Planning And Taking Action In 5 Easy Steps

Planning And Taking Action In 5 Easy Steps

  1. Choose your target. Go to the “Targets” tab on the website to find a list of and information on America’s most egregious tax dodgers.
  2. Plan your specific action. Find one of those companies’ local branches in your community. (No branches in your community? Local organizers are encouraged to act autonomously and choose a different target if necessary.)
  3. Post the action and spread the word. You can post your action on our Action lists page. From there, tell friends, family members, coworkers, business associates, classmates, roommates, neighbors, teammates, fellow churchgoers, significant others and everyone else you know about your action! When you have a chance, call/email your local newspapers, radio stations and TV stations.
  4. Use online tools if possible. On twitter, mention @usuncut and use the hashtag #usuncut in related posts. Create a facebook event and invite your friends, then link it to your action on the site. Use Foursquare to make it known what you’re doing, and reach out to local political blogs to get people interested.
  5. Do it already! On your planned day of action, go to your target and stage your action. Emphasis is on creativity and nonviolent, direct action. Make sure you print out some flyers with useful information on your target’s tax dodging activities, tie that to low tax revenues for your state, and how that relates to unnecessary budget cuts. hand it out to everyone you see!

Suggestions and Reminders

  • Remember to bring a video or photo camera. If it isn’t captured in video or photographs, it didn’t happen. News organizations will often take video and photos from this website – so it is vital that you document your actions so we can spread our message. After your action, simply go back to your action listing on this site, and you will find buttons available to ‘Submit a report’ and ‘Add photos/video.’ You can link to your images on Flickr, your Facebook photo albums, or even your videos uploaded to Youtube and Vimeo. Show off to everyone what you’ve accomplished!
  • Be creative, think outside the box. US Uncut follows UK Uncut’s example of creative protests. For one example, watch their video here for how to stage a bail-in at your target corporation on the day of action you’ve planned. Make it fun and interesting!
  • Report back afterwards. Submit a report on your action listing page to describe your action. What happened? What was the best part? What was the worst part? How many people showed up? What would you do better next time? Share your thoughts and ideas so we may learn from each other.

Legal Tools

Engaging in civil disobedience? It’s important to know the legal resources you have available to you.

For starters, check out ACLU’s “Know your rights: For Civil Disobedience” manual:
Download manual (pdf)

The only and best network of Lawyers that support Nonviolent Direct Action (both as Legal Observers and as Criminal Defenders) is the National Lawyers Guild. Folks coordinating these kind of actions should make contact directly with the NLG folks in their cities/regions by using this handy little web tool:
NLG Chapter Map

Guidelines for Nonviolent Direct Action

3 rules for dealing with police and property:

  1. Don’t touch police officers (it’s assault and it’s a felony)
  2. Don’t glue locks (it’s property destruction – and possibly abduction if you lock innocent bystanders into the bank with you).
  3. Don’t damage property.

MOST IMPORTANTLY – Have Fun! Cops & Employees are not your enemies, so be pleasant.

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Don’t lose hope

from Occupy Panama City on Facebook…
Don’t lose hope, it’s hard to come together sometimes. With such a strong worldwide movement, never ever lose hope! Even when it’s tough to do it, you should still try, even if it feels like you’re talking to a wall. What you’re doing is the right thing! The movement is coming along quite nicely here! It’s a meager core group at the moment, but it’s still really fun out in front of the college, protesting and talking and seeing everyone’s responses as they drive by. The movement isn’t dead, and you should join us! We’re not having a protest this Saturday due to the holidays, however we’re meeting on New Years’ Eve at 2:00 in front of the college before we all go celebrate a new year! If you want to join you’re always welcome! We have extra signs, but you can bring your own if you wish. Bring friends! Our core group is not ready to give up, even if it’s just us or half the town. We want to keep this movement going. We want a better future. We aren’t letting negative or inactive people stop us. Why give up when what you’ve started is blossoming before your eyes? This page shows you that you’re not alone. Never, ever lose hope. If you need to know anything, know that.

