Resources

RESOURCES GENERAL

(Updated Daily…)

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

New! occupy Educated online library here! 

15october.net  Information on October 15th events, United for #globalchange

TakeTheSquare.net  An international network, with participants from all over the world, organized to stablish a global network of citizen activism based on the #15M ideals.

#HowToCamp #HowToOccupy  A very abundant resource by TakeTheSquare.net

occupytogether.wikispot.org  This is an open “Occupy Together Field Manual” wiki with new information and resources growing every day

wiki.shop.tm  Another growing resource with with a broader scope of topics

occupywiki.org

ASSEMBLY PROCESS

Read a comprehensive explanation of the General Assembly process atTakeTheSquare.net

Facilitation Training & Intro to Direct Democracy video

Here are some brochures breaking down the process:

New York General Assembly Guide  Link to information and PDF download from nycga.cc

General Assembly Process Guide A booklet of very useful information produced by the Santa Cruze General Assembly. You can get a print version here.

MEDIA

Web Hosting
MayFirst is offering free web hosting to Occupy related websites.
May First/People Link is a politically progressive member-run and controlled organization that redefines the concept of “Internet Service Provider” in a collective and collaborative way.

Just go to https://mayfirst.org/joinus  to fill out the form and describe what work you are planning to do. They’ll set up a domain for you, which comes with email accounts, lists, and full server access on encrypted disks. Do take into consideration, Mayfirst support is a group of members that are volunteering time to assist you and this will take more time than a traditional commercial server. However, your site will be protected on a server ran by people who are invested in activism and understand the value of security for sites involved in the movement.

Streaming Video
Livestream is offering free streaming to Occupy groups, all you have to do is write to the editors of globalrevolution.tv  at operations@globalrevolution.tv to request a channel. Through Livestream, you’ll be connected to a network of streaming Occupy channels worldwide. The idea is to be able to easily move from one stream to the other similar to www.occupystream.com .

UStream will also provide ad-free streaming, contact events@ustream.tv for more information. If you already have or prefer a UStream account, you can opt to have it ad-free.

Moderator Training
Along with streaming video, you’ll want to have someone to help moderate the chat room of your video channel. Please read about moderator training in this post.

COMMUNICATION

Networking/Media Listserv
If you aren’t familiar with what a listserv is, it’s essentially a group of email addresses that can mass email each other in an organized manner. This is beneficial because you can engage in a group conversation without having your inbox flooded with hundreds of emails! To be added to a listserv all you need to do is send a blank email to the address. Depending on the settings of the listserv, you may have to be accepted. You can edit your settings so that you’ll receive an abridged summary of the emails in the day or you can visit the group page at any time.

listservs:

occupytogether@googlegroups.com general networking listserv

occupymedia@googlegroups.com media listerv, notifications of press requests sent here

interocc@occupyeverywhere.org an open listserv concerning inter-occupation coordination and communication

occupyus@googlegroups.com US occupation listserv

IRC
This is something that is getting more and more use. If you are not familiar with IRC, you can read the how to guide here .

Most Occupy Wall Street related channels are going to be at chat.indymedia.org  you can chat through the browser or download an IRC client like Colloquy  for mac or mIRC  for windows.

Here are a few IRC channels on the irc.indymedia.org server you’ll be interested in visiting:

#occupywallstreet (general)
#owspolitics (discussion)
#helpows (ground support for OWS)
#owsQandA (general Q&A)
#occupytogether (general)

Voice Chat
This is essentially a voice chat room. That can even be used on a mobile phone. See instructions for using this tool here: www.occupyglobal.net  The voice chat room can be broken down by location or used on a worldwide scale.

Connect with the following information: 

Host: voice.occupyglobal.net
Login/Password: any

Mumble
Mumble is a similar service and will be used worldwide on October 15th. You can download mumble at mumble.sourceforge.net  and view a tutorial at takethesquare.net/2011/10/04/mumble-setup-walkthrough

Connect with the following information: 

Host: tomalaplaza.net
Port: 64738

Global General Assemblies 

Global General Assemblies are regularly scheduled find information on the next assembly here:

Take the Square – Welcome & Information on Global General Assembly

LEGAL

Persons interested in volunteering assistance or Occupy groups in need of help should contact Abi Hassen, National Mass Defense Coordinator.             (212) 679-5100       ext. 14 orabi@nlg.org

OTHER RESOURCES

Resources on Occupy Wall Street

Declaration of the Occupation
The Occupied Wall Street Journal, no. 1
We are the 99%
OWS FAQ from The Nation

Resources on Labor’s response

from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry
from the Next Up Summit

