Planning an action?  Here's a simple checklist to help with your work! 

DIRECT ACTION CHECKLIST

Pre-action:

  • Set goals 
  • Get trainings
  • Fundraising
  • Research/info gathering
  • Scouting
  • Create affinity group and assign roles
  • Media - establish relationships, press release
  • Legal support plan
  • Action plan (with a few Plan B’s, just in case)
  • Messaging
  • Props/gear/costume
  • Outreach for participants and support people

During action:

  • Transportation - things, people
  • Provisions - food, medical, clothes, blankets, etc
  • Process/communication (internal)
  • Look out/communication (external)
  • Legal observer
  • Documentation - notes, photos, video
  • Public liaisoning - flyers, banners
  • Media - press calls, press release, update
  • Stage director
  • Police liaison

Post-action:

  • Legal and jail support - all the way through trial!
  • Collect documentation
  • Report back/debrief/next steps
  • Post press-release with info on action
  • Collect news coverage 
  • Write articles/blogs
  • Get gear back - from friends, cops
  • Write info learned on how to do the action - any details others need to know
  • Update website
  • Media - sell them the story, send them photos
  • Celebrate!