Part 2:

From Occupy Panama City,Fl on Facebook

HEY YOU!!!! YEA YOU!! PARTICIPATE……ALL of you , participate in the page, other pages, all pages,THE #OccupyPC movement, the entire movement of the occupy………participate! What are you afraid of? All you are doing is sitting on your ass at home reading through the internet and watching tv! Stand up for what is right, Stand up for what you believe in, Stand up with all your fellow Americansand be herd! It is time not to go home because it gets a little cold, it is not time to give up because it looks like so many other have, it is not time to bow to the Communistic views of our government, And it is not time to shut up….We are many voices, and together we will be loud, And together we will be as one, And together we will fight, Our Government and the 1% all the dam way! So, I say again, Get off your dam asses and help! EVERYBODY….

What is it going to take?

The Federal Reserve recently released quarterly statistics that tells of continuing trouble in our economy and blows up the “trickle down tax cut obsessed economics” narrative. Americans suffered their biggest loss of wealth in more than two years. At the same time corporations have amassed record cash stock piles.
The last quaters 4% loss of wealth for Americans is associated with real families and heart-wrenching tragedies with home foreclosures, long term unemployment, 401 K’s and retirements disappearing. Many of our neighbors, friends and loved ones, through circumstances beyond their control are in dire straits with no safety net. Schools are doing without, hospitals are closing, roads and bridges are crumbling.
Meanwhile corporations have record amounts of cash on hand. With all that record cash, we still hear arguments for more tax cuts and incentives so corporations will spend money to do more hiring. The Supreme Court has declared corporations are people, and as such opened the flood gates of more money pouring into elections and lobbying by the super rich and corporations.
In 2010 more than 2/3rds of campaign contributions came from one quarter of 1% of the population. No wonder our elected officials beleaguered with outsized needs of cash to fund sky-rocketing costs of campaigning have become the loyal bidders of corporations and the super rich.
The occupy Movement has helped change the narrative, but to truly change the dynamics much more is needed. An awakening of the people, meaning broad coalitions of unions, students, churches, civic organizations , etc., to demand parity in the democratic and economic process. History reveals this will require a lot of work and likely will be very messy but deep social change rarely happens any other way.

Robert Gilmore

Letter to the local paper about #OWS

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be.

You have asked me how I feel about Occupy Wall Street. All right, here is how I feel about Occupy Wall Street:

If when you say Occupy Wall Street you mean the shameless gathering of whining hippies, the stinky unlawful assembly of the unwashed, the crowd that urinates and defecates in public parks, those communists, those ignorant lazy welfare-seeking parasites duped by George Soros, which will remove all our hard earned freedoms, yea, those who trample on the blood of American soldiers who died for this nation; if you mean those who hold up silly signs that attack the very foundation of our free economy which has made us the most prosperous nation on the face of the earth then certainly I am against it.

But, if when you say Occupy Wall Street you mean the refreshingly passionate movement of American citizens freely assembled voicing their political opinions who only wish to be represented by their Congress. If by Occupy Wall Street, you mean those that abhor the bought corporate media which are now wholly-owned subsidiaries of the modern economic royal class. if you mean William Wallace standing in defiance to an unjust King or David armed with nothing but the slingshot of truth to face political giants sent by their corporate rulers cutting secret deals in back offices to defraud their fellow citizens. If you mean by Occupy Wall Street, American veterans who have fought so that ordinary citizens might exercise their Constitutional rights to freely assemble and freely speak without fear of police brutality, those veterans who came home to stand again in the defense of Americans as they freely assembled. If by Occupy Wall Street you mean those who are willing to stand against a corrupt and powerful kingly class which seeks to enslave and demean those they use Americans as machines and rented mules, if you mean those who are so committed to not only liberty but also to justice for all Americans that they are willing to be arrested for exerting their constitutional rights. If by Occupation Wall Street you mean Teachers, Students, Firefighters, and Union workers who think they have civil rights equal to the rich and powerful. If you mean those like Moses, Jesus, or Ghandi, other strongly rejected prophets and dream-builders who at great cost urged humanity to rise to higher levels of freedom, equality and brotherly love then I am most certainly for it.

