38 Degrees members across Scotland are meeting up this Saturday 28 March to collect signatures and talk to the public about TTIP – the dangerous EU-US trade deal.
Already 12,000 of us have signed local petitions in every constituency in Scotland, telling our MP candidates to oppose TTIP. Let’s make these petitions even bigger – we’ll make sure every single candidate knows just how important it is that they listen to us and stand up to TTIP.
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1. THE LOGISTICS: ON THE DAY
What will happen on the day?
38 Degrees members are coming together to tell as many people as possible about this dangerous trade deal. We’re going to build up the local petitions, telling our Westminster candidates to stand up to TTIP. Groups will have petition sheets and flyers to hand out.
There won’t be a member of the 38 Degrees staff team at your local event, but there should be other 38 Degrees members there. You can click here to see how many people are expected in your area.
If you don’t want to meet up with a local group, you could just post the leaflets through the letterboxes on your street and put your TTIP poster up somewhere people can see it!
What to take with you:
Leaflets to hand out – volunteers will receive these before Saturday
A camera or smartphone if you have one to take pictures so you can share what’s happening on social media or emailing the 38 Degrees office team
Any posters or placards you’d like to make and take
Handing out your leaflets
Try to find a prominent place with lots of foot traffic where you’re leafleting. Gather together with other 38 Degrees members who have come along.
1. I NEED LEAFLETS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Everyone who sets up an event will receive 500 leaflets and some petition sheets to hand out to everyone on the day. If you think you’ll be able to hand out more and you’re able to print them off at home, please click this link for a copy of the flyers.
2. I’VE NOT DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE – ANY TIPS?
Lots of people will have done this before and lots will be doing it for the first time. Use each other for support. Before the day you can chat to the other people in your area to ask their advice. Some people are meeting up before Saturday to talk through their plans.
Whatever your level of experience, there’s a few basic things to keep in mind. The first is to make sure you’re being respectful to everyone you meet and to keep yourself safe at all times.
The second is to have fun and be proud! Talking to people in your community and leafleting on an important issue you care about is fantastic. Whether you’re part of a big group with a market stall in a town, or walking your own street letterboxing in your village, you’re part of a much bigger movement to fix or scrap TTIP.
Some talking points to help start discussions:
Although it may seem daunting, having a conversation with others is one of the most effective ways to communicate your message. Remember, not everyone will agree with you (or even want to stop and talk at all) and that’s okay. Don’t be disheartened or take it personally, by being on the streets you’re already raising awareness about this secret trade deal.
Although a rehearsed speech might not be the best way to engage people in your community you might want to think of a few introductions to try and catch the attention of passers-by. Try a few different approaches with your group and share what happens!
The packet of materials contains a range of potential conversation starters, but simply asking someone “have you heard about TTIP?” might be enough to start a really good conversation.
How do I answer in-depth questions about TTIP?
You don’t have to be an expert! If someone has a question about TTIP and you’re not sure about the answer, you can point them to the web address on the bottom of the flyer. The site includes links to further reading about TTIP, and should give any interested members of the public the answers they need.
3. LEGAL INFO
Where should I give out my leaflets? Is it legal to give out leaflets?
There are a few different rules about giving out leaflets, but it’s definitely legal!
If you’re in a public place, you’re well within your rights to hand leaflets out to the public if it’s for a charity, or a political or religious group. So these leaflets will definitely be allowed. If anyone does ask you to move, put the ball back in their court and ask where you can hand them out instead.
If you’re meeting up somewhere that could be considered private property – like inside of a shopping centre – security or the centre’s managers could ask you to leave. If you are asked to leave somewhere by staff or security it’s best to do so and move to a public space to carry on handing out your leaflets.
4. IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS….
You can get in touch with the 38 Degrees office team.
Call: 0207 970 6023
I can’t attend (or unable/afraid to/ don’t want to sign up online etc) the day of action. How can I get involved?
You can still put a TTIP poster in your window or tell your friends and family about this secret deal. There will definitely be other opportunities to get involved – in the next few weeks people will be contacting MPs and MEPs to let them know our concerns about TTIP.
If you don’t use social media why not email friends and family instead? Are there any local groups you know who might be interested?
If you’re a journalist and would like to speak to our media team, you can find our press office number on our media page.