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Sample Affinity Group Meeting Agenda

Pick a Facilitator Intros –Name and why you think participating in this action is important Introduction to the action – Who, what, when, where, how. Any Questions? Reportback from Spokescouncil – what actions are already happening? What intersections/buildings are already taken? Tactics go round – What tactics would you like to employ, is there anything you are not comfortable with? Target – What target would you like to take on, using what tactics? Resources – People, hardware, art, music, media, training. Brainstorm. Break it into things the affinity group can provide and things you might want to ask the working groups for help with, e.i. trainings or blockade tools. Decide on some Affinity Group Roles – The starred...

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Sample Mobile Street Tactics Training

“You will need to deal with fast-moving, ambiguous, and unstructured situations that will test your resourcefulness to the utmost.” CIA Recruitment Manual I. Preparation and Support: Hi, welcome to Washington DC, it’s September 29, you’re out on the street, and of course this is what you’ve done before you leftŠ. Made sure you have someone looking out for you, your stuff, have a contact at home who can help mobilize support and a prearranged check-in time. Eaten well – water, food in pocket Dressed well, – layers, prep for cold, tear gas and water cannons Jail Names – Place for ID, stuff Maps, scouting Identified your goals for the day, several potential targets, regroup spaces and safe space....

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Wall Charts for Mass Action Trainings

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,...

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

Exercises on Power

This exercise helps people deepen their analysis of the society they are living in. You want to lead them through a process that starts by asking people why they are active, what they want, why they came. Solicit this; see if anyone says to build power. If not, after harvesting some reasons from the group, ask if anyone is doing it to build power? I believe that building power is really at the core of our work if we want to manifest all the things people articulated as to why they are active. Next, ask the group who has power in our society. Create a list Money State, Government, elector’s People etc The people have power and potential...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

Anti-Oppression Resources & Exercises...

Articles & Tips Anti-Oppression Principles and Practices White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by PeggyMcIntosh A Community Builders Toolkit: Tools for Creating Healthy, Productive Interracial/Multicultural Communities, 40 pages Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture, by Tema Okun Understanding White Supremacy, by Frances E. Kendall Tools for White Guys who are Working for Social Change… and Other People Socialized in a Society Based on Domination, by Chris Crass The Role of White People in Ending Racism White Protesters, Black Cops: A Reality Check from Training for Change, by Barbara Smith Healing from the Effects of Internalized Oppression, from the Community Tool Box To Equalize Power Among Us – tips for keeping your privilege in check from Tools for Change Creating...

posted on: May 13, 2009 | author: organizingforpower

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