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When the litters are overturned by the whirlwind
and faces are covered by cloaks,
the new republic will be troubled by its people.
At this time the reds and the whites will rule wrongly.
Nostradamus

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a revolution.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about protests?

Art Prompt: Protest

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of a protest that changed history.

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Brown Dog statue, Battersea, London(2)

The Brown Dog affair was a political controversy about vivisection that raged in England from 1903 until 1910. It involved the infiltration by Swedish feminists of University of London medical lectures, pitched battles between medical students and the police, police protection for the statue of a dog, a libel trial at the Royal Courts of Justice, and the establishment of a Royal Commission to investigate the use of animals in experiments. The affair became a cause célèbre that divided the country…

Anti-vivisectionists commissioned a bronze statue of the dog as a memorial, unveiled in Battersea in 1906, but medical students were angered by its provocative plaque – “Men and women of England, how long shall these Things be?” – leading to frequent vandalism of the memorial and the need for a 24-hour police guard against the so-called anti-doggers. On 10 December 1907 1,000 medical students marched through central London waving effigies of the brown dog on sticks, clashing with suffragettes, trade unionists and 400 police officers, one of a series of battles known as the Brown Dog riots.

In March 1910, tired of the controversy, Battersea Council sent four workers accompanied by 120 police officers to remove the statue under cover of darkness, after which it was reportedly melted down by the council’s blacksmith, despite a 20,000-strong petition in its favour. A new statue of the brown dog was commissioned by anti-vivisection groups over 70 years later, and was erected in Battersea Park in 1985. Peter Mason wrote in 1997 that all that was left of the old statue was a hump in the pavement, the sign on a nearby fence reading “No Dogs.” –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a protest that takes on a life of its own.

Journaling Prompt: What cause would you like to protest? How would you go about protesting?

Art Prompt: Protesting animal cruelty

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the brown dog affair and persuade them to take a stand for researchers or for anti-animal cruelty activists.

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