Leverage Points

The discussion of leverage points in this article makes me think of the recent push for people around the country to start checking into Standing Rock on Facebook to disrupt the arrests around the Dakota Access Pipeline. What I’m interested in exploring is whether or not this perceived leverage is achieving anything tangible for the cause at Standing Rock, and further, what the digital generation means for these means of leverage– do you think that widespread connection and coverage strengthens or weakens these advantages?

A common post being circulated about the false check-ins reads:

Friends checking in to Standing Rock, ND. Please see the updated requests from activists below. If TLDR: (1) Make your check-in is public. (2) Don’t share the reason why you’re checking in to Standing Rock in the post the post itself. (3) If you want to explain why you’re checking-in, do it in a private post to friends.

“From organizers on the ground: ‘The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has been using Facebook check-ins to find out who is at Standing Rock in order to target them in attempts to disrupt the prayer camps. So Water Protecters are calling on everyone to check-in at Standing Rock, ND to overwhelm and confuse them.'”

For reference:
“Hey friends, if you’re sharing your location at Randing Stock, which you should be doing:
1) make it public
2) make the clarification post separate, and so that only your friends can see it MAKE SURE TO SET YOUR PRIVACY TO FRIENDS ONLY AND NOT PUBLIC
3) don’t clarify on your check in, message friends who say “stay safe!” to let them know what’s up — the stay safe posts are more convincing / confusing for pol
4) copy paste to share clarification messages (like this one) because making it public blows our cover
5) use an alternate name in clarification posts so that when they filter out / search those terms, your post is visible to the right people.”screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-15-56-46 screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-15-57-07 screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-15-57-17