Demonstrating is the key to our democracy and while times have changed, we still make our positions known and our passion felt by expressing it at a demonstration. The things that I have learned for effective demonstrating are the following:
- Do not take a chain saw to the Capitol Building or any Federal building for that matter. There is a sensitivity to power tools amongst crowds and nobody appreciates “Made in America” when it comes to perceived weapons.
- Everything changes when you actually start the chain saw.
- While you can go “shirt optional” its better to have a t-shirt in the back pocket just in case you get thrown in the wagon.
- Wrapping yourself in the American Flag may have a beneficial effect or a traumatic one. Be aware of the audience you are protesting with and exactly where you are.
- Have an exit strategy. You never know when you might need to get the hell out of there fast.
- It helps to actually believe in what you are demonstrating for rather than just taking a sick day for a walk in the sunshine.
- Don’t call in sick and then show up at a demonstration. More chances than not that your picture may show up somewhere you were not expecting.
- Wear underwear under the flag, you never know if someone wants a souvenir.
- Make sure you thank the person who brought you and takes you home, walking is a bitch when you look like security threat. (Thanks Shelly!)