Animal ACTivists of Philly ("Philly4Animals") Message Board › Animal Activists of Philly Discussion Forum › Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your events like?
A. Our events are peaceful, educational and family friendly. Our organizers are mature animal advocates with years of experience organizing events and have learned that the best way to reach hearts and minds is through education in creative, positive ways.
Q. Can I post my event on the calendar?
A. If yours is an animal advocacy event, we will post it if you agree to the following guidelines:
(1) A positive, professional atmosphere - no name-calling, personal insults or personal attacks.
(2) No chanting
(3) No bullhorns except in a large, open area where amplified sound is necessary.
(4) Public venue (no demonstrations or protests at an individual's residence)
(5) Contact name and phone number in case of questions
Q: Why don't you like chanting or bullhorns?
A. We have found through years of experience in hundreds of demonstrations that chanting and bullhorns distance most people from our message rather than bring us together. Our goals are to educate and promote the recognition that animals have interests deserving respect. We believe such goals require us in turn to respect our target audience, and that yelling, screaming, chanting, etc. is disrespectful in almost every situation. We do think that bullhorn use can be appropriate in large, open spaces where amplified sound is necessary to reach our audience.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. We generally do not cancel demonstrations because of bad weather. We have held demonstrations in pouring rain, sub-zero temperatures or driving snow. However, certain events, such as petition-signings or poster displays, are dependent on decent weather because of the nature of the event. These events will usually indicate "weather-dependent" in the description. In addition, certain outreach events including the recent petition drive for the elephants at the Philadelphia Zoo, require a minimum number of participants in order to proceed. If circumstances change - such as one of the confirmed RSVP's is sick or otherwise cancels (this is only for an event requiring a minimum number of participants) - then the event may be cancelled. If the event is cancelled, an email will be sent to the group at the soonest possibly opportunity.
Edited by Marianne on Aug 23, 2009 5:49 PM