report on Glynn County Tax Day leafletting
Apr 17, 2008 06:59 PDT
Since we were featured as a Tax Day action in the last More Than A Paycheck and in the national press release, I figure I should send y'all a report on what happened in Glynn County, GA. This is from the report I sent to ur GlynnPeace members. OK, it isn't anything spectacular of out-of-the-ordinary or delightlfully creative, but for us, it's still good news:
As best we can figure, we gave out about 2200 flyers on Tuesday at the Brunswick and St. Simons Island P.O.'s. Amazing!
We started at 8:30 AM with 500 War Resisters League pie chart flyers at each P.O. We ran out of those at 12:30 PM in Brunswick and on St. Simons at 1:00, just as I arrived to give Bill Jerome a stack of about 400 "Economic Costs of the War" flyers with info from the American Friends Service Committee. Milly Hastings reported later that when she & Steve Stevens finished their leafletting at 3 PM, they had only 16 flyers left! Although our youth were ready to provide someone to take over on St. Simons, there weren't flyers for them!
On the Brunswick side, Cathy Browning brought us a couple of hundred of the flyers addressed to Georgia taxpayers, giving figures from the National Priorities Project on how much the war is costing us locally and what else the money could have purchased in services and meeting community needs. Those weren't going to be enough, so she went back and printed 600 more. These were all gone by 4:30 PM, a half-hour before the P.O. closed.
We have no way of knowing the eventual results of getting all this info out to our neighbors and fellow citizens. Of course, we signed up a few new members on the spot, but this sort of leafletting is not very intimate; it is mostly an act of faith that our presence and the information will act to move some people to do something to end the war. It's like the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:3-8:
"Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn't deep. But when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dred up. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants. But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants bore grain: some had one hundred grains, others sixty, and others thirty."
Jesus' explanation of this parable is in verses 18-23. But I think it's pretty obvious. And any organizer for peace & justice needs to understand it.
SO.... many, many thanks to all of you who came out yesterday to help us sow:
Kelly Dobbin (twice!)
Chuck & Irene DesEnfants (2nd year in a row they did the first two hours on St. Simons)
Sonny DeSoto, who leaned on the garbage can cover so he could leaflet despite a bad leg
the Gaines family: Tom, Kay, daughter Andrea, and grandsons Blake & Carson. Let me tell you, it's almost impossible for anyone to refuse a leaflet from a 7 and 5-year old!
Bobby Basenfelder (who became a member because she got one of these flyers last year)
Cathy Browning (who made an extra trip to print and bring more leaflets)
Danesha Tripp, who stayed an extra hour longer than she had planned
Milly Hastings and Steve Stevens, who were visiting Diane Knight from Ellijay, but wanted to help us out by pulling a shift themselves. We're hooking them up with the GA Peace & Justice Coalition.)
and some of our youth group: Laura Estrada
Along with me, that's 27 people who turned out yesterday to help spread some peace seeds in the Glynn County soil.
Praying for rain,