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___You know what a public demonstration is.

___You know the goals of a public demonstration, including:

  • Advocacy
  • Support
  • Protest
  • Counter-demonstration
  • Public relations
  • Action

___You know which goal(s) you would like your demonstration to accomplish.

___You know the different forms a demonstration can take:

  • Marches/parades
  • Rallies
  • Picketing
  • Sit-ins
  • Vigils
  • Street theater

___You know which form you would like your demonstration to take.

___You know why you might organize a demonstration:

  • Other methods have failed
  • Timing
  • Public impact
  • To energize your constituency
  • To draw attention

___You have decided when to have your demonstration.

The four bases of putting together a public demonstration have been covered:

___Planning, planning, planning

___Lead time



Planning, planning, planning -- you have:

___Decided what you want to accomplish

___Decided on specifics you would like to see happen at the demonstration

___Decided who you are trying to reach

___Planned your program

___Chosen a place for the demonstration

___Decided on a specific date and time

___Figured out how to get people to attend

___Worked out the logistics

___Been proactive in your efforts to confront possible problems

Lead time -- you have:

___Allowed yourself plenty of time to reach your demonstration goals

___Found a large space in advance

___Booked guests far in advance

Communication -- you have:

___Designed an effective communication system

___Developed a plan for publicizing the demonstration

___Orchestrated media coverage

___Ensured good communication before, after, and during the demonstration

Follow-up -- you have followed up, both immediately following the demonstration and on the long-term by:

___Contacting your intended audience

___Keeping up with your constituents

___Publicizing your success

___Attempting to attain media coverage

___Organizing other events with the same focus

___Institutionalizing the demonstration