Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesdayistas Own the Streets

One of the most important outcomes of #AfghanistanTuesday is that #Tuesdayistas get out of their houses and into the streets to work with other Tuesdayistas to end the wars.

Anyone who's been paying attention knows that we can't rely on the media to spread the antiwar message. (If you listened to the media, you'd think there was no antiwar movement in this country, or anywhere else in the world. You might want to ask people in Washington, D.C. about that ... or people in Chicago ... or people in San Francisco ... or people in Las Vegas ... or people in Miami . . . or people in Minneapolis . . . or people in Bloomington, IN . . . or people in Trenton, NJ . . . or . . . .

As discussed elsewhere, there are growing efforts to silence Tuesdayistas and other antiwar protesters. It can only work if we hide in our houses.

Tuesdayistas own the streets, and if you're a Tuesdayista there are several ways you can take advantage of this.

First, find out what's happening near you. Just Google the name of the nearest big city and words like "antiwar" or "peace."

Second, put it on your calendar. Make a plan to get out there and participate. (And, yes, that means finding the Facebook event page, and marking "I'm attending" . . . because . . . )

Third, invite others. That's what Facebook was made for. Don't keep your convictions a secret. You'd be surprised at how many people will say, "Thank you for telling me that you are going to that event. That made me realize I really want to participate, too!" This is called leadership.

Fourth, volunteer. Every antiwar group has an email address or contact form, and I guarantee you that if you say, "I want to help!" your skills and passions will be welcomed and you will really be able to feel that you have made a difference!

Fifth, show up. The single most important thing that a Tuesdayista does is to absolutely, positively participate in person on the big day(s). Tuesdayistas do not know the words, "I have another commitment." They do not say, "I'm with you in spirit." They don't "feel too tired to come." Because they know that there is nothing more invigorating than getting together with actual people who care about making the world better, people who are thinking and doing, and having the opportunity to talk with them and work with them and count them as their friends.

Tuesdayistas are rich beyond measure: Tuesdayistas own the streets!

PLUS . . . Check out the master list of #AfghanistanTuesday blog posts!