Solidarity in Practice for the Street Demonstrations
We are very different groups.† We are not necessarily immediate allies nor are we each otherís
greatest enemy.†† There are many things
on which we do not agree.† But, we will
be in the streets together to protest this war.† We know that the police and media are trying to divide us in
order to crush our movements.†
Solidarity is the way in which our diversity becomes our strength, we
build our movements and we protect each othersí bodies, lives and rights.
We believe we have some things in common.† We believe in basic human rights and the
need to live with respect and dignity. We believe we must protect this planet Ė
our air, water, earth and food or we†
will all die. We believe these global corporate and political
institutions are serving only the interests of the rich.† We all agree itís time for fundamental and
As we take to the streets together, let us work to be in
solidarity with one another.†† The
following suggestions offer ways in which we can make our solidarity real.
and critique other groups and individuals in constructive ways and in a
spirit of respect
without getting defensive.† Be open
in thinking, not rigid in positions
make assumptions no matter what a person looks like or what groups they
assume tactics are the only way to measure militancy or radicalness
from personal attacks, even with people whom strongly disagree.† (Focus on how you feel, not what they
that even though we may disagree we have come to our politics, strategies
and choice of tactics through thoughtful and intelligent consideration of
issues, circumstances and experiences.
- Do not
intentionally put people at risk who have not chosen it
- Do not
turn people over to the police
- Do not
let people within our own groups interfere with other groups
the work of all medics, legal observers, independent media people
food, water, medical and other supplies
everyone who is hurt, gassed, shot or beaten.
other groupsí rights to do a certain type of protest at certain times and
places.† If you choose to
participate, do so within the tone and tactics they set.† If you do not agree, do not participate
in that protest or bring another protest into that time and space.†
that our actions and tactics have repercussions that go beyond ourselves
and our immediate groups.† And that
some tactics overrun the space of others.
- If you
choose to negotiate with the police, never do so for other groups to which
you are not a part.
- Do not
denounce other demonstrators.
about your strategy, not others.
other groupsí existence and role they play in creating change
that we sometimes disagree about strategy and tactics.
using the word violence
police repression and brutality
media contacts and do not monopolize the mediaís attention
Jail solidarity:† No
one is free until everybody is free.††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† By
the RANT Collective