“Direct action is activity undertaken by individuals, groups, or governments to achieve political, economic, or social goals outside of normal social/political channels. Direct action can include nonviolent and violent activities which target persons, groups, or property deemed offensive to the direct action participant. Examples of nonviolent direct action include strikes, workplace occupations, sit-ins, sabotage, property destruction and graffiti. Violent direct actions include assault and murder. By contrast, grassroots organizing, electoral politics, diplomacy and negotiation or arbitration does not constitute direct action. Direct actions are sometimes a form of civil disobedience, but some (such as strikes) do not always violate criminal law.”
Two events that will explore exactly what Direct Action is, its history, its pragmatics, its lawfulness. When we talk about ‘domestic extremists’ what do we mean exactly: are eco-activists terrorists? (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/26/ministry-justice-environmental-campaigners-terrorism) Where do we draw the line? These two events hope to clarify these issues in the light of their use in the media, and to make people aware of their rights, obligations and potential.
Monday event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163850480320583
Electron Club, Sauchiehall St (tbc), Monday 22nd Nov. 17:00-19:00
Tuesday event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175097829182617
Vic Assembly Room (tbc), Renfrew St, Tuesday 23rd Nov. 17:00-19:00