Update September 2008: It looks like the campaign is in a lull right now, but a lot of this stuff still applies. Please email us if you’re interested in coming and helping out over the winter. Or organize against the forces of evil in your own community!
There are many ways to help, or to do this work on your own, in the communities and tactics to which you are accustomed. We need every way of fighting this to be part of our struggle in order to succeed—and, indeed, if struggle remains as localized as it has been, we will be easily defeated by the forces of oppression.
Things you can do:
Come to Indiana in spring and summer of 2008. Come with ideas, with plans, with food, with resources. Come for a week or for a season. Come with those you trust and skills honed. Come prepared.
Visit early to get to know and appreciate areas scheduled to be paved over. Get to know the local community and resources. Find long-term housing, short-term employment, whatever you need to do to fulfill your needs while you’re here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for housing leads.
The companies who are building this road have offices everywhere. Interact with them.
We need resources! Money, food, medics, lawyers, money, zinemakers, people who like tabling and going door-to-door, money, hardware store credit, camping gear, money… you get the idea. If you have a skill or access to physical supplies, we can probably use it. Email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or i69@email@example.com.
Outreach. We need everyone to know about this outrage, and to help us in whatever way they can. Setting up your own speaking tour about I-69, tabling about it wherever you are, hosting direct action skillshares… all of these things are incredibly helpful. Check out our resources page for outreach material we’ve made that you can use, or make your own!
Specific questions? Things to offer or things you need? email us:
All other concerns
An Elaboration on Needs Described Above
Specific to Southern Indiana
- Set up housing.
- Look for lawyers. (email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on how to get involved)
- Outreach to residents and communities on/near I-69 route.
- Tabling at public events, like shows.
- Holding public speaking events.
- Banner drops.
- Practice skills (medic, direct action, etc.)
- Learn new skills: how to develop film, copy tapes, set up radio stations, weld…
- Stockpile materials (see below).
(Unless otherwise noted, email email@example.com for more comprehensive lists or to let us know what you’re sending us).
- Money for legal funds, collective space rent, etc. (email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
- Camp-type foods, organic when possible (dried/canned beans, whole grains, nut butters, seeds, dried fruit, soymilk, corn meal, polenta, quinoa, amaranth, olive oil, etc.)
- Plant some extra rows of fresh organic food in your garden for us. Arrange a commitment with a community garden to get some fresh produce donated.
- Medical supplies and herbs (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- bandages, antiseptics, liquid antacid, squirt bottles (empty “one-use” water bottles are fine), etc.
- Tinctures and Teas (Rescue Remedy, Holy Basil, Black Walnut, Dong Quai, Passionflower, Raspberry Leaf, Uva Ursi, Wood Betony, Yerba Mate, Homeopathic arnica, Comfrey root, Licorice root, Marshmallow root, Slippery elm bark, Burdock, Yellow dock, Dandelion, and Milk thistle, etc.)
- Strong boards, nails, scraps of metal, huge tarps, rope, gravel or sand, pretty much anything will get used.
- Even better, hardware store credit (Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Ace).
- Electrical splitters, extension cords, surge protectors, etc.
- Tools (cordless drills, wrenches, hammers, etc). *Try pawn shops, Grandpa’s old workshops, yard sales, etc.*
- Gas cards – even Wal-mart has gas stations!
- A community vehicle or two… or three or four… Trucks and vans are preferable. Veggie-convertable is great!
- Filtered vegetable oil; the materials to filter used vegetable oil.
- Rock climbing gear (Available at some sporting goods stores; rock climbing facilities will sometimes donate used climb lines).
- Cameras (video and still), editing equipment or software, still photo developing equipment. CVS makes disposable digital camcorders that record 20 minutes of footage and can be “developed” at home and also reused.
- Dishes and utensils (including serving implements)
- Pots and Pans
- Sponges and Towels
- Nice clothes (seriously)
- A deep freezer and refrigerator
If you have an idea for something to put on this list, please email us at email@example.com, and we’ll add it. Or just get some friends together and start gathering the materials or practicing the skills to make sure your idea happens!
If you are headed to Evansville or Bloomington, please post ASAP on the our rideboard at stopi69.hyperboards.com with the date you’re arriving, date you’re leaving, how much space you may have, and contact info.
Also, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are gathering materials and want to get stuff to us by 1) making a drop-off in Evansville or Bloomington, or 2) arranging a pick-up in Louisville, Chicago, Indianapolis. Packages can be sent to us at the following addresses:
I-69 Listening Project
323 S. Walnut Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47401
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