A loud, fun and very public disruption. You can think of it as a very noisy flash mob (or New Year’s eve noisemakers)! It is really effective at drawing people into a protest and onto the streets.

What is cacerolazo?

Cacerolazos are used to express popular dissent. They were used in Chile during the U.S. backed military dictatorship of Pinochet, during Argentina’s neoliberal financial crisis and in Quebec during student strikes. People bang their pots and pans to create a loud clamor that disorients police and is just fun.

Cacerolazos require zero funding, zero training and zero skills, so they are great for member recruitment. It can be versatile and decentralized, or you can have someone leading it with a specific rhythm. It can be used in a mass protest or to disrupt, for example, a press conference or corporate luncheon.

How can you adapt this to peace advocacy? Here are some ideas:

  • Demand “peace” of mind during midterms/finals. Post fliers asking students to bring pots, pans + loudness to a central location and then announce loudly “We are PEACE ACTION + we invite you to be loud for your own peace of mind!”
  • Loudness of War. Organize a march through campus ‘this is the loudness of war, break through the noise by shouting PEACE’.

To contribute ideas or for any questions you might have please contact Kate Alexander, Director of Policy and Outreach