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Do It Yourself Guide

To Grassroots Activism and “How To” organize a Repeal Event, Fundraiser, Group, Protest, Rally, Even a Sacramental friendly Church or Ministry in your area. Get Real and Join Us! in Repealing Cannabis/Marijuana/Hemp Prohibition on every level in your area.  We can help you DIY!

1)   PRINT AND DISTRIBUTE EDUCATIONAL INFO!
There are many creative ways a person can distribute printed materials, information, flyers, pamphlets, business cards, though you may want to be aware of the Laws, local ordinances, concerning distribution of ads, flyers, ect. in your area.  Leaving materials on a table in a dentist, doctors office or information stand at your local hospital is just a few suggestions. Many Markets and Grocery stores have bulletin boards, Free news stands,… there are really so many places one can distribute info even your local Court House has information tables and news stands.  You can drop info on when no one is looking if your not the type to confront people.
 
2)  MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT OF TRUTH!
Ever thought how fast we could end prohibition if we could get the news papers and media to print/tell the truth in this  issue? They will if you take out a paid Ad. If everyone who could took out just one weekly paid ad as simple as a real quote of scientific fact or truth about cannabis/marijuana/hemp prohibition and the legal lies of the never ending war on drugs… Or it might be as simple as running a name of a suggested informational book for reading or a link to this page… Many papers also publish letters to the editor in issues… so you could just write your local news media to express your opinions.  All of this can be done anonymously for those who wish to remain anonymous. Also many media sources will list and/or advertise Non-Profit and Not for Profit events, meetings… for free. You may also want to Issue a Press Release or Hold a Press Conference.
 

3) ATTEND AN EVENT, GATHERING, PROTEST,…!
Celebrate your Sovereign Freedom, Rights, and Empower yourself and others through Liberation and Solidarity!

4)  TAKING IT TO THE STREETS!
A more personal hands on approach to distribution of information and education. This can be as simple as confronting your doctor with the facts about Cannabis and the Endocannabiniod System to getting out and talking to people one on one in your community… Tabling information at local events,… Helping to circulate or starting a signature drive or Petition.

5)  HOST A REPEAL MEETING, GATHERING, EVENT, RALLY, PROTEST, SIT IN, PARTY,… IN YOUR AREA!
You can make this as simple or complicated as you want it. It depends on what you are wishing to accomplish and just how brave or motivated you are. You might wish to begin with inviting friends, relatives, neighbors,… to a Pot Luck gathering where you plan to watch an educational movie or videos on the subject of Prohibition before or afterward. You may want to plan to table information a local event(s). Maybe you want to plan a Smoke-Out and Sit-In in protest. In the latter case, I would suggest you plan to have legal permits and counsel on stand-by… What ever you plan. Please, Do Share the info to our Free Repeal Calendar below at the bottom of the page. Thank You!

6)  TAKE UP DONATIONS OR HOST A FUNDRAISER!
to help pay for advertising,… Auctions, Barbecues. Bake sales, Concerts, Contest, Dinners, Festivals, Yard sales, Swap Meets,… Just to name a few ideas.

7)     SPEAK OUT! BECOME A PUBLIC SPEAKER
Feel confident enough in what you know about the plant, the issue, the laws and repeal vs legalize that you can speak to a crowd about it or publicly debate the issue?

You can Contact:
Constitutional Cannabis

8)   PLAN A CREATIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH!
Invite your local group or community to get more educated and get involved through a gathering where you plan to design and make T-Shirts, Posters, Banners, Bongs,…  fun creative projects. Great as a prelude to an up coming Rally or Protest…

9)  OVERGROW!
Encourage mass public plantings or gorilla gardening in meaningful and memorable places in your area where they might spark conversation and/or public attention to build awareness… In you local area. Prevent total eradication and help return hemp to the wild… Be sure and plant seeds where plants will grow easily and be successful.

10)  PLAN A GROUP, COMMUNITY,… LOBBY DAY!
Organize and plan to get with others in your area to do a personal face to face lobby for Repeal at your local Federal Court House, State Rep and/or Senators Office, State Capital,…

11)  VOLUNTEER!
There are many things both behind the scenes privately and in public that an individual can do to make a difference in their local community, grassroots repeal group, organization, collective,… Get Involved and Volunteer!

12)   PLACE YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!
There are many ways you should be doing this already. The first of which is watching the purchases and exchanges you make.  Boycotting companies and businesses that are in opposition of the cause and issue you are attempting to resolve.  There are many seemingly unrelated companies, businesses and individuals who are promoting and profiting from Cannabis/Marijuana/Help Prohibition.  Let us not forget it was these unseen interest that were key in establishing prohibition. When you fund, promote, exchange,… with these companies you are funding continued prohibition and oppression. So again, follow the money trail and then cut it off if possible.

A few more of the many ways you can put your money where your mouth is, is to Make a Donation, Fundraising Purchase and/or Sponsor a cause, chapter, charity, event, group or project to help cover the cost.

13)   PURCHASE A NON-GMO CANNABIS HEMP PRODUCT, IF YOU HAVEN’T  RECENTLY!
It is one thing to claim to represent or believe in something, it is another to actually represent it and do it. Yet, most of us understand that when it comes to money, business, laws and government… Much of the system and industry… Comes down to supply and demand.

So go buy something you claim to support and believe in!