This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

 

Jim Claunch

198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT PROTEST AND PERSUASION

from the Albert Einstein Institution

Formal Statements
1. Public Speeches
2. Letters of opposition or support
3. Declarations by organizations and institutions
4. Signed public statements
5. Declarations of indictment and intention
6. Group or mass petitions

Communications with a Wider Audience
7. Slogans, caricatures, and symbols
8. Banners, posters, and displayed communications
9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books
10. Newspapers and journals
11. Records, radio, and television
12. Skywriting and earthwriting

Group Representations
13. Deputations
14. Mock awards
15. Group lobbying
16. Picketing
17. Mock elections

Symbolic Public Acts
18. Displays of flags and symbolic colors
19. Wearing of symbols
20. Prayer and worship
21. Delivering symbolic objects
22. Protest disrobings
23. Destruction of own property
24. Symbolic lights
25. Displays of portraits
26. Paint as protest
27. New signs and names
28. Symbolic sounds
29. Symbolic reclamations
30. Rude gestures

Pressures on Individuals
31. “Haunting” officials
32. Taunting officials
33. Fraternization
34. Vigils

Drama and Music
35. Humorous skits and pranks
36. Performances of plays and music
37. Singing

Processions
38. Marches
39. Parades
40. Religious processions
41. Pilgrimages
42. Motorcades

Honoring the Dead
43. Political mourning
44. Mock funerals
45. Demonstrative funerals
46. Homage at burial places

Public Assemblies
47. Assemblies of protest or support
48. Protest meetings
49. Camouflaged meetings of protest
50. Teach-ins

Withdrawal and Renunciation
51. Walk-outs
52. Silence
53. Renouncing honors
54. Turning one’s back

THE METHODS OF SOCIAL NONCOOPERATION

Ostracism of Persons
55. Social boycott
56. Selective social boycott
57. Lysistratic nonaction
58. Excommunication
59. Interdict

Noncooperation with Social Events, Customs, and Institutions
60. Suspension of social and sports activities
61. Boycott of social affairs
62. Student strike
63. Social disobedience
64. Withdrawal from social institutions

Withdrawal from the Social System
65. Stay-at-home
66. Total personal noncooperation
67. “Flight” of workers
68. Sanctuary
69. Collective disappearance
70. Protest emigration (hijrat)

THE METHODS OF ECONOMIC NONCOOPERATION: (1) ECONOMIC BOYCOTTS

Actions by Consumers
71. Consumers’ boycott
72. Nonconsumption of boycotted goods
73. Policy of austerity
74. Rent withholding
75. Refusal to rent
76. National consumers’ boycott
77. International consumers’ boycott

Action by Workers and Producers
78. Workmen’s boycott
79. Producers’ boycott

Action by Middlemen
80. Suppliers’ and handlers’ boycott

Action by Owners and Management
81. Traders’ boycott
82. Refusal to let or sell property
83. Lockout
84. Refusal of industrial assistance
85. Merchants’ “general strike”

Action by Holders of Financial Resources
86. Withdrawal of bank deposits
87. Refusal to pay fees, dues, and assessments
88. Refusal to pay debts or interest
89. Severance of funds and credit
90. Revenue refusal
91. Refusal of a government’s money

Action by Governments
92. Domestic embargo
93. Blacklisting of traders
94. International sellers’ embargo
95. International buyers’ embargo
96. International trade embargo

THE METHODS OF ECONOMIC NONCOOPERATION: (2)THE STRIKE

Symbolic Strikes
97. Protest strike
98. Quickie walkout (lightning strike)

Agricultural Strikes
99. Peasant strike
100. Farm Workers’ strike

Strikes by Special Groups
101. Refusal of impressed labor
102. Prisoners’ strike
103. Craft strike
104. Professional strike

Ordinary Industrial Strikes
105. Establishment strike
106. Industry strike
107. Sympathetic strike

Restricted Strikes
108. Detailed strike
109. Bumper strike
110. Slowdown strike
111. Working-to-rule strike
112. Reporting “sick” (sick-in)
113. Strike by resignation
114. Limited strike
115. Selective strike

Multi-Industry Strikes
116. Generalized strike
117. General strike

Combination of Strikes and Economic Closures
118. Hartal
119. Economic shutdown

THE METHODS OF POLITICAL NONCOOPERATION

Rejection of Authority
120. Withholding or withdrawal of allegiance
121. Refusal of public support
122. Literature and speeches advocating resistance

Citizens’ Noncooperation with Government
123. Boycott of legislative bodies
124. Boycott of elections
125. Boycott of government employment and positions
126. Boycott of government depts., agencies, and other bodies
127. Withdrawal from government educational institutions
128. Boycott of government-supported organizations
129. Refusal of assistance to enforcement agents
130. Removal of own signs and placemarks
131. Refusal to accept appointed officials
132. Refusal to dissolve existing institutions

