“But the most important thing for us was to be able to justify it to the neighborhood, to be able to tell them why we are doing this and how it is going to turn out to be something social, something for everyone.”
Geran from Turkey, who is involved in the squatters movement in Europe, gives some inside tips on what to do and not to do when occupying a building.
“Too often people go push too hard too quickly and fizzle out, and we need everyone to be a part of the movement, not just for today but for the long haul.”
Eric Stoner and Bryan Farrell, editors of “Waging Nonviolence”, point out the importance of relaxing and having fun, even while you are struggling for your cause. Most of these issues take a long time to tackle, and being relaxed and rested prepares you for the battle.
“At one point you hit an idea that everybody will burst out laughing, and than go: ‘This is terrible, we can’t do that’ That is the idea you have to do! The one that is so terrible that you can’t do it. That is often the one you have to do.”
In this video Andy Bichlbaum from the world-famous The Yes Men explains why you shouldn’t be afraid of companies taking vengeance when you make fun of them.
The Yes Men from the United States have already embarassed some major corporations with their anarchist and subversive activism. One of their creative methods of nonviolent resistance is to deliverately mislead the mainstream meadia. Group members like to adopt certain roles of representatives of international corporations and to caricature their goals in conferences exaggerating with their claims. They refer to this method as “identity correction”.
How do you build up a broad movement? “No matter how small your victories are, there’s nothing more infectious than success.” In this video John Jackson gives useful tips on how to motivate people to join your movement.
Since more than two decades John Jackson organizes and promotes campaigns on human rights, economic justice, antipersonnel landmines, HIV/AIDS, and climate change. Together with Steve Crawshaw he wrote the book “Small Acts of Resistance“, a collection of stories that show how courage, perseverance and ingenuity can change the world. He has conducted research in a number of conflict areas in Asia and as vice president of social responsibility for MTV Networks International he currently develops worldwide campaigns.
Everyday Rebellion publishes tips and tricks on how to protests nonviolent. For instance, at this moment the vimeo channel consists of of 190 films, and on the website 21 methods of nonviolent action are displayed. Check it out!
Everyday Rebellion is a tribute to the creativity of the nonviolent resistance. The project studies the consequences of a modern and rapidly changing society where new forms of protest to challenge the power of dictatorships and sometimes also global corporations are invented everyday. Everyday Rebellion wants to give voice to all those who decide not to use violence to try changing a violent system.
Conditions are important for planning, but what really makes a change are skills!
Srdja Popovic is a cofounder and key figure of the Serbian resistance movement “Otpor!”, that helped topple Slobodan Milosevic in a non-violent way in 2000. See more at: http://www.everydayrebellion.net/s-popovic-skills-and-conditions/?
Making a video or picture go viral depends on various aspects, luck being one of them. However, we all carry around smartphones with great cameras and the the quality or the uniqueness of a photo or video can be controlled by ourselves and proves to be essential for the effectiveness to get your message across. In 7 words: Be inspired and learn from these people!