This manual was written by activists in the Resistance in Hong Kong to share best practices, strategies and tactics for protesters against the 2021 military coup in Burma. Part I discusses roles in the resistance, while Part II discusses the “Hows” of movement-building.
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This guide explains how to defend yourself against tear gas. The following tips are to be exercised only for defense purposes and in the event of police/government officials using tear gas in peaceful protests.
Based on the research collated and the ideas and experiences generated by the Smart CSOs Lab, the booklet Re.imagining Activism: A practical guide for the Great Transition is a practical tool for activists and social change leaders. It was written for grassroots activists and social change leaders working on diverse issues such as climate change, poverty, equality, health, human migrations and gender equality. It is for anyone committed to building or others who are already involved in the world of building and advocating alternative models of society and economy. They all work towards a just and ecologically sustainable world and are keen to learn how to create more effective strategies for deep systemic change
This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from the author’s perspective.
This manual describes in detail how to coordinate a balloon banner, using two weather balloons, and a screen & fabric banner between approximately 150 sq ft and 350 sq ft. For smaller or larger banners, the same principles apply, but obviously the timeline, action team size, number of balloons, and amount of gear/equipment will need to be adjusted.
A security culture is a set of customs and measures shared by a community whose members may engage in sensitive or illegal activities. Security culture practices minimize the risks of members getting arrested or their actions being foiled. In other words, while we are trying to stop bad things from happening, our powerful opponents (usually governments or corporations) are working hard to stop us. This guide is about the security measures activists can take to protect ourselves and make our work more effective.
When terrible things happen in our communities, countries and the world, we want to reach out a helping hand to those who are affected. This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both social and psychological support.
One of the amazing things about activists is that we often deliberately expose ourselves to brutality when we believe it necessary. What is sometimes equally surprising is how little we know about the psychological effects of this violence. We need to prepare ourselves and learn how to support each other through the physical and emotional consequences of trauma.
Below is a brief introduction to the principle of “intersectionality” and some framing questions to support your application of the framework in your proposals, presentations, and discussions for the US Human Rights Network’s national bi-annual conference, Advancing Human Rights.