This Saturday, 16 November, is a national day of action against rape culture. The last week has been incredible, and while so much of it has been so depressing; there have also been so many amazing people speaking out, and organising against rape culture. Giovanni Tiso has called it a surging tide, which it is - but unlike tides, which are the work of moons, this is the work of people, and if we organise we can have a permanent effect on future low and high tide marks (we're right at the edge of my knowledge about tides here).
So this post is about how we can build Saturdays demonstrations to be large and powerful. It's mostly a collection of links, so people have easy access to information. But my basic message is - invite people to come. Invite them in facebook, invite them in person, invite them through a poster or chalking. We all move in different networks - invite yours.
Auckland: Meet 2pm at QE2 Square Britomart
Wellington: Meet 2pm at the Bucket Fountain
Christchurch: Meet 12 pm at Remembrance Bridge
Dunedin: Meet at the Museum lawn at 11am
Palmerston North: Meet 2pm at the Square
Hamilton: Meet 7.30pm at Garden Place
If you're on tumblr, here's a nifty post you can share which lists all the demonstrations.
The Auckland poster is here - but it doesn't haven't the event details - you'd need to add those. This is a poster from the facebook group Misogyny busters.
The Hamilton poster as a jpg
The Palmerston North photo as a jpg
The Wellington poster in jpg and pdf
The Christchurch event doesn't have a poster yet, but the organising meeting is on Wednesday.
If you can, print out a few posters and put them up wherever people will see them - at work, in a shop, in a community hall, at your school, etc. etc. etc.
Have something you want to say about the last week? There are organised banner and placard making sessions in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington:
Auckland: 12 noon on Wednesday in the quad, Auckland University
Hamilton: 5.30pm on Wednesday at the Trade Union Centre on Harwood St
Wellington: 6.00pm on Wednesday at 19 Tory St.
Or make your own at home and bring it along
See you all there!