Info for Organizers

 

Important note: don’t share this link in public!

 

Great that you are thinking about organizing a protest to show support to the children and their parents that are being separated in Norway. The size of your protest pretty much depends on what you can do. But even a small protest with just 5 or 10 people can make a difference. The more cities are represented, the greater the impact. Here are some things for you to consider that might be helpful as you prepare for the protest:

 


1. Before the protest


Find out what the regulations are regarding a demonstration in your city. In general there is freedom of speech and the right to peacefully assemble in public. In some places you might have to send an Email to the local authorities 48 hrs ahead of time to let them know what you are doing and how many people are approximately expected to come. In some places you might have to ask for permission. This can be different depending in what country you live. A quick phone call with the local authorities will help to answer your open questions. Also you should be able to find this information online (for example HERE if you live in Georgia, USA).

Choose a place for the protest. If possible try to do it near a Norwegian embassy or consulate. But you can do it at any other public place as well. Make sure to check out the place beforehand, so that you are already familiar with it.

Set up a Facebook event page with all necessary details. To get an idea what this could look like, check the event page of the protest in Vienna. Feel free to copy the text and to add further information for your event. Make sure that the header of the Facebook event page has the same design, so that it can be recognized. Please send us the link to your page and we will have it listed on our site. Click HERE to download the Facebook header.

Invite people to join. If you talk to people face to face, ask them to join on your Facebook event. Make sure they get the link. If you’re attending a Church tell your Pastors/Leaders about the event. Invite them to give a short speech and a prayer during the protest. If they see the need they might actually ask the entire Church to join you on the street. This happened in 2016, when Romanian Pastors took their Churches on the streets to pray and protest for the Bodnariu family who had their children removed by Barnevernet in Norway.

Prepare posters and banners. Make sure to use our designed material. The impact will be much bigger if the same posters and banners are seen in every city (important for photos and videos). In addition to that you can also create posters and banners with your own design. Make sure that you have some in ENGLISH so that the message would be understood everywhere!

If you click on the button, a new window will open on „box.com“. There click on the DOWNLOAD Button and save the file on your computer. The PDFs come in a zipped folder in the rar-format. You first need to unzip the folder before you can open it. No password needed.

 


2. At the protest


Make sure that someone would take Photos and record Video footage. You can also record video interviews and ask people why they joined the protest (English please for the international community). The actual impact will happen after the protest as soon as the photos and videos are online on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Important: Everything that will be published from the protest needs to be published with the Hashtag  #Sept7Protest.

The Hashtag #Sept7Protest is VERY important. If you click on it on social media after the protest, all the photos and videos will show up that were tagged with this Hashtag. This is our actual message on social media!

You and also other participants might want to take photos with the smartphone and publish them on Facebook immediately. Always remember: the photos must be available in public mode and with the Hashtag #Sept7Protest. Make sure to communicate that well and why this Hashtag is so important.

 


3. After the protest


Again use the Hashtag #Sept7Protest for publishing any material on social media.

Please send us your video footage so we can create a video that shows the different protests in the different cities. You can send us your videos by using a free service called WeTransfer: www.wetransfer.com   Just follow the instructions, get the download link and send it directly to our video editor Mr. Jo Hoffmann, and don’t forget to mention the name of your city and country.  His Email: johoffmann@aon.at

 


4. Info on individual cases


Here is some background information on the cases that are shown on the posters. You might find this helpful if you want to prepare speeches for the protest.

 

Amy Jakobsen and her son Tyler

Tyler was removed in 2013 over a nursing issue. Amy hasn’t seen him since Sept. 2014, and he is about to get forcibly adopted.

 

Natalya Shutakova’s Children

Three American Children who were just recently removed over a phone that was temporarily taken away as a disciplinary measure.

 

Natalie de Linde’s Children

Moving from one place to an other was used by Norway’s Child welfare services as a reason to remove Natalie’s five Children in June 2016. She got her oldest son back. She is allowed to see her second son 10x per year and the other 3 children only 4x per year.