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Direct Action & Escalation
Intro | Types
of Actions | Case
campaign is rarely successful in committees and board
meetings where students sit and hear about the administration's
concerted efforts to 'explore the issue'. It's likely
that the administration is doing very little, and using
these committees to make you feel like your campaign
is moving forward. Committees may have their place,
but if you really want to win a campaign you'll need
to take it outside of the boardrooms and offices.
There are all sorts of actions your group can do to
raise awareness and get your administration's attention
(see Types of Actions for ideas!). This includes anything
from guerilla theater to rallies to banner drops to
sit-ins and strikes.
But before your group chooses an action, it's extremely
important that you have a clear idea of the overall
demands of your campaign, and who your target(s) is/are.
See the Campaign Strategy section for more on determining
the goals and targets of your campaign.
You should also have a clear idea and good communication
with your group about what risks each action entails.
Never, ever do anything your group as a whole isn't
comfortable with. Never, in general, do anything beyond
your personal comfort level. Be very aware of folks
in your group at higher risk for harassment by the police
or authority figures.
any action, decide exactly what you want to get out
of the specific action. How will the action bring you
closer to the overall goals of your campaign? What do
you want the administration and/or student body to do
as result of your action? How will this action combine
with other actions to build momentum? Start thinking
about this, and check out Choosing an Action for more.
Although all actions have some amount of risk involved,
you can disturb and disrupt without doing anything illegal.
But whether your action is illegal or not, sometimes
the police will still find a reason to bother or even
arrest you... see Know Your Rights for more on police
and legal matters.
If you are working on a student-worker solidarity campaign
make sure to include the workers to the extent that
they feel comfortable. Talk to them before you plan
something and listen to what they feel and what they
think. Get them involved but be cognizant of their situations
including immigration status, job security, potential
harassment from management or other workers. See the
Worker Empowerment section for more info on struggling
in solidarity with campus workers and related issues.
Finally: Don't forget to have fun and be creative!
Tap into the creativity of members of your coalition
and the student body at large. Infusing your actions
with creative twists and turns will add excitement to
your campaign and keep your administrators on their
toes. Find ideas on the Creative Examples page.