Thanks to Tools for Change trainer and NOII Toronto organizer, Syed Hussan, for this guest blog post.
Protests are an integral and necessary part of our social movements. They are the means to assert power, to take power, to pressure a target and to do get what our communities need. Doing them right is easy, and powerful.
Here are some things to consider:
Why are you organizing the protest? How will you know you have succeeded? By being clear about what winning looks like in this case, you can determine what kind of protest or demonstration you should organize.
Who are the people involved. Who is your community that will definitely come, who are people you want to try and reach out to, who are some allies you can bring in to this process, who are the decision makers and targets?
Where is the best place to get at the things you’ve identified in the Why and the Who discussions.
When is the best time? Decide whether you need to do it during the day or in the evening, during a work day or on a holiday? Is there a specific day – the Refugees Rights Day or World Water Day – that is coming up?