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10 steps for successful picketing
Jeff Jacobsen, 23 Aug 1997
Subject: 10 steps for successful picketing
Date: 23 Aug 1997 12:26:00 -0700
LEARNING FROM GANDHI II
I've just finished reading Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope, by Judith M. Brown (1989: Yale University Press). This is the third book on Gandhi I've read. I think we as critics of Scientology can learn a lot from Gandhi's theories of using non-violent means to confront an evil organization.
I don't agree with all of Gandhi Tech (tm) and have instead gleaned some ideas that I think are good for us to follow, plus mixed my own ideas as well:
- keep the moral high ground. There should be no distinction between ends and means.
- stress non-violence. Be willing to absorb evil from the other side, but always maintain non-violence on your side.
- keep the focus of the event narrow. Keep the goal simple and clear.
- Use the media wisely and carefully. The media are as essential as any other part of the event.
- pay attention to details.
- keep it cheap.
- create your event in such a way that the other side will show its true colors.
- rely on a core of people (but be happy with a large group).
- you have to have local people in your group.
- aim for changing the hearts of your opponent, speaking to the members of the group, not the leaders. This is a long-term goal that of course can't be completed by just one event.
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