The Ban Bus is prepared to run a number of different activities in each location depending on what local partners and campaigners want and are able to assist organizing. When choosing activities in each target location the Ban Bus aims to organize activities that will generate national media, engage the public and inspire the influential. In each location the Ban Bus needs a local focal point person or persons who can assist in identifying what activities that are most efficient, to assist with general logistics such as organizing venues, accommodation, press contacts and translation.
To get people to come to the events it is important to get the word out about the event is being organizing. This could be done through a diversity of tactics, such as word of mouth, email lists, advertising in national and local media and websites as well as radio stations and displaying posters. The Ban Bus together with local campaigners will make sure the cluster bombs events are added to relevant calendars of events in the district, and will visit other events and hand out invitations to the Cluster Munitions event that is being organized. When possible The Ban Bus will involve local businesses and organizations, telling them how the events are relevant to their business and encourage the business to promote the event on their website and other media. We urge everybody to remember to call ALL friends and family, inviting them and asking them to promote the events.
Find out about and contact other events and festivals that will happen in each country and request a Ban Cluster Bomb presence.
The Ban Bus will try to conduct fundraising activities on the tour to pay for part of the expenses and for consolidation of campaign building.
To connect and build an international campaign network the Ban Bus will make a face book “Who is Who on the Ban Bus Tour and all events across Europe” booklet with photos and contact information. This will grow as the regional contacts increase.
Core group embassies or relevant other entities will be asked to host reception dinners and meetings. These events should include speakers from the Ban Bus as well as key speakers from the country. When feasible CMC staff or steering committee members will also attend. We request that other guests include political influential people, civil society, politicians, government officials, military personnel, NATO personnel, other embassies, national and international parliamentarians, faith leaders if appropriate, media, and others that could become possible future campaigners. Such an event can be the start of a strong local campaign.
A debate can be run either in a public space or on any media. Invite representatives from the Government, the Military to try and defend their reasons to be against a ban.
Key countries that will join the Oslo treaty will be asked to start their stockpile destruction prior to Oslo when the Ban Bus visits. This is a strong visual symbol of joining the Oslo process and an event that could attract international media. Possible locations are Bulgaria, Serbia, Austria, and Sweden. (probably not really Sweden!). This activity needs to be organized in cooperation with the CMC, military and foreign affairs of the relevant country. Ban Bus is also interested in organizing just to film stockpiles.
Press conference/stunt and demonstrations
Non-violent demonstrations to raise awareness about cluster munitions issues can attract both media attention as well as local people’s attention. This could be a performance, rally, march or a ‘Lie down” in connection with stockpiles, cluster munitions production facilities, etc. Use banners, music, and costume to achieve high visibility. Ban Bus provides stickers, flyers and other promotional material that can be handed out. In addition there should be handouts that explain the event and invitations to debates or alike to by-passers. There are several tactics that you can use during the march or event to engage by-passers such as having campaigners assigned to be engaging people to join and others to act as mentors that can look after newcomers. Always remember to bring enough handouts and have this easily available through out the event.
A walk/march in favour of a ban of cluster bombs is good to arrange if one can expect local participants, as it gives time for Ban Bus participants to speak and discuss with individuals in detail about the problem.
“Kids Questions!” is a program where teenagers are invited to interview politicians or other influential people of their choice on a cluster bomb issue. The key contact person on each location needs to be in charge of the invitation to teens in schools, organizations and clubs. Interested teens should submit 6 questions for approval and final selection, to prove that they have an in-depth understanding and interest in the topic. The selected teenagers should research their subject and refine their questions with assistance from their school as well as from the CMC or the Ban Bus. The contact person in each country should facilitate and organize contact with the person that the teen wants to interview and is also in charge of organizing an appropriate venue for recording. The interview by the student should take approximately 20 minutes, including questions from the audience. Ban Bus and other media should record the event. The interview should preferably be screened on national media and also be posted on the Internet. We believe “Kids Questions!” will not only address important issues concerning cluster bombs within the country but also lead to empowering teenagers.
There are many ways to sell this to schools and its teachers. It represents a way to introduce student to media as a subject as well as political science and language.
The Ban Bus challenges students and others to take the Web Challenge, a ten questions quiz that gives an introduction to cluster bombs and the Oslo Process. This challenge works well in schools for students of 15 or older. There are clues to find the answer for each question. To access schools, it might be necessary to get permission from the education department, work through teachers association or alike. It is of utmost importance to get teachers onboard, selling point for teachers are that it is easy for teachers as we provide the questions, clues and a DVD package from CMC. It introduces the children to a current important political process that involves state and non-state actors as well as civil society, and it shows how children themselves can participate.
