Genocide Awareness Project/Justice for All ExhibitMore Activism Ideas
The Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) and Justice for All Exhibit are a traveling photo-mural exhibits which compare the contemporary genocide of abortion to historically recognized instances of genocide. Both are excellent events for general conservative groups and pro-life groups to hold on campus.
Abortion is a horrific practice, the enormity of which can hardly be expressed with words. For that exact reason, these two exhibits travel to colleges across the country to display photo exhibits highlighting the horror of abortion, reframing abortion as a matter of protecting human life rather than a women’s rights issue.
This is a very confrontational event suitable only for strong and dedicated groups. You should be prepared for conflict, but this event is guaranteed to spread your message and bring the issue of infanticide to the forefront of discussion on your campus.
This event can be done at anytime of the year. However, it is typically held outdoors, so weather is a consideration. One day that might work well for your group is March 25, the International Day of the Unborn.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION
1. Contact the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform or Justice for All. If you contact GAP, explain that you want to bring the Genocide Awareness Project to your campus. GAP will supply everything needed for the event. Visit the GAP website at www.abortionno.org/gap.html. The Justice for All exhibit will similarly work with you, and may be contacted at www.jfaweb.org.
2. Reserve space on campus for the event. Contact the Student Activities Office and attempt to reserve the most high-traffic area available. Some groups hosting this event have posted signs announcing the event to passersby approaching the display from all directions. While this might potentially decrease the number of people who view the signs, you might consider it as a courtesy to those who feel unable to see the display.
3. Invite allied organizations. Ask other pro-life organizations on campus or in the outside community to assist with the display or set up an informational booth. This is a great way to strengthen cooperation between different groups in the pro-life movement, and to increase attendance and volunteers in the form of members of the other groups. Groups to consider inviting are other campus conservative groups and religious youth groups.
4. Advertise! Success depends on how well you publicize your event, so you should advertise early and often. This doesn’t necessarily mean paid advertising; “earned media” may work even better for you. Click here to learn several important publicity measures to use before, during, and after the event.
5. Create a schedule. Have members of your group volunteer as much time as possible to monitor the display and speak to passersby.
6. Prepare for opposition. Keep a video camera available at all times, and record any aggression – both verbal and physical. If some behaves belligerently, ask why he or she objects to your exercise of your right to free speech. If objectors are pro-choice, consider asking why they object to images of what they believe to be a simple medical procedure. For more information on how to deal with opposition on campus, reference "Fight Back."
7. Advertise! (again) The fact that your event is over does not mean that your public relations work is done. Earned media can be extremely useful to you. Click here to learn several important follow-up publicity measures to do after the event is finished.