Revolution #273, June 24, 2012
Next Few Weeks:
What's Needed to Launch the Next BAsics Bus Tour
Over the next few weeks, be part of launching the next leg of the BAsics Bus Tour.
Read the announcement about the next leg: Kicking off from New York City... Reverberating Across the Country
People have begun to volunteer, and teams are beginning to be assembled to build for this leg of the tour. But in order to make this tour happen, and for it to reverberate across the country—many hundreds need to be involved nationally and in New York itself. $50,000 is needed to have a real impact—in this region... and across the country. This is because we aim to have TWO brightly decorated, 30-foot RVs and twice as many volunteers as the last leg of the tour through the South.
The situation in the world is demanding that people know about Avakian's work, and have a chance to be part of the movement to bring a radically different world into being. This is a crying need—and if we are able to reach out far and wide, tap into the inspiration and excitement (see the statements of support at basicsbustour.tumblr.com) that the boldness of this bus tour has garnered, and organize cores of people to come together and raise the funds in broad and creative ways—this can be made possible.
All throughout the next few weeks, talk with everyone you can about contributing to this tour... pull together cores of people who want to develop immediate plans to raise funds with bake sales, yard sales and more. Reach out to professors and professionals who are able to contribute larger amounts and who would be interested in matching funds that are raised in a housing project or neighborhood. Ask lots of people to contribute on the spot and schedule phone banking nights to reach out to everyone you've been meeting, letting them know how they can be involved including through contributing funds—every contribution makes a difference and will get us closer to reaching this essential financial goal.
Here are some nodal points over the next few weeks when people all across the country can come together to make this happen.
This upcoming weekend, June 22-24. This will be a time when all across the country, people are coming together to have a big impact with the BAsics 1:13 quote... and to raise big funds... all contributing to an effort larger than themselves but within which their contributions are an essential part.
Start making plans now for major fundraising efforts to take place the week of July 4. Talk with people about the best form for this and what they want to do to be part of it—bbq's, raffles, yard sales and more.
On Friday, July 6, a video will be released that provides a living sense of the power of the last leg of the tour. Gather people you know in house parties, salons, community centers, one-on-one meetings… and start talking with others to schedule these too. There should be all kinds of decentralized appointments and groupings coming together on the occasion of the release of this video—to watch it, and raise big funds towards this tour.
If there are volunteers coming to be part of this Tour from where you're at, organize send-off parties for them from July 10-12. This is a way for people who can't come as volunteers to get on the bus in spirit, sending their statements of support and contributions to make this tour happen.
What You Can Do:
Contribute to the BAsics Bus Tour. It will not happen without your support.
Follow the tour, and the efforts around the tour, at basicsbustour.tumblr.com and twitter.com/baeverywhere
Tell your friends about the tour. Ask them to share the tour's photos, videos, and reports online.
Pull together a group of people and find creative ways to raise money together.
Send your own message or get together with others to send a group message of support to the bus tour and to the people the tour will be meeting. Send your thoughts in writing or video (throw on dark glasses and a hoodie in support of the struggle for justice for Trayvon Martin… so you and others can remain anonymous). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer! All kinds of volunteers are needed from wherever you're at and with whatever time you can contribute: be part of the press work and Internet promotions (both urgently needed now), video editing (for short videos from the tour while it's on the road), and much more. Write to email@example.com
To contribute online or by check/money order to the BAsics Bus Tour:
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