14)  VOTE AND RESTORE THE VOTE IN YOUR AREA!
If you don’t vote, you should just to retain the right and freedom. So vote because you can! Before we all loose the freedom as a result of those who don’t. Also you might want to work actively to register and educate voters in your area before the elections. Connecting the dots on the issues. Adding voter registration cards to your information tables,… is just one way to do this easily. While on the federal and state levels show your support for Campaign Finance Reform, Validate the Vote, Election Reform to End Electoral Fraud and efforts to Restore the Vote!… in your area.

Restore the Non-Violent Felons Rights to Vote!

restoring_the_right_to_vote.pdf

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15)   PARTICIPATE  IN  ANONYMOUS MAILINGS!
You could buy a book of stamps and sit down with the phone book and pick the same number of names out of the phone book that you have in stamps. You might want to start at A and set a goal to reach Z by the end of the year. Then again if you just send 1 randomly. Yet, it is one more that was possibly reached! Then send them printed material on Did they know? They are an Endocannabiniod based System or how Cannabis Cures Cancer,…? include it with a simple polite explanation on Repeal. Educate!
 

16)   DON’T JUST ADVOCATE, MEDIATE LEGALLY!
Want to make a real difference differently Legally, that you can see regularly on a local level in your community, business community, banking community, local government or the courts without being arrested. Become a Mediator and then specialize in Cannabis/Marijuana/Hemp, Human Rights,… pick an area that you know best.

TWZ Enterprises™ certifies that this online training course has been approved for 4 participatory or self-study MCLE Credits, including 1 Ethics Credit by the State Bar of California. Please note that anyone can benefit from studying mediation online, regardless of their occupation.

17)   ACT AND SPEAK OUT REGULARLY!
Practice makes Perfect! Reality is… True grassroots activism is more than a cause driven by belief, more than a time killer, a hobby, a job, a mask, a life style,… it is a way of being for many.

If your one of these individuals I speak of above, then you may be interested in this new project I plan to attempt to establish at the local community level and would love to see chapters of in your local area.

Theatrical Therapy

Combining Action, Acting, Activism, Causes, Issues, Education, Talent and Therapy into Healing for Everyone involved through staging and/or sometimes impromptu theatrical performances such as tiny skits, plays, musicals,… in public places such as parks, malls, campuses, parking lots,… Coming Soon! to your local area with your help! So just Click the Banner below to Check us out!

18)   JOIN A RELATED ACTIVIST OR SOCIAL GROUP, ORGANIZATION, COLLECTIVE, COMMUNITY, MINISTRY OR CHURCH FOR MORE INFORMATION EXCHANGE, SHARING, FELLOWSHIP AND SUPPORT!
Just a suggestion 😉
 
19)   MAYBE YOU WANT TO START A LOCAL CANNABIS FRIENDLY COMMUNITY MINISTRY?
Contact me on more info on how you can.

20)   ADVERTISE YOUR FAVORITE REPEAL MESSAGE!
There are many ways one can do this, ranging from placing a Banner on your web page(s) or sharing info in e-mails or your e-mail signature, sharing on social networks, or in groups,… You can hand make you own or purchase  professionally printed Ad, Posters, Bumper Stickers, Buttons, Business Cards, Pens, T-shirts, Coffee Mugs, Caps, and Bags,… Also creating  and/or purchasing actual advertising ads for your local area. Are just a few great ways you can help!

Help us finally close the door on this part of the so-called Drug War.

Grassroots Activism 101 ~

    Grassroots activism can consists of an individual
or individuals,  collective,  group or organization of like-minded people creating or taking a single or continued  action of some type, often coming together = organizing, in order to create and/or raise awareness or to bring attention to a cause or issue they believe in, support or appose, that they believe needs to be brought into the light,  changed, handled, justified, ratified, resolved,… Grassroots activists are not usually funded, controlled, supplied, or paid by any political party. Their issues are often, not always, directly “apposed” to the policies of the major political powers and/or their powerful wealthy corporate lobbyist.

AWARENESS = FIRST TOOL of the activist, advocate, opposition, media and any grassroots movement… although many would argue that ones voice is the first tool.

There are many ways and routes to create awareness.  Words, images, actions or the lack there of, media… Desired routes or methods used may vary according to the desired goal and circumstances involved.

FIRST RULE ~ When creating awareness is “Be Aware” 

As a result of grassroots activist(ism) often being in the positions of the opposition, Activism depending on the issue, cause or position can at times be a very dangerous, confusing, even life threatening activity. Therefore in my opinion, the real grassroots activist in general must be a very dedicated and sincere individual who feels he/she has everything to protect and/or nothing left to loose.

[a] Grassroots activism is often defined as being at the bottom of the political pyramid. Grassroots causes and issues are often the opposite of those of the political powers at the top of the pyramid. However, many major politicians become involved in grassroots issues if they feel strongly enough about the issue. Some cynics may say this is just another way for politicians to garner votes.

The recent so-called Tea Party movement of the last few years would be a prime example of a grassroots movement being utilized and manipulated by politicians to do just that.  Though many of the same grassroots activist who had in fact began the movement later divorced themselves from it due to this fact.

Some activist understand and/or believe the political pyramid of power is the pyramid depicted on the dollar. Where we find the grassroots activist at the base of both usually.

Political freedom is a major concern for any real grassroots activist. Freedom of speech and the right to protest are essential to grassroots activism.

* Warning: Due to the re-reinstatement of the Patriot Act  and a few other Illegal Unconstitutional