“I'm going to give you a little advice. There's a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball. ..
“Just be the ball, be the ball, be the ball. You're not being the ball Danny.”
Ty Webb, Caddyshack
There is a lot of complaining about the lame stream news media...and there are a lot of people trying to fill that void. People like Rob Kall of Opednews.com have taken the ball that the lame stream news has dropped and are running with it, and for those who are on the internet --they are having an effect.
Yet there is still at least 30% of our population that we will never reach using the internet, as they do not use this vital tool. That is, nearly a third of our citizens may never learn the truth unless we reach them another way. This statistic could be quite conservative as many of those who do access the internet will never venture outside of main stream sites like MSN, Yahoo, and AOL.
Here in Columbus, Ohio we do not have a public access channel and are a one-newspaper town. When I had my own political transformation in late 2006, I was determined to teach others in my community what I learned about September 11th. Yet with the stranglehold that the media had on this town, I knew it was going to be very difficult to reach my fellow citizens. I created an organization called Columbus911Truth.org, and a friend I met at another peace group launched our website. We blogged, networked with other peace groups and had a presence on all the networking sites like Meet-up, Facebook and Google-groups. Throughout 2007 we brought in such patriots as Dr. David Ray Griffin, Dr. Robert Bowman, William Rodriguez, Dr. Jim Fetzer and Dr. Kevin Barrett. We marched in parades, tabled at festivals, held a Truth Film Festival and held regular vigils on the eleventh of every month. Over the course of that year, we passed out 10,000 DVD's and tens of thousands of fliers. In all that flurry of effort, we probably converted 1000 people to the reality of September 11th, though few actually got involved in our efforts. Though I would do it all again, I realized that we wouldn't win our city to truth at that rate.
In a discussion of our progress at one of our Columbus911Truth.org meetings, one of our members said, “We are feeding them porterhouse steak, and they can only handle milk toast.” I thought this was an excellent way to assess our efforts. We understood the mentality of our community because were once like them. Like them, we too believed that our government might buy the occasional $350 hammer, but we never suspected that they would ever pick one up and whack us over the head with it. Unfortunately, those who understood 9-11 truth knew better.
We knew we had to “build a better mousetrap.”
About 6 months ago, I started to dream about another way to reach my community...start a newspaper. I was inspired by Matt and Elaine Sullivan of the Rock Creek Free Press, which primarily focuses on 9/11 truth. I knew their format wouldn't work in Columbus, Ohio, but I decided to contact them and ask them for their advise. I told them I had absolutely no qualifications or experience, but I wanted to start a newspaper. They admitted that they too had never done anything like it before, but said they would do what they could to help.
After receiving a $500 donation from a friend of our 9-11 truth group, I thought this is our opportunity. Together with two friends I had gained through the Columbus911Truth.org group, we went to work. We found a printer, used an open-source (free) program, gathered our articles and finally thought we had a product we could promote. Our first issue came out this past Veteran's Day, and the power of our new tool was immediate and obvious. After passing out DVD's and fliers for a year, I knew what rejection felt like. People no longer recoiled in fear or disgust at my ovations to give them our paper. They said things like, “This is your paper? Wow!" I heard many simple expressions of gratitude like, "Thank-you!”
It felt really good.
We received another generous donation and this time we put it to use by purchasing 20 used newspaper boxes. We worked on them in my driveway and set them up along High Street in Columbus, Ohio. Before we knew it, it was time to work on our second issue and it was received as well as the first.
Though 9-11 truth is the most important issue to me personally, it took three months to find the perfect 9-11 truth article to print in our newspaper, The Liberty Voice. I printed that perfect article in our third edition which I found right here on OpedNews.com entitled, “God Bless the 9-11 Truthers and others like them” by Mark Sashine. The co-operation and generous support of Rob Kall, OpedNews.com authors and other writers across the country has made our effort quite productive.
As an activist I have never found a better way to reach my community. As a mother of two young children, who is concerned about the future of our country, I want to share this outreach tool with anyone interested in finding a better way to engage your community in our struggle for liberty. If you are an activist, I will do whatever I can to give you as many copies of The Liberty Voice as you need. Contact me at Sherry@TheLibertyVoice.com and let me share it with you.
To learn more about our newspaper, go to www.TheLibertyVoice.com. There, you can read all three of our issues, and if you like it, you can subscribe on-line. In trying to reach our goal of having subscribers in every state, if you are the first one in your state to subscribe, I will refund your money just for giving us the opportunity to bring you the news! That is, 45 people can get The Liberty Voice free --just for asking!