Ideas for action

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Howard Zinn

Some argue that people resort to violence when they feel they have no choice. Below is a list of options for taking non-violent action on a issue of importance to you.

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Table of contents

Preparing for action
Encouraging action
School site actions
MDCPS Board and other districts
Connecting
Voting
Media
Political action
Personal action
Civil disobedience
Other non-violence or civil disobedience
References


Preparing for action


Maintaining personal peace (Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and others)

Encouraging action


People do not lack motivation. They need dialogue and consensus.

from Per Herngren © - PATH OF RESISTANCE - THE PRACTICE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

Consensus
Dialogue
Non-violence
Compassion

School site actions


Teach to the contract

Email list

Consensus decision-making
Recruiting volunteers

Quality circles
Affinity groups (see Per Herngren © - PATH OF RESISTANCE - THE PRACTICE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE)

UTD organizing training
Survey
Phone tree

Stickers, including bumper stickers
T-shirts
Noise makers

EESAC & PTSA: speak at meetings
Rules vary according to bylaws.
Contact your school's organizations for more information.

Union meetings:
Potluck, or,
Take food, ask for donations.

Union meeting at Coral Gables Senior High on 11/20/07
Slogan: Since we're going to talk about something bad for your health (the insurance proposal), let's get together and have some fattening food.
Cooked crepes


Miami-Dade County Public Schools or other school districts


Call, write letters or email
MDCPS Board and FL reps
United Teachers of Dade

Teach to the contract

Attend School Board planning meetings and regular meetings

Speak at School Board meetings
Bring a list of people who agree with your position.

Take other action at:
The School Board
Local government representative offices
United Teachers of Dade headquarters
(See below for further ideas on this)


(From 50 Ways to Love Your Country, by MoveOn.org)

I. Connecting


Create an effective online petition
Spread the word about online petitions
Sign a petition
Share informed political recommendations
Speak out online
Email the President (and other politicians)
Meet with your representatives

II. Voting


Vote
Mobilize underrepresented voters
Register voters in unlikely places
Organize an issue-specific voter registration drive
Get your office to vote
Maximize the vote on election day
Make a personal request to nonvoters
Participate in a phone bank

III. Media


Read more, watch TV news less
Write a letter to the editor
Respond to biased reporting
Alert the media to uncovered events
Place an ad
Reform the media
Make your own media
Write an Op-Ed piece
Start a political book club

IV. Political action


Write letters to Congress
Talk to officials you didn't elect
Support clean elections
Volunteer for campaigns
Help run a campaign
Hit the streets for your candidate
Run for office
Donate money
Host a house party
Petition effectively
Attend a Meetup
Serve as an elected official
Act outside the box

V. Personal action


Serve your community
Defy City Hall
Respond locally to national issues
Attend a rally
Instigate protective laws
Initiate a Constitutional Amendment
Get a socially responsible day job
Take action with your family
Host a political salon
Let your money speak
Help others express their political views
Express your views through art
Advertise your political vision


(From Act Up Civil Disobedience Training)

Step by Step Escalation in a Nonviolent Campaign

  1. Investigation and Research: checking facts and allegations, building an airtight case against opponents and preparing for countercharges
  2. Negotiation and arbitration
  3. Meeting with opponents to settle conflict before going public, ultimatum issued before moving to next level
  4. Public forums, letters to editor, etc.
  5. Basic public education on issues: picketing, leafleting, etc.
  6. Public contact with opponents
  7. Demonstrations, rallies, marches: show of strength by maximizing numbers
  8. Limited strike involving those immediately affected
  9. Boycott against company or product in question, if appropriate
  10. Limited noncooperation by those most immediately affected
  11. Massive illegal actions
  12. Noncooperation, civil disobedience, direct action
  13. General strike
  14. Establishing a parallel government


Other non-violence or civil disobedience


Non-cooperation

Music
"Redemption Song", Bob Marley


From Per Herngren © - PATH OF RESISTANCE - THE PRACTICE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
Blockade
Sit-ins / occupation
Camp
Conscientious objection


Fasting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasting

Fasting at the Open Directory Project
Fasting Support - Fasting Retreats
Therapeutic Fasting - Worldwide Links

http://sci.pam.szczecin.pl/~fasting/breakfast.pdf
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/detoxcleansing/a/BreakingFast.htm
http://soilandhealth.org/02/0201hyglibcat/020127shelton.III/020127.ch30.htm
http://fasting.ygoy.com/breaking-your-fast/
http://www.freedomyou.com/fasting_book/how%20to%20break%20a%20fast.htm


Links


Mahatma Ghandi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
mkgandhi.org

FatherJohnDear.org
Rev, John Dear S.J. is a Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist, Organizer, Lecturer, Retreat leader, and author/editor of 20 books on peace and nonviolence.

Miami Activism blogs
Google search "blog listing Miami activism"
Google search: Miami activism blog
http://www.miami-dade-dems.blogspot.com/
http://criticalmiami.com/tag/activism/
http://www.starhawk.org/activism/activism-writings/activism-writings.html
Democracy for America Miami-Dade (DFAM)
Google search: ACLU Miami activism blog
http://carlosmiller.com/2008/04/14/aclu-misses-obvious-first-amendment-violation-in-harvard-incident/
http://carlosmiller.com/
http://southfloridadailyblog.blogspot.com

NEA
NEA Now
Saul Alinsky: The American Organizer
Recruiting Members
Issue Organizing

Other organizations
Activism Watch
GET ACTIVE - GUIDE TO ORGANISING A COMMUNITY GROUP
Protest.Net: A calendar of protest, meetings, and conferences
Trinity College Civil Disobedience page
War Resisters League
Why War? How to Engage in Direct-Action Civil Disobedience
Wikipedia list of social networking websites

Electronic texts
**Free speech** versus bureaucracy, chapter 5 of Information **...**
Act Up NY Civil Disobedience Manual
Handbook for Nonviolent Action
Top Five Books on How to Take Action to Change the World

Books
Gandhi, Autobiography, The Story of My Search for Truth
Gandhi, Selected Writings, Dover Books
Gandhi, Satyagraha in South Africa (translates to 'Soul Force or Truth Force in South Africa')
Herngren, Per © - PATH OF RESISTANCE - THE PRACTICE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
Herngren, Per - Spanish - El Camino De La Resistencia
MoveOn.org, 50 Ways to Love Your Country
Thoreau, Henry David. "Civil Disobedience".

Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize
Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States.

Suggested internet searches
Non-violence
Civil disobedience
Civil disobedience manual
Civil disobedience handbook


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