A Check list for Action Day (Part 2)
- – Be attentive to each individual
- – Keep track each squad member throughout action
- – After the arrest
- – Above all, stay calm
1. BE ATTENTIVE TO THE INDIVIDUALS IN YOUR GROUP THROUGHOUT THE ARREST AND DETENTION.
- Group prayers, singing, processing feelings/thoughts are often helpful.
- Sometimes just the slightest touch helps to center someone who is having difficulty.
- Make sure that you ask “Are you OK?” and if not, be sure you ask if it’s OK before you touch or hug them.
2. TRY TO KEEP TRACK OF INDIVIDUAL SQUAD MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE ACTION:
- Know which individuals are willing to face arrest.
- Write down their names if/when arrested.
- If you join the civil disobedience be sure a responsible, respected member of the squad takes your place as leader.
- See that they have a copy of the list of names and numbers.
- Be sure they underline or circle the name of anyone arrested.
- DO NOT LET A MEMBER OF YOUR SQUAD GET LOST OUT THERE.
- Some squad members will want to meet at the place where the arrested have been taken.
- A vigil leader will notify you or your stand in what happens next.
3. AFTER THE ARREST
- You or your stand-in squad leader should check the list of names against those being released until all are accounted for.
- Those not arrested will reconvene after the arrest for processing and closure.
- You or your stand-in must be certain that every squad member is present (or if not present accounted for) at that final meeting.
- If you or your stand-in is not available for the time and place those arrested will be released, BE CERTAIN the names and numbers of those arrested from your squad are in the hands of the vigil leader who is waiting at the jail or processing center.
4. ABOVE ALL STAY CALM
- Your spirit is contagious.
- Your squad members will feel calm and certain if you are calm and certain.
- Your squad members will panic if you even come close to panicking yourself.
- Remind yourself and them that to participate in an act of relentless nonviolent resistance is for their benefit first.
- If their lives are not inspired by the action, something is going/has gone wrong.
- But second they are also there to help cut off the suffering of others and that we were born to do justice and that in doing it we should discover a “soul force” within ourselves that we may not have known.
(May the Spirit in you meet the Spirit in us all.)