Resources on actions nationwide

Daily Kos map and links

Metta Center’s “Five Principles of Nonviolent Action”: http://www.mettacenter.org/nv/nonviolence/intro

Fellowship of Reconciliation Pact for Peaceful Witness

PACT FOR NONVIOLENT DISCIPLINE

I agree to reflect on and abide by the following discipline:

  1. I will refrain from insults, swearing, and threats, and will withstand the anger of others.
  2. I will refuse to respond to verbal or physical assaults.
  3. I will protect others from insults or attack.
  4. I will follow the directions of designated coordinators.  In the event of a serious disagreement, I will remove myself.
  5. I will not run or make gestures that seem threatening.
  6. My attitude will be one of openness, friendliness, and respect towards every one, including police and opponents.
  7. If arrested, I will behave in an exemplary manner.  I will not evade the legal consequences of my actions.
  8. I will not damage property.
  9. I will not bring or use drugs or alcohol.
  10. I will not carry weapons.

MAINTAINING A NONVIOLENT PRESENCE

To pursue peace, we must model peaceful behavior.  Nonviolence is both good strategy and likely to attract others to our cause.

  • Discuss potential trouble ahead of time so that you can respond quickly.
  • Read and commit to this pact, alone or in a group.

If violence does arise:

  • Stay calm.  Be aware of your power to affect others.  Assess the situation and seek help if necessary.
  • Stay together.  If a few individuals are being loud or confrontational, attempt to talk with them.
  • Manage trouble.  Surround and try to calm violent people.  Protect any one being attacked.  Show that you don’t support violence by separating yourself.  Ask others to join you.
  • Express disapproval when necessary.  It’s okay to say, “Stop that,” or “We want to be nonviolent.”

More techniques for nonviolent witness:

  • Make eye contact, calmly sign or chant, listen, avoid heated arguments, link hands, sit down.  Use non-threatening body language, humor and common sense.

What To Do If You’re Arrested at an Occupy Protest

What started as “Occupy Wall Street” has quite literally turned into a worldwide movement . People across the country and the globe are picking up signs and gathering together to protest greed and corruption. The movement remains most pronounced in the United States where the common rallying cry is, “We are the 99%”, referring to the distribution of wealth at the top 1% of the population. But at these rallies, some people aren’t leaving of their own accord; they are being carried away by the police.

Occupy Wall St. (10/5/2011)
Creative Commons License  photo  credit: bogieharmond 

There are YouTube videos popping up every day that show arrests bordering on brutality. In the initial days, a NYPD administrator in a white shirt could be seen pepper spraying a crowd who had done nothing but exercise their right to protest. The protests strive to be completely peaceful, though it seems as though the cops are sometimes the ones disrupting the peace.

Scanning the headlines of major city publications, you can find that scores are being arrested on any given day. Earlier this week, 100 were arrested  atOccupy Boston , more than 20 in Denver , and more in San Diego, New York, and other American cities.  These arrests are largely being made in the name of crowd control and keeping the peace and are largely being made on people who have never been handcuffed before.

So, what should you do if you are arrested at an Occupy Wall Street , Occupy Atlanta , or any other Occupy protest?

When being arrested, particularly if you believe the police have no legitimate reason to arrest you, it can be difficult to remain calm. Many acts of force by the police are in response to the arrestee resisting, wiggling around, or mouthing off. This doesn’t necessarily make the force justified but it certainly doesn’t help you make the case that you are an innocent victim of police brutality.

The best piece of advice to heed when you are being arrested is to remain calm. You may not like how you are being treated and you certainly won’t like the fact that you are being arrested, but physically resisting the arrest will only make things worse. You have the right to remain silent and you have the right to refuse consent for a search. Yes, even when you are arrested, you have rights.

Most arrests being made at these protests are likely to fall under disorderly conduct statutes. While the exact wording of this crime varies from state to state, it often includes things like the impeding of traffic, failure to disperse after being given an order to do so, creating annoyance or alarm in public, and even loitering. Most of the time this is a misdemeanor charge with the potential for jail time and a criminal record.

It seems no matter how peaceful a protest is, when the number of participators swells, the likelihood of arrests also grows. While it is our right to peacefully protest, it is also within the job description of the police to look for reasons to maintain an “upper hand” and strategic arrests certainly remind protesters who is, in fact, in charge.

If you are arrested at an Occupy protest, you will likely be taken to the jail, booked, and possibly released or held for an arraignment hearing. You’ll likely be facing a criminal charge and discussing the case with an attorney is your best bet at understanding those charges and any options that may be available to you.

