Direct Action Roles for Affinity Groups
(A very abbreviated list…)
Researchers: to learn about the target and gather facts for the campaign.
Scouting the site or route
Logistics and support
Artists, Painters, Sewers to make props, signs, banners, political theatre, etc.
Media outreach: Send out media advisory and media release
Media kits: write, gather and photocopy contents.
Writers: write materials, flyers, media kit contents, web site, etc.
People risking arrest: intending to risk arrest and commit civil disobedience
Direct Support People: risking arrest by staying with those locked down as long as possible and necessary and providing a human shield to those locked down
Police Liaison: maintains communication between police and demonstrators.
Peacekeepers/monitors: another “layer” of human shield protection for the demonstration, specializing in nonviolent de-escalation techniques.
Demonstrators/Sign-holders/Chanters/Singers/ Hand out literature etc.
Videographer(s): to document the action and provide images to media.
Legal Observer(s): observes the police action, paying close attention to police violence.
For lock-downs: an off-site key holder
Letter writers to decision-makers and newspaper editorial boards