Interested in hosting a #MarchForTruth event?
March for truth events can come in all shapes and sizes: marches, parades, rallies, sit-ins, meetings, lone citizens standing in an intersection with a sign.
Here are some basics for organizers:
Make sure you have a permit if it is necessary in your community, especially if you’re going to be using a sound system or even a bullhorn. Here are some good notes on your right to demonstrate.
Come equipped to make some noise: bullhorns; pots, pans, and wooden spoons; tambourines and others percussions; any musical instrument you can comfortably carry.
Signs are easier to hold for hours if you’ve got a stick of some sort to grasp onto rather than holding up the edges of a sign board.
Make sure to invite your local representatives. This is a local issue, too. Remember that Russian intelligence hacked into local election systems, and they will try to do so again, as FBI Director Comey testified this week.
This is an investigation and a legal process that is going to take a long time. We must get as many friends and family to show up on June 3rd to show our leaders that we remain vigilant and demand an independent investigation. We’re not going away- and we won't stand for partisan delays or obstruction.
There is a lot of noise around the #RussiaGate investigation- and some of it is just that. Reach out to local speakers who can present credible, fact-checked information about Russia’s meddling in our election and the Trump family’s ties to Russia and Russian businesses. Some examples of great speakers to invite are elected officials, university professors, historians, civic leaders, veterans, teachers, former intel officers and former intel analysts, former civil servants, election rights and election security advocates. Make sure speakers come prepared to discuss key points around #RussiaGate as reported by the Washington Post, New York Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and other credible outlets.
Speakers should present three major points in no more than five minutes. Less is more.
Three to six speakers are ideal. Anymore than that and the crowd starts to get restless.
Make sure that you have volunteers or marshalls on hand wearing brightly colored or otherwise easily identifiable t-shirts, hats, or something to that effect. Make sure that they’re equipped with all necessary info: march route, list of speakers, schedule, etc.
Do have a volunteer collect emails on a clipboard if people would like to learn about future #RussiaGate related calls to action. This is an urgent issue that’s not going away- we know, for instance, that the Senate investigation is already slated to stretch into the fall.
Leave people with a call to action: what should they do when they get home? We propose that they should make five calls to representatives to tell them why they marched and ask for an independent investigation.
Have your organizing committee produce a statement of principle of why you’re marching and send it to MarchForTruth@gmail.com so we can publish it on our site.
Reach out to us so that we can add your event to the national map can share images, get you involved in organizer calls, and share further information as we get closer to June 3rd. Write to email@example.com.
- Let us know how else we can better help you! We’re all in this together and have a long fight ahead. We will protect our democracy together like our lives depend on it because they do.
And remember: this is about building community. Russia's interference in our election- and the possibility that Americans colluded- is a brazen attack on our open society. We win when execute our rights- to demonstrate peacefully in pursuit of a more perfect union.
ALL MARCH FOR TRUTH EVENTS MUST BE PEACEFUL, NONVIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS
You are responsible for the events you are hosting. We believe in the principles of nonviolence. There have been some instances of counter protests across the country in the past few weeks and we all need to be aware of it.
Here are some basic tips from Progressive Democrats of America on how to ensure a peaceful event:
1) Identify peace keepers in your group. (These can also be marshals if you don't have extra volunteers.) Plan on having about 1 per 100 attendees. Pick those who have been trained in de-escalation techniques if they are available. Otherwise, pick people with non volatile personalities.
2) DO NOT ENGAGE COUNTER PROTESTERS. Period. At all. Ignore them. The last thing we want is a press photo of one of your people with an aggressive face engaged with the other side. We are right. We take the high road.
3) If someone in your group doesn't abide by rule 2, peacefully and lovingly ask that member to step away.
4) If that participant refuses to step away, then disavow their actions and create open space around the confrontation.