What We Can Do as Organizations and Movements to Deal with State Repression
While knowing how to deal with state repression individually is important to our own safety and the safety of the movement, our greatest strength is when we work together collectively to challenge state repression. We can do this by developing political strategies to deal with state repression both inside and outside of the courts and create legal support and defendant committees and organizations to make decisions and move these policial strategies forward. Doing political legal support should be a part of all our conversations when we talk about taking action and struggle for a liberated world.
Here are some steps your comrades, organization or as a movement we can take to deal with state repression politically and collectively:
- When repression begins (multiple police visits, subpoenas, arrests and charges) set up a support committee with the people being targeted, their direct support people and people who want to act in solidarity but are not being targeted. Find out if other local groups are already doing this work and connect to them as well and figure out who to best work together.
- Decide on a decision making process, how to bring in new members to your group and a process for meetings including meeting times and facilitation.
- Define non-cooperation/ collaboration as a group. Create concrete examples of what this looks like in terms of law enforcement visits, arrests, going to trial, being subpoenaed to a special grand jury and other specific cases.
- Determine what political outcomes and goals the group has for dealing with repression especially if facing charges and trial.
- Determine what material, emotional, and mental supports targeted people in the group need in order to not cooperate with the state.
- Make a plan to provide for these needs if someone must engage in non-cooperation.
- Determine how you want to do media work and come up with a list of talking points that reflect your political analysis and goals and develop a media strategy for moving your message and narrative to the public.
- Make a plan for doing outreach, engaging the broader community, and raising funds to support targeted people that includes concrete actions like court support during trial.
- As you move forward with your plans and your organizing, set up times to reflect on how things are going, to discuss any feedback or concerns from members within the group or people outside of the group and change what you are doing based on these conversations.