I've been reading "Joe Hill" by Wallace Stegner, a "biographical novel" about a famous member of the Industrial Workers of the World. The IWW was America's most militant union from 1905 to the early 20s. They believed in fighting. A lot of them were killed or jailed. Some of their strategy, however, was nonviolent, and we could learn something from it.
"The Wobblies crammed half the jails from Everett to San Diego with belligerent workers fighting ordinances against free speech and street meetings, piling in until they jammed a town's whole system of law and order, pouring down from the woods and the camps, beating their way up from skid roads and winter boardinghouses, streaming in from the harvest country. If they did not like a jail's food they 'built a battleship,' pounding on the walls and floors until frantic police turned firehoses on them or gave up. They organized and kept their jails spotless, and they sang till townspeople gathered laughing outside to listen."
We need to make ourselves visible by speaking and passing out literature in the streets, and we should think about cramming the system. That should be easy to do in Oregon, since voters are not willing to tax themselves to support the state, and "public safety," a euphemism for putting working-class people in jail, is being starved along with everything else.
Eugene's city council has passed an ordinance, clearly unconstitutional, making it illegal for more than 25 people to gather in a group downtown. On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. people are gathering at Cosmic Pizza to go caroling downtown and deliberately violate the ordinance. Should be interesting. Join us.