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Introduction

Protesters blockade an intersection using a lockdown technique during the WTO conference, Seattle, November 30, 1999This site will aim to gather together technical, tactical, strategic and historic information about the myriad forms of nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience. It will include descriptions of techniques, with photos, diagrams and/or videos where appropriate; it will gather real-world and historical examples of their use; and finally, it will provide a space for discussion of the relative merits and applicability of the various tactics, best-practices, concerns and caveats for their effective use.

The site will provide a living textbook for Disarmy dojos and a resource manual for nonviolent civil disobedience training. Important sections of the site which will be developed into their own respective "portals" include:

Initial Tasks

The first steps in the creation of this resource are to set up the Drupal site in the form of a Wiki, which will involve installing and configuring several modules, to adjust permissions and user settings, to clean up and improve the interface and design. At the same time, stubs for major topics and headings will begin to be written and organized.

Existing pedagogical content, curricula, and other documents will be uploaded, and shifted over to a Wiki format. We will also solicit involvement of writers and educators working within the various sub-disciplines of relevance and interest to Disarmy training. Particularly:

To become involved, please contact info@disarmy.org.

Collaboration for a Public Resource

The wealth of content in a Wiki site depends on the participation of its visitors making incremental improvements.

Because of the contentious nature of this content, and the ubiquity of spam, until a large community of defenders of the content exists (usually past authors and other interested parties), we require contributors to create a free account here. Users can then contribute, for example:

  • Editing a page using the 'Edit' tab.
  • Creating new pages by adding a link to potential topics, using [[ ]]
  • Contributions can be point form, expanding an existing paragraph, original writing, helping correct spelling, grammar or clarity, adding wiki syntax to non-wiki content, adding links to existing internet content, etc… Additions need not be complete or even well-crafted in order to move the content building forward.
  • Discussing page concepts and content using the 'Discussion'.
  • 'Watching' pages that you've edited or topics that interest you, and correct vandalism. Conceptual disagreements should be moved to the Discussion area.