These are the working groups active in the Twin Cities GDC, Local 14. Working groups are where the real work of the General Defense Committee takes place.
Get involved: click on the link at the end of the description to contact the chair of that committee.
- Picket/Guard Training • Email
Guard Training incorporates the planning and execution of direct action events, how to marshal rallies and marches, and tactical training in dealing with bodies in physical space.
- Information Security (InfoSec) • Email
Tech Security researches, trains, and implements technical security solutions for the GDC, as well as issuing related reports.
- Revolutionary Preparedness (RPC) • Email
Revolutionary Preparedness trains members in the practices and strategies of preparing for future revolutionary moments, ranging from intelligence gathering to physical self defense.
- Antifa •
Antifa is the anti-fascist and anti-racist working group of the GDC; it is a closed working group for security purposes.
- Copwatch • Email
The Copwatch Working group of the general defence committee local 14
exist in order to deter and prevent acts of police violence against
local communities in the Twin Cities area. It was formed in the
aftermath of the occupation of the 4th precinct in north Minneapolis
and the larger movement against police violence. Copwatch members set
up and coordinate periodic patrols of their neighbourhoods. This
involves walking/driving around a particular community and filming
police activity in that neighbourhood. These copwatch patrols are
conducted with the explicit aim of networking with and informing local
community members of their rights under the law as well as to prevent
incidences of police brutality by letting local police officers know
that the streets are watching. This working group also periodically
conducts “know your rights/Copwatch” trainings free and open to the
public. If your are interested in getting involved contact our working
group chair at the email above.
- Antirepression • Email
The Legal group intends to recruit people in the legal professions to the GDC, and hopes to set up legal systems of support for GDC and IWW members.
- Membership Engagement • Email
The Interview Working Group reaches out to new members, as well as members not currently involved in working groups, and attempts to match members with GDC projects, and help direct members to educational, political, and training resources of interest to the members.
- Harm Reduction • Email
Harm Reduction works to reduce the harm associated with drug use. Instead of taking a total abstinence (AA, NA, etc.) approach, Harm Reduction attempts to empower users by helping them organize their lives, reduce drug use-associated harm, reduce drug deaths (needle exchanges, nalaxone access, etc.), and to support those caught in the war on drugs.
- Publications • Email
Propaganda produces educational and informational materials for the GDC to distribute.
- Survivor Support • Email
As a working group we aim to support survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, and other types of trauma.
- Movement Against Police Brutality • Email
The Movement Against Police Brutality Working Group organizes against the police state and police brutality, and coordinates with other similarly oriented groups.
Questions about work other than these working groups? Contact the current Local Secretary-Treasurer. • Email