How to Plan a Million Mask March
in 10 Easy Steps
by Susan Basko
Maybe you've heard about the Million Mask March scheduled for November 5th. This is a world-wide peaceful march. Maybe you want to plan a march for your own city or town. Here is how.
Here is some credible information about MMM:
The official website with local events: http://millionmaskmarch.wordpress.com/
The official FB event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/505027169551591/
The official MMM Twitter acct: www.twitter.com/MillionMaskMarc
NOTE: Do not get involved in groups other than those listed at the links above. There are some strange groups forming from questionable sources.
HOW TO PLAN A MILLION MASK MARCH in 10 Easy Steps:
I) First check to see if there is a march already planned for your location. If so, join in with that group. The list is here: http://millionmaskmarch.wordpress.com/
II) If you need to plan your own march, it is too late in almost any city to get a permit. Therefore, to run a legal protest, you will need to hold it in a plaza or on the public sidewalk. How to do this:
1) Choose a location that is a publicly-owned plaza such as by a City Hall, government building, etc. or a place on a public sidewalk. If possible, get a local lawyer to help you with your plans.
2) The date is November 5, 2013. Choose a 2-hour time slot. Most likely is a 2-hour slot between the hours of noon and 8 pm. That is a Tuesday. For example, 2pm - 4pm is a great time slot. But if you want students and workers to be able to attend, then 5-7pm or 6-8pm might be better. Plan according to what works for your people. The time slot is start to finish and includes gathering, running your protest, speakers, music and dancing, ending, and clean-up. Plan and write your schedule and get helpers to keep it on time.
3) Create a facebook page for your event. Invite people using the Facebook invite system. Invite others.
4) Make a twitter account for your event. Post your updates.
5) Put your march on the list: http://millionmaskmarch.wordpress.com/
6) Send out press releases: http://millionmaskmarchmap.wix.com/info#!pressrelease/c1tsl
7) Check your state and municipal statutes to see if it is illegal to wear masks in public. If it is, print up masks, back them with cardboard or foam core board, and tape them to a flat stick, so you are holding them, not wearing them. MASK TO PRINT: http://www.guyfawkesmask.org/
8) Plan what you are going to do at the protest. Dancing, music, a speaker, drums, etc. are all good. It is nice to have a live streamer, live tweeters, photographers, videos, etc.
9) The theme is freedom of internet and freedom from surveillance.
10) Run your protest. Afterwards, clean up. Pick up any papers or fliers that were dropped on the ground. Leave the space cleaner and neater than you found it.