Do you really want to grab attention? Organize a march! Marching has been used as a form of protest and awareness raising for many years, by many groups and in support of many issues.
These movements made a BIG impact by hitting the streets:
- Martin Luther King Jr. along with a number of civil rights and religious groups marched on Washington to shed light on the struggle African Americans were facing in the U.S. in the 1960s. At the end of this march, King gave his renowned “I have a Dream” speech.
- The Occupy Wall Street movement started in New York City and spread to cities around the world, including Winnipeg. Protesters carried signs declaring themselves as “the 99%”, referring to a great disparity in wealth equality where “the 1%” were holding the majority of wealth and power.
- Idle No More is a movement that gained momentum across Canada starting in 2012 and grew to other countries, such as Australia and Brazil, to bring attention to the rights of Indigenous people. Since the movement started, Idle No More activists have been putting pressure on the government to protect the environment, build sovereignty and bring Indigenous issues into the public eye. The group has organized a number of marches that often make the news here in Manitoba.
If you want to get a taste for marching, join climate activists this Sunday, November 29 as they march from St. Boniface to the Forks. For more information, see the poster below: