Here are the rules
You CANNOT go onto the company's property to protest. You have to be on the sidewalk or other public place like that. That was what was explained to us when we did our demo in Russellville, AR and what I have heard from other protesters in other locations. It is also best to go ahead and get a permit from the local law to do this. They will usually watch over you and drive by a bit, but won't bother you as long as you go by the rules. You can't accost customers of the business by blocking them access and can't go onto the property itself. Our biggest problem that we had was finding a place to park that was legal. We had started out with a bank parking lot, but when they found out about it they complained to the cops, and we all had to move our cars to acceptable locations, like along the street, though some of us chose to tak a chance on an abandoned business parking lot due to the fact that were were not enough parking places along the street (which we got away with). When planning a demo, recon the target location to make sure there is adequate sidealk access (there is no sidewalk at all in the one closest to me) and that there will be somewhere to park for the demonstrators that doesn't end up on private property. And do take the time to go ahead andd get a permit from the local law enforcement. Be polite, and chances are that they will be, too. They may not have been happy that we were going to do this, but we were well within our legal rights and took all appropriate legal measures to make sure that we stayed within the law, so they couldn not deny us the right to do this. This will keep you from having any problems to disrupt your demo. Expect passersby (incluiding drivers) to shout things at you, customers to wave theri food at you after buying it, and things of that nature. DO NOT RESPOND! Ignore them. Responding and yelling at them (especially insults) only hurts the movement. Our demo was so successful because of the way that we conducted ourselves that even some of the employees of the KFC came out and walked up to us to take out literature and ask questions, listening to what we had to say. They were quite surprised at what was going on before the chickens hit their place of employment! ALWAYS be polite!!! Don't let anyone push your buttons and create a negative reaction in you (even if the KFC turns the sprinklers on to douse you, as they did us!). Remember that you are confronting many people who do NOT want to know such things, especially those who are driving up to buy KFC chicken and the manager of the place. The more unruffled (ha ha!, couldn't help but get that pun in there!) you are, the more calm and polite you are, the less confrontational you are, the more receptive people will be to what you are saying. Too many times demonstrators are protrayed as irrational, fanatical, angry, in-your-face people who are misinformed and things of that nature. PROVE THEM WRONG!!! Read up and know the facts before going so that you can give good answers to questions. Offer literature politely to those walking by, especially those who ome up and ask questions, but don't become pushy if they refuse. Publicize your demo, especially if there is a college campus nearby (we got an interview and pictures taken by the college newspaper!) and anywhere else you can think of, especially by alerting all of the local media. I believe that we even had a local representqtive of the paper and a radio station person there at one time. Whether or not they print a story about the demo or not, you will leave a lasting impression, so keep that in mind. Give them nothing to ridicule or criticize, and it will be more liely that you will have favorable media coverage (or at least no negative coverage). You may even want to pick someone to serve as a spokesperson for the group to speak to such people (Laura did that at our demo, making sure the college students got their info and their pictures and that others got answers to their questions, including the media). If you have any other questions about doing this, contact Joe Hinkle at PETA or other veteran demonstrators to ask them what works the best and what to do and what NOT to do (which is probably more important!). But, above all, stay off their property and on the public sidewalk, making sure not to block others from walking by. Don't give the law any excuse to shut you down. That's the best reason to get a permit. Then you have followed all legal procedures, and they have no excuse or reason to stop you. It's all pretty easy to do as long as you follow the rules. Just stay within the law, and you should have no problems. You have the right to be there to speak your mind! Good luck!