L G B T   C a m p u s   O r g a n i z i n g
tion.  The other way to motivate them is
opportunities to coalesce with other cam 
to make it costly or painful for them not
pus (or community) groups; and
to act through pressure.  This is common 
ly known as the "carrot" and "stick"
7. Offer ideas and solutions, not just
approach.
problems.
Increasing Cooperation + Increasing
Ways to Increase Pressure
Pressure = Action
Ideally, we want to bring people along
with us and enlist their support.  When
Ways to Increase Cooperation
cooperation fails, however, it may be nec 
1. Put your wishes and requests in writ 
essary to apply pressure and employ
ing;
direct action, recognizing that we are
likely going to have to continue to co 
2. Build respectful relationships;
exist on the campus with those we are
pressuring.  The following direct action
3. Think of ways to make it as easy as
tactics have been adapted from material
possible for decision makers to do the
developed by the United States Student
right thing;
Association through its Grass Roots
Organizing Weekend (GROW) program:
4. Do your homework; back up your
claims with solid research and documen 
1. Confrontations involve a group of peo 
tation;
ple going to the individual who has the
power to grant your demand and making
a specific request of that person.  The
action may be enhanced with props,
songs, posters, etc.  Confrontations often
have the advantage of being considered
newsworthy, particularly if the target per 
son is considered newsworthy;
2. Public hearings involve the presenta 
tion of testimony and come in two forms
  those which you sponsor and those
which are sponsored by campus officials.
When you are the sponsor, make sure that
you maintain control even though you
may ask prominent people to sit on the
Photo   1995 Alex Zaphiris
panel hearing the testimony.  Plan all tes 
5. Give positive feedback; show appreci 
timony in advance so that the issue is
ation when decision makers respond
defined the way you want it to be.  Pro 
favorably;
vide a visual setting to make TV cover 
age more interesting.  Make sure that the
6. Solicit assistance and support from
room is slightly too small for the crowd
faculty, administrators, student govern 
to give it a "packed" feeling.  The value
ment officials who are allies; look for
of holding your own hearing on an issue
is that:
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