This is cross posted at Pro Life Action League.
I agree with his analysis is that even a beautiful day their numbers were paltry....it could be their muddled messages. I was unable to attend the one in Nashville and searched for coverage and went to their public Facebook page to see their photos which I posted and they objected but hey, they would only post flattering photos right?? They should have been happy for the coverage because only Channel 5 covered them in online and no video that I could find and their one and only photo was not flattering at all....a lone speaker with a bullhorn?
They warned me not to post pictures with children in them which I did not and it made me wonder if it was not a good rally to bring kids to. Since they had so many sponsors endorsing them...and a beautiful day in most cities...is this non response surprising??
I will be out of country on June 8th and hope someone will step up in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. I see Memphis is on the list...good for them. I can tell you PLAL gives you all the guidance
you need and from someone who never put on a rally before the hardest part was getting the word out...but I as expecting 75-100 since it was a work day but I think our final reported count was 700.
Posted by Matt Yonke (May 1, 2012 at 8:11 am)
One of last weekend’s “Unite Women” rallies juxtaposed with one of last month’s “Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies
As the picture indicates, the response was paltry. Even in New York City, where thousands gathered on March 23 in defense of religious freedom, only a few hundred showed up to protest.
They may have had a few B-list celebrity speakers, but they were pitching their muddled message to largely empty audiences. Outside of some talk about the so-called “war on women”, their message was as scattered as could be.
Unite Women for What?At some Rallies it was about Planned Parenthood’s funding, others were about the wave of pro-life legislation that’s been sweeping the country, some about women making less money than men, still others were about the imaginary “crisis” in the availability of contraception.
With such an unclear message, it’s hardly surprising that the media largely ignored the event—even with the National Organization for Women’s PR juggernaut behind the events. Most of the coverage they received was from “women’s health” related websites and even there it was scarce. Google News search results don’t go past one page!
Unite Women a Sharp Contrast to Stand Up RallyThe disorganization of this effort as evidenced in their shoddy messaging, poor attendance and lackluster media coverage is a sharp counterpoint to the Stand Up Rally effort.
To say nothing of the messages on their signs, most of which are too vulgar to publish here. The Stand Up Rallies were designed from the outset to welcome participation from families, children and young people. I can only imagine how parents or folks from times with more decorum would feel at one of the Unite Women Rallies.
All of this shows exactly what League National Director Joe Scheidler has been saying for years: They might have the money and the political clout, but the other side just doesn’t have the grassroots.
A Beautiful Day To Yell at the GovernmentMartha Plimpton, TV actress of limited renown, summed the situation up nicely when she tweeted after attending the New York rally that it was, ” . . . a beautiful day to yell at the government.” And that seems to be precisely what was accomplished on Saturday: sound and fury, signifying nothing.
But while their event has sputtered out, the Stand Up effort has just begun. Mark your calendar for the June 8 Rally and bring your friends, bring your neighbors, bring your parish, bring your school.
Check here for a Rally near you, and if you don’t see one, consider signing on to become the Rally Captain in your town. The National Rally team will be there every step of the way to make sure your event is a success.