What is a Light Brigade?
A light brigade is a tactic where activists hold illuminated messages made of large lighted letters in public spaces at night. They are most effective in thoroughfare spaces (e.g. campus centers) or during large gatherings. The messages are very short – 1 to 5 words + often each letter is held by a different person.
Messages might be: “Corporations ≠ People” “No More War” “Peace Now” “Peace Demands Action”. You can do messages directed to specific people, i.e. “Help Syria” in front of Schumer’s office/“No War” in front of the White House/ “Police State” by NYPD stations. They can also disrupt events, e.g. on New Year’s Eve, if there is a central viewing point, display the words “New Year New War?” or “Resolution: Peace”.
How can you adapt this to peace advocacy? Here are some ideas:
The Light Brigade act is similar in tone to a vigil; it is more about bearing witness than communicating a message. The message, because it is short, can be easily promoted on social media in lead up to the event.
Here are some ideas:
- “I Have a Dream” This messages adds deep historical context to Black Lives Matter protests.
- “Peace Now” This messages adds context to vigils on Syrian refugees/Drone Strikes/Iraq War/other peace issues and can follow larger educational panels.