Occupy: Activist Toolkit weekly roundup

March 24th, 2012

actions, stopping street harassment, trans-positive workshops – Published on rabble.ca/blogs, Steffanie Pinch, March 22, 2012.

Activists soberly observed the day to eliminate racial discrimination yesterday, with protests and events nation-wide. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old teen who was shot after buying candy by a so-called member of a community watch group, simply because of the colour of his skin. His murder was entirely senseless, preventable and his killer has yet to be brought to justice. When tragedy strikes activists have to strike back: sign the petition to charge Martin’s killer and look to the toolkit this week for fresh tools to take to the streets. 

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Institutionalized oppression is made up of daily occurrences that are too often ignored or brushed aside. Read up about these microaggressions in this rabblepedia entry.

Microaggressions aren’t the only kind of culturally acceptable violence. Street harassment is still commonplace and fraught with victim-blaming. Take action with the International Week against Street Harassment.

Hollaback! is an organization that fights street-based harassment by sharing experiences. Check out their tool for reporting and tracking violence and acts of solidarity on the street.

Taking back the streets isn’t just about safety: it’s about making communities livable, beautiful and political. Street art is an amazing way to reclaim space. Show your message in your medium with this guide to DIY moss, mud and reverse graffiti.

Spring is now upon us and Occupy activists are taking to the streets. Small towns can get in on the action with this
guide to occupying.

Start your occupation off right with a campaign to switch banks. ibanklocally.org is a great tool to help you find local credit unions and banks in your area … (full text).

Link: Constructing Change, Occupy spring, by Steffanie Pinch, March 22, 2012.

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