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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
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
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.
Livestream is offering free streaming to Occupy groups, all you have to do is write to the editors of globalrevolution.tv at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .
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.
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.
email@example.com general networking listserv
firstname.lastname@example.org media listerv, notifications of press requests sent here
email@example.com an open listserv concerning inter-occupation coordination and communication
firstname.lastname@example.org US occupation listserv
Here are a few IRC channels on the irc.indymedia.org server you’ll be interested in visiting:
#helpows (ground support for OWS)
#owsQandA (general Q&A)
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:
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:
Global General Assemblies
Global General Assemblies are regularly scheduled find information on the next assembly here:
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 email@example.com
Resources on Occupy Wall Street
Resources on Labor’s response
Resources on actions nationwide
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:
- I will refrain from insults, swearing, and threats, and will withstand the anger of others.
- I will refuse to respond to verbal or physical assaults.
- I will protect others from insults or attack.
- I will follow the directions of designated coordinators. In the event of a serious disagreement, I will remove myself.
- I will not run or make gestures that seem threatening.
- My attitude will be one of openness, friendliness, and respect towards every one, including police and opponents.
- If arrested, I will behave in an exemplary manner. I will not evade the legal consequences of my actions.
- I will not damage property.
- I will not bring or use drugs or alcohol.
- 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.
Disorderly Conduct Laws and Penalties
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.
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.
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
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
14. Mock awards
15. Group lobbying
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
Drama and Music
35. Humorous skits and pranks
36. Performances of plays and music
40. Religious processions
Honoring the Dead
43. Political mourning
44. Mock funerals
45. Demonstrative funerals
46. Homage at burial places
47. Assemblies of protest or support
48. Protest meetings
49. Camouflaged meetings of protest
Withdrawal and Renunciation
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
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
66. Total personal noncooperation
67. “Flight” of workers
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
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
97. Protest strike
98. Quickie walkout (lightning strike)
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
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
116. Generalized strike
117. General strike
Combination of Strikes and Economic Closures
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
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
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
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
168. Nonviolent raids
169. Nonviolent air raids
170. Nonviolent invasion
171. Nonviolent interjection
172. Nonviolent obstruction
173. Nonviolent occupation
174. Establishing new social patterns
175. Overloading of facilities
178. Guerrilla theater
179. Alternative social institutions
180. Alternative communication system
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
189. Selective patronage
190. Alternative markets
191. Alternative transportation systems
192. Alternative economic institutions
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).