How I hosted and planned a rally at eighteen
A few weeks ago my worst nightmare came true, I got the news that the Heartbeat Bill was going into effect this September. A very scary thing to hear as a sexual assault survivor. I didn’t sleep that night, and by the morning I had come to the decision, I would be hosting a rally in opposition to the Heartbeat Bill in order to protect victims of sexual assault. I want to show everyone that it is possible, especially for those already involved in activism, so I want to go through the steps that I took to plan this event so others can use it for reference.
Warning: This is so stressful and takes a lot of effort so be sure you are in the right headspace to take on the project.
- Figure out a date, time, and location for your event
- Start a Gofundme to raise money so you don’t have to front the whole cost.
- Contact big organizations in your city/metroplex; I used facebook messenger and email for reaching out.
- Make a lot of phone calls to people who could potentially help you organize.
- Contact speakers, get organizations to contact speakers, post about it everywhere: Instagram, tik tok, snapchat, twitter, facebook
- Rent a space, you will likely have to pay for security but you are allowed to protest/rally against something, that is your right, so that fee must be waived. Prepare for a lot of paperwork.
- Use facebook messenger to reach people you have never talked to
- Pull every connection you have, teachers, professors, old friends, family friends.
- Create a facebook event
- Create an event on eventbrite.com, and team up with other organizations
- Make volunteer t-shirts
- Get a speaker system (figure this out before hand) you can usually rent for a day and it isn’t that expensive
- Be respectful to law enforcement there, you cannot make a point if violence erupts.
- Have people go with you to the rally to help you set up.
- Have some chants ready
- Make a google form where people can sign up to volunteer
- Make pamphlets for the rally
- Use google calendar to keep track of meetings with people.
Hope these tips will help you some day on your activism journey!