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Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.

Henry David Thoreau


Direct Action Resources

See also:

 Activists' Legal Project Resources
 Other Legal Resources for Activists
 General Legal Resources

 Preparing for action - includes info on support systems - affinity groups and buddying, roles on actions, safety and fashion tips.

 Action Planning - covers the why, what, who, where and when of action planning, roles and tasks for planning a successful action.

 Street Actions - covers communicating, staying safe, roles on actions, safety and support on actions.

 Affinity Groups - covers what they are, why work in them, how to create them and roles on affinity group actions

 Practical Protest Techniques - includes ideas for using your body and a few simple tools including D-locks, armtubes, tripods to create effective blockades.

 Road Raging Top tips for wrecking road building: comprehensive anti roads protest guide (also applicable to many other types of action).

 Delia Smith's Basic Blockading - very useful guide to blockading tactics with arm tubes, D-locks and tripods and lots of essential safety advice.

 ACT UP New York - has resources for direct action including articles on nonviolence, affinity groups and planning a campaign.

 Starhawk's Activism Resources includes briefings on nonviolent direct action, strategy, consensus, medical, solidarity, anti-oppression.

 Guide to Public Order Situations - a basic guide to staying safe and surviving a public order situation, including info on policing tactics and how to deal with them.

  Peace News' - tools section of the website includes articles on dealing with fences, organising mass actions, making giant puppets and 'improving' billboards.

 Bodyhammer - tactics and self defence for the modern protestor a guide to making and using shields and body armour on the streets and street tactics and formations.

 Schnews DIY guide - has lots of 'how to' guides for direct activists collected from a number of different sources including how to do office work, how to win campaigns.

Activist Trauma Group - includes info on dealing with the effects of police brutality, burnout and post traumatic stress disorder.

 Black Cross Health Collective - basic first aid information for activists including preparing for a demo, tear gas and pepper spray, aftercare.

 Protection against tear gas and pepper spray 101 - more information on dealing with teargas and pepper spray.

The Activists' Legal Project is run by volunteers who are not legal experts. If in doubt take legal advice on the specifics of your situation from a solicitor. Our briefings only relate to the law in England and Wales. For information on the law in Scotland see Scottish Activist Legal Project website. If you see any errors in our briefings or we have missed any changes in the law then please contact us.