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(en) our tools collective: call for radical how-tos, skill shares and instruction

From Biotic Baking Brigade <bbb@bioticbakingbrigade.org>
Date Mon, 12 May 2003 09:57:34 +0200 (CEST)

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[Ed. note: Information gathering initiative of the anti authoritarian
direct action Biotic Baking Brigade people.]
All across the world activists are organizing, agitating and taking down
the arms of the State. We have all learned things in our struggles,
whether we've been fighting for three decades or six months. We all have
skills we've developed, techniques we've enhanced and ideas we've created,
but the problem is our resistance is global.
An activist in Raleigh makes a paint bomb, while someone in Sweden
perfects a lock-box. Where does one go to find guidance for the creation
of such materials? Where can we turn for advice on the nitty gritty
details of construction, planning and design?

The Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front have been
publishing manuals to help activists become educated in the art of direct
action. The Ruckus society has information on climbing, while Crimethinc
publishes graffiti guides. The anti-nuclear veterans have infiltrated
military bases, but this information is scattered.

A proposition: a compilation of activist how-tos, a living document that
is created by activists and is shaped by the entries submitted.

We need to create a tool belt for the modern revolutionary. Do you know
an efficient method for wheat pasting? Can you make something that
dissolves the paint on SUVs and cop cars? Can you tie a t-shirt and
create a balaclava? No tip is too small to impact the
revolution-progress will come through mutual aid.

We need information on tool making, scouting, security, media,
medicalŠ..banner drops, dumpster diving, billboard modificationŠ..sabotage
on the job, at the construction site, in the streetsŠ.you get the idea.
Just think, if you were to host a workshop on a skill, what would you

In order to accomplish such a task we call on the aid of activists all
over the world; we are dedicated to the quest of compiling information for
the use of all. Send us whatever you can find in whatever format you have
it in; scourer the internet, search your private zine collection, ask your
mentors, share with us your successes as well as your failures. Tell us
about your favorite resources: books, websites, articles, magazines,
anything. Send us emails, links to websites, attachments, any form is
acceptable-and please, do not assume that we have what you've got!

Help us make something that we can all learn from. The final product is
still unclear, it may turn itself into a zine, a book or a website; it
will all depend on what we receive from you.

Do you have an idea for a name for the product, what the final product
should look like, a better way for us to do this? If so tell us.

Please send your submissions to ourtools@mutualaid.org. Please include
the source if you know it. If it is your creation, tell us what you want
it to say. Should we list your email address, your name, a pseudonym, no

Please send documents of sensitive nature in encrypted format to
ourtools@mutualaid.org. To find the key, email ourtools@mutualaid.org and
ask, or find it on the PGP key servers as "Our Tools Collective".

Each one, teach one.

Forward towards militant resistance and revolution.

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