I’ve begun: first email to my friends

Sure enough, my estimate about how many people I could start off emailing was about right: I sent it to 42 people. I had hardly any bounces, and had several exciting replies: from people who were already emailing other people, or were making lists of who to email, or had ideas (such as a t-shirt…). I talked with the lead organizer for the campaign and she told me that she had noticed a small burst of sign-ups online and she’s mailing me handbills. So, keep ’em coming!

In case you’re thinking, oh, how do I sign onto the resolution online? Go to:
http://www.afsc.org/pacificnw/portland/bring-troops-home.htm

My First List of Things We Can Do

I’ve started thinking of things that we can do… here’s my initial list:

  1. Make a flier that people put up in their windows or in their cubicles or in their cars or favorite restaurants.
  2. Make a bumper sticker that people can put on their cars or their guitar cases.
  3. Make a postcard that you get people to sign and mail to the City Council.
  4. Generate emails to the city council in support of the resolution.
  5. Do a fundraiser for the AFSC’s peace and justice campaign so they can continue this work beyond this month.
  6. Arrange for a group of people to show up at City Hall at the hearing on November 30th (I’ll be there, having a great birthday).
  7. Ask a public figure that you know personally to talk about the resolution at a concert or book reading or something.
  8. Make very cool, hip t-shirts that everyone wants to be wearing to show that they are sick and tired of invading other countries.
  9. Host a home screening of “Iraq for Sale” or one of the other films that show the true impact of the occupations and do one of the things listed above.
  10. Write letters to the editor in support of the resolution, or get a message on the radio (KINK, for example), or post something on your blog.

Of course, I only know about two people who blog, but maybe now some of my friends will start blogs… any of you who want to make the official flier, let me know. It’s also been suggested that we come up with a cool tagline for the flier. I’m still working on that.

First Step: Here’s the website

Welcome to my site to help build support for the Portland City Council that will tell George W Bush that Portland wants to bring our troops home from the occupation of Iraq and redirect funds away from the occupation and towards local needs. The resolution is on the agenda for November 30, 2006, so I’ve got just under four weeks to reach my goal of mobilizing 1,000 Portlanders in support of the resolution.
Anytime I try to get anything big done, I find it helpful to start by making lists of what I need to do. So, I’ve started making some lists to figure out how I’m going to reach 1,000 Portlanders. Lists like:

  • Friends that I can ask to join me
  • Things we can actually do to get support for the resolution
  • Information that I think people will want to find on this site
  • Sources for facts and perspective on the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Library books that are due (If I get really busy with this project, I don’t want to wind up with $50 in late fees)

Rather than wait to have everything and then create the site, I’ve decided to just get the site started and add content over the next several days. I will also likely change the look of the site once I have more content done. If you’re stumbling across this site and I haven’t set you an email, well, aren’t you the lucky one! But, this is all there is so far. Check back soon, or better yet, visit the AFSC page to explain the resolution