Saturday, September 24, 2011

Antiwar: Using the Power of Facebook

Friends -

We are all working hard to end these wars, right?

I believe that the single most powerful thing any of us can do is to use the power of our Facebook accounts to encourage as many people as possible to actively participate in the protests that will take place in Chicago and elsewhere on October 8.

We all believe that change will only come through the combined effort of the people -- and social media gives us exponential power to pull people into participating. So ... please ... TODAY ...


(1) JOIN (and invite!) on Facebook

Please go TODAY to http://tinyurl.com/facebookOct8 and click "I'm attending" in the upper right hand corner. (Think of that as "I support this event.")

Then -- and this is the important part -- click on the box in the upper left that says "+ Select Guests to Invite". Please take the time to invite as many of your friends as possible. (Remember: they may not live where the event is taking place, but they may know others that they can invite!) (See note 1 below for more help on this!)


(2) SPEAK OUT on Facebook

Use your Facebook wall to tell people you are participating -- and why. All you have to do is paste the address ( http://tinyurl.com/facebookOct8 ) into your FB status -- the yellow icon and event description will show up. You can then write over the link that you had pasted, writing something to tell people why this is so important to you.


(When I reached out to my friend Kazashi -- a peace worker in the anti-depleted uranium movement in Hiroshima -- this is how he responded.)

As more and more people see those yellow boxes popping up on their FB news feed, they will start to get the idea, "Hey, maybe this is what I should be doing ...!"


(3) REACH OUT using email

Please email this message -- that's right, just cut and paste the whole thing -- individually to 10 (or more!) other people -- preferably people outside the usual circle of people with whom you talk about these issues. (We need to reach everybody.) Tell them why you cared enough to particularly send this message to them.


Thank you for everything that ALL of you are doing! So many people are bringing so many diverse gifts to this effort. Please join together in using this one tool that we can all put our efforts into TOGETHER!


Joe Scarry
http://chicagomassaction.org
http://twitter.com/MidwestAntiwar
http://tinyurl.com/facebookOct8

"What if we all stopped what we were doing once a week to try to end these wars?" http://bit.ly/AfghanistanTuesday

RULE NUMBER ONE: Never try to silence a Tuesdayista! http://bit.ly/NoSilence
RULE NUMBER TWO: Tuesdayistas own the street. http://bit.ly/WeOwnTheStreets

((( A http://bit.ly/Tuesdayista is not the person who ends #war all by themselves. A http://bit.ly/Tuesdayista spreads the IDEA of ending war! )))

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NOTE 1: More help on inviting guests to a Facebook event

(1) Go to the event page: http://tinyurl.com/facebookOct8

(2) Click "I'm attending" in the upper right hand corner. (Think of that as "I support this event.")

(3) Click on the box in the upper left that says "+ Select Guests to Invite". The "Invite Friends" box will pop up.

(4) Facebook sometimes limits how many guests you can invite at one time. Try doing it in waves: select about 20 or so, then click "Submit".

(5) If the spirit moves you, after you select guests (but before you click "Submit") you can click in the lower left hand corner of the pop-up box to "Add a Personal Message". Then click "Submit".

(6) Please take the time to go through all your friends and invite as many of them as possible. (Remember: they may not live where the event is taking place, but they may know others to invite!)

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