Protest/Rally

Is there a pro-abortion event happening at your school? Is there a national day of protest coming up that your group wants to participate in? Something crazy happening at your local abortion clinic? Hosting a protest or rally is a great way to engage your campus/community and show your peers that you are serious about standing up for life. Peaceful rallies and protests are also a perfect way to show our communities that the Pro-Life Generation is not backing down until abortion is unthinkable!

SFLA Resources to Request from your Regional Coordinator:

  • “I am the pro-life generation” signs
  • Applicable topic cards (We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood, The Planned Parenthood Project, Women Betrayed, etc.)
  • “Embracing Controversy” training
  • “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood” training (if applicable)

Steps:

  1. Pick a location.
    • If you are protesting a pro-abortion event at your school, pick a visible location that is close to where the event will take place. Usually outdoor areas work better as you might have a large crowd. Strategize about where you will be the most visible to both those attending the event and possible media/other passersby.
    • If you are protesting outside of an abortion clinic, the sidewalk directly in front of the clinic is best.
    • For a rally, find the most visible and highly trafficked area of campus. Remember, the whole point of hosting a rally is so that people can see you!
  2. Reserve space.
    • For a Rally:
      • Reserve your space as soon as you decide on a location so that you can have the confirmation on hand during the event.
      • Check your school rules. It is common that schools require a certain amount of time between reservation and event (generally 2 weeks).
      • Check the rules for reserved space (Are you allowed to have- a podium? Sound equipment? A certain number of people?).
  • For a Protest:
    • Reserve a nearby space. This is helpful if you need to “prove” that you can be there.
    • Sometimes events happen with little notice. Even if you don’t have a space reserved, go anyway! If you are on “public ground”, you can protest to your heart’s desire.
    • If you are protesting outside of an abortion facility, no reservation is required. However, be sure to check your city laws about rules for public sidewalks.
  1. Figure out logistics for the event.
    • Rally:
      • Will you have speakers? If so, who?
        • Think about speakers that would be appropriate for the event (i.e. If it’s about abortion and women’s rights, you don’t want all male speakers).
      • Will you need a podium? Ask a local church, or reserve one from your school. If need be, use a music stand!
      • Expecting a large crowd? You may need sound equipment. Check with a local church or your school media department for borrowing speakers. Megaphones can be an alternative.
      • Are you providing signs and/or encouraging people to bring signs? Give participants ideas of what to write on their signs (i.e. “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood”).
      • What day of the week works the best?
        • For on-campus rallies, weekdays would be best.
        • For off-campus rallies, weekends would be best.
      • Pick a time to host the rally.
        • For on-campus rallies, think about class change times/meal times. You want to hold your rally when the most people will see you.
        • For off-campus rallies, late morning/early afternoon tend to work the best with work/personal schedules.
      • Ask your Regional Coordinator to give your group some tips on how to talk about the issue that you are rallying for, so that your members feel prepared for any hard questions they may get.
    • Protest:
      • Will you have speakers? If so, who?
        • Make sure that they are an appropriate response to the event that you are protesting (i.e. if you are protesting an event about Planned Parenthood’s work with minority communities, don’t have all white speakers).
      • Will you be providing signs? If not, what kind of messages do you want people to display?
      • Bring a megaphone! It will ensure that people hear you, and insist that they see you!
      • How long do you want to protest? Think about when the most effective times will be for people to see you, and to get people to help.
      • Ask your Regional Coordinator to give your group some tips about how to act/what to say during a protest so that your members feel prepared for any hard questions they may get.
  1. Advertise!
  • Invite everyone to join you!
  • Make a Facebook event and invite everyone on your friends list. Share the event on local church and like-minded group pages. Ask your members share the event, too.
  • Ask an artistic group member to create a flyer and deliver copies to local community churches and like-minded groups.
  • Ask to have a few minutes at the beginning of a meeting for like-minded groups to talk about your upcoming protest/rally. Ask to have a few minutes to make an announcement at your church and other area churches.
  1. Show Up!
    • It’s the day of the protest/rally! Make sure that all your group members take the event seriously and actually come! Our opposition is getting noticed because of their ability to rally and protest, and because of their loud voices. It’s our turn! We want to be out there to show our peers and community that WE ARE THE PRO-LIFE GERNERATION, and we AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE!

What if the Media shows up?

Designate one person as the group spokesman. This person can reach out to your Regional Coordinator ahead of time to get talking points. This will be the member who will be interviewed by any media that might show up. Direct any media outlets to the designated spokesman, and ensure that your group comes across as professional and knowledgeable.

What if things escalate during a protest?

We don’t expect this to happen as we always encourage peaceful protests. However, if tensions do escalate during your event, remember that your safety and the safety of your members are the top priority. Immediately remove yourself and your group members from any potential danger, and then call campus security or the police before you continue with your event.

Questions? Contact your Regional Coordinator for more information.