For the outside and in:
Get Five Petition Drive
I know that you've been
wondering what you could do . . .
Join the Jubilee Justice
2000 Campaign - phase one
Our subscribers should find
an insert within this paper. The first project of this campaign
is a simple petition. Prisoners are asked to mail this petition
to a loved one, and in your own words, appeal to them to have
five friends or acquaintances read and sign it. Just five, not
an overwhelming number; we are trying to make it easy. Your loved
ones who read this paper will have the same opportunity to gather
signatures. The flyer will photocopy well.
We now have projects in place;
growing community distribution of our literature; drug war vigils
and expanding regional leadership - both in numbers of leaders
and in the leadership roles they are assuming. Volunteerism increases
and a viable network of activists broadens.
In brief summary, this first
project, The Get Five Petition Drive, will bring us five signatures
and fulfill five functions as well:
1) Enable us to show support
for drug war prisoner release - It's easy - five signatures. Read the article on page
one very carefully and write your friends and family asking them
to join the campaign by gathering five signatures. Various formats
are available on the internet at (www.jubileejustice.org) for
immediate download, and our vigil leaders are all supplied with
large 11 x 17 copies for public demonstrations. Let's do some
math. There are (at conservative estimates) a half million drug
war prisoners, and if each prisoner sends out one petition that
is returned to our office, we will turn 2 and a half million
signatures to the White House before Bill Clinton leaves office.
2) Ask of a specific leader
a specific request -
The President has the power to grant this request. Sure, there
might be some complicated details, but surely no more complicated
than what our federal leaders face now - how to build more prisons
fast enough in the face of mounting public outcry. This is one
more opportunity to push this issue over the hump in a very unique
year. It's the time of Jubilee and it comes only once every fifty
years. It is also an election year. This is a good time to make
a formal request for release.
3) Educate those who read
this petition - Having
only five signatures on each 8 x 11 petition will allow us room
to explain the issue and the campaign. The more the petitions
circulate, the more people will be exposed to the issue beyond
newspaper, radio and TV. We intend to provide the Razor Wire
to all who sign these petitions. Each issue is usually a good
source of basic information about the folly of the drug war and
for those who respond and join our organization - a continuing
education will follow.
4) Identify new supporters
- There are a lot
of people paying close attention to the barrage of drug war critics
in the press and on television. Many would actively oppose the
laws if they knew there were organizations they could work with.
We know that many a malcontent is wondering just what to do;
it's time to track at least some of them down. For family members,
we hope that you will go beyond the call of duty-and hit your
local copy shop, then all of your friends and colleagues. Businesses
can place a petition on their counters. Many people are very
aware of the injustice, and if given the opportunity would sign
such a declaration and request.
5) Target specific constituencies
building a broader coalition- In greater numbers, the clergy are learning more about
the issues of drug war injustice and are willing to speak to
their congregations. This is a perfect opportunity for your family
members and friends to make an appointment with their religious
leaders and discuss this issue, urging them to speak about excessive
imprisonment in their public discourses; write about it when
they have the opportunity. We hope to expand our drug war vigils
nationwide; in order to do this we must expand our membership
and target specific potential supporters. The petition can be
used to identify and persuade people interested in responsible
civics, good government and the community of citizens concerned
about problems of criminal justice.
Our members should find this
project of ease and interest. We will work together to make it
a good, effective effort. Next issue you will be given more opportunity
to participate, and it will be a next step. Help us on this first
step today! Tell your loved ones to access the internet at: www.jubileejustice.org
for updated information. The campaign is underway.
* Artists! Please send submissions
for envelope art that reflect the sentiment of our Jubilee Justice
2000 Campaign. Please enclose inside the envelope. We would like
to have a suitable illustration for use on the back of a #10
envelope (9 1/2 x 4).