Skip to comments.Freeping lessons please
Posted on 04/02/2002 6:55:31 PM PST by Mensch
Pardon the vanity, but does anybody know where I can obtain information on carrying out a successful Freep? Slogans, chants, taunts, street theater, tactics those sorts of things.
I know the left holds inumerable seminars on this stuff, but I believe right thinking individuals are pretty much bereft of such resources. Any help is appreciated.
My experience a few weeks ago was a freep of the Red Cross. I was moved by extreme disgust at the Red Cross for not letting a high school singing group sing their songs because they included "God Bless America," etc.
I found out that the Red Cross was having a luncheon at a local hotel, called the hotel and got the time of the luncheon, posted on a thread that I was going there to freep the Red Cross, pinged all the local freepers I could find, and then made my signs. There were only four of us (plus two kids), but it was GREAT!
1. It depends upon who and where you are freeping.
2. Bring a bullhorn if you think they will: $85 at Radio Shack.
3. No justice, No peace.
4. All we are saying is GIVE WAR A CHANCE
Don't know what they call themselves.
When you hold a gigantic demonstration and 99.9% of the people are on the right side of the issues, the .1% of the lefties get all the newscoverage.
When you hold a small demonstration and 99.9% of the people are on the left side of the issues, the 99.9% of the lefties get all the newscoverage.
I know the truth on this one.
Make sure your signs can be read from a distance. That means large thick lettering (spelling counts!). Use short, blunt phrases on your signs to get your message across.
Know your subject matter. Whatever it is that motivated you to go out and protest should be your main message.
Take a large American flag with you to hold or mount on a pole in the ground near you--especially if you're countering an anti-war demonstration.
Be passionate, but not obnoxious. Be vocal, but not overbearing.
Speak the truth.
There's more, of course, but that's it in a nutshell. Hope it helps.
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GUIDELINES FOR PROTESTS, RALLIES, MARCHES OR WHEN MEETING THE PUBLIC
NOTE: The following are general guidelines. Laws governing such events vary from city to city. In the case of a spontaneous street corner demonstration, a permit is not required, but your local law enforcement is the best source of information.
Contact local law enforcement and let them know your plans. Give them the name of a contact person for the event that will be in attendance (and a cell phone number, if possible.)
Obtain a permit whenever required by law
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Stay on sidewalks and keep moving. Do not block the sidewalks or prevent pedestrians from passing Signs should always be in good taste. When at all possible, utilize humor as opposed to anger as it is more effective in getting your message across.
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If counter-protesters or hecklers are present, do not engage them with insults, obscene gestures or profanity Respect the First Amendment rights of others. Keep a distance of at least 20 feet between your group and any counter-demonstrators.
Do not interfere with media coverage of their actions. Never resort to threats, violence, profanity, vulgarity or racist remarks as they will cement peoples opinions against you.
Dress and behave in a professional manner.
When the protest is over, make sure the area is free of trash and other protest items. Local law enforcement will remember who was respectful of public property!
Remember, your mission is to support the rule of law under the U.S. Constitution.
Thank you to Roger Hunter and Pete Kessler who wrote the original "rules for protesting" in 1998 and from which much these guidelines were derived!
These are suggested guidlines.
The DC Chapter's Warlord speaks with the wisdom of experience. Stay on message. Remain civil in your discourse (I always forget that one). Break off your discussions when they go circular. Use wit as a rapier.
Now I have another question. It looks like I'm pretty much going to be conducting this freep solo. I am however blessed with three son's (ages 14, 10, & 5) who I can press into service, if I so desire. I have ruled out takeing the youngest, but I'm considering bringing the other two. In your opinions, do children belong on a Freep? Does FR have a policy on this?