The challenge is to be found on www.thebanbus.org and on the Ban Bus flyer.
Kids art challenge
Invite kids to enter drawings and paintings about cluster bombs that they can hand in when Ban Bus arrives. Supply paper and drawing material if needed. This gives your campaign some good material to use in future events, exhibitions and campaign material.
The Ban Bus would like to facilitate “Parliamentary Friends of the Cluster Munitions Coalition” expanding its membership by inviting MPs that are already members to come along to some of the venues in order to promote MPs to join the coalition. Portia Stratton from Landmine Action is the contact person within CMC, and Lord Alfred Dubs is the chair. Find out if parliamentarians in your country could be interested in meeting and discussing cluster bombs with fellow MPs from other countries when the Ban Bus arrives.
Concerts with a conscience
Concerts with a conscience can be used to attract people to the issue of cluster bombs. David Rovics from USA is touring Europe this fall and might be able to perform in your country. He specializes in songs of social significance and even has one song about cluster bombs. You might have national bands that you want to use instead; it can be rock, pop, folksong or classic. To organize this you need to pick and book an appropriate venue for the band and the expected audience,
Combine the concert with other Ban Bus campaign activities.
The Ban Bus is in contact with Ban Advocates – cluster bomb survivors. The plan is that survivors will fly in and meet up with Ban Bus to participate at events in key locations.
The Ban Bus will set up the signatory of the People’s treaty wherever we go. The growing number of signatures will be delivered to Oslo.
John Rodsted is an experienced auctioneer having raised an excess of a million US dollars in the last five years for environmental projects and Save the Albatross Campaign. The auction is a fun event where the aim is to let rich people learn about cluster bombs as well as contribute to the cause. This strength could be used if there is an audience of between 50-100 in the host country who can enjoy and afford such an event.
To run an auction the Ban Bus needs items that can be auctioned donated. This can be something valuable or something that is cheap but funny and relevant to cluster bombs. Examples of possible auction items are art, retired demining equipment, shrapnel from an explosion, remnants from the stockpile destruction, etc.
Contact venues to screen the film “Unacceptable harm”.
The Ban Bus is producing an exhibition that can be exhibited indoor or outside. There will be 20+ photos of 80×60 cm providing a global view on the problem and solution of cluster bombs from use, survivors, clearance and social impact. Captions and essays will accompany the photos. This all needs to be translated into the local language in your country.
The Ban Bus carries the material needed for presenting a close to real life cluster bomb clearance. Ban Bus will demonstrate how clearance is conducted. This is a practical demonstration that provides good photo opportunities for press and media.
The Ban Bus will distribute stickers, flyers, and other promotional material such as t-shirts.
The Ban Bus will produce a video and written blog to document the activities and the trip. This will be posted on the www.thebanbus.org. The video blog will include interviews of locals about their opinions on cluster bombs and the Ban Treaty. This will be uploaded to You Tube regularly. Ban Bus will also develop a presence on other Internet communities to advocate for a ban on cluster bombs.
The bus will be decorated with magnetic signage. Some of the magnet’s will be applicable in all places, some key messages (“Ban cluster bombs!” Sign the Ban Convention in Oslo!” “If you don’t have them – you can’t use them”) will have to be changed depending on local language.
Consolidation- Campaigning Survivor Pack
From previous experience the Ban Bus expects to inspire people across Europe to engage in the Cluster Munitions Campaign. It becomes essential to consolidate this effort and create foundations for strong national campaigns. The Ban Bus will make a “Who is who” face book to provide concerned citizens with a tool to network with. This booklet will be made available online. The Ban Bus will also hand out a DVD with campaign essentials to people who might be interested in working on banning cluster bombs. For the network of people that is identified, CMC and the Ban Bus will arrange creative workshops starting 2009. These workshops will build a foundation for a future campaign effort in different locations, inspiring as well as educating volunteers on campaign topics such as fundraising, event management and the cluster bomb challenge. Each workshop will produce a local strategy paper and result in a formal start of the actual campaign. Key partners such as representatives from core group embassies and International organizations in the actual country will be invited and urged to participate in the workshop. Each workshop will have between 8 and 12 participants.