Organizing Effective Actions

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The Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns, a 232 page handbook published by War Resisters' International, includes a section on Organizing Effective Actions + can be found free online or purchased at WRL's store!

The 34 page Handbook for Nonviolent Action, co-published by War Resisters League and Donnelly-Colt, can be purchased at WRL's store.  Three sections will be linked below shortly!



Pay particular attention to these sections, and linked handouts, as you organize actions:

  1. Roles before, during and after and action
  2. The Affinity Groups and Consensus Decision-Making sections of the Handbook for Nonviolent Action
  3. Legal support includes tasks to do before and during an action as well as after arrests | The Legal Issues/Risking Arrest/Representing Yourself sections of the Handbook for Nonviolent Action include a helpful Legal Systems Flowchart which can be downloaded as a handout.
  4. Action evaluation | This section allows us to learn from our experiences and is important to strengthen out campaigns.


Organizers should work with nonviolence trainers

Nonviolence training helps prepare participants for effective nonviolent actions.

Organizers + trainers need to work together to make sure that trainings meet the need of those being trained. See Tasks and Tools for organizing a training to prepare!

Match tactics for a specific action with the campaign objectives.

The Matrix exercise is a helpful tool when group has not fully decided on action plans.



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