A primer on picket signs for Catholic, pro-life and pro-marriage activists
If you're a veteran picketer, you know that a necessity is that your signs are large enough, noticeable enough and legible enough for passing cars and people across the street -- and a TV newscast audience -- to notice and read them.
Rookie picketers make the mistake of having tiny signs, even pieces of paper, and writing on them in tiny script that nobody can see even inches away.
So, first, get heavyweight poster board or foamcore, about 22 x 28 each, from a drugstore or art supply store. White, "fluorescent" lime-green, and Day-Glo yellow are excellent colors for premium noticeability.
Then get really big, wide felt-tip marking pens. Black and red are great for maximum visibility.
Then think of short slogans, of literally no more than three or four words, and outline them in block letters, ALL CAPS, on your sign, and then fill them in.
Examples of signs for one currently topical issue might be:
MARRIAGE: SACRAMENT, NOT SODOMY
TOKEN WORDS NOT ENOUGH
CDL. MAHONY, REALLY DEFEND MARRIAGE
MARRIAGE CRISIS: WHERE'S CDL. MAHONY?
CDL. MAHONY, START LEADING US
(These are just examples of signs about one particular current issue. You can think of similarly short slogans on issues such as pro-life, Latin Mass, etc.)
Of course, don't picket by yourself or with just one or two others. Get at least a dozen people together, and more if possible.
You want your picket signs to reach literally millions of people, so about a week in advance of your picket, BE SURE to call up all the TV stations, TV network outlets, and newspapers, ask for the news editor, and tell him or her where you'll be, when, and why.
I think that in most cities, as long as you're on a public sidewalk, you don't need a permit to picket. But it's best to check with the police department ahead of time.
During the picket, be sure to hold your signs high and facing the street. Be sure to keep moving at all times. These tactics attract passerby attention.
Do not block the sidewalk, of course; always leave lots of room for others to get by easily.