If you are insistent on getting back on the streets to Occupy and protest more, be aware that every subsequent arrest could bring you harsher penalties. If you aim to act in civil disobedience, it wouldn’t hurt to put someone on alert that you may get arrested. You could even get the I’m Getting Arrested  app that will send a text message when you are getting cuffed.

The majority of people protesting at these movements will not end the day in handcuffs; they will either go home or snuggle down in their sleeping bags on the cold pavement. But for those that are arrested, understanding your rights  and the limitations of those rights when you disobey the law is crucial.

198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

These methods were compiled by Dr. Gene Sharp and first published in his 1973 book, The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Vol. 2: The Methods of Nonviolent Action. (Boston: Porter Sargent Publishers, 1973). The book outlines each method and gives information about its historical use.

You may also download this list of methods.

THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT PROTEST AND PERSUASION

Formal Statements
1. Public Speeches
2. Letters of opposition or support
3. Declarations by organizations and institutions
4. Signed public statements
5. Declarations of indictment and intention
6. Group or mass petitions

Communications with a Wider Audience
7. Slogans, caricatures, and symbols
8. Banners, posters, and displayed communications
9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books
10. Newspapers and journals
11. Records, radio, and television
12. Skywriting and earthwriting

Group Representations
13. Deputations
14. Mock awards
15. Group lobbying
16. Picketing
17. Mock elections

Symbolic Public Acts
18. Displays of flags and symbolic colors
19. Wearing of symbols
20. Prayer and worship
21. Delivering symbolic objects
22. Protest disrobings
23. Destruction of own property
24. Symbolic lights
25. Displays of portraits
26. Paint as protest
27. New signs and names
28. Symbolic sounds
29. Symbolic reclamations
30. Rude gestures

Pressures on Individuals
31. “Haunting” officials
32. Taunting officials
33. Fraternization
34. Vigils

Drama and Music
35. Humorous skits and pranks
36. Performances of plays and music
37. Singing

Processions
38. Marches
39. Parades
40. Religious processions
41. Pilgrimages
42. Motorcades

Honoring the Dead
43. Political mourning
44. Mock funerals
45. Demonstrative funerals
46. Homage at burial places

Public Assemblies
47. Assemblies of protest or support
48. Protest meetings
49. Camouflaged meetings of protest
50. Teach-ins

Withdrawal and Renunciation
51. Walk-outs
52. Silence
53. Renouncing honors
54. Turning one’s back

THE METHODS OF SOCIAL NONCOOPERATION

Ostracism of Persons
55. Social boycott
56. Selective social boycott
57. Lysistratic nonaction
58. Excommunication
59. Interdict

Noncooperation with Social Events, Customs, and Institutions
60. Suspension of social and sports activities
61. Boycott of social affairs
62. Student strike
63. Social disobedience
64. Withdrawal from social institutions

Withdrawal from the Social System
65. Stay-at-home
66. Total personal noncooperation
67. “Flight” of workers
68. Sanctuary
69. Collective disappearance
70. Protest emigration (hijrat)

THE METHODS OF ECONOMIC NONCOOPERATION: (1) ECONOMIC BOYCOTTS

Actions by Consumers
71. Consumers’ boycott
72. Nonconsumption of boycotted goods
73. Policy of austerity
74. Rent withholding
75. Refusal to rent
76. National consumers’ boycott
77. International consumers’ boycott

Action by Workers and Producers
78. Workmen’s boycott
79. Producers’ boycott

Action by Middlemen
80. Suppliers’ and handlers’ boycott

Action by Owners and Management
81. Traders’ boycott
82. Refusal to let or sell property
83. Lockout
84. Refusal of industrial assistance
85. Merchants’ “general strike”

Action by Holders of Financial Resources
86. Withdrawal of bank deposits
87. Refusal to pay fees, dues, and assessments
88. Refusal to pay debts or interest
89. Severance of funds and credit
90. Revenue refusal
91. Refusal of a government’s money

Action by Governments
92. Domestic embargo
93. Blacklisting of traders
94. International sellers’ embargo
95. International buyers’ embargo
96. International trade embargo

THE METHODS OF ECONOMIC NONCOOPERATION: (2)THE STRIKE

Symbolic Strikes
97. Protest strike
98. Quickie walkout (lightning strike)

Agricultural Strikes
99. Peasant strike
100. Farm Workers’ strike

Strikes by Special Groups
101. Refusal of impressed labor
102. Prisoners’ strike
103. Craft strike
104. Professional strike

Ordinary Industrial Strikes
105. Establishment strike
106. Industry strike
107. Sympathetic strike

