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Organizing a Journey for Justice Event: Writing a News Release

Organizing Journey Events
Journey Event Introduction
Organizing a Public Event
Find a Journey Leader

Register as a Journey XActivist
Types of Meetings
XSpeaker's Forum
XDiscussion Group
XPrivate Meeting
XMedia Appearance

Technical Assistance
Choosing a Meeting Location
Order Supplies

Publicity - You Want It!
XGetting an Audience
XYou and the Media
XNewspaper Listing
XRadio/TV Bulletin (PSA)
XNews Releases & Samples
XDesigning Flyers/Posters
XUsing Mail and Phone
XUsing the Internet!
XPublicizing a Journey Event XXon our Website

Sign-up Sheets/Petitions
Phone Tree
Volunteer Questionnaire

Grassroots Organizing
Getting Started
Starting a Local Group
Expanding Your Network
The First Meeting
Forming a Family Group

Making a Display

Vigil, Rally, Demonstrate
Presenting a Video Series

Reading Room
Intro & Contents
Media Resources
10 Tips to End the Drug War
Becoming an Activist

Communication Skills
Closing Your Letters/Memos
Tax Credits for Volunteers
Working with Legislators
Honest Hope and
XThe Hundredth Monkey
Overcoming Masculine

Adapted from; used with permission
Bottoms Up Version 1.0
©2001, 2003


More on Mailing and Phone Notifications

If a group has a dozen contacts, or a few hundred, sending notification of a public event is an excellent way to make contact with people who have expressed interest in your work in the past.

It's when you can offer ways for volunteers to participate that it gets easier to find people to volunteer. If you have had people in your community offer to help, now is the time to take them up on that offer. A mailing can put you back in touch with people that you haven't communicated with in a long time. Get them involved, for example, by helping to plan a Journey for Justice event, a special opportunity to get in touch with people again.

Using the phone shouldn't cost any money unless you have long distance numbers within driving range of a public event. Volunteers can share a phone list for calling people to planning meetings and the public event.

Download Phone Tree form here (PDF format).

Your group may want to begin using a 'phone tree', and thereby share the calls through a time tested method. A phone call from a volunteer is another way to get in contact with people who have been part of your group or a project of your group in the past.

If mailing or calling, or using a combination of both methods, don't forget to review "Expanding Your Network." Now is a good time to reach out to others in your community who may share the desire to reform drug laws. Invite them to plan with you, at the very least, and perhaps they will attend a public event.

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