Picket Line Activities & Resources
Whether it’s a long strike or a short one, a day or a night picket, there will be times when we need a break from walking and chanting.
Show a movie! All you need is a white sheet for a screen and a mini-projector – ask around, more and more people have their own these days, and you can easily hook them up.
Here’s a guide to some of the best labour films out there that will spark good conversation and keep picketers engaged, and likely pick up your spirits too!
Create a picket line blog, instagram account or facebook group – you’re making history! Just ensure all content needs to reflect picketing laws and our own Unifor Anti-Harassmet policies.
You may be surprised by the talent in your workplace and at the very least, karaoke will help keep your spirits up! At the downtown Toronto Nestle Factory strike workers entertained each other singing in multiple languages, and kept the picket line lively. They used the sound system they’d already rented and a karaoke phone app.
Play music that fits the mood
For revolutionary, workplace and songs about social justice, check here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1WAygPnYahD4rJt32xMcKt
For a link to old-time traditional labour songs click here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5jRZcZVAXg6iUKaq3ubPFp
And here’s a link to Detroit autoworkers rapping on the picket line (along with a great article about labour songs): https://jacobinmag.com/2019/10/general-motors-uaw-strike-songs
Build a message wall
A white tarp and waterproof markers would make a great message wall for picketers to leave messages, thoughts, solidarity greetings, poetry, etc. for one another throughout the strike.
Graphic Novels & Cartoons
Join the nib.com for free to receive daily cartoons and political satire about labour rights and other social justice issues. Re-post on your instagram to help spread them around. These are quick, effective ways to get messages across, get people thinking and spark conversation.