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From Desk to Defender

A leftist's guide to defensive principles

From Desk to Defender v2.0

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Preparing yourself for whatever may come is quite a daunting task when you get right down to it. It is a process of many months of training, and even the most highly trained special operations units in the world take casualties. In the face of logistical breakdowns, food shortages, civil unrest, outright invasion, or natural disasters, there are many things to consider, each one having its own sizable length and breadth.

It is the aim of this manual to give the reader some idea as to where to begin, as well as lay the foundations for growth. Using this manual, you will learn how to strengthen your mind and body, develop a survival mindset, maintain and utilize firearms, and work in a rigid team structure in order to survive in complex scenarios. You will learn basic survival techniques, how to strengthen your body without a gym, basic first aid, proper marksmanship practices, and many other useful tools.

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The Desk to Defender Project is a collaborative social defense education effort, created for leftists who feel generally excluded from traditional defense media. Inside this project, we are creating media in every format to teach leftists how to partake in defense, both personal and communal. We discuss how to: use and maintain firearms, organize teams as a community leader, create emergency plans, prepare for disasters, as well as develop what we call the “Defender’s Mindset.”

We mean to reach out to the ostracized, those cast aside and those who feel unsafe in communities that discuss similar topics. We aim to take back as much as we can from the xenophobic right-wing media, who has co-opted many of these topics and create environments shrouded in toxic masculinity and exclusion. We believe that community defense is a human right which everyone has a right to know and partake in. We want to make that happen.

We hope to inspire all people; from those who are brand new to the concepts, to those who are well established members of such groups as the Socialist Rifle Association, FAFO, Redneck Revolt, Coalition of Armed Labor, Trigger Warning Queer & Trans Gun Club, and more. With this project, we hope to inspire and educated anyone concerned for their safety, bolster public defense, and to bring equity in and peace in resistance.

—The Desk to Defender Team

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