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How to: Have a successful Berkeley protest

Posted By Lynn Yu On Nov 9, 2011 @ 7:47 pm In The Specials | Comments Disabled

Protest days are excellent  — lectures are canceled (shout-out to Letters and Sciences!), the atmosphere is charged with collective activist spirit, and Cal goes aboutDSC02460 doing what Cal does best.

Today’s Occupy Cal, Day of Action [1] or whatever you wish to call it, was enormous in terms of turnout [2]. But how does this campus consistently have widely-viewed protests week after week? What is it that we do? For those cities and campuses around the country hoping to host a large-scale protest consisting of the 99 percent, here are a few key things to do on protest day:

Step 1: Begin with picket lines and catchy phrases. People with signs walking around in a circle and blocking traffic tends to attract attention. Catch-phrases from today’s protest included: “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” “No cuts, no fees, education must be free” and “If you privatize, we will occupy!”

Ring around the rosie...

Ring around the rosie...

This, however, may get boring after a while, so it is essential that live entertainment is nearby.

Boosting morale

Boosting morale

Step 2: Plan the mass protest for rush hour. Optimize class release time — if noon happens to be the time when the most amount of people will be on Sproul Plaza, then wait to maximize the number of people who will be forced to walk by your cause.

Here come the masses...

Here come the masses...

Step 3: Converge. Complain. Chant. We’ll let the pictures do the talking for themselves.

There were lots and lots...

There were lots and lots...

...and lots and lots...

...and lots and lots...

...and lots and lots of protesters

...and lots and lots of protesters

Step 4: March on the city. Finally, the part we’ve all been waiting for — flooding the streets and storming the Bastille, a.k.a. screaming loudly outside Bank of America. Make sure to clog — no pun intended — major streets, ensuring great irritation from law enforcement [3].

Occupy Cal

Occupy Cal

Trollin' Durant

Trollin' Durant

Down with the banks!

Down with the banks!

Lastly, it is paramount that you have awesome signs. And with that, we’ll refer you to our other post and encourage you to vote for your favorite protest sign of Occupy Cal [4]!

Clog out!

Image Sources (all): Lynn Yu, Daily Cal
Earlier: Productively procrastinate during midterms [5]


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[1] Day of Action: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/11/08/day-of-action-festivities/#more-33546

[2] enormous in terms of turnout: http://www.dailycal.org/2011/11/09/over-a-thousand-participate-in-occupy-cal-protest/

[3] law enforcement: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/11/09/ucpd-ready-for-some-day-of-action/#more-33619

[4] we’ll refer you to our other post and encourage you to vote for your favorite protest sign of Occupy Cal: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/11/09/vote-for-your-favorite-occupy-cal-protest-sign/

[5] Productively procrastinate during midterms: http://clog.dailycal.org/2011/10/10/how-to-productively-procrastinate-during-midterms/

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