Things to remember:
When planning an action (after you’ve nailed the publicity to get people there) there are some roles it’s good to have filled on the day:
- Scouts – to go ahead and report back on the situation before you start.
- Media – a spokesperson ready to speak to the press, and someone ‘off site’ who can send out a press release straight away once it’s happened and forward on media enquiries.
- Social media – people both there and ‘off site’ sending updates from the action and getting them out far and wide.
- Documentation – people taking photos and videos, and being ready to get them uploaded and set out fast if needed.
- Public engagement – people making sure the public know what the action is about and handing out flyers or information.
- Welcomer! – actions are a great place to recruit people for your group. Make sure you’ve got sign-up sheets and collect the details of people involved.
- Security/police liaison – someone to talk to any security presence about what’s going on and reassure them it’s ok. Be as vague as you can, and don’t give away personal information.
- Staff liaison – if workers are being disrupted in any way, having someone to explain to them what’s going on and reassure them they are perfectly safe and not the target of the protest is important.
- ‘Vibes’ watcher – someone making sure that everyone is ok and the mood stays high!
- Legal observers – to watch out for your legal rights, if you need them!
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