Citizens’ Alternatives to Obedience
133. Reluctant and slow compliance
134. Nonobedience in absence of direct supervision
135. Popular nonobedience
136. Disguised disobedience
137. Refusal of an assemblage or meeting to disperse
138. Sitdown
139. Noncooperation with conscription and deportation
140. Hiding, escape, and false identities
141. Civil disobedience of “illegitimate” laws

Action by Government Personnel
142. Selective refusal of assistance by government aides
143. Blocking of lines of command and information
144. Stalling and obstruction
145. General administrative noncooperation
146. Judicial noncooperation
147. Deliberate inefficiency and selective noncooperation by enforcement agents
148. Mutiny

Domestic Governmental Action
149. Quasi-legal evasions and delays
150. Noncooperation by constituent governmental units

International Governmental Action
151. Changes in diplomatic and other representations
152. Delay and cancellation of diplomatic events
153. Withholding of diplomatic recognition
154. Severance of diplomatic relations
155. Withdrawal from international organizations
156. Refusal of membership in international bodies
157. Expulsion from international organizations

THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT INTERVENTION

Psychological Intervention
158. Self-exposure to the elements
159. The fast
a) Fast of moral pressure
b) Hunger strike
c) Satyagrahic fast
160. Reverse trial
161. Nonviolent harassment

Physical Intervention
162. Sit-in
163. Stand-in
164. Ride-in
165. Wade-in
166. Mill-in
167. Pray-in
168. Nonviolent raids
169. Nonviolent air raids
170. Nonviolent invasion
171. Nonviolent interjection
172. Nonviolent obstruction
173. Nonviolent occupation

Social Intervention
174. Establishing new social patterns
175. Overloading of facilities
176. Stall-in
177. Speak-in
178. Guerrilla theater
179. Alternative social institutions
180. Alternative communication system

Economic Intervention
181. Reverse strike
182. Stay-in strike
183. Nonviolent land seizure
184. Defiance of blockades
185. Politically motivated counterfeiting
186. Preclusive purchasing
187. Seizure of assets
188. Dumping
189. Selective patronage
190. Alternative markets
191. Alternative transportation systems
192. Alternative economic institutions

Political Intervention
193. Overloading of administrative systems
194. Disclosing identities of secret agents
195. Seeking imprisonment
196. Civil disobedience of “neutral” laws
197. Work-on without collaboration
198. Dual sovereignty and parallel government

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#Occupy Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high
gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods —
merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This
year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift
giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in
a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates
from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down
the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift
receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift
certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about
a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this
isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town
Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a
local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy Who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

Donate to a Local Non-Profit, they always have a need for additional funds
at this time of year. What better way to end the year and help lower your income taxes!

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin
their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery
and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave
your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at
your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese
lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about
fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to
burn, leave the mailman, paper carrier, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG
tip.

Donate to your local university in an area of your interest – Theatre,
Science, Athletics.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about
US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow
their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Pay it Forward!!

LSX calls for UK national day of action

LONDON
Occupy London Stock Exchange has called on the concerned British nationals to participate in the movement’s two months anniversary in order to highlight Britain’s social and economic injustice.

Describing December 15 as a national day of creative non-violent direct action, Occupy LSX activists invited all communities across Britain to get involved and struggle the false economic policies imposed by the British government. They are to announce that it is the proper time for the British authorities to make changes to their strategies and create a better society.

Occupy LSX has urged the public to consider the role banking and financial industries have played in extending social and economic injustices and creating economic crisis.

Dubbing the movement’s two months anniversary as “Occupy Everywhere,” Occupy London considers itself as being part of a global movement that has been calling for financial justice and real democracy all over US, Southern Europe and the Middle East.

In a statement issued on its website, Occupy LSX stressed that all over the world anti-capitalist activists “are standing up, stating that the crises of unregulated finance, broken democracy, and corrupt institutions will not be solved by those who caused them.”

Frank Hobson, Occupy LSX supporter, said that Occupy movement has brought a new way of thinking, as it has talked about what a just society would mean.

“We are not talking about David Cameron’s phoney Big Society, but something real that we can all be involved with and have a stake in. Think creatively about what you and your friends could do. It could be as simple as getting involved with your local Occupy occupation, setting up a Facebook event for your own Occupy get together, or holding an event at your local hall, school, university, union or church,” Hobson also said

 

via Press TV