The Dos and Don’ts of Protesting
October 5, 2011 § 2 Comments
- DON’T litter. In fact, if you see trash, pick it up! There’s a fine for littering. It’s also gross and goes against our goals.
- DON’T block entrances or exits to buildings.
- DO keep to the sidewalks and make sure that others can get by on the sidewalks if they need to. Stay out of the streets!
- DO keep a buddy! You and your buddy will look out for each other and make sure you stay safe. Never lose sight of your buddy!
- If you see someone isolated please DO make them your buddy.
- DO bring your friends and family. This is a peaceful event and affects us all.
- DON’T get distracted from our mission. Remember why we’re here!
- DO know your rights. We have our rights to free speech and to peaceably assemble IF we are “petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances”. What’s that mean? That means you can occupy (but not obstruct) and peacefully protest for political reasons.
- DON’T think you’re allowed to do anything you want in the name of freedom of speech. Limit your speech to political speech and stay within the law!
- DO keep the cameras out and snap plenty of pictures! A picture is worth a thousand words, and we have a chance to show the world what an organized mass is capable of. Snapping pictures of our signs is a good way to show unity with our allies and the rest of the movement.
- DON’T escalate violence. We are a peaceful movement. Violence won’t solve this problem.
- DON’T let others escalate violence and DO protect each other.
Our thanks to @occupyHouston & occupytogether.org