Regenerative culture

Here you can read how to organise the regenerative aspect of your affinity group.


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

DURING the action

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


  • sunscreen or raincoat

  • hat

  • mask

  • 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

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