The Ruckus Society
Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA) Resources: Internet
Our intention with this document was to collect and share on-line resources for NVDA. The list is by no means complete. The experience and perspective reflected in these web sites is often from a primarily white, straight, middle-class orientation. However, strategic and tactical direct action information for people of color, women, trans/queer/bi/gay/lesbians, working class and others can be extrapolated and applied in some cases. The bottom line: some resources may be less relevant to your constituency and require reframing. For that, we apologize. Please send us links that we should add! Also, please note that there is significant overlap between the categories. Finally, several links require free, downloadable software called Adobe Acrobat Reader: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
http://www.peacepledge.org/resist for groups in your area who are organizing civil disobedience
http://ruckus.org/man/index.html This site has training manuals for action planning, media, climbing, scouting, video taping, and hanging from a billboard. The orientation is small Greenpeace-style actions.
http://www.san.beck.org/NAH1-Nonviolence.html Sam Beck’s NVDA Resources
http://www.actupny.org/documents/CDdocuments/CDindex.html Act Up! New York’s C.D. Manual
www.rantcollective.org Hit "Resources" Root Activist Network of Trainers (RANT) http://www.rantcollective.org/article.php?list=types&type=17
Papers on Nonviolent Action and Cooperative Decision-Making: This website has a wealth of information, including very detailed agendas. Most of the material was developed in the 1980’s, and needs updating in response to current situations.
publications on peace, war & nonviolence
http://www.directdemocracynow.org/ags.html Direct Democracy Now!
Anarchism in Action: Methods, Tactics, Skills, & Ideas
Conflict and Consensus: a handbook on Formal Consensus Decision-making by C.T. Bulter and Amy Rothstein
Information on consensus.
http://www.ruckus.org/man/media_manual.html The Ruckus Society’s Media Manual
http://www.spinproject.org/resources/mainframe.php3 The Spin Project’s Resources
An activist guide to exploiting the Media by George Monbiot
http://www.ran.org/action/toolbox/ Rainforest Action Network’s toolbox
http://www.videoactivism.org/med_strad.html Media Strategies for Activists
http://www.fair.org/activism/activismkit.html FAIR’s Media Activism Kit
http://www.newstips.org/writerhelp.htm Writing Press Releases
http://electronicintifada.net/foractivists/introduction.shtml Electronic Intifada
http://www.ssc.org/trainings/ftaamedia.pdf Sierra Student Coalition’s FTAA Media Manual
http://www.stopftaa.org/activist/act_media.html Stop the FTAA Activist Resources Media Tools
How to Tell and Sell Your Story: A Guide to Media for Community Groups and other Nonprofits
We Interrupt This Program…A Citizen’s Guide To Using the Media for Social Change
by Robbie Gordon, Citizens Involvement Training Program in Amherst, MA.
Organizing Guide for Peace and Justice Groups
http://www.ulaverne.edu/lead/pdf/r10.pdf Understanding Who Holds Power
http://www.ivaltd.com/Pmap.doc Organizational Power Mapping
http://www.trainingforchange.org/strategy/index.html Training for Change/George Lakey
Gay & Lesbian Task Force Campus Organizing Manual
Industrial Areas Foundation
Lots of resources for building community.
Grassroots Advocacy Training Exchange
The Development Model of Organizing
Highlander Research & Education Center
Activists' Center for Training In Organizing and Networking
Activism Training Materials and Resources
http://www.midwestacademy.com/ Midwest Academy
Center for Third World Organizing: 510-533-7583.
National Organizer’s Alliance, 202-543-6603
Direct Action and Research Training Center, Inc.
http://www.kwru.org/educat/orgmod2.html Kensington Welfare Rights Union’s Willie Baptist
http://www.freedomrising.org/direct_democracy/dd_cindy2.html Article on strategy
http://causenet.commoncause.org/afr/issues/basics/?style=comm Common Cause on lobbying
Organizing for Social Change by Kim Bobo, Jackie Kendall, and Steve Max. $18-20.
Midwest Academy-style strategy and organizing skills. A great resource. The organizer’s bible.
Enough Is Enough: The Hellraiser’s Guide to Community Activism by Diane Maceachern.
instructions on how individuals can launch an effective citizens’ campaign at
the grassroots level.
Organize!, How People Get Power, and Organizing: A Guide For Grassroots Leaders, both by Si Kahn (McGraw Hill) Fantastic step-by-step organizing lessons.
Campus Organizing Guide For Peace and Justice Groups: Center for Campus Organizing
Look under Political Empowerment, Organizing
http://www.spiralq.org/ Spiral Q Puppet Theater
http://www.gis.net/~puppetco/index.html The Puppeteers' Cooperative Home Page
http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/building/index.html Puppet Building and Building Materials
http://www.zeitgeist.net/wfca/handbook.html Wise Fool Basics Puppet Handbook
http://www.progressiveaustin.org/chants.htm Progressive Austin’s chants and slogans
http://www.artandrevolution.org/ Art and Revolution
The Activist Cookbook: Creative Actions for a Fair Economy, from United for a Fair Economy
http://www.prometheusradio.org/ Prometheus Radio Project
http://www.organizenow.net/ Organizers’ Collaborative
http://www.videoactivism.org/resource.html The Video Activist Network
http://www.a16.org/feature.cfm?ID=11 Affidavit describing construction of lock boxes.
