An Activists' Tool Kit
The information on this page is collected and presented in
order to help you be a better grassroots leaders. It isn't
an exhaustive collection, but a lot of them might have
value to you and your group.
The Sign Up Sheet at meetings and events lets the public
give you their contact information. A sign up sheet is a
way to let the public know that you are interested in
contacting them in the future. Use information that you
gather, to create lists of people that will be potential
Having this form at your meetings will help you identify
the talents and willingness of volunteers to share them.
Event Checklist and
Download this form to help you create a timeline and to-do
list for every public event, or meeting you are responsible
This chart can help explain and keep track of a method of
communication for your group. Give the old fashioned, phone
tree and try and reach out to your community in a personal
The Prisons Factsheet
The Prisons Factsheet clearly shows the public how drug
laws have fueled historic and shameful rise in prisons. The
situation in unabated, and this document is updated as new
research on the war on drugs and mass imprisonment unfolds.
Use this handout at all your meetings and public events.
Include one in your correspondence, even any bill paying
you send the old fashioned way. Print them and post them on
community bulletin boards.
A short primer on the problems people formerly incarcerated
must deal with, helps convince people that we shouldn't be
putting so many people in prison in the first place. Help
your community make the connects.
The Petition for Relief
The Petition for Relief asks Federal leaders to return a
system of earned, early release to federal prisoners. A
campaign since 2001, petition totals are tallied at
November's homepage. Petition for Relief
updates are here. Local groups find most people do
not know that there is no hope of early release, or
parole provisions in the federal prison system. Most
people believe that incentives for changed behavior
works, and hopeless prisons counterproductive.