Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq


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12 actions for 12 years of sanctions

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5 - Hold a stall or vigil

Holding a regular stall or vigil is a good way of getting the message across, and can be done as a group or as an individual.

To be effective, a stall should be eyecatching and in a central location. You could consider making a banner with a short, sharp message on it to hang over the front of your stall or to use as a backdrop. You can then distribute information documents such as leaflets, newsletters and briefings to members of the public, as well as meet with and talk to them. You must be ready to argue with and convince people with widely different opinions and levels of knowledge on the issue. It may also be beneficial to have something for people you have convinced to do, such as signing a petition or postcard, or giving their contact details to receive further information.

One particularly effective way getting noticed is to hold a silent vigil in the centre of town. You could make banners or placards stating who you are and why you’re there, and you could also consider ways to make the appearance of the vigil more striking, such as having everyone wearing black or holding candles. You can then have a number of people close by handing out leaflets and talking to people about the sanctions.


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