How to go about organizing your own
installation of Target X
You are a medical
student and like the idea of Target X. You are thinking of bringin this
project to your home town?
Wonderful. This is just the right place for you to receive all the
necessary information on how to set up your own installation of this
project. If you do not have a local student group at your university,
this could be a great idea to start one with. Just ask around for
like-minded fellow students, ask the medical student council if they
would be interested or hang up some posters.
You can also ask
other peace- and disarmament relate groups at your university if they
want to join this project - all's fair, as long as you can work
together on this.
Once you have a small team assembled, you can go about planning your
own Target X, which would then of course be called "Target
Whatever-your-city's-name-is". First of all, read all the information
on this website carefully and download the information material we have
set up, maybe adjusting it to your needs and ideas, adding your own
logo or affiliate name.
Now it's time to consult the check list for preparing a Target X
- Pick a spot in your city center, which receives a lot of pedestriant
traffic and has some sort of symbolism to it
- Pick a date for the Target installation - preferably a weekend to get
- Get permission from the city to hold a demonstration there. Usually
that shouldn't be a problem
- Organize some red paint, tape, chalk or anything else to make the red
X with (depends on the ground on the target site)
- Organize some police line (the "do-not-cross"-type) and something to
block the area immediately surrounding the 'X'
- Organize some tables or boards, which you can use for your
- Print out a map of your city and print our concentric circles over it
(circles.doc) to show the grid of destruction (Download
this - all you need to do is find out the average
population per square kilometer and you can fill out the table attached
to the map)
- Make copies (and translations if necessary) of the downloads - enough
so you won't run out
- Read or google up on nuclear facts, like how many nukes there are in
your own country, where they're pointed to, etc.
- A good page to check out is www.slmk.org/learn
- Take care that
every participant is up to date on the most important
information and arguments. There'a s briefing for participants we've prepared
- Organize some white coats which you can wear for the installation.
This is very important, as you will represent medicine
- Definitely take care that you organize a digital camera for the
installation, because 'if it's not on the web, it didn't happen!'
- Possibly contact newspapers or radio stations about your event so
that they can cover it
Once you've got all
the preparations done, it's time for the big day:
Draw the red X on the central square of your choice and surround it
by police line
- Spread out your information material on the tables and put on your
- Adress people's questions about this installation from a medical
point of view and explain to them:
- the health effects of nuclear weapons
- the possible scenario of a nuclear weapon hitting your
city (using the map)
- the fact that there cannot be an adequate medical
response to a nuclear attack
- the costs which the mere existence of nukes is
causing (destruction before detonation)
- the possibilities of influencing decision makers
in your country
- If you have time, prepare a postcard or a letter people can sign on
to, which can be addressed to the local mayor, the governor, the
parliament or the head of state. If you want to address
parliamentarians, make sure to have a list ready, since most people
don't know their own representatives.
- Don't be afraid to approach people with your message - you do have an
important point to get across!
- Hand out flyers and
make people aware of future events related to
nuclear disarmament in your region
- Take care not to make the mistake of providing people with arguments
for bogus nuclear shields or even building more nukes in order to be
safe from nuclear attacks. The only sane
option is abolition - everything else is insane.
- Take a lot of photos during the installation, also of passerbys in
After the installation it's time to party and celebrate. Afterwards,
there's just two more important things to be done:
- Write up a short article about your installation and the impressions
- Send the photos and the article to Alex at alexrosen at gmx.net
We wish you all the best with your own installation if Target X and
hope to have given you some good tips. Please don't hesitate to contact
us if there's any more questions you might have.