Eager peace and justice groups may rush to call a street protest or a boycott before thinking through the rationale for choosing a tactic. Choosing the right nonviolent direct action tactics for each phase of a campaign is critical for meeting objectives. The choice of tactics can also set the stage for negotiations and peace processes to be effective.
The three broad categories of tactics include:
Tactics that say something,
Tactics that do something,
And tactics that refrain from doing something.