So what can we do about it? How about making some old-fashioned noise - and breaking new ground in high-tech grassroots organizing! HonkToImpeach is simple:
We'll hit busy intersections with signs asking cars to Honk To Impeach Bush - that's the old-fashioned noise-making part
We'll also hold signs saying PASSENGERS: TEXT "IMPEACH" to 30644 - that's the new high-tech grassroots organizing, which will allow us to "sign up" all the honkers via text messaging for future organizing
Send the link to your local friends and ask them post a comment if they can join you. Also ask them to send it to their local friends.
Bring our two handwritten signs (or posterboard and markers to make signs)
Honk to Impeach Bush!
TEXT "IMPEACH" to 30644
Bring a camera (or video camera) to record your activities
You need two signs at each corner - if you have extra people and signs you can cover more than one corner
If you're not an organizer but want to participate, visit our events page and type in your zip code to find a HonkToImpeach event near you. Then post a comment telling the organizer you'll be there.
Safety is crucial and we must not cause any accidents involving cars or pedestrians.
Break sunscreen and hats
Don't bring children or pets - they are too precious, as well as unpredictable and distracting
Only wave your signs at cars that are stopped at a red light - don't distract drivers who are moving - turn your signs away from moving cars - turn your signs away when the red light turns green
If a pro-Bush driver curses at you, don't get angry - just smile and wave or move away
If the police question you, tell them you're exercising your First Amendment right of free expression. If they tell you you're creating a disturbance in that location, ask them where you can stand that will not create a disturbance. You have a right to hold signs in public places so find a local lawyer who is familiar with local ordinances and ask if they will advise you for free (pro bono) if you get hassled by local police
After you're done:
Thank everyone who came and ask them if they would do it again, what date/time works best, and what changes to make
Collect everyone's email address for future events
Upload your photos to your favorite photo site like Flickr.com and upload your videos to Youtube.com
Create a new forum topic on Democrats.com to share your experience and link to your photos and videos: http://www.democrats.com/node/add/forum
Forum: Impeachment - Activism
Content Relevance: Congressional District
Email the forum link to everyone who came or wanted to come
The World Justice Project on Thursday published a "Rule of Law Index," and there's no easy way to say this. Let me put it this way: as when rankings on education, infant mortality, work hours, lifespan, retirement security, health, environmental impact, incarceration rates, violence, concentration of wealth, and other measures of quality of life come out, it is time once again for we Americans to shout "We're Number One!" more loudly than ever. Because, of course, we're not.
The Rule of Law Index looks at 35 nations around the world, including seven in Western Europe and North America. The researchers understand the rule of law as follows:
Hurricane Katrina is not as sexy as torture, but has killed more people and ruined more lives, and -- like many non-natural disasters in recent years -- has a chief culprit who has now settled in at 10141 Daria Place, Dallas, Texas, where he clears very little brush and where -- to my knowledge -- not a single politician or journalist or author has sought his wisdom on the affairs of the past seven months. George W. Bush, who should face nonviolent protest every minute of his life while he remains at liberty, knowingly abandoned an American city and nearby towns to a predictable and predicted natural disaster four years ago this week, and for years refused to repair the damage.
I was wondering if there is any interest amongst residents of Kennebunk, or nearby towns to organize a "Honk-to-Impeach" event, or some kind of comparable function, especially in light of Congressman Kucinich's recent filing of articles of impeachment against President Bush.
If so, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. If we do it, and it's a success, perhaps we could make it a regular event.
We have been demonstrating in front of Zoe Lofgren's office every Friday since November. Zoe is on the House Judiciary Committee. Join us with your own Impeachment signs or use ours. Her office is located at 635 N. First St., San Jose, CA. We're there from 3p - 6p.