I feel that if we offer "Civil Disobedience Training" classes at local churches, schools, clubs, etc, we would get members of those organizations involved for the Chicago Spring. It will teach people who know nothing about the movement about the movement. It would also cause Awareness about the Event on April 7th and through May. This is free advertising. If we could get groups of people to teach at different locations through February and March, we could get a lot of people involved. It would also help if people outside Chicago host these classes in their community, and then bring their community members down to Chicago on April 7th. This is a good way to show people that we are organized, and will encourage them to join, and would make April 7th and the May Occupations run more smoothly.
I am outside of Chicago and unable to attend GAs so if someone from the Outreach committee who thinks this is a good idea could bring it up and get members to agree upon it, it would be much appreciate and a huge benefit to Occupy Chicago's outreach. (I think)
Below are a few things that I think should get covered, please feel free to reply with other topics that you feel that need to be discussed and opinions about the proposal.
Education is the most valuable tool of any movement.
Things that would need to be cover in Civil Disobedience training:
1. Legal Phone numbers to contact if arrested.
2. Writing these phone numbers on your arms so police can't take the phone number away if it is posted on paper or phone.
3. Pepper spray
3.1 How to avoid being pepper sprayed
3.2 Gas mask, sun glasses, other eye gear.
3.3 What to do if pepper-sprayed. (e.g not rubbing eyes, blink quickly to induce tears, etc.)
3.4 Making eye solution for pepper-spray victims
3.5 How to treat and deal with pepper-spray victims.
4. Police brutality.
4.1 How to protect yourself from police brutality.
4.2 Areas of the body to protect.
5. Video and Images
5.1 Know your rights
5.2 Installing apps on your phone that will automatically upload videos and images online so it can't be deleted.
5.3 Securing phones and computes with passwords
6. Medical assistance
6.1 How you can help someone who's injured.
6.2 Finding and Identifying medics
6.3 How to request medical attention when detained by the law.
7. Violent protesters.
7.1 What are violent protesters.
7.2 How to deal with violent protesters.
7.3 Police disguised as violent protesters.
7.4 Why violent protesting hurts the movement.
7.5 How to deal with escalating violence.
8. Police infiltration.
8.1 Undercover cops
8.2 Things to look out for.
8.3 Who to report undercover cops to.
8.4 Securing information
8.5 Occupy codes to warn protesters that a cop has infiltrated the protest.
8.6 Dealing with infiltration and remaining peaceful
8.7 (See 7.3)
9. Occupy Coordination
9.1 GA Training
9.2 Teaching Hand Signals
9.3 The ability of Mic Check and how to use it.
9.4 Marches. (What they are, and how to act.)
9.5 Emergency GAs
9.6 Common Occupy Chants.
10.1 Getting along with each other
10.2 Staying in touch with others
10.3 Meeting with members form other Occupations
10.4 Where to stay updated on Other occupations.
11.1 Occupy Chi's website (Occupychi.org)
11.2 Twitter accounts e.g. @OccupyChicago
11.4 (Same as 10.4)
12 Information- Live Streamers
12.2 Host (Livestream vs Ustream)
12,3 How to live stream (Maybe a second class for people who wish to live stream, how to use ustream or livestream, etc)
12.4 How to protect live streamers
12.5 Rights of live streamers
12.6 Benefits of having live streamers.
13.1 Getting the message across
13.2 Using Social networking and emailing to get others to join.
13.3 How to get people involved
13.4 Getting members from work, school, or your organization to join.
13.5 If you know an organization or group that might be interested in joining, giving them a number to contact Occupy Chi.
14. Questions and Issues.
This is what I can think of for now. I am unable to make GAs so if someone would like to bring Civil Disobedience training up in the next Outreach committee and planning civil disobedience training and research, that would be much appreciated.
See you all at the Chicago Spring!
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