By creating these meetings, we hope to provide a space where those concerned with human life and dignity, facts, and the environment may unite and bridge gaps in understanding.
We hope to prepare those involved for coordinating and cooperating. Toxic individualism has no place in direct action.
We hope to empower individuals to let go of fragility in relation to privileges they may experience, as well as be empowered to take up space in regards to marginalization they may experience. Bigotry, talking over people on topics which affect them personally, centering white supremacy, or discussion on "seeing both sides" in regards to fascism must not be tolerated by anyone.
We hope for you to take action. There is no wrong way to protest.
Rules of engagement for these meetings:
Public discourse regarding these direct actions must come from pillars of proactivity, safety, and historical data.
If you are asking questions keep them brief and specific. If you are presenting, be prepared to present your plan. Half formed ideas from earlier this afternoon are not plans. You will have five minutes, plus another five for q&a.
Only bring direct actions suitable for the general public. If you have come to this meeting to help garner support for your pending direct action please consider organizing on an encrypted application.
*Note* Signal vs Telegram vs WhatsApp: Data collection
If you look at the privacy labels of Signal vs Telegram vs WhatsApp vs Facebook, it’s obvious that WhatsApp and Facebook know the most about you. Signal collects zero data that can be linked to your identity — only the phone number to sign you up. Telegram has your contact information and user ID (which is not much compared to most messengers).
As a checklist, ask yourself these questions if you are organizing actions such as marches, sit-ins, etc
Could organizers be at risk of arrest or physical danger just for organizing? If so, are they ready for this?
Could community members be at risk for showing interest in whatever you are organizing? If so, are they ready for this?
Could any of the posts or comments shared by members of your movement potentially be used in court against anyone who might be arrested before, during, or after your demonstration? If so, are they ready for this?
Has this been done before, and if so what worked, what failed, and what got people hurt?
Do the organizers have systems for communication? If so, what are they?
Do the organizers have exit strategies, bail funds, or other post-action resources?
Is your action/campaign intersectional?
What type of engagement is needed in this direct action. Active, passive and core membership?
What type of campaign are you presenting:
💪 Labor unions: Organizing for workers' rights
🌍 Climate activists: Building environmental movements to take collective action for climate justice
🎓 Student unions: Organizing for students' rights
🏡 Housing rights: Tenants protesting for affordable housing
🐷 Animal rights: Representing life which can not speak
💸 Post-capitalism: Alternative to mainstream economics
🙌 Community activism: act for your community