Protest movements have been a part of American life since the country’s founding, and they continue to this day. Here are some tips for organizing a successful protest.


Agree as a group ahead of time what it is you want and when you want it by


Start with a hashtag and work backwards


Educate your protesters about their rights that will be violated by police resistance


Don’t worry about making the perfect sign—in the end, your individual impact on world affairs is statistically insignificant


Compose a chant that somehow rhymes patriarchy with Islamophobia


Make your protest as welcoming as possible—everyone can march and hold a sign, but some people might not be comfortable handcuffing themselves to a truck to get Pepsi Blue back

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Press your trousers before marching—nothing says you mean business like a crisp pleat


Make sure enough people say they’re going on the Facebook event so that you don’t have to show up yourself

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Keep momentum going after the protest by having several discussions over the next few days about how important it will be to keep momentum going