Saturday, December 13, 2014

US NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: 3 Things Every Tuesdayista Needs to Do

Okay . . . so #NoNukesTuesday is off and running. We've got a rapidly growing number of people tweeting, retweeting, me-tweeting, and otherwise spreading the demand for #nucleardisarmament every week on social media.

Time is of the essence - we're shooting for a mass mobilization for Spring 2015.

Here is how "Tuesdayistas" (participants in #NoNukesTuesday ) can be really intentional in their efforts, and really up the ante!

(1) Connect the local to the national

The call has been made for a focus on New York City in April/May 2015, during the RevCon (review conference) of the NPT at the UN.

Expect something BIG to happen in New York!

Actions nationwide -- like these "No Iran War" rallies in 2012 --
paint a picture that is impossible for powerholders in
Washington, DC, to ignore.
But we need organizing happening throughout the country, city by city, town by town, starting now.

What Tuesdayistas can do: Find out where organizing activity for #nucleardisarmament is happening in your area and spread the word like crazy.

(And do it on Twitter on #NoNukesTuesday -- so people in one locale can take encouragement from what people in other locales are doing -- and see the movement standing up before their very eyes.)

(2) Make it happen in "real time"

The NPT RevCon is taking place in New York City in April/May.  What we REALLY need is a snowballing campaign for #nucleardisarmament in the days and weeks and months ahead, so that by the time the US representatives get to RevCon, they have already gotten the message.

We need to be doing things in January and February and March.

What Tuesdayistas can do: Make things happen in January and February and March.

(Pull out that shiny new 2015 date book today and start planning . . . .)

(3) Get this thing to go viral

The weekly antiwar tweeting actually began in 2011 - with #AfghanistanTuesday. From the very beginning, we realized that every Tuesdayista needed to recruit more Tuesdayistas. The only way we can truly multiply our impact, we can't leave it to chance.

The definition of Tuesdayista is to invite more people to become Tuesdayistas (and they'll invite more (and they'll invite more) and . . . ).

What Tuesdayistas can do: Go through your list of Twitter followers. Invite them to become Tuesdayistas!

(To go viral, we need -- on average -- every Tuesdayista to bring along just ONE (or more) additional Tuesdayistas. To make sure this thing works, try to do more than your share. Can you bring TWO? TEN? THIRTY? )

Check out the #NoNukesTuesday community on Google+!

Related posts

In light of the upcoming review of the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) and the fact that organizations throughout the country and worldwide are organizing to press the U.S. to substantially reduce its stores of nuclear weapons, it seems like a good time to use social media to get EVERYONE on board!

(See 5 Ways YOU Can Make a Difference on #NoNukesTuesday )

There are three centers of power that will impact nuclear disarmament: the President, the Congress, and the people. One of them will have to make nuclear disarmament happen.

(See Countdown to U.S. Nuclear Disarmament (With or Without the Politicians) )

How do you formulate a statement that can somehow convince the United States to eliminate its threatening nuclear weapons?  How do you formulate the 10th request? Or the 100th? Knowing all the time that the United States is in the position -- will always be in the position -- to say, "No" ?  At what point does it dawn on you that the United States will never give up its nuclear weapons, because it has the power and the rest of the world doesn't?

(See 360 Degree Feedback in New York (2014 NPT Prepcom and How the World Views the United States))