Paxil Protest Participant Requirements

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. 

—Robert F. Kennedy

Eaxh Paxil Protest is conducted in accordance with a permit issued by the city of Philadelphia. The permit holder, defined by the city of Philadelphia as the "Permittee," is empowered to direct all activities which occur at the locations approved by the city for the purposes of (and duration thereof) this event. That space has been defined as: 200 North 16th Street/16th & Vine (sidewalk).

Participation in the Paxil Protest is not a right, but rather a privilege. Individuals, or groups, who do not wish (for whatever reason) to comply with the Permittee's requirements as set forth herein will not be allowed access to, or in the alternative allowed to remain in, the areas designated by the city for the purposes of the Paxil Protest.


Paxil Protest participant requirements are as follows:

  • Commercial or vending activity is not permitted.
  • Distribution of pamphlets, circulars, hand bills, business cards or other similar materials is banned excepting those which might be provided by the Permittee.
  • Posters, banners or any alternate means of display signifying an organizational presence — regardless of affiliation or type — will not be allowed.
  • All signage not provided by the Permittee will be subject to review and approval (or disapproval) prior to any intended display in the permitted area.
  • Alcoholic beverages, fireworks, tents, hanging banners, megaphones (or other voice amplification systems) are not permitted.
  • No portable sound amplification systems (i.e. "boom boxes"), or musical instruments, allowed.
  • Screaming, use of profanity (verbal or written), name calling, or physical displays (i.e. scuffling) of any kind.
  • The Permittee reserves the right to block or ban an individual, or group, from the permit area without disclosure of reason or cause.
  • Participants will comply with any and all requests reasonably made thereof by the Permittee.

  • I've never participated in a protest. What can I expect?

    That depends on several factors, including (but not limited to):

  • How well a demonstration is organized (or not).
  • Demonstration leadership (or the lack thereof).
  • Demonstrations can also have a certain "tone;" one which is influenced by:

  • The general demeanor, or "crowd mentality," of participants.
  • Control (or the lack thereof) in protest zones.
  • Participation guidelines administered by an event coordinator.
  • The Paxil Protest will take place in areas permitted by the city of Philadelphia. This is "restricted space," which means the event coordinator (who holds the permit issued by the city) will have final say as to what activities or modes of expression are acceptable for persons operating in the restricted space. A circular explaining what is acceptable, and what is not, will be handed out to participants prior to commencement of the event.

    The combination of controlled space, responsible oversight and clear participant guidelines will provide an orderly environment for both the city of Philadelphia, as well as the participants taking part in the Paxil Protest.

    Beyond these considerations: the Paxil Protest will provide Paxil survivors and victims a much needed sense of empowerment. This is an unparalleled opportunity to confront GlaxoSmithKline "at arm's length," and at the same time reach out to the world for support. It may not be a showdown in the courtroom — but this might actually prove better — it's going to be a showdown in the court of public opinion. (And we all know what "the verdict" is going to be.)

    To maximize impact and exposure, the event coordinator is disseminating a series of timed communications to media in local, regional and national markets.