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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Please Step Lightly


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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Please Step Lightly
A Quick Historical & Tactical Guide of Non-Violent Actions

A Historical Perspective of Sit-In's / Occupations
Background on Non-Violent Actions
A video structural analysis of the movement of the 1960's
A must see for anyone currently participating in social or political actions, no matter your age. We must learn from the successes and mistakes of the past, or we will certainly repeat them
A Structural Analysis of the 99% Movement

It is important to know the history of what it means to engage in non-violent protest , its historic goals, what to expect from those who oppose the action, and what basic tactics need to be deployed to address those who are disruptive to the objectives.

As “occupations” spread throughout the world, we must understand the intent of non-violent actions. The quote we believe articulates this the best is from Martin Luther King Jr., which is apt as the United States has chosen to use him as an example of the ultimate expression of social transformation through non-violent resistance.

“You may well ask: 'Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?' You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word 'tension'.”
Martin Luther King Jr.  [click here for entire writing]

[NOTE] NEVER USE PROFANITY. People must always see you as thoughtful, sensible, intelligent and respectful, even if they disagree. Use of profanity can/will lose the support of elders, parents and the like. And, you will likely be seen as a belligerent by the very people you are trying to gain support from. When on an action, especially when addressing the public, speak as if you are a respected guest speaker at a high school.


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