Peaceful primer with actionable steps

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A number of people around the world at present have either come to the individual realization, or are hearing echoes throughout the public sound-scape that systematic or revolutionary change is needed.

Clearly most all of us do not want a violent revolution. However if we are not able to act quickly towards peaceful solutions, more extreme measures may be the only option afforded to us by the powers that be…

I assert a peaceful non-violent “Evolution” as I like to call it is possible! These are step-by-step actionable ideas powered by SociAutopsy, which have a large potential to work for our collective aims while remaining within the public’s view of ethical.

The information and techniques presented below are based on years of personal experience with grassroots organizing, extensive work with non-profit NGO’s, PAC’s, social entrepreneurship, and even covert direct action.

[Legal: Under no circumstance does the author and/or contributors take claim or legal responsibility for any of the actions of individuals or groups, taking in part or full the points illustrated below.]

Step 1.) Build a small C.L.O.T. (community of like-minds organizing together)

a.)Initially it only needs to be anywhere between 3-20 individuals.
b.) Agree to focus on positivity and compassion over negativity and fear.
c.) Practice “Compassionate Communication”, “peer mediation”, and “restorative justice” as often as possible.
d.) When arguments or disagreements happen, simply agree to disagree. Encourage “splintering” of the C.L.O.T. to happen if need be.
e.) Form a clear emphasis on not harming human or non-human lifeforms alike (as avoidable as possible). ALWAYS adhere to this collective commitment.

Additional radical tools may include; “culture -jamming”, “hacktivism”, or other autonomous cell formation which uses direct action or diversity of tactics to meet similar aims. Keep in mind the “Just Vs. Strategic” chart below.

(Visual aid duplicated from the one indicated on page 407 of Deep Green Resistance, Seven Stories Press)

Step 2.)
Within the C.L.O.T. use non-hierarchical decision making processes, such as “consensus building” and “participatory democracy” to collectively decide upon the most ideal plug-in network.

a.) Do research to find out if a pre-existing local group such as “Food not Lawns”, “Evolver”, “GEO Solidarity Economics”, “Food Not Bombs”, “Food Not Lawns”, or a “Transition Town” is operating in the city of the C.L.O.T.s choosing.
Additional plug-in options include; local “Permaculture Guilds”, Main street/shop local networks, “Guerrilla Gardening” groups, “co-op markets” or businesses, “urban health collectives”, “Youth Hostels”, “Street Newspapers”, “community acupuncture centers”, “barter collectives” or groups, and “local exchange” communities.

Step 3.) Attend workshops, presentations, join online networks, and build relationships with the member-base of the communities of interest for your C.L.O.T.

Step 4.) [optional] Host your own event/workshop/seminar/presentation/film series/discussion on a topic of the groups choosing.

a.) Use “Guerrilla Marketing” tactics to market your events on a shoe-string budget.
b.) Set out a donation jar and/or offer refreshments for a donation cost.
c.) Collect more contact information from all of the attendants.
d.) Have pre-made flier for another event ready to distribute at the end of each event.

Step 5.) Build Rapport! This is the most important step, which is often ignored.

a.) Remain in constant contact with the individuals met, of whom the C.L.O.T. tended to get along with best.
b.) Use social media, phone calls or “phone trees”, texts, and casual gatherings.
c.) ALWAYS be genuine and treat others the way one would wish to be treated.
d.) Donation jars should be utilized on a case-to-case basis when considering building rapport. If you do use them, pass them around instead of just leaving them in the corner of a room.
e.) For those looking to take radical action at this point, “security culture” could be instituted for those itching to take action.
Additional plug-in options include; “Earth First!”, “ALF/ELF supporters”, “ANON”, or “Deep Green Resistance” cells. If a plug-in doesn’t exist, then start one using these examples or be completely creative.

Step 6.) Re-assess options and momentum-building potential.

a.) If more momentum-building or resources building is needed, then repeat steps 2-4 until more options, resources, or organizational bases present themselves.
b.) Come to a consensus on the formation of the group (including catchy name, “brand management”, color scheme, and recruitment process.
c.) Always take into consideration the “Just vs. Strategic” diagram (modeled after Derrick Jenson’s illustration) before moving forward with an action if there are concerns about potential “collateral damage”. Come to a conclusion on how much accountability your organization is willing to take if radical action strategies and/or techniques are utilized.

Step 7.) If your C.L.O.T. decides they want to create a more integrative solution-based community from this movement, then consider a few of the below options for your C.L.O.T.

a.) “Intentional community” where the C.L.O.T. and/or other individuals may wish to share living quarters and/or communal activities in the local area.
Additional plug-in projects include; “voluntary simplicity”, “conscious consuming”, “urban gardens”, “permaculture”, “graywater installation”, “compost toilette”, “earthship” construction, “communal child-rearing” and even radical loving such as “polyamory”.
Additional plug-in tools include; “solidarity economy”, “work-trades”, “alternative health clinics”, “community currencies”, or the formation of a “Community Supported Agriculture” enterprise.
Additional radical tools may include; instituting “anarcho-primitivism”, “gaianism”, “anti-civilizationism” or “resource based economy” practices.

Step 8.) If however none of the above options seem to fit your C.L.O.T. ideally, consider forming a “critical mass” or “populist movement” instead.

a.) Continue building momentum and resources with steps 2-5 for your cause with a decided-upon indefinite life-span and membership base.
b.) Encourage a duplication of or “open-source” model of what your organization is doing, or give tools to motivate or help build momentum for your membership base.

Step 9.) Be the media!

a.) Use independent media and journalism as well as local authorities and professionals to build compelling cases for your cause.

  • Network with mid-to-larger sized independent news sources to reach a global audience.
  • Put out continual “calls to action” which always revolve around your area of interest.
  • Don’t be afraid to do a bit of door-knocking.
  • Network with celebrities, pop-culture icons, and local authorities to gain mainstream appeal. To not take this step is to harm your populist movement.
  • Place pressure on localities, municipalities, governing bodies, and “puppet governments” by setting a positive example to be recognized as an alternative to the preexisting systems of oppression.
  • Step 10.) Consider aligning with, adopting, or supporting many of the existing political structures or ideologies which have a blooming or global recognition in current affairs.

    a.) Examples include “Ecosocialism” (or variant terms) and “Participatory Economics” (or Parecon for short).

    Step 11.) If this is not radical enough for your audience and critical mass, encourage those in the movement to adhere to or promote some or all of the actionable steps on a geo-political scale which WILL make the change we are working towards.

    a.) Consider promoting “Nullification” or “The 10th Amendment”, “Planned development” or “urban planning”, “Sovereign Citizenship”, or “Sovereign Nationalism”, the “Gift Economy”, “Resource-based economy”, or an autonomous “Participatory Democracy” model on a global scale.

    Step 12.) Leisurely enjoy the collective, creative, invigorating, and compassionate future in our “Evolution”.

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