Picketing

Over the course of time, man have evolved from the primitive and mindless being into sophisticated and clever minds. With this in mind, violent acts have been an intolerable action in society and can result in severe consequences. However, with some communities increasing in poverty, starvation and mortality rates due to government corruption, it is quite difficult to blame people who choose to act inhumanely and violently towards society. Nonetheless, a great option to consider is the use of nonviolent resistance or nonviolent actions to get you heard and to express an individual or a group’s collective opinions and goals for reformation.

There are more than 100 methods of nonviolence actions recorded today. Each of them have their own proper setting or situation that should be used in, from public speeches, letters of opposition or support, group petitions and the use of slogans and caricatures. For group representations, one viable method of nonviolent action is picketing. Picketing, also known as protesting is one of the most common methods of nonviolence resistance. This is done through a protest by a group of people that accumulate outside a workplace or location where a special or important event is taking place. In many cases, picketing is performed in an attempt to discourage others from proceeding on their business matter. However, it can also be accomplished to draw public attention for a purpose. Picketers usually venture off in a nonviolent nature. It can have a single or multiple goals, but is basically to put pressure on the targeted audience to meet their respective demands.

Picketing is commonly used by trade unions in the midst of a strike. Picketers will often reach a huge number within their group by impeding dissident individuals of the union, member and non-unionized employees and members of the union from working. Those who exceed the picket line and work in spite of the ongoing strike are labeled as scabs.

There are different types of picketing, namely informational picketing, mass picketing, secondary picketing and highly mobile picketing. Informational picketing results in the protesting by a particular group, usually a labor or trade union wherein they inform the public concerning a matter that is greatly important to the organization. This is deemed as the most common and popular picketing tactic practiced worldwide. On the other hand, a mass picket is an attempt to bring as many individuals as possible to the line of the protest to be able to display or show support for the cause. It is mainly utilized when only a single workplace is being protested on.

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