Civil Disobedience Toolkit – Amnesty International

Authority, Defining the Enemy

Amnesty International published a detailed guide that contains instructions on when and how to carry out acts of civil disobedience. Definitions, guiding principles, information on the decision-making process, steps for engaging in civil disobedience, and other important material is described and illustrated in the document.

May Day Belongs to the People of the World РStudent and Youth for a People’s Peace (1971)

1946-1989, Blockade/Barricade, Date, Disruptive Spaces, Occupation, Tactics of Disruption, Urban Spaces

This piece is a call to action for individuals to join in the civil disobedience measures that will be taking place beginning on May 1, 1971 and continuing until a peace treaty is implemented by the Nixon Administration. Should Nixon fail to call an immediate end to the war within two days, the group is set to close down the federal government through acts of civil disobedience. The importance of these actions being non-violent is stressed, while various methods of blockades, strikes, and more are mentioned. The author also articulates how demonstrations should be carried out in more cities than just Washington D.C. and that all communities should get involved as everyone is affected by the war.

May Day Tactical Manual – Student and Youth for a People’s Peace (1971)

1946-1989, Blockade/Barricade, Date, Disruptive Spaces, Occupation, Tactics of Disruption, Urban Spaces

This is a manual published in advance of the 1971 May Day protests in Washington D.C. It describes how to carry out civil disobedience actions in opposition to the Vietnam War. Information on non-violent civil disobedience, the schedule for when actions will be carried out, the organization form that will be taken, various tactics that will be utilized, as well as images and maps of the city are included in the document.

Thousands of anti-war protesters gather near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., May 3, 1971, one of several days of civil disobedience called the Mayday march on Washington. (AP Photo)

Direct Action! 101: A Primer – El Lobo Solo (n.d.)

Blockade/Barricade, Disruptive Spaces, Institutions, Occupation, Sabotage/Ecotage, Tactics of Disruption, The 'Natural World'

This undated, pseudonymous piece describes how Earth First! employs direct action methods such as civil disobedience and social arrest against those harming the earth. The article teaches how to effectively carry out demonstrations, civil disobedience, and other strategies necessary to achieve an intended goal.

“EARTH FIRST! is defined by its actions, the purpose of which is to: -ACTUALLY HALT THE DESTRUCTION, force the companies to quit, the Forest Dis-Service to withdraw its sale, the bulldozers to halt. Our primary purpose is to personally intercede, to “stop the bleeding.”
The most “symbolic” action stops the saws, and leaves the log-trucks lined-up empty.”

“A clear message to the Earth rapists: No more “business as usual.””