THE STREET CAN BE ANALYSED AS A CONTINUOUSLY EVOLVING MANIFESTO OF CONTEMPORARY LIFE, A SETTING WHERE EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES LEAD TO FRACTURE AND UNITY. PROCESSES OF CHANGE ARE BORN ON THE STREET. IN STREET DEMONSTRATIONS, CITIZENS TRANSFORM PRIVATE SENTIMENTS INTO COLLECTIVE STATEMENTS.
For responsible citizenship repeat regularly. Allow the message of your banner to ‘bake’ well as best results take time. Live with your banner- bring it home after the demo and hang on wall – this will help you keep your cause uppermost in your mind. Banner(s) can be reused. They will form a visual archive of how and when political and social change was effected. Reflect on demo experience or debrief with your fellow citizens. Plan another banner for the next street demo.
REMEMBER THIS IS A PROCESS NOT A PROTEST.
Zaktivist citizen Jones
For years I have been an activist on the streets. Seasons change, governments change, haircuts change and the price of beers change, yet vital policies for fair citizenship remain stagnant or are removed – social justice is so often in crisis.
For me taking my banners on the street is a constant lifestyle activity, like going to the gym – only, by attending demos you still keep fit and at the same time hopefully effect social and political change, not just your waistline. I always have a favourite bit of the street, a corner, a bench or a particular tree – a spot to meet my regular demo mates. This becomes my special demo place where I can relax for a while when tired, watching fellow citizens with their banners.