Advanced Leafleting

Typical leafleting is a little too easy to ignore. So, hand them out in an alternative way! For example, peace activists opposed to U.S. military in Central America dressed up as waiters and glued a map of Central America with the costs of war to a serving dish asking pedestrians if they voted for the war, and when they said no, answered “You paid for it!”

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.