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The Activism of Hope: Pep talk and open discussion thread

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~Dial in to radio talk shows

~House parties (proven to be very effective)

~Write to grassroots organization leaders, offering them strategic ideas and suggestions (tip: You may run up against some egos, or statements like "we've done it all and we are doing so much" so be cautious in your wording. That said, I also have seen activist group leaders take up ideas I have written them, e-mail their constituency with wordings I have suggested, etc and we really can have an effect this way!)

~Send out chain emails, asking readers to do all of the above. People want to feel empowered: Share your tips and strategies with them!

~Write to community leaders like mayors, County Supervisors, et al informing them of the facts (legislative details gleaned from the ACLU or Electronic Frontier Foundation's websites, local case histories of civil liberties violations to stress the urgency, etc) and ask them to make public statements decrying any freedom-usurping bill, to draft resolutions, etc

~Make the press jealous, as above! Get local officials involved, get the college newsletters involved, create a communal hum...and the mainstream may become jealous and want to scoop the story!

~Organize a community event such as movie screenings (perhaps your local church or synagogue would provide the room for this), communal talks connected to that screening, etc. Advertize it (free) in the local newspaper's calendar, hang up fliers at the local libraries and other places where you have permission, send out emails, and you may start a crowd going! Or you may start something small which grows. If you offer food and live music (food can be donated a la potluck style by those who help to organize the event) or even just canned music with dancing, you will attract more people.

Good luck and hearty thanks for being part of the solution! Oh, and last but not least....please post your own positive experiences below, and any strategies you might suggest which you have found to work! Let's get a discussion going about how we can effectively increase our activist outreach. Thank you very much for your help!


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