Here’s an idea to help make demonstrations and protest marches more effective and meaningful:
As I thought about the difficulty, for myself and others, of attending rallies (got to work that day…the big rally is in Washington DC…etc), this idea occurred to me. A few friends and I have used the statement “I MARCH FOR 10” on two occasions and we would like to encourage individuals and other groups on the web to join with us in popularizing it.
THE IDEA IS SIMPLE:
Make a sign or a T-shirt printed with this 2-piece I MARCH FOR 10 logo (see downloads).
List the names of 10 people that you have contacted in your community who are unable to attend the march but who are willing to commit to expressing their views by way of a letter, email, or fax, or by signing letters of concern on one of the web activist networks.
Thus when you attend the rally you will be representing their commitments.
This has proved to be a very effective graphic in photos of a rally and sparked great conversations. I will be using it when I go to Washington for Universal Health Care NOW demonstrations in September. The involvement, by extension, of hundreds not at the rally but who have expressed their support and feel represented in name will have positive effects: it will involve them more, make them aware of press coverage and perhaps be a first step to becoming more active. For those of us who are active, it is a rewarding way to support our friends and garner support for our efforts.
Yes, I MARCH FOR 10 can be used by groups with opposite opinions. But this is not just another bumper sticker; the idea is to maximize participation and expression. This is a democracy! HEY, DESIGN YOUR OWN IM4/10 LOGO!
Here is the sample LOGO . It can be downloaded and printed on an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper. The second sheet (the reverse) is laid out to receive names. A poster is simple enough, a T-shirt works great and can easily be made on a home printer using transfer paper.
Call friends and family! Tell them if they can not attend a rally, you would like to march with their names and help them send a fax, e-mail, letter, etc. expressing their support.
THANKS. SEE YOU THERE. EVERYBODY IN. NOBODY OUT.
Richard E., Frank C., Bishop M. and friends.
Photo: Bishop Mayfield modeling IM4/10 t-shirt
This project is dedicated to the late Frank Cieciorka.