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Sunrise Movement’s Goon-Cong Playbooks Exposed

Deep CaptureNov 3, 2020, 4:59:58 PM

by Patrick Byrne

Saturday night’s post (“WATCH: Feds Conspiring to Launch Violent Coup Blocking Election“) has drawn a great deal of attention. Careful scrutiny of the two videos in it provided links for further exploration and investigation. DeepCapture has pursued just such further exploration, and is growing increasingly suspicious that the “Sunrise Movement” stands behind a fair bit of the disruption that is going on around us. While it bills itself as, “a political action organization that advocates political action on climate change,” its internal documents (provided below) reveal that it has little to do with climate, and a lot to do with political action of the goon-ist variety with which this nation has become familiar over the last six months.

Sunrise training manuals and playbooks have previously been available only to its leadership cadre (of what we believe is < 200 people). DeepCapture has obtained these documents and has posted them to a mirrored site, so that we might make them available to the general public here (so that you can click and read them without revealing your IP to the Goons of Sunrise):

SUNRISE MOVEMENTS INTERNAL DOCUMENTS418.06 MB folder on MEGA195 files and 20 subfolders

I wish to commend the Goons of Sunrise on the thoroughness, organization, and professionalism of their doctrinal documents, and strongly suggest the reader examine them. Be sure to open the “Political Strategy” folder: among its style guides are chants such as are listed below (which give clear expression to the organization’s true aims). There are folders filled with excellent materials regarding the management of a Clandestine Cell Organization (dubbed “Hubs”) worthy of Uncle Ho, a Digital Asset Library worthy of a Fortune 1000 marketing department, and transcripts to guide persuasive telephone calls worthy of a Wall Street boiler shop. There is guidance for speaking to students in high schools (NB: schools are inviting these goons to address and recruit among their student bodies), guidance regarding language that students will find “inviting”, and guidance regarding language to to avoid (lest the movement’s true aims be revealed).

The excellence of their materials raises a question for me. The last time I was around “activists” they had trouble sending FedEx packages successfully, and organizing motel rooms for a meet-up of six people was, for them, like planning the D-Day invasion. This “grassroots movement” is as slick and well-produced as a large McKinsey engagement. Odd, that.

In any case, what do they stand for? Let them tell you in their own words, from an internal discussion of approved chants:



  • what do we want ✊✊ communism ✊✊ when do we want it ✊✊ yesterday
  • for breonna taylor ✊✊ abolish the police
  • black lives matter, brown lives matter, blue’s a job that shit don’t matter
  • Disarm! Defund! Abolish the police!
  • la migra la policía la misma porquería
  • abolish police gets these cops off our streets
  • back up, back up, we want freedom, freedom, all these racist-ass cops, we don’t need em, need em
  • no cops no KKK no fascist USA
  • I don’t see no riot here ✊✊ Why are you in riot gear?
  • NYPD: only serves the bourgeoisie!
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Fuck 12
  • Colonization built this nation, burn down the fuckin’ plantations
  • small reforms are no solution/abolition, revolution
  • don’t be bitter, don’t get beat/get off twitter, hit the street
  • don’t be scared, don’t be wary/fellow revolutionary
  • police reform is overblown/the system must be overthrown
  • We’re queer, We’re pissed/Cause trumps a white supremacist 
  • We’re queer, We’re here/To make policing disappear 
  • We’re bottoms, we’re tops/We’re here to defund cops 
  • From NYC to PDX/Keep the [cops/pigs/feds] off our necks
  • we’re not playing nice/abolish cops, abolish ICE!
  • N-Y-C to feds: fuck off!
  • N-Y-C to cops: fuck off!
  • N-Y-C to Trump: fuck off!
  • abolish police get these cops off the street
  • 1 breonna taylor 2 a little bit louder 3 we want justice for her 5678
  • it is our duty to fight for a freedom, it is our duty to win
  • NYPD: only serves the bourgeoisie 
  • Take it to the streets and fuck the police, no justice, no peace
  • (to yell at cops:) go back to staten island! Go back to staten island!
  • who’s streets: our streets/who’s cops: Wall Street’s cops
  • No KKK no killer cops


chants should be generative not reactive. ”like what do we want, communism. when do we want it, yesterday”

i also think “how do you spell racist/nypd” is played out. 

same with “no justice/no peace” and “what do we want? justice” 

and franky “black lives MA-tter” with the really whiny neener neener neener emphasis on the “A” in “matter”

 …we need to retire these. there’s so much more out there.  no movement for Black lives should ever have gotten this corny.


When recruiting in schools, however, a different tone is to be struck:


Inviting: We don’t use jargon, complex words average people don’t know, or unnecessary prose. We emphasize that this movement is for anyone who cares about our home, health, and futures. 

  • Don’t use #resistance jargon, eg: ‘45’ (referring to President #45, aka Donald Trump)
  • Don’t use hyperboles or exaggerated language that makes us seem like a liberal caricature, eg: don’t call Trump a buffoon, be sparing when talking about corruption
  • Don’t use too much activist language: avoid words like ‘direct action,’  NVDA, CD, over-use of ‘fight/fighting’, etc. Also avoid militant language like referring to Sunrise as an “army.” When you’re tempted to use those words, try taking them out by getting more specific, eg.
    • Don’t: Tomorrow we’re taking direct action to demand our leaders join the fight to stop the climate crisis.
    • Do: Tomorrow we’re occupying the offices of our members of Congress to demand they pledge to support the Green New Deal.


The astute reader will note that of the 33 approved chants, precisely 0 have something to do with climate. Yet in the guidance on recruiting in schools in an “inviting” way, one sees the Goons’ softer side: “We emphasize that this movement is for anyone who cares about our home, health, and futures.” Which they do by getting politicians to “pledge to support the Green Deal.”

Well isn’t that special.