Summary: Creation of a network of responders and dispatchers to answer and deploy during different emergency situations, such as encampment sweeps, ICE raids, law enforcement presence, eviction proceedings, etc.
LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT The Chapter shall establish a Rapid Action Mobilization Network (RAMN, hereinafter pronounced r-a-m-e-n, like the delicious soup), which will involve the following components and resources:
- Creation of a network of responders and dispatchers to answer and deploy during different emergency situations by recruiting and activating current members through phone-banking, email and social media.
**See images of what the RAMN software (currently in use by other organizations) looks like here**
- Establishment of a “hotline” number available to all community members to report encampment sweeps, ICE raids, law enforcement presence, eviction proceedings, etc.
- Acquisition or development of specialized software to map out responders by location and enable dispatchers to send mass communications to activate responders and other technical resources (e.g. a digital cloud space for securing, storing and organizing sensitive footage).
- Trainings for dispatchers and responders. These shall focus on teaching skills directly applicable to multiple DSA projects (e.g. filming, interacting safely when engaging with law enforcement, interviewing community members and language lessons). RAMN will help create leadership in the chapter by training members who will then be able to take on roles training others. In this way, training skills and responsibilities will be shared among members.
- Creation of outreach materials such as flyers in various languages, “hotline” number cards, etc.
RAMN shall be a cross-committee initiative utilized by various committees and working groups throughout the Chapter, including Housing and Homelessness’ Street Watch, Immigration Justice’s Rapid Response Network, and direct actions, such as labor solidarity campaigns spearheaded by the Labor Committee, anti-eviction efforts, pack-the-court proceedings, and any demonstrations, protests, or events involving the potential use of coercion by law enforcement (or the state apparatus more broadly). Simultaneously, RAMN shall be used as a supplementary part of the Membership Committee’s efforts to activate latent “paper” members, by providing opportunities for involvement with a low threshold of engagement. Since members can participate in RAMN without having to attend weekly or monthly meetings at a specific location, it will play an important part in the Chapter’s efforts to activate and engage members with limited time commitments or in areas where meetings are not frequently held. To this end, we will hold trainings in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, the Westside and East and South Los Angeles. Finally, RAMN will be key in chapter-wide efforts to build solidarity with marginalized and vulnerable communities, especially those currently underrepresented in the chapter’s membership, by supporting them in challenging the coercive force of the state.
The timeline for developing this project will be as follows:
- Obtaining necessary technology, including 1) “hotline” number, 2) mapping software, 3) secure data storage.
- Finalizing internal training materials and external outreach materials.
- Phone banking and social media campaign to inform current members about RAMN.
- Holding at least 1 responder and 1 dispatcher training.
- June 1st RAMN goes live.
- Holding responder and dispatcher trainings in different LA regions.
- Community outreach such as flyering, meetings with community organizers, coalition partners and Sanctuary churches.
- Ongoing regular trainings for members and the community at large.
- By September 30 we aim to train 100 people across the LA area.