Proposed Skill Share Training Agendas, Sunday

11:00 –1:00     Affinity Groups


10        Introductions – Opener?

Sit by Affinity Groups /cluster those not in one

Agenda Review


10        What is an Affinity Group?  What is a Spokescouncil?  Why


20        Roles of Affinity Groups:  Review and brainstorm responsibilities of each role

  • Spokes
  • Support
  • Risk Arrest
  • Legal
  • Medical
  • Media
  • Scout


30        Process:        Decision-making:  Consensus – how it works

                                    Facilitation tools and techniques


Exercise: Quick Decision-making: chose facilitators in advance, identify options, quick elimination of unacceptable, id other info needed and available, don’t debate ideology, what is in the best interest of group in achieving goals…



30        The Art of Actions


  •  Creative Game – build a story, pass energy ball, movements, sound
  • Goals, target, message, mobilization, scenario,  (logistics,  materials, publicity
  • Strategy, Power, Leadership, Allies, Campaigns


Exercise:   Plan an action:  Scenario, the Showdown in Texas is coming up and your group wants to do an action/theater during the march and then on Monday at the Corporation X – military contractors


20        Mock Spokescouncil Role Play


5                    Evaluation/ Close


Civil Disobedience


10        Intro

Agenda Review


20        Grounding – wide awareness, buddy, going limp


15        Power – cooperation/noncooperation


20        Spectrogram – tactics, nonviolence


10        Organization- buddie, affinity groups


20        Hassle Line


30        Role Play



Blockade Techniques:        

-          Stand, join hands, link, clasp

-          Sit link arms, legs, front, side, back, carpet

-          Knot

-          Carpet, close space, link fast, let loose, link fast…

-          Horses, dog

-          Ameoba



Jail – Pick Your Fights

•••••••• No called for jail solidarity, but can still do many forms to keep strength

•••••••• System designed to tear you up, humiliate, break, destroy

•••••••• Pits one against another

•••••••• Prepare for love and rage

•••••••• Support one another, meet, organize, but also have fun, dance, sing, teach classes, have speak-out’s teach-ins, discussion, rituals, ti chi, etc etc…

•••••••• We have more power/safety when acting collectively than acting alone

•••••••• Jail solidarity is about forcing system to deal with us as a group, equals, …etc.etc



4:00 – 5:30      Mobile Tactics


30        Street Smarts:   How we think about space, streets


Street Organization

•••••••• Buddies

•••••••• Action Teams

•••••••• Affinity Groups – what are  they, roles

•••••••• Clusters

•••••••• Spokescouncils

•••••••• Flying Squads

•••••••• Different levels of risk within group



Safety and Security in the Streets   (brainstorm)  (staged someone running in, in a panic and saying the cops were downstairs, outside whatever starting to arrest people, we need to get out of building now – great to see how people respond!)


      -        Being conscious, watching what is around you

-          Be careful of rumors – aim for eyeball confirmation

-          Scouting ahead of time, days, minutes – know the area

-          Get good maps – can laminate with clear tape and use colored markers

-          Exit strategy

-          Regroup Plan  (planned ahead of time)

-          Contingencies

-          Safe space

-          Organization: Buddy System, Affinity Group, Action Team

-          Crowd Dynamics – what’s going on, who’s around me, allies, threats, how does it feel

-          Cop Dynamics – what are they doing, formation, masks, commanders

-          Dangerous moments



30        Stop Action Role Play   - practice response / techniques                                  SAFE WORD


Get two groups, one set of police with clubs of course, the other are protestors in a flying squad, small march, procession formation.  Brief each group seperately.  Basically they set off marching – something happens, stop, debrief, re-wind and then roll again, something else happens, stop, debrief, look at options, the rewind and roll again etc. etc. 


WHAT/WHO is behind you?

-          Snatch – ways to organize group but keep fluid, link, dance, conga

-          Surround – was exit thought about, possible

-          Police form front line – charge, sit-down

-          Wall comes Down – occupy space






In general:


-          Respect choices we each make

-          Plan in advance how your group and others want to respond

-          Pain compliance – two kinds – joints in opposite direction, nerve close to skin

-          Puppy Pile

-          Self-protection –  thumbs in, hands closed, back to cover neck, tuck chin, fetal position on right side, help one kidney and liver.




•••••••• Tracking Process – stash info on emergency contacts, medical etc.  ID one person as a get out person to deal with legal, home support operation…  move political support etc.

•••••••• Make sure you have someone looking out for you, your stuff, have a contact at home who can help mobilize support.

•••••••• Eat well - water, food in pocket

•••••••• Dress well, - layers, , prep for cold and water cannons

•••••••• Jail Names –

•••••••• Place for ID, stuff

•••••••• Gear, Props, Practice

•••••••• AFTER ACTION CARE : (for self or others) anticipate rage, depression, alienation, withdrawing, talk to people, let them know what you experience and that you need support.  Let people tell their stories without judging or trying to fix them. 



Medical  (decontamination of stuff)

•••••••• Tear Gas / Pepper Spray

•••••••• Contact Lens, asthma, immune disorders

•••••••• Clubs

•••••••• Rubber Bullets

•••••••• Shock



•••••••• Legal Number

•••••••• Rights


Wrap Up