Restricted Strikes
108. Detailed strike
109. Bumper strike
110. Slowdown strike
111. Working-to-rule strike
112. Reporting “sick” (sick-in)
113. Strike by resignation
114. Limited strike
115. Selective strike

Multi-Industry Strikes
116. Generalized strike
117. General strike

Combination of Strikes and Economic Closures
118. Hartal
119. Economic shutdown

THE METHODS OF POLITICAL NONCOOPERATION

Rejection of Authority
120. Withholding or withdrawal of allegiance
121. Refusal of public support
122. Literature and speeches advocating resistance

Citizens’ Noncooperation with Government
123. Boycott of legislative bodies
124. Boycott of elections
125. Boycott of government employment and positions
126. Boycott of government depts., agencies, and other bodies
127. Withdrawal from government educational institutions
128. Boycott of government-supported organizations
129. Refusal of assistance to enforcement agents
130. Removal of own signs and placemarks
131. Refusal to accept appointed officials
132. Refusal to dissolve existing institutions

Citizens’ Alternatives to Obedience
133. Reluctant and slow compliance
134. Nonobedience in absence of direct supervision
135. Popular nonobedience
136. Disguised disobedience
137. Refusal of an assemblage or meeting to disperse
138. Sitdown
139. Noncooperation with conscription and deportation
140. Hiding, escape, and false identities
141. Civil disobedience of “illegitimate” laws

Action by Government Personnel
142. Selective refusal of assistance by government aides
143. Blocking of lines of command and information
144. Stalling and obstruction
145. General administrative noncooperation
146. Judicial noncooperation
147. Deliberate inefficiency and selective noncooperation by enforcement agents
148. Mutiny

Domestic Governmental Action
149. Quasi-legal evasions and delays
150. Noncooperation by constituent governmental units

International Governmental Action
151. Changes in diplomatic and other representations
152. Delay and cancellation of diplomatic events
153. Withholding of diplomatic recognition
154. Severance of diplomatic relations
155. Withdrawal from international organizations
156. Refusal of membership in international bodies
157. Expulsion from international organizations

THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT INTERVENTION

Psychological Intervention
158. Self-exposure to the elements
159. The fast
a) Fast of moral pressure
b) Hunger strike
c) Satyagrahic fast
160. Reverse trial
161. Nonviolent harassment

Physical Intervention
162. Sit-in
163. Stand-in
164. Ride-in
165. Wade-in
166. Mill-in
167. Pray-in
168. Nonviolent raids
169. Nonviolent air raids
170. Nonviolent invasion
171. Nonviolent interjection
172. Nonviolent obstruction
173. Nonviolent occupation

Social Intervention
174. Establishing new social patterns
175. Overloading of facilities
176. Stall-in
177. Speak-in
178. Guerrilla theater
179. Alternative social institutions
180. Alternative communication system

Economic Intervention
181. Reverse strike
182. Stay-in strike
183. Nonviolent land seizure
184. Defiance of blockades
185. Politically motivated counterfeiting
186. Preclusive purchasing
187. Seizure of assets
188. Dumping
189. Selective patronage
190. Alternative markets
191. Alternative transportation systems
192. Alternative economic institutions

Political Intervention
193. Overloading of administrative systems
194. Disclosing identities of secret agents
195. Seeking imprisonment
196. Civil disobedience of “neutral” laws
197. Work-on without collaboration
198. Dual sovereignty and parallel government

Source: Gene Sharp, The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Vol. 2: The Methods of Nonviolent Action (Boston: Porter Sargent Publishers, 1973).

Sources : OCCUPY TOGETHER, Disorderly Conduct Laws,
and International Labor Communucations Association

3 comments on “Resources

  1. I wrote this article—for mediate.com and examiner.com
    Mediating Occupy
    by
    Grace Eagle Reed (Jan. 22, 2012)

