny. The weird are destinated to change the world. We own this label. We wear it with pride.
"Those of us—who because we have a different view of the world and see things differently have been marginalized for years—have found each other. And have found a way of projecting those views that were marginal into the mainstream.
"It is no coincidence that the person who has done more than anyone else to change the entire global conversation on climate breakdown has Asperger's," he said in reference to teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. "Humanity cannot survive if everyone is looking at the world in the same way."
These "weird" actions—like dressing up in red robes in the downtown core of Vancouver—seem to be working.
That's because the Extinction Rebellion Vancouver climate protest on Black Friday led the 6 p.m. TV newscasts on CBC, CTV, and Global.
This weekend, Extinction Rebellion Vancouver's media liaison, Grace Grignon, emailed me some photos of Red Brigade members in Vancouver. You can see them below.