Former Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country of Poland have banded together and organized for some very eye-catching, very effective proactive activism against the religion. They’ve made a brief video, with English subtitles, to document their work; it’s only a few minutes long and absolutely one of the most uplifting things that former Jehovah’s Witnesses will see:
Note a few reasons why their proactive form of activism has been so successful, and some things to consider for other exJWs around the world:
Organization. There is nothing to say that an individual cannot or should not stage a protest on their own, but being organized with other people can mean moral support, especially if Jehovah’s Witnesses get aggressive in response.
The group was also aware of the meeting times so that they would reach the most people coming in and out of the Kingdom Halls and assembly halls, even moving back one demonstration when the JWs rescheduled their meeting.
Pre-planning. As with organizing the “who” and “when” of their demonstrations, these activists did not just show up and start yelling random thoughts, but they planned their words ahead of time. At an assembly hall, they even mentioned the 1975 doctrine that was just covered the day before their demonstrations!
Props and handouts. Having props, signs, banners, handouts, and other pieces is vitally important for any effective activism, as you can’t always expect Jehovah’s Witnesses to be the ones looking for information on the internet. A few well-chosen words on a sign can stick with someone; even a line or two that they see while hurriedly walking by can easily get the attention of JWs and raise doubts. Internet and YouTube addresses will also stay in their mind, and they can quickly find these when they’re ready to start doing their own research. Handouts and car signs are also good for warning passersby as to the real nature of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (I have handouts and flyers that are meant for such demonstrations on this page.)
Equipment. Beyond their props and handouts, the group came prepared with a battery-powered PA system that was easy to transport, and which helped save their vocal cords, I’m sure! I was given the link for the system they used, here, and was told that their only concern was that it was so powerful that they needed to ensure they spoke at a normal tone, otherwise they would appear to be shouting. This type of system is vitally important for demonstrations at larger facilities like assembly halls.
Legalities. One of the organizers told me that they ensured they had permits when required, and stayed off private property, standing only on public sidewalks. You can also see that they did not block foot traffic or vehicle traffic, avoiding making themselves a nuisance to the public, and also avoiding the risk of citations for trespassing.
If anyone would like to know more about how to make these types of demonstrations and protests a success, I’ve started a public Facebook group for those who want to share ideas and tips, and coordinate efforts, here. I’m also going to stay updated with these demonstrations in Poland and around the world as much as possible, so stay tuned, and consider getting involved. If exJWs follow the lead of these activists, I’m sure we can keep making noise against the Watchtower and be successful in finally seeing it crumble!
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