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Wall Charts for Mass Action Trainings

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from Prague 2001 trainings

WHAT CAN DIRECT ACTION DO:

spotlight
delegitimise
build a movement
educate / inform
reform (as a by-product) by:
interfering
embodying alternatives

NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION

non-hierarchical structure
participatory decision making
affinity groups
preparation
vision
choices
patterns
communication
energy
inclusiveness
diversity

WHAT IS USED AGAINST US

intimidation
fear / pain
divide & conquer
isolation
singling out leaders
good cop / bad cop
lies & disinformation
veneer
stacked negotiations

RESPONSES TO VIOLENCE

prepare
stay calm
become active: match energy, change energy, change situation, step-in
don’t accept victim role
keep contact to attacker
talk (tone of voice) & listen
don’t threaten or insult
get help
do the unexpected
avoid physical contact
Jail solidarity
Goals: build movement, equal treatment, protect each other.
How do we do it: pressure the system, numbers, cost, non co-operation, PR, political pressure.

Wallcharts used for Training for Trainers
Tools we used

Spectrograms
games
visual aids
facilitated discussion
evaluation
stacking functions / multi-tasking
flagging issues which need exploration: e.g. peace police (de-masking) & policing the peace (removing nonviolent activists)
costume and props
brainstorm
Rap / presentation
Charts / handouts
Hassle lines
Role plays
Debriefing
Go rounds
Visualisations
Small group discussions

Constructive critique

be specific
intent: to improve work
timely
about something that can be changed (not “you are too mousy to be a trainer”, etc.)
private or public?