Organising a demo or protest march in the UK
(By Beka Stevens)
Do you want to organise your own demo or protest march to help raise awareness of the vile dog and cat meat trade in Asia.
Step 1 - Choose who you are going to protest against e.g. Chinese Embassy, Korean Embassy CLICK HERE TO FIND EMBASSY'S
Step 2 - Pick a date. Most embassies are only open to the public on weekdays and at certain times so it's good to pick a day and a time when you know people will be in the building to hear you!
Step 3 - Decide if you want to have static demonstration or a protest march. There is no legal requirement to notify police for a static protest however it is best to do so for safety reasons.
You should inform the police of:
Organiser name, phone number and address
Anticipated numbers of participants
Reason for event
Any advance publicity you are aware of
Details of any stewards
If you want to organise a protest march you MUST inform the police of this. 6 days is the minimum notice period so try to give as much notice as possible. You must fill in form 3175 and send it to the police. More information about this and a download link for the form can be found HERE
Step 4 - using social media.
Using social media is a great way to inform people about your event whether that be using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Facebook event pages are a great way to let people know what your event is about. Once you have your meeting place, date and time go ahead and create your event page and get sharing and inviting!
Contact universities that do media and journalism courses as students help promote the cause and encourage others to attend.
Draft a press release with details of your event to send out to local and national media.
Keep Facebook and Twitter up to date and post regular updates
Step 5 - Leaflets and posters.
Leaflet and posters inform the general public about why you are protesting, these are really important to have at your event. Look for leaflets online and there may have already been some designed for your specific cause, if not look into designing your own. Shop around for printers online as some are a lot cheaper than others.
Posters - making your own posters is a great and cheap way to educate the public about your protest. These can be made using plain white pillow cases/sheets poster paints and markers. Cardboard and printing off your own pictures is another great way.
By Christina Snyder
1. FOR STARTERS – KEEP IN MIND WHY YOU ARE THERE – IT’S TO BE A VOICE FOR THOSE THAT CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
2. Make sure you spend the time using your voice – keep it about the animals.
3. Participate in the chants / Stick to approved chants.
* We are not condemning the Chinese people as a whole – we are speaking out against the government of China for allowing the torture of helpless, defenseless animals – specifically the Yulin Dog Meat Festival
We absolutely support the Chinese activists working tirelessly on the ground in China. MAKE SURE YOUR CHANTS REFLECT THAT STANCE.
4. Posters need to be held high
5. Banners held tightly
6. No profanity / throwing water or any other objects at passersby or cars
7. Don’t block sidewalks - respect all city ordinances – if sidewalks or vehicular traffic are blocked in any way the cops can shut the demo down. Space MUST BE LEFT on sidewalks for pedestrians. You may not stand in the street.
8. It is your first amendment right to peacefully assemble to express your dissatisfaction. "Peaceful" means no harassment, aggression towards others, blocking public areas or walkways, or otherwise unruly behavior.
9. If the police do come to your protest and they probably will – have one spokesperson already in charge to speak with them.
10. Refer back to rule #1 – WE ARE THERE FOR THE ANIMALS – It is 2 hours out of your life. Use the time for the voiceless animals and less time chatting with friends or being on your phone. Remember why you are there and who you are speaking for. Remember their suffering – and let that fuel your compassion and your voice to speak out.
If ever there was a time to come together as one voice the time is now.
PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND.
BE THEIR VOICE - SAY WHAT THEY CAN'T SAY FOR THEMSELVES