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consult with people who are familiar
6. Exposes of damaging information on
withthe law in your area; 
your opponent may be released by you
directly or through a friendly reporter.
8. Legally Disruptive Activities such as
The main criteria is whatever will give
strikes, pickets, and boycotts have power
you maximum coverage.  An expose
insofar as they move beyond symbolism,
should always be accompanied by a spe 
  if, for instance, they actually keep
cific method for correcting the evil you
people from crossing the picket line or
are exposing.  Before getting into this rel 
keep people from buying a certain prod 
atively risky tactic, ask yourself, "Who
uct.  Such actions have real conse 
really cares about this?"  If the answer is
quences.  As with civil disobedience, it is
"no one," move on to another tactic;
extremely important to assess whether
your actions will increase support or iso 
7. Civil Disobedience and Arrest have
late you.  Supporters, not just your core
been used by the civil rights movement to
group, must feel such actions are justified
underscore the lawlessness of its opposi 
by the opposition s response;
tion.  CDs frighten many people, so they
are not generally a good mass recruitment
9. Accountability Sessions are meetings
tactic.  The issue must be deeply felt and
with leaders/decision makers to demand
their support for specific legislation or
policy, for instance, meeting with campus
officials about instituting domestic part 
ner benefits.  Large numbers of your sup 
porters should attend the session.  Peti 
tions should be presented showing the
support of large numbers of constituents.
You want to leave the session with a yes
or no answer;
10. Petition Drives, where the signatures
are simply sent to a politician, leader or
decision maker are basically useless.
When the signatures are presented at an
action, accountability session or hearing,
on the other hand, they can be extremely
valuable.  Don t ever give your petitions
away; display them and then take them
with you.  You may, over time, conduct
several petition drives in the same cam 
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paign and simply keep adding the names
together.  You can also follow up on the
well understood for this approach to
names by mail or phone for recruitment;
engender support.  If you choose this tac 
tic it is important to provide training for
11. Letter writing Campaigns are useful
those participating in the action and to
only if combined with personal visits to
the recipient(s) of the letters.  Letters
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