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Jail Support & Solidarity

by Midnight Special and Katya Komisaruk Jail/court solidarity is the name for a variety of tactics we use to take care of each other while we’re in the legal system. Jail/court solidarity involves a combination of non-cooperation techniques and collective bargaining. Although jails and courts are designed to make us feel powerless, through solidarity we can gain better control over what happens to us, by making decisions as a group; by acting in unity with each other; and by committing ourselves to safeguard each other’s well being. Jail/court solidarity has been used effectively in the civil rights, peace, environmental, and other movements to protect activists who were arrested. Every time there’s a choice in the legal process, activists can...

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

What a Direct Action Campaign Can Do

What a DA Campaign can do 2 main ways DA works Key Concepts Point a Spotlight Raise public awareness about an institution, program or injustice. Bring hidden wrongs to light. Example: Campaigns against WTO, IMF/World Bank; genetically engineered foods. Delegitimize Organizations, Institutions and Programs Withdraw consent from the functioning of unjust bodies, laws, programs. Interfere with their operations. Raise their social costs Examples: U.S. Civil Rights Movement, antinuclear activism, etc. Build a Movement Provide opportunities for people to engage in action, experience solidarity and support, take greater risks, deepen commitment. Examples: almost any powerful action. Educate and Inform: Both those in the movement and those who hear of actions: Almost every good action. Strengthen Voices of Reform It...

posted on: Nov 29, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Action

The Art & Science of Actions: Shutting Things Down to Open Things Up Change is about transformation – personal and political – at an individual, group, community, institutional,  national, or international level.  I have chosen direct action as my primary strategy for change because it is more effective that any other strategy I have used.  It is a rapidly and radically transforming process that has had proven success over the ages. So much of organizing has to do with SPACE — physical, emotional, mental and spiritual space. We can reclaim it, transform it, occupy it, liberate it, shut it down, open it up, shift it or just be present in it. It is the art of knowing when...

Action
posted on: Nov 24, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Action Planning Template

Click Here to Download Action Planning Template Goals what are we trying to accomplish – concrete, tangible, winnable. What does victory look like? What do you want the headline to read the next day? Target who has the power to decide? Who are we trying to impact/move, what is strategic reason for it/them. If there are multiple sites, which is best suited for an action? Messaging & Demands what do we want our target to do, what do we want them to know. Are there other audiences besides the target? Messenger who is delivering our message? An impacted person or community leader working on a particular issue is always more powerful and credible than a talking head spokesperson....

posted on: May 14, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Action Resources

What a Direct Action Campaign Can Do Direct Action Strategy Questions Steps in a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign & Campaign Planning Worksheet How to Write a Proposal for an Action, from the Vernal Project Action Organizing Manual (3 pages) Solidarity in Practice personal, in the streets, in the media, and in jail Action Check List Tips for Mapping & Scouting Peace Keeper Quick Reference What to Bring to an Action Crowd Wisdom Training Agendas Shutting Things Down to Open Things Up, workshop agenda for thinking about space and dual power structures in organizing direct action Basic Civil Disobedience Training Agenda – 2 hours Sample Nonviolent Direct Action Training – 4 Hours Declaration of Peace Nonviolent Action Training Wall Charts...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Songs, Chants, Banners, Puppets, and more…...

Peace & Justice Song Sheets Songs for Social Change Rise Up Singing, a 4-page excerpt from the book Song Lyrics, from Harmonic Intervention Classic Song Sheet Peace & Justice Chants Individual Song Lyrics When the Tear Gas Fills the Sky lyrics Keep Your Eyes on the Prize lyrics River of Life, by Starhawk Solidarity Forever, Prague Version David Rovics – Songs of Social Significance Anti-War (Iraq & Afghanistan) Songs & Chants 5 Years Too Many Song & Chant Sheet March 19, 2008 – 5th Anniversary of the invasion of Iraq Chants from March 15th, Anti-Chevron and Anti-War Song Sheet from the Bring Them Home Now Tour Chants for Anti-War Rallies SOA Watch Song Sheet Misc Songs & Cheers...

posted on: May 12, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

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