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an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and it will begin coming your way.
The Alliance for Democracy has launched an exciting new
program that we hope will generate a progressive-populist dialogue in
America. To start, Granny D, William Rivers Pitt, Ronnie Dugger and
friends are now writing one single-page, double-sided flyer each week about
pressing issues of the day. We are calling ourselves the Freedom Flyer
We want you to join us because of your commitment to peace,
free speech, civil liberties, civil rights, justice and democracy. We
have formed the Freedom Flyer Collective because we believe these standards of
American life are under deadly attack.
What we are asking is your help in getting this flyer out
into the streets where you live. The
idea is that if 100 people in 100 towns and cities do this we have the makings
of a new communications system for the present crisis. Since multinational corporations control the
U.S. media, citizens arent getting the full story about anything. Theyre getting what is convenient to the
corporations. The Freedom Flyer Collective
exists to fill the gaps. Freedom Flyers
speak to war, government hypocrisy, civil rights abuse, the shutting down of
civil liberties, and corporate crime.
They also pose alternatives, describe solutions and outline strategies
for using democracy to achieve peace, justice and prosperity.
The Freedom Flyer can be a powerful tool for democracy with
your help. Of course, most Americans
get their news from TV and USA Today.
Each Freedom Flyer seeks to pop the corporatist bubble. We want to provoke fresh thinking, informed
debate and free speech. To do that, we
need people to distribute the flyers in any of several ways.
William Rivers Pitt inspired this project when he described
in a recent article how he periodically photocopies his writing and hands them
out to passersby on his favorite street corner. His experience is that people read what he gives them, return for
more, and want to talk. People are
hungry for information with brains and teeth, but they dont know where to get
it, or how.
We are living an American emergency. The Bush rush to aggressive war is
terrifying, and utterly contrary to the principles for which the United States
is supposed to stand. The un-elected
Bush government, appointed to office by the Supreme Court, has used the fear
generated by 9/11 to undermine civil rights, declare war across the globe, and
cut taxes to large corporations and their owners. We the American people are stunned. Weve got to do what we can to recover our voice and reclaim our
This is what we ask.
First, please subscribe to the Freedom Flyer listserve by
clicking here email@example.com
and then clicking Send on the screen that will pop up.
Secondly, go to the AfD website (www.thealliancefordemocracy.org)
where you will see Freedom Flyer on the homepage. Click on This Weeks Flyer.
The next screen will start with the statement: Click PDF.file for a
printable version. Click it. The following screen will contain the flyer
with a logo and proper spacing two pages.
Print the PDF.file. You will
have two pages of material. Now for
the most important part.
Photocopy the two pages so that they become a single-page,
double-sided flyer. Make as many copies
as you feel comfortable distributing (say 50 to 500). Then take them to
Once you have a pile of flyers, we recommend a couple of
strategies. The first is to stand on a
busy corner and hand them out to people walking by. This is William Pitts method, and he finds it
inspirational. The second is to walk
around to coffee shops, record stores, book stores or any progressive retail
outlets and ask to leave the flyers in appropriate spots for free
distribution. The third method is to
place the flyers under the windshield wipers of parked cars. You get the idea. Being creative youll come up with your own way.
Each week we will email a new Freedom Flyer to thousands of
people in the FreedomFlyer email group and well also put the flyer on the
Alliance for Democracy website (www.thealliancefordemocracy.org).
We encourage everyone to email Freedom Flyers to all friends and
associates. Email distribution is very efficient, needless to say.
The goal of the Freedom Flyer Collective is to invigorate
public dialogue and generate democratic action. The American Revolution emerged when people across thirteen
colonies began communicating their views through letters and newspapers.
People awakened to the common grievances they suffered and the common dreams
they shared. They came together and proclaimed their natural right to
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It is time to rekindle the flame!
In the spirit of Tom Paine, we proclaim our duty to remake the world
Freedom Flyer Collective
William Rivers Pitt, Matthew Condon, Granny D, Dennis Burke,
Ronnie Dugger, Nick Biddle
Contact the Alliance by phone, email or letter for questions
The Alliance for Democracy
760 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451