SO YOU’RE HOSTING THE EF! ROADSHOW..
Here is a quick checklist of what needs to be done to successfully put on this event:
This is first on the list, because it can take awhile to secure a space, and you can’t do any publicity without a location.
-Is the space big enough for the expected crowd
-Is the location accessible to everyone
-Are there enough chairs and things to sit on
-Will it be noisy (like in a coffee shop for example)
-Is there water to drink and the availability of food if it’s a long day
-Is it easy to find
This is the second most important part of setting up a stop. We’re hoping that you will go outside of your normal circle of friends and work on bringing other groups out to the event.
One simple online resource for this is: http://www.rootforce.org/get-involved/presentations/publicity/
Here are some groups/places that we would appreciate having the event advertised with:
-Big Green groups (Sierra Club and the like)
-High Schools (flier there if possible, and the Sierra Student Coalition is a good resource)
-College groups like Students for a Democratic Society, or any environmental group on campus
-The Quakers and Unitarian Universalist churches- usually you can table at their meetings/services.
We are serious about this. We’d like all the events to have more than just young punk kids like us. It’s time to get the radical environmental movement back in the foreground. There is a list of organizations and a form E-Mail at the end of this document to send out.
3. Other stuff
A few random things that would be cool.
– We’d like to help any local campaign or project. If you know of one, have them get in touch so that someone from their group can speak during the event. If there isn’t something going on, we’d love to do what we can to get it started- is there someone willing to act on an email list if we get one passed around?
– Music is great. If there’s a local, relevant musician, please see if they’ll play after the presentation.
-ACTION!!! We like doing actions. If there’s a fight going on, we’d like to throw down with y’all. If you can, plan an action for when we’ll be there and we can do whatever to help make it awesome.
We want to tailor the stops to the community, so we’ll need your help in this. Please keep in communication with us. It causes unnecessary anxiety if we try to call or e-mail and never hear back from local organizers.
We’re running this show out of our small pockets, and generally speaking colleges have much more money than any of us, and usually they can be persuaded to part with some of it. Is there an eco-group on campus that could co-sponsor the event (and thus be able to apply for funding), or could the event be set up at the school to get them to help pay for it? If there’s a school in your town, looking into these possibilities would be very helpful.
Our logistical needs
We need a place to stay for however many nights we are in town. It’s safe to assume that there will be six of us on tour, and we prefer staying together, or at least close to one another. It’s nice to have a quiet, clean place, but we’re not too picky. Just no sexist, racist, queer and trans-hating, eco-trashing houses, please!
Let’s do this y’all..
Even if you don’t normally work with these groups listed below, we are asking you to contact them and attempt to involve them. At the very least, request that Roadshow announcements go out over their lists with sufficient notice. This list of national groups is a scratch at the surface of organizations who we would like to invite into , or collaborate with in growing the ecological direct action movement. Most groups have local and regional chapters including hundreds, or thousands, of members. And certainly there are other unique groups and ad-hoc local organizing efforts that may fall into a similar category as these groups. (most of their local contacts can easily be found searching online).
Below the list we have included a sample letter, which has been sent to the main offices of many national groups. We encourage you to modify and personalize where needed for local organizing.
Here’s a partial list:
National Wildlife Federation
Friends of the Earth
Rainforest Action Network
Center for Biological Diversity
Defenders of Wildlife
In Defense of Animals
Natural Resource Defense Council
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
American Indian Movement
Native Youth Movement
Indigenous Environmental Network
‘green drinks’ groups
‘environmental meet up’ groups
local hunting advocate groups
local peace and justice groups