Several new guides to help activists be safer, more effective (and just know your stuff) have been released recently, so below is a brief roundup:
The Advisory Service for Squatters’ new handbook, brought out over the weekend, which is the first new release since the government made squatting empty residential buildings illegal. The guide is already available from Freedom Bookshop (it will be more widely available soon) and includes:
plus a great deal more.
The new ASS book comes shortly after the publication of an all-new and comprehensive look at activist security, released by Dresden Anarchist Black Cross and aimed at helping direct action activists keep safe. The guide, which goes into some depth on online and mobile phone security in particular, is practical, understandable, and a must-read for countries with repressive governments. The summary alone is sensible starting advice for dissenters pushing the legal envelope:
The venerable quick rights guides series from Solidarity Federation have been expanded this year, with Stuff Your Boss and Stuff Your Landlord getting updates along with a Manchester-specific update [pdf] of the excellent London Migrant’s Guide. Solfed has also produced a new pamphlet, the Office Workers Health and Safety Guide:
The guides give quick breakdowns of your basic rights at work, as a renter and as a new incomer to Britain. Web updates are now up and printed copies can be acquired via any of the organisation’s Locals, or from Freedom Bookshop.
While we’re here, other guides which are a bit older but are well worth looking over include:
The Anti-Raids Network encourages Brits to get involved with observing and disrupting the notorious UKBA’s systemically racist raids against migrant workers up and down the country, as part of the government’s ongoing demonisation of “them foreigners” and pandering to Daily Mail hatemongering. Their guide explains what to do if you see a raid, and another sectin of the site offers a guide to rights for migrants in 26 different languages.
Alongside Freedom’s own short writeup on mental health and arrest, The Legal Defence and Monitoring Group offers both comprehensive and short guides to what to do if you happen to fine yourself on the wrong end of police suspicion. Prisonism, meanwhile, caters for that worst-case scenario of conviction and jail. As always, the first and most important rule of dealing with police is “no comment.”
Compiled over several years, the libcom guides cover everything from how to leaflet high-rises with anti-fascist literature while avoiding a potential kicking, to tips on street stalls and how to deal with media types.
If you want to find out about the nasty things corporations get up to, Corporate Watch have been doing it for years and really know their stuff. Last year they put all that knowledge in a guide, which they’ve released for free online — but you’re strongly encouraged to sling them a few pennies for the paper copy.
Want to try a bit of direct action? Earth First! has compiled quite the list of experience.
Related campaigning tactics: