There’s a protest coming up in my area, and I really want to attend. It’s a peaceful protest against a slaughterhouse. The only problem? My mother doesn’t think “peaceful” protests are possible. How do I convince her to allow me to attend? There will be over 300 people, and she’s too busy to go with me.
I had the same problem! Show her instances of past peaceful protests, read up on the legal aspects so you can explain that you’ll be okay and that there won’t be any issue of her having to bail you out or pay fines. Most importantly, help her understand your cause. If she can’t see it from your point of view at all then she won’t budge. Good luck!
Maybe tell her you want to go more as an observer, to learn what goes on, what techniques work best, ways you might contribute in the future, etc. Assure her you will use common sense and stand aside if the protest becomes “unpeaceful”. Or find a responsible adult that will be attending and ask him/her to talk to your mom about the protest. There are so many successful protests, they just don’t make it into the news like the confrontational ones do. You can walk with signs, hand out brochures or flyers or stickers, sing, wear a costume and keep it wacky and funny but still get the message across. You can change the world little step by little step in a peaceful way, just like so many pacifists have in history.
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacifists
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