MARIACHI TACTICS - TRY THEIR WAY FIRST, AND IF THAT DOESN’T WORK….
…then civil disobedience.
Some things to think about as you organize locally:
1. This movement is for the long haul. There will be attempts to demoralize and smear us. To counter this we must recognize we are in for the marathon. Egypt’s Mubarak did not fall overnight nor will social and economic justice be put front and center, and our society’s values realigned towards people over profit either in a single week or even a single month. So stay strong! Sing the strong song of resilience. ”El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido! The people united will never be defeated! ”
2. There will be many out to discredit us. Always be on your best behavior and set the example for civility. We are symbols for the 99% and for many who can not or will not join us but who sympathize. Let’s not let them down by being stupid. Even one instance of poor behavior on our part can negate our moral standing and our involvement with violence could well ruin the entire movement. It should not but it can. Also, be aware of agent provocateurs in the crowd who may stir up trouble. Over time we will recognize our own. Until then watch each others’ backs and confront and out note of any undercover police who may infiltrate.
3. Be strategic with selecting your direct action targets. It does little good to be invisible when visibility and the power of numbers are our strength. Go ahead and apply for a permit but if the terms set marginalize you then remind the permitting authority that our purpose is not to pay bribes or be corralled and if necessary you will assemble anyway as is your constitutional right and face the consequences. It is important that local groups establish regrouping procedures should your group be temporarily disbanded, and ally with local attorneys who can assist with bail. Bail funds set up and funded by local organizing groups is an excellent preparatory measure to take.
Stay strong Mariachi! We must press on and be strong. The fruit is an awakening!