The purpose of a protest is to bring attention to a cause. The first amendment gives us the right for peaceful protest. Here are the steps you need to take to form a peaceful protest.
1. Get People on Your Team
Gather people who are interested about your cause and willing to sacrifice a moment of their time to bring public awareness. A good place to recruit for protesters are at universities.
2. Plan a Route Schedule
Once you have your group together, the next step is to plan a route for your protest. This involves the day, time and locations you plan on covering during your march. The most ideal route would be high traffic areas where your group can get the most visibility.
3. Get Legal Permission
Most cities will require you to obtain a permit for protest. Getting the permit will involve you filling out an application that list your expected number of protesters, the time, date and routes you will be taking. A fee is usually charged for this permit.
4. Notify Police
Once you are granted a permit, you must notify your local police department and provide the time, date and route for your protest. The police can assist your group by setting up blockades at certain sections along your route. Notifying the police ensures that you are not trespassing on certain properties and blocking entrances of business buildings and traffic.
5. Advertise & Notify the Media
Advertisement is the best way to get large numbers of people to show up for your protest. Another way to get more attention is to notify your local news station.
Follow these steps and your peaceful protest can make a change.