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Direct Action Roles for Affinity Groups

(A very abbreviated list…)


  • Coordinator, Campaigner or Organizer
  • Fundraisers
  • Research
  • Scouting the site or route
  • Outreach and organizing
  • Logistics and support
  • Meeting facilitator
  • Prop, sign and banner making, Painters, Graphic artists, etc.
  • Media outreach: Send out media advisory and media release
  • Media kits
  • Writers


  • People risking arrest (committing civil disobedience)
  • Direct Support People
  • Police Liaison
  • Peacekeepers/monitors:
  • Deployment Team/ Diversion
  • Media spokesperson
  • Media outreach
  • Communication team
  • Demonstrators/Sign-holders/Chanters/Singers/ Hand out literature etc.
  • Videographer
  • Still photographer
  • Medic/EMT/Medical Team
  • Legal Observer(s)
  • Jail Support Contact person


  • Legal Support
  • Lawyer
  • Documentarian/Historian/Archivist
  • Fundraisers
  • Public speakers
  • Letter writers to decision-makers and newspaper editorial boards

taken from: Rant collective


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