http://www.warresisters.org/nva0100-3.htm Description of human blockades at WTO
http://www.geneticsaction.org.uk/delia.pdf Delia Smith’s Basic Blockading
(6 pgs) Gene Sharp's list of 198 nonviolent methods (tactics) www.salsa.net/peace/sharp.pdf 3
page Adobe Acrobat Gene Sharp's list of 198 nonviolent methods
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=02/12/24/6308041 Protest Tools
http://www.geocities.com/zapatistablock/resources.htm Zapatista Block
http://www.creativeresistance.ca/toolkit/toolkit-non-violent-action.htm Creative Resistance
http://www.ci.eugene.or.us/PoliceComm/CrowdControl.htm City of Eugene, OR crowd control
Crowd Management Handbook North Carolina
http://www.tcleose.state.tx.us/GuideInst/PDF/1000/31cro.pdf Crowd Management Texas
http://www.ipmba.org/newsletter-0211-lapd.htm International Police Mountain Bike Association
http://www.ipmba.org/newsletter-0211-crowds.htm Mountain Bike Crowd Control
http://mai.flora.org/forum/27357 The health impact of crowd-control agents
http://www.lawandordermag.com/ Law and Order Magazine
http://www.cybertime.net/~ajgood/mlaw1.html Martial Law – Crowd Control
The Just Cause Law Collective
Common Sense Security by Sheila O'Donnell
http://publiceye.com "If an Agent Knocks: Federal Investigators and Your Rights," Center for Constitutional Rights
http://www.nlg.org/resources/resources.htm National Lawyers Guild
http://www.videoactivism.org/onlook.html SFPD’s Rights on Onlookers
http://www.videoactivism.org/legal.html Legal resources
http://www.d2kla.org/dan_legal.html D2K Los Angeles legal
http://www.midnightspecial.net/Materials.htm Midnight Special Law Collective
http://www.legalsolidarity.org/ Legal Solidarity
http://www.justiceandsolidarity.org/ Justice and Solidarity
http://www.lowensteinlaw.com/resources.html Lowenstein Law
David Wool and Associates
Citizens have an obligation in accordance with the Nuremberg Principles not to cooperate with the illegal actions of our government. \
http://www.nuclearfiles.org/ethics/nuremberg/nurembergprinciples.html The Nuremberg Principles
SFPD station map
Her Wits About Her: Self Defense Success Stories by Women by Caignon, Denise and Gail Groves. Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. by Churchill, Ward and Jim Vander Wall. Boston: South End Press, 1988.
The Age of Surveillance. Donner, Frank J. New York: Random House, 1981.
Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI: The Covert War Against the Central America Movement. Gelbspan, Ross. Boston: South End Press, 1991.
War at Home: Covert Action Against US Activists and What We can Do About It. Glick, Brian.
Grounding and Centering (Self-purification)
http://www.bostoncoop.net/balm/ Boston Area Liberation Medic (BALM) Squad
NE Action Medics Association
First Aid for Radicals and Activists: “Fight the power, do no harm.” Downloadable handbooks on street medic preparation, good info on chemical weapons.
Handbook on shields and self-defense.
Information on shields and other forms of barrier protections.
Anarchism In Action: Methods, Tactics, Skills, and Ideas. Complied and Edited by Shawn Ewald
This is a ‘book’ of internet links to anarchist organizing methods, direct action, protest, and long term projects.
http://www.illegalvoices.org/apoc/heat/index.html Anarchist People of Color Tools
http://racetraitor.org/ Race Traitor
http://www.organizedresistance.org/antioppression.html National Conference on Organized Resistance.
NVDA TRAINING RESOURCES
http://www.trainingforchange.org/tools/index.html Training for Change/ George Lakey
Delta Enterprise Network
http://www.forusa.org/Programs/NVTraining/NVTrainers.html Database of NVDA Trainers
http://www.trainingforchange.org/tools.html This training organization, led by George Lakey, has descriptions of exercises to be used during trainings.
GRAPHICS: free and cheap…
US Labor Against the War
http://www.fcnl.org/iraq_bumstker_info.php Friends (Quaker) Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) offers a free bumper sticker that says "War Is Not the Answer." FREE.
http://www.anotherposterforpeace.com. Free, downloadable poster with a graphic of a bomb in a shopping bag with a US flag on the side that says, "Don't Buy It: War Is Not the Answer." FREE.
http://www.northlandposter.com/cgi-bin/Web_store/web_store.cgi?mt=&page=justicepeace Northland Poster Collective's free poster has the word "War" with a "no" slash through it and says above and below: "Unity Against Racism, Justice through Peace". FREE.
http://www.peacecouncil.net/images/Dove-Grief.pdf The Syracuse Peace Council offers a free poster to download, print, and display. It says "Revenge Will Not Heal Our Grief" with a graphic of a peace dove. FREE.
http://www.progressivecatalog.com or http://www.donnellycolt.com Donnelly-Colt (run by two activists associated with War Resisters League) offers a wide variety of t-shirts, bumperstickers, buttons, and posters -- union-made where possible.
http://www.syrculturalworkers.org/index2.html Syracuse Cultural Workers offers a wide variety of t-shirts, bumperstickers, and buttons.
http://www.northernsun.com Northern Sun has a wide variety of t-shirts, bumperstickers, buttons, etc.
http://www.progressiveportal.org/resources Progressive Portal
http://starhawk.org/activism/activism-resources.html On Starhawk’s web page you'll find resources for nonviolent direct action and anti-oppression trainers/preparers and magical activism workshop facilitators. You'll find sample agendas, exercises, wall charts, handouts, and notes on how trainings went.
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