Tools for Engagement
Sometimes you need to start small and work up to bigger things. Taking a stand for principles and ideals can take many forms, and standing up for one person at a time is an excellent way to begin.
This is a project in "Active Witnessing" and you are invited to participate at your own pace, in your own time, in your own way. Carrying copies of the three little booklets seen above signifies that you have begun the journey to being a truly engaged citizen. To know your right, and the rights of all Americans, and to be ready and willing to speak out for them and resist if you see them being threatened - these are all part of being an Active Witness.
- Booklet One is called "Dare to Wear the Pin" and shows you what the message of wearing a pin on your lapel means in a public setting.
- Booklet Two is called "Were You Just a Victim of a Hate Crime?" and alerts you to the forms that hate crimes take and what you can and should do about it.
- Booklet Tree is called "Were You Just a Perpetrator of a Hate Crime?" and is meant to be left for those who have taken or might take inappropriate action against individuals for reasons of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. It reminds them of what the laws say about inciting violence and spewing hate and also offers resources to help them take their anger down a peg.
Each of these booklets is made using a single sheet of ordinary typing paper which is then folded and cut to produce a simple 8-page booklet that can be tucked in a purse or pocket, or left in a door or under a windshield wiper or on a bicycle seat. You can download pre-colored copies and print them out on a home printer, or print the black-and-white version and have make the coloring part of an introductory meeting about social activism.
If you have any ideas about improving the booklets, feel free to send us a message. We're always open to new thoughts!
Thanks, and enjoy!