Protesting Guidelines

Protesting Guidelines

 

  • Arrive at least an hour before the event you're planning to protest. You'll catch people going into the event and be able to offer them information.
  • Dress conservatively. While we at LION love expressing personal styles, it is important to be as mainstream as possible at protests so the message resonates with more people and people pay attention to the message.
  • Ask to protesters to keep conversations minimal, especially when in an area with a lot of foot traffic. Long conversations often lead to missing engaging conversations with event-goers who are open-minded.
  • Be peaceful. All protesters at the event need to know this is a peaceful protest and are not to become aggressive, which can shut your protest down. Additionally, aggressiveness can turn off other protesters who may become unwilling to come out to protest again. Remind everyone this is for the animals.
  • Try to keep everyone in pairs and spread out each pair to gain maximum exposure. 
  • Separate poster-holders from leafleters. More people are willing to take a leaflet if you simply say "some information about the circus?" or other events if they are separated. (Niceties go a long way so don't forget your "miss" and "sir"s!)
  • Have a centralized location or table set up at the protest where people can take literature or grab a sign for the protest. Additionally, have a sign-up list available if protesters want to be kept informed of other demonstrations going on in your area. 

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