How to Organize a Rally or March

Public demonstrations can be a peaceful and meaningful way for activists to unite and raise awareness about a particular concern or issue.  A well-organized rally or march communicates a movement’s message clearly and accurately to the intended recipients and the broader public.

Tools for Change hosts this excellent guide by Syed Hussan to help activists organize an effective march or rally. The guide includes organizational tips, strategies to enhance the rally itself, as well as videos demonstrating best practices.

In Defense of Animals USA has created a list of site and pre-rally logistics that organizers can reference to ensure they are well prepared on the day of the demonstration.

For more assistance planning your demonstration, check out this resource by the Community Tool Box from the Working Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. This resource has valuable advice on how to best match the timing, location and strategy of a demonstration to your movement’s objectives.

 

Thank you for reading this story...

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all. But media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our only supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help.

If everyone who visits rabble and likes it chipped in a couple of dollars per month, our future would be much more secure and we could do much more: like the things our readers tell us they want to see more of: more staff reporters and more work to complete the upgrade of our website.

We’re asking if you could make a donation, right now, to set rabble on solid footing in 2017.

Make a donation.Become a monthly supporter.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.