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Coming Out of Jail Stronger

by Starhawk In the many times I’ve been to jail, here are some of the overwhelming responses I’ve noticed in myself and which you might be experiencing: Rage: Jail is simply the distilled form of the larger violence around us. Anger is a sane and healthy response, but you may find it deflected onto your friends and families instead of directed to the systems of oppression we’re fighting. Warn your friends and coworkers to tread gently and not order you around for a while. Be prepared for flashes of rage, and try to remember whom we’re really angry at. Self-Blame: You’ve been in a system designed on every level to make you feel bad, wrong, inadequate and powerless....

posted on: Dec 2, 2012 | author: organizingforpower

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

Street Tactics Exercise

We’ve been running these exercises as a kind of extended, stop-and-start role play, letting the group practice each tactic, periodically changing the police and the people in front. You can do all or some of them, depending on time. They help the group to learn to function as a group, give some strong, nonviolent alternatives to simply fighting the cops and running, and are fun and useful. A solid line of police with nightsticks of rolled newspaper: A crowd of protestors: “Protestors standing, police advance with batons held in both hands to push crowd back. Note how easy it is to move a standing crowd. “Protestors standing, police advance, crowd sits down. Don’t hit yet: note how much...

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

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