Activists are used to engaging in efforts that “cut to the chase.” If everyone was willing to work around red tape or wait for politicians to return calls, nothing would ever get done. Needless to say, negotiation isn’t always the fastest or most effective way to produce action.


Direct action is all about using clear, obvious movements and tactics (protests, rallies, other “on the ground” campaigns) rather than expressing ideas through representatives and middlemen. The Activist Toolkit is of course home to lots of specific tools to help you engage in activist efforts like these, but this guide specifically focused on direct action shares some valuable general tips.


You’ll find information on a ton of different aspects of direct action:


-setting goals

-recruiting other activists and groups

-power distribution and group leadership

-safety concerns

-preparation for the event

-group communication

-leaving safely