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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

Collaboration for a Public Resource

The wealth of content in a Wiki site depends on the participation of its visitors making incremental improvements. Ways to contribute include:

  • Edit the page using the 'Edit' tab above.
  • Request the creation of a new page by adding a link to potential topics, using [[ ]]
  • Additions 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.
  • Discuss page concepts and content using the 'Discussion' tab above.
  • 'Watch' pages that you've edited or topics that interest you, and correct vandalism. Conceptual disagreements should be moved to the Discussion area.

Site Syntax

Notations that can be used while editing a page:

  • Sub-Headings: ==Top level sub-heading (H2)==, ===Second level (H3)===, ====Third level (H4)====, etc… An automatic table of contents will be generated using these.
  • Links: put square brackets [[ ]] around a word to create a link to an existing page, or to prompt the creation of a new page. Additional syntax permits [[<Page title for link>|<Text to appear on page>]] as well as alternate links such as [[wikipedia:<page title>|<text to appear>]].
  • Templates: {{Stub}}, {{WIP}} Work in progress. {{Wiki}} Page contains unformatted (non-wiki) content