Ability to organise peaceful public gatherings and to participate in them is one of the fundamental political freedoms. The 2016 amendment introduced controversial changes, namely the privileged category of cyclic gatherings opening an opportunity for blocking assemblies that are inconvenient for the government. Many a time have we supported with our experience, connections or equipment other organisations, informal groups, and activists who reacted to alarming actions in our country. This help is particularly valuable in smaller locations in which there are fewer opportunities for support, while the peer pressure is more noticeable. Hence, we will support activists from locations under 50 000 inhabitants. We will equip them with skills helping them effectively and lawfully demonstrate and engage in other events in public sphere.
We will run a cycle of training sessions on different aspects of the organisation of public gatherings. During the theoretic part we will share knowledge on legal regulations, event agenda designing, crowd management, or public speeches. We will also organise hands-on workshops giving their participants an opportunity to practice gathering organisation procedures from the formal and legal perspective by preparing an agenda, training a public speech, testing PA equipment, preparing information for the media and checking online information securing methods. They will also have a chance to establish cooperation with one another end exchange experience. Participants will prepare their own events under the supervision of coordinators and will evaluate them together. We will create a website serving as the platform for exchanging knowledge and experience and for networking activists organising gatherings.