    Mediation/Negotiation in its best form found its glory every day at 7pm in Occupy (Portland, Oregon) as the voiceless (99%) got together, mediated, negotiated, their next move, their next plan as a unit. The unwashed were awesome! To them mediation was organic and effortless. Egalitarian group consensus was their process and process was not up for debate. As a professional mediator it was a privilege to be there as a witness to ongoing events. For instance it was against the law of the parks department to have a microphone set up without a license so the group leader would say something and the whole audience repeated the words so all could hear. This was true group unity for the benefit of all and it was wonderful to witness.
    As a broadcaster for KBOO.fm radio we were embedded at the Occupy site downtown at two large parks. For over a month people, who are mostly voiceless (the homeless, drunks, street kids, mothers with children in hand, students, low income workers, identified as 99%) came to the mic and replied to the question, “Why are you here at Occupy?” with, “I (we) have no future, we have nothing to lose.”
    Eventually we had district attorneys, police, news media, high income, those pegged as the 1%, that ask, “What is Occupy anyway? What are their (those voiceless 99%) goals, their focus? ” It seems that the mediation/negotiation tactics of Occupy scared the beegeezs out of those who did not get what the movement is/was about. The simple act of gathering every day and voicing concern was powerful and misunderstood.
    Dr. Lee Anne Bell, at Barnard College, Columbia University, addresses these two viewpoints as story and counter story or concealed story. She says that damaging stock stories allow assumption without question and keep societal imbalances of the inequities of wealth and poverty built into government systems. (Stock Story: Perpetrator of Myth, 2010)
    Frances Moore Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet) dropped by the Portland general assembly meeting one day to donate boxes of her new book, ‘Getting a Grip’. She addresses the importance of clarity, creativity and courage in a world gone mad. She ask, “Why can’t we have a nation—why can’t we have a world we’re proud of? Why can’t we stop wringing our hands over poverty, hunger, species decimation, genocide, and death from curable disease that we know is all needless? The truth is there is no reason we can’t.” She praised Portland Occupy for its intelligence, dignity and patience. (www.smallplanetmedia.org)
    To me, Occupy is asking that old question that pops up from time to time, “Has society had enough of the same old, same old? Have we had enough of polarization and the conquer and divide strategies of politics and business? Is it time for a major change? It seems this is an opportunity for mediators to be poised and ready to address these deep chasms of conflict. We as mediators might be wise to follow the pure selfless motives and intent I saw practiced at the Occupy site.
    Portland’s pepper spraying incident where Elizabeth Nichols was being pepper sprayed in the mouth by a cop polarized the community even more. (Lynne Terry, OregonLive.com) I had an opportunity to attend a general meeting and offer some ideas on the conflict between the police and community on this issue. On one hand there were Occupy movement marchers, mostly students, who were focused on the greed of the banking system, lack of jobs, injustice of university financial aid kickbacks, homelessness, lack of housing for the poor, etc. and on the other hand the police ordered to do their job to keep large crowds on the sidewalk which was hard to do.
    I was at that march, on the front lines. It was peaceful, large, loud, and busy but absolutely non-violent on the part of the protestors. Nevertheless, Elizabeth got pepper sprayed directly in the mouth. (Lynne Terry, OregonLive.com) This produced a movement within Occupy movement (Mothers Against Pepper Spray) http://www.globalpoetry.net . MAPS is where mothers, grandmothers, women of all ages and from many places are discussing the use of violent tactics against peaceful civic protesters. My opportunity to take contact with the police, as a member of the police review board, and continued ongoing involvement with Occupy Portland gave (and is giving) a great opportunity to use my mediation skills to help bridge the gaps and continue ongoing dialogue between both groups.
    Of course that gap is still large but little by little things are getting sorted out. Occupy has the guts to march the issues to the surface and insist they be addressed and the police are learning to do their job with more response rather than reaction. Portland’s activist community keeps pressure and gives feedback on police violence and demands accountability and change. As a result Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese worked directly and consulted with Occupy liaison spokespeople regarding serious issues over a span of several months. Occupy was instrumental in bringing these issues to the surface of consciousness and, as of today, is giving the general community an ongoing chance to investigate better choices.
    The police in Portland, unlike other cities this size, became examples nationally of progressive community policing. They are open to ongoing community feedback, are continuing to look for ways to do a better job and are using better judgment when they have to restrain protestors. Their patience and openness is appreciated by all involved.
    The Occupy Wall Street movement seems to me to be an extension of what we used to do in the 60’s. Back then we (activists) wanted social change, were warning people to gain more human and transparent values and pointed out there would be no peace if certain things didn’t happen. We failed due to lack of unity, lack of equality of women, racism, naivety on polarized political issues and absence of World Wide Web.
    It’s winter here, it’s cold and rainy. Occupy’s tents are down and gone. The police are busy doing their job. Streets are less noisy but Occupy is not going away. Occupy’s continuing focus is to give voice on what needs to change. Soon the weather will get warmer and Occupy will become more active. Mediators, get ready—here they come.

    Grace Eagle Reed has a MA in Conflict Resolution, is a broadcaster on KBOO.fm community radio, and founder of MAPS. Her books ‘Needs’ and Negotiating Shadows: Journey to the Sun can be ordered at http://www.negotiatingshadows.com. Her upcoming book, “Old Lady Rolling: My Year with Occupy” will be available soon. Prison Pipeline is at http://www.kboo.fm

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