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Friends, comrades and relatives!

     Over the course of my life as a worker within the movement for a better world, one of the most consistent obstacles I have witnessed, and faced personally, is how hard it can be for community members to plug into the struggles that they care about. This roadblock is almost always caused by one thing: lack of capacity within the movement to bring new friends in. What you will be doing by supporting me is helping to create movement infrastructure in the New England area that will allow us to bring more folks into this work. My experience in the movement gives me the strength to do this; I have been involved in many resistance campaigns in such roles as trainer, facilitator, musician, direct action doer, and many others. It is deeply important to me to center anti-oppression, decolonization, and revolutionary intersectionality in my work; this informs everything I do. I’m fully prepared to put all of my power behind advancing the movement in a good way, I just need some help.

Here’s why I’m asking now:

     I'm already doing this work, but I need your help in the face of a personal housing crisis . I’m being forced to find a new living space on very short notice, and simply cannot afford the cost of moving into even the most inexpensive of living spaces. My day-to-day expenses are very limited: rent, veggies, a new bicycle chain or inner tube every now and then. Because I dedicate as much of my effective time as possible to working within the movement, this unexpected transition has me pretty hard-up. It's not easy for me to ask my community for this kind of support, but I'm finding myself with few alternatives right now. Your support leaves me feeling loved and empowered to rise up and stand for a better future. 



Why is all of this important?

     It’s getting hot out. With ever-rising police violence and destruction of black lives, a hostile executive branch, new pipelines being put in the ground all across the gat dang country, NOW is the time for EVERYONE to get aboard. I am in a position to connect and tap large, regional (even national!) movement networks. I have experience bringing diverse groups of people together to get work done, and I am very highly-functioning in unpredictable, high-intensity environments. I am prepared to dedicate myself to helping build a stronger, more unified movement for the folks who need it most.

 

I’m ready to do this work long-term. But I need support getting over this hurdle. Can you help?

In community,

Danny B

 

PS: I can offer c(3) tax exemptions as needed; please contact me directly: Danny.Bravo.CSO@gmail.com

PPS: Here are some of the awesome projects and organizations I have had the honor of working on/with in the past few years:

Occupy Boston

Coordinated with the logistics/tactical branch of Occupy Boston. Roles included training on nonviolent techniques for resisting police apprehension/intervention, determining march routes, assessing needs surrounding food, water, et cetera

Occupy Lowell

Co-founded Occupy Lowell. Successes included a number of “Really, Really Free” markets, where students and community members were able to gather to exchange books, clothing, games, musical instruments, and so on while ensuring no money changed hands; several teach-ins featuring university lecturers concerning the housing crash of the mid-2000s.

Stop TGP/NED Expansion/Sugar Shack Alliance

Was part of the successful effort to defeat the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline, the Kinder Morgan pipeline fight involved building capacity in Dracut, MA (terminus community for NED) through things such as community forums, film screenings, marches and musical performances, as well as assisting Climate Summer 2014 as a frontline community partner. I am also currently working with the Sugar Shack Alliance (a network of activists brought together to stop the NED) to resist the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline.

Community Advocates for Justice and Equality (CAJE)

Co-founder of Community Advocates for Justice and Equality (CAJE), an anti-racism, anti-police violence organization based in Lowell, MA. CAJE has served the Merrimack Valley by offering assistance throughout the process of filing police complaints; court solidarity for victims of police violence; legal advocacy and fundraising to cover court-related expenses; educational guest speakers; film screenings; as well as protests and rallies employing a variety of tactics.

As a CAJE organizer, I took on the lead organizing role for the 1/4/2016 action rallying against Donald Trump’s campaign event in Lowell, MA. With six days to coordinate this action, we were able to train approx 50 community members in nonviolent civil disobedience, and another dozen each as media and police liaisons. Event included a rally of approx. 300 community members outside the Tsongas arena, as well as approx. 50 community members who obtained tickets for the event, entered the event in disguise, and in seven waves of coordinated disruption were able to temporarily shut down the campaign event as many times. Action gained international press recognition!

350 Massachusetts for a Better Future

Lead organizer for 350 Lowell. Accomplishments include tremendous build-out of capacity through recruitment and volunteer engagement, as well as bringing strong facilitation and group norms to a previously unorganized and low-capacity team. Have taken the lead in petition drives, meeting facilitation, action planning, and engaging with local government to pass climate justice-related legislation in keeping with the groups democratically-chosen goals. Have given trainings in numerous settings (including 350NE summit Oct. 2015) on above topics.

Resist the West Roxbury Pipeline

Fellowship with Climate Disobedience Center. Coordinated over a dozen direct actions to shut down construction on the West Roxbury pipeline (part of the AIM expansion project). Jail/court support, legal liaison, delivered nonviolent direct action trainings, performed outreach calls to plug dozens of new allies into actions, managed facebook/twitter accounts, designed actions of varying styles to halt pipeline construction in creative ways.

Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC)

WPLC ground team. Directly supported Water Protector efforts to resist th eDakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on the ground while at Oceti Sakowin camp in parts of November and December. Served WPs by maintaining a presence within camp. Paralegal work, managing logistics of running a law office from inside a tent in subzero temperatures, intake of donations, jail support forms from new WPs just arriving to camp. Also delivered an in-depth legal/know-your-rights orientation to all new WPs arriving at camp. Basically, if you found your way into the legal tent while you were at big camp in November or December, we probably know each other.

#NortheastNoDAPL Convoy

I was also a member of the 40-person #NortheastNoDAPL convoy, which brought over $20,000 in monetary donations, and thousands more dollars’ worth of building supplies, winterized tents, and other much-needed and requested items to the camps at Standing Rock. We were able to bring dozens of movement folks with construction experience to help with rapid winterization, and I was truly honored to play a key role in securing many thousands of dollars in donations to support the protection of the sacred water for our families, and for many generations yet to be born. Mni Wiconi!

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