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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

What to Bring to An Action

In a Warm Climate: Wear Layers: – Pants with deep pockets – Long pants even in hot climates. – A tee shirt and long sleeved shirt for sun protection. – Sweaters, sweatshirts or jackets as needed. Appropriate colors, capes, patches, costumes, scarves, etc. – A sun hat!!! – Raingear may be necessary. (Have a second outfit for a second day of action, if tear gas is a possiblity.) Sturdy walking shoes, waterproof boots if rain is likely, if not, sneakers may help you move faster. – Sunscreen – water based, not oil-based as tear gas and pepper spray bond to oil. – A light daypack or waist pack for food, change of clothes, etc. – A money belt/waist...

posted on: Dec 2, 2008 | author: organizingforpower