ONE OF THE chapter leaders for ACT For America, Mary Washington, is an inspiration to me, and I thought I'd share with you what she is doing so she can inspire you, too. She's the Golden Gate chapter leader and she's got a blog for her local members: Golden Gate Chapter.
Here are some of her recent activities:
She received 200 copies of the DVD, Obsession from Tom Trento to distribute. Mary belongs to several different groups and she was willing to find a way to put the DVDs in people's hands, so Tom gave her to DVDs for free.
Over a period of a couple of months, she took copies of Obsession to group meetings and handed them out to people, briefly explaining what the DVD was about. She also asked them if they had a friend or two they thought might be receptive to viewing the movie, which was a way she planted the suggestion to pass along the DVD after they had watched it.
At the same time, she recommended that after viewing Obsession, they may want to organize a movie night at their own home, or at a club or organization they belonged to, or their church or synagog. And she offered to assist them in doing so and offered to speak at these meetings if they wanted her to.
These are some of the groups she talked to:
- Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley: Meeting and Newsletter
- Second Amendment Club
- Minutemen Groups
- Local Political Meetings and Debates
- Email friends
- Her husband's work contacts
- UC Berkeley Young Republicans
- She also randomly left a few copies here and there, at the Kaiser Med Center and the grocery store.
Mary says, "Many people had heard something about Obsession and others had not. Some people were offended and some people wished to remain ignorant of Islamofascism. However, most people were receptive and gladly took a couple of DVDs. With our busy lives, the upcoming election, and the financial crisis, I knew that it might take some time before people actually watched the movie, which as it turned out, I was correct. Several people came back to me after a few weeks and asked for more copies to distribute to others."
With the help of a friend of hers, she then hosted a meeting. Her friend arranged for the venue, which was the conference room at her condo complex. Mary prepared two Powerpoint presentations: an Introduction to ACT For America, and a "Projects List" of what each person could do. At the meeting, they watched part of Obsession, listened to a guest speaker, and had some light refreshments. Before everyone left, Mary gave handouts with recommended reading and website links, her ACT For America business cards and of course, free DVDs.
A couple days after the meeting, she emailed a recap of the event to everyone who had attended, plus those who were invited but did not attend, and other trusted contacts.
She is now planning on holding monthly meetings at local public libraries.
Imagine this kind of thing happening all over the world. Imagine how fast the profound and widespread ignorance of non-Muslims would disappear. Imagine what would happen if the majority of people in your country were briefed on the situation. It would be a whole new ball game.