Here you can read how to organise the regenerative aspect of your affinity group.
BEFORE THE ACTION
Have regular calls or meetings with your affinity group to:
get to know each other a bit
discuss why you are doing the action
discuss what you will do when people ask you why you are there, or when people react in an aggressive or defensive way
Reread the 10 principles and values of XR
Form a signal group with all phone numbers of participating rebels, and make sure you can contact everyone in your affinity group
Make a list of emergency contacts of everybody in your affinity group and share it with everyone in the group.
Make sure at least one person is following the telegram channel of the action https://t.me/ourfutureXR
Make sure as many people of your affinity group as possible have followed an action training CHECK DATES HERE
Form buddies: buddy teams are teams of two rebels that have a trust relationship. They stay close to each other during the whole action and watch out for each other.
Pick one (or two) people in your affinity group that will be the regen people. They get the special task to check on everybody's wellbeing during the action
Check the weather to see what you have to bring
Decide what you will do after the action, both in case of arrest or in case of non-arrest.
Plan a date after the action for a debrief. Yes, do it now already.
Step 1: right before the action (meet at least 30 minutes before)
meet in a safe zone before the action, at least 30 minutes or an hour before you actually do the action
start with a warm, comfortable check in: how is everybody feeling? How is everybody doing?
spend at least 5 minutes only with your buddy to have a more personal conversation, check that you haven't forgotten anything, check on each other's mental wellbeing, make any necessary arrangements.
go through your plan again: is everything clear to everybody?
check that you have the arrestee support numbers close by
check that everybody knows where to go after the action (in case of arrest, a sleepover place)
check your water supplies and food
check that everybody has a mask and ask again to respect social distance
Step 2: in full action
make decisions together as a team, listen to everybody's voice as much as possible
try to stay calm at all times; check in every so often with your body and emotions; take a pause and concentrate on your breathing for a few moments if you notice any stressed or agitated feelings
check on each other regularly
repeat often that everybody can leave the action at any time, there is no need to be arrested if people don't want to or feel uncomfortable
respect each others boundaries, listen to concerns, share your fears and support each other
repeat often why you do this action, why you are here
Go to the safe space you have organised with your affinity group and rest together
if you feel like it already: do a debrief. You can find a format here
call each other (buddies) after the action to check on everybody's wellbeing
plan a meeting to fully debrief a couple of days after the action
WHAT TO BRING
sunscreen or raincoat
hand sanitizer, maybe gloves
small medical kit (bandages, desinfectant, physiological serum, sanitary pads, tissues)
food and drinks
battery charger and power bank
your ID card