At UNC Charlotte, we have free speech codes that prohibit free speech outside of 2 “zones.” Our chapter wanted to do what we could to not only educate students and bring awareness about these zones, but we wanted to use civil disobedience to not only challenge and protest them.
We first came up with the idea of having a frame which we could move around campus. Sturdy enough to stand on its own, but mobile enough for two people to be able to move. We decided to go with a 1-inch PVC (Schedule-40) frame, rather than going with the traditional wooden frame. The thicker PVC ensured that it would be able to hold the weight of the vinyl banner and any gusts of wind sent its way, but be light enough to be carried around.
We decided to experiment between hanging the banner inside a slightly larger frame, or cutting the PVC so that we could zip tie the banner to the frame.
After a few trials, we decided using zip-ties to secure the banner to the frame was the best course of action.
While we adjusted the frame size, our more artistic members went to work on the lettering of the banner.