5. Advance Preparations

Several key aspects of your Rally have to be prepared well in advance. Special guest speakers will need to fit the Rally into their schedules. Signs and literature need to be ordered. Hunting down a stage and sound system may take some days.

Recruiting speakers for your Rally

Your Rally will be most successful if you can recruit some engaging speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Good speakers could include pastors, priests or bishops, pro-life politicians, post-abortive women, pro-life activists, attorneys, doctors, or other people of local not.

Remember, any busy speaker will have their schedules booked well in advance, so start making calls for speakers immediately.

Signs and literature

If you signed on as a Rally Captain by midnight, Thursday, November 18, you will receive a set of 20 signs for your Rally (10 “Supreme Court: Overturn Roe” signs and 10 “Stop Abortion Now” signs), and a packet of 100 copies of the “Roe v. Wade: What’s at Stake” flyer.

If you signed on later — or if you want to have more signs — you’ll need to leave plenty of time to make signs for your Rally or have them printed at a print shop like FedEx Office or Office Depot. If you make your own signs, keep the focus on the abortion issue, avoiding any political themes.

Rally stage and sound system

Rally Stage: Even for a small Rally, some kind of stage area is advantageous. This could be as simple as having your emcee and guest speakers on the capitol steps, or as sophisticated as a rented stage, complete with steps and a backdrop.

A competent volunteer carpenter might be willing to build a simple wooden stage raised a foot or two off the ground. Stage platforms are also fairly inexpensive to rent from a local rental facility.

Sound System: Depending on the size of your rally, you may need to employ a sound system.

For a larger crowd—say, 100 or more—a public address system (P.A.) is ideal. Your church, local pro-life group or civic organization may have one you can borrow, or you can rent a P.A. from a local rental company or music store.

If you use sound amplification, you may run into problems with local noise ordinances—especially if your Rally is being held at a courthouse, where it is important not to interrupt court proceedings.

If you obtained a permit, you will already have requested permission to use a sound system. Still, the police may ask you to turn it down, and you should comply with such reasonable requests (see “Working with police at your pro-life event,” on the Pro-Life Action League website).

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