information that everyone going on the trip should read on the way to the action
We have found the info packet to be one of the most useful tools for our travels. This packet contains a lot of vital information for being prepared for the streets.
Here is a sample table of contents:
0. recommendations from past
experience & any group accountability agreements that have been made
vital information: phone numbers and, if relevant, addresses of:
The vital information page
is generally something that can be torn out of the packet and put into
your pocket for easy access. For this reason you should never use real
names on the vital information page-nicknames only.
affinity groups and direct action: the framework: this provides framework information about how an affinity group can function and what the structure of the action might look like. we generally inlcude some information about how the consensus process works, communication tools and some tools about how to deal with personal violence.
this week: includes
as much info as possible on planned events during the week such as trainings,
educational events, permitted marches, calls-to-action from various groups,
maps: this includes maps about how to get from home to where you are going as well as maps of the city and close-ups of the protest area. a map of the city can be torn out and kept in a pocket with other vital information. at all times, activists should carry a map that can help them get home and a map with all of the streets in the protest area with street names legible so that they can figure out where they were when something happened and how to get out of there quickly.
media talking points: inevitably you will be approached by media, especially if you are not prepared to speak to them. if you have memorized a few "talking points" it will provide the opportunity to take advantage of the media rather than the media taking advantage of you. the longer you speak, the more likely the media is to make you sound stupid. for this reason it's good to stick with soundbite material which comes off the cleanest if it has been pre-written. often you can find talking points on the web or modify the basic logic of talking points to fit this event.
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