This August, we had a great training day in Glasgow, examining what Direct Action is and how we can use it effectively and strategically.
Some of the definitions of Direct Action people shared is that it is action that we take ourselves, without appealing to any external authorities, and it’s action which directly intervenes in the issue we are targeting. We also talked about how important it is to make it inspiring and empowering, and that it can also be creative- as well as blocking the set up of an arms fair or shutting down a nuclear base, we can also use Direct Action to create the world we do want to see today!
There were some great examples shared of activists learning Palestinian dabke dancing outside the arms fair, to create a celebration of living culture while at the same time taking action to prevent it’s destruction at the hands of the Israeli military. In the afternoon we practised some practical skills, to experience what it’s like to use your body to disobey instructions and to hold space. It was a great day all round and a pleasure to work with such an inspiring group of campaigners!
Please find some excellent resources and further information below:
- To read more about the current event plans for the week of action, see the Stop the Arms Fair site here: https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/join-in/
- If you can help out with a specific role such as legal observing or welfare, see our Call Out for skills needed on site here: https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/can-you-help/
- If you have specific legal questions, call the GBC support line on 07946 541 511 and request a call back to discuss your questions. You can also read more about Know Your Rights information and advice on legal and policing questions on the Green and Black Cross website here > https://greenandblackcross.org/guides/key-advice/