Holding a demonstration

Once you know exactly what you are campaigning for, it’s a great idea to hold a demonstration. Here are some tips to help your demonstration be successful:

  • Make sure everyone knows well in advance where to be and when. Get a list of email addresses for people who have promised to come along, and email them the day before to remind them.
  • Make placards carrying short and simple messages written in big black letters so the media can photograph and film them easily.
  • Invite Brake's giant mascot Zak the Zebra
  • Make sure your demonstration is safe and you don't put demonstrators' lives at risk from traffic.
  • Make sure your demonstration is seen and heard by the people who matter. Notify your local police community support officer or your police station and invite your MP, other officials and the media to come along.
  • Make sure that any approval/authorisation necessary to hold your protest has been granted before the demonstration takes place.
  • Combine your demonstration with education. For example, you could team up with the local police to stop drivers who are speeding and give them a leaflet written by local school kids about the need to slow down.