Thank you for your interest in participating in our First Strike Solidarity Stream. Please read this guide carefully and if you have any questions you can include them in the Google Form at the end of this document.
On the evening of May 31st at approximately 8pm Eastern US Time, we will begin a Solidarity Stream to raise money for partner organizations and to raise awareness and support for striking workers and tenants and other direct action events which will be occurring all around the world. The stream will run until 11:59pm Eastern US time on June 1st.
We hope that this stream will be hosted, shared, and signal boosted far and wide. We already have several large Facebook Pages, Twitch streamers, and YouTubers who will be sharing and hosting our stream, so this is a great idea to show support for the working class and vulnerable people everywhere.
How You Can Participate
There are two primary ways in which you can participate:
Sign on as a Stream Host
You can join our stream as a host. This will involve entertaining viewers, raising awareness about various issues related to the June 1st activities, and potentially interviewing guests who will be calling in from various actions.
To sign on as a stream host, you must agree to our Stream Guidelines and Code of Conduct below and fill out the Google Form at the end of this document. You will be directed to our Discord server where the stream will be coordinated.
You can signal boost our stream by sharing the link on your social media, highlighting it within your own content, and hosting the stream on Facebook or Twitch or in your Discord Server. The more people we have watching our global stream, the more support and awareness we can raise for striking workers.
Here are some ways you can signal boost our Solidarity Stream:
- Share links and content from our Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
- Host our stream on Twitch when you’re not streaming.
- You can have a Solidarity Stream of your own to signal boost our activities and efforts or to raise funds for one of our partner organizations.
- If you’d like to help raise money for one of our partner organizations at any time, fill out our Google Form at the end of this document.
Technical Guide for Sharing Our Stream on Your Social Media
If you only share one link DURING THE STREAM, link to our Twitch Stream. This will be the primary stream.
We would really appreciate it if you share our stream on your channel/account. Below we have some basic information for how to capture a stream from your desktop/browser/window, but if you need further help feel free to come into our Discord server for assistance.
Be sure to check your terms of service and/or contract before duplicating our stream to make sure you aren’t violating any agreements. We are not responsible for any problems you may have resulting from duplicating our stream.
Restreaming on Your Facebook Page
Facebook allows most users to simultaneously stream on multiple platforms, however, you may want to check your Terms of Service/contract if you have one to make sure. You can use a free web app like StreamYard or Restream.io or a program like OBS to duplicate our stream onto your channel via window/browser/desktop capture. If you need technical support setting this up, contact us via our Discord Channel (link in the Google Form below).
Restreaming on Your Twitch Page
If you ARE a Twitch Affiliate/Partner:
You are not allowed to have a DUPLICATE STREAM on Twitch according to your affiliate/partner terms of service. This means you will have to have your own UNIQUE feed of the stream. You can make the stream unique by showing your own camera angle of the stream while you are hosting. You can also have a “commentary” or “reaction” stream where you play our stream and frequently comment or react to it. Please note that we are not responsible if you inadvertently break the rules of your Twitch contract, so please consult your specific Twitch Affiliate or Partner contract before agreeing to stream with us. If you have any doubt, you can always just HOST our stream on your channel.
If you are NOT a Twitch Affiliate/Partner:
You are permitted to simultaneously stream on multiple platforms. You can use a free web app like StreamYard or Restream.io or a program like OBS to duplicate our stream onto your channel via window/browser/desktop capture. If you need technical support setting this up, contact us via our Discord Channel (link in the Google Form below).
Restreaming on Your YouTube Page
YouTube allows you to simultaneously stream on multiple platforms. You can use a free web app like StreamYard or Restream.io or a program like OBS to duplicate our stream onto your channel via window/browser/desktop capture. If you need technical support setting this up, contact us via our Discord Channel (link in the Google Form below).
Stream Guidelines and Code of Conduct
Please read the following VERY CAREFULLY if you plan on joining our stream as a host!!!
IMPORTANT: If you are currently banned from STREAMING on Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook Video Streaming you are NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE A HOST FOR OUR STREAM.
This is because many platforms have Terms of Service rules against featuring users who are banned and our stream/channel could get taken down for featuring you. If we find out that you have been banned from any platform we are streaming to, we will immediately pull you from the stream.
You can still participate by signal boosting our stream and running a parallel stream or event of your own. If you have been banned from any platform please let us know in the Google Form at the end of this document.
Please read the guidelines below if you plan to help host our livestream.
