Strike Organizing: high school

 
 
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First steps

  1. Create a core team of other youth who are interested in organizing

  2. Pick a time and place for the strike. The set time and location should be convenient for students. Also think about what times and locations will allow the most visibility for the cause.

  3. Make a Facebook event (and consider an event with EventBrite)

  4. Connect with other schools in your city to see if they’re organizing a strike, coordinated strike are way more powerful!

 

Making your strike impactful (Build-UP)

  • Talk to students, clubs and teachers about your strike. Ask teachers not to put important tests or assignments on the day of the strike.

  • Get students to sign a petition saying that they will strike and why, this is evidence that we want action you can create your own petition or use the CSC petition linked below (coming soon).

  • Grow your strike team by having one on ones with people interested in helping.

  • Hold events leading up to the strike to hype people up, examples are, banner drops, poster making events, movie nights, workshops, dinners or anything to get people to have fun with their co-organizers.

  • Be sure to have an art build in the week leading up to the strike

  • Hand out flyers and table in your school if allowed to promote your strike

  • Hand out green circles to students who sign the petition agreeing to strike. Green felt circles are how students across Canada are showing they’re participating in the climate strike movement. Adults can wear the circle to show they support student strikers.

  • Connect with other schools in your city and organize a route to meet one another, it will show larger numbers and you’ll be able to shut down the streets.

  • Reach out to your local university’s environment clubs and ask them to join the strike.

 

Planning your strike (logistics)

Contact your municipality to advise them about your strike and inquire about whether you need a permit. If your city requires it, contact the police and ask them to block the roads for the march.

  1. Find an MC for the event. This individual should be able to clearly articulate your message, as well as energize the crowd!

  2. If you expect a good turnout, consider having a few “peacekeepers”/ marshals to ensure that the strike stays safe, on route, and on time. This is a good role for adult allies.

  3. The route should be pre-planned, with people specifically designated as leaders breaking the students up into groups. This allows for the strike to have a larger presence, while leaving no area untouched. Think of passing by iconic sites that would make good pictures.

  4. Make sure you have next steps prepared. Will there be another strike? Are there opportunities for strikers to help organize future events?

  5. Pick speakers. 

    1. Focus on representing a diverse range of youth speakers

    2. Also find a couple of adult leaders to speak, if possible

    3. A lot of political science professors would love to participate and talk on this issue!

  6. Make sure you have chants prepared - make some signs too! Chants should be short and simple so that everyone can easily repeat them, but still impactful. Chants are what many people remember at the strike. Examples of effective chants are:

    1. 1.5 to stay alive

    2. Our planet, our future

    3. What do we want? Climate action! When do we want it? Now!