Examples of Advanced Leafleting
An elected official is more likely to read and remember a message that was printed + hidden inside a fortune cookie, than one on a standard 8.5 x 11. Or given to her by someone in a costume. Or with a speech. Peace activists opposed to U.S. military intervention in Central America dressed up as waiters and glued a map of Central America to a serving dish. They asked pedestrians if they voted for the war, and when they said no, answered “Well, you paid for it!” + presented a bill outlining the costs of the military action. Memorable, right?
How can you adapt this to peace advocacy? Here are some ideas:
- Like in a three-legged race, find a partner and tie your legs together. Shout at passersby “we’re all in this together!”
- Give bills outlining costs of war to students in the dining hall
- Paint over a face mask in a solid color. Wear a sign around your neck that says: “Who is the Invisible (Wo)Man”? Answer on fliers: the refugee/the asylum seeker/the undocumented family.
- Climate Action: Dress up as a polar bear and wear a sign that says “Save Me” while distributing fliers.