Remember, first and foremost: you are representing a broad range of working class organizations and activists by agreeing to come on our stream! Please act and speak in a manner that will reflect well on our partner organizations and our movement.
We want you to have fun and to feel comfortable, but we ask that you try to keep the focus of discussion on topics that are relevant to the June 1st action and the broader movement of worker and tenant rights. Follow the Terms of Service of every platform, please try to keep your language as clean as possible, and refrain from speaking in a divisive manner.
If you interview a guest, please make sure to make the guest the focus of the discussion. Our guests are activists who are on the front lines of fighting for liberation, so please treat them with respect and let them have the spotlight.
Let’s try to make a stream that is fun, inspiring, and inspires solidarity and comradery!
Some topics that you can focus on:
Current Pandemic Situation:
This is the situation that has spurred these actions into happening. Talk about the negligence shown by governments and corporations. Also point out what more socialistic programs and responses to the disease have been better able to manage the disease. Point out how people are being forced to stay away from work and can’t pay rent anyways, and how they can use it as a political action.
Strikes Currently Underway
Strikes are popping up all over the nation. Talk about these different strikers and their demands. Try to get in touch with strikers or organizations to have them on as guests to hear first-hand accounts.
Talk about why renters can’t afford to pay rent right now, and how they can organize to form tenant unions and go on rent strike. Talk about methods of solidarity such as hanging white sheets out windows. Try to get in touch health care workers to have them on as guests to hear first-hand accounts.
Issues Healthcare Workers Are Facing
Talk about healthcare workers in the USA that have been denied need equipment and even had their own pay cut due to budget cuts owned by private hospitals. Talk about what they see when they are on duty and the frustrations they have at people purposely not following quarantining procedures. Try to get in touch health care workers to have them on as guests to hear first-hand accounts.
Info on Joining Unions, Worker Organizations, and Mutual Aid Networks
Inspiring workers to join labor and tenant unions and other such orgs is a primary focus now to get more people active and ready for a strike. Provide info on different orgs and what they are doing, and how people can join them. Try to get in touch with union and organization representatives to have them on as guests to hear first-hand accounts.
Problems Workers are Facing
Talk about the problems people being forced to work are having, such as lack of equipment/ppe, no pto/sick leave, longer hours to make up for lost staff/high demand, etc. Again, try to get in touch with workers to have them on as guests to hear first-hand accounts.
Problems Vulnerable People Are Facing
Talk about the neglect shown during the crisis to particularly vulnerable people such as homeless, poor, disabled, etc. Again, try to get in touch with vulnerable people to have them on as guests to hear first-hand accounts.
History of Workers Movements
Talk about the history of organized labor, previous general strike activities, and the progress workers have made through direct action and striking.
Interviewing Guest Organizers, Workers, and Strikers
Again, guest experiences should take priority and will add a much-needed real-world face to the movement. When interviewing guests, always ask questions that allow the guest to speak to their own accounts and can lead to discussion. Never press a guest to talk about things they do not feel comfortable.
Topics To Avoid:
Drama or Calling Out Other Individuals
This is not the time to call out other orgs, creators, or people whom you have had past issues with. This is a time for solidarity and we must do everything we can to show a united front.
Try to avoid topics that are likely to cause disputes and arguments. If you find yourself or another person on-stream getting angry or upset, try to gently change the topic to something else that you’re sure you can both agree on. Strive to find common ground with your fellow hosts and guests!
Criticising Our Movement
Healthy critique is of course a good thing and is encouraged within each organization. However, during this stream, showing united front is paramount. There is a time and a place for productive criticism, but this is neither.
Calling for or Advising on Illegal Activities or Violence
As leftists, we do not agree with many laws and understand violence may be necessary as self defense, but this is not the correct platform for talking about such actions. Most streaming platforms have very strict TOS rules against this kind of speech and may cause the stream to be taken down.
Sensitive Internal Operations of Unions/Orgs (Yours or Others)
Please do not reveal any information about the internal workings of the orgs that may lead them to being susceptible to infiltration or penalties or dox yourself or any other individuals.
Dealing With Chat
We want you to keep a close eye on chat and try to engage with the audience. Answer questions and read out comments to make the audience a part of the show. If trolls or other bad actors show up in chat, do not argue with them. Simply ban them from the chat or ask a chat administrator to do so, preferably by typing into the chat. Let us know if you need help with this.
If you agree to all of the terms above, please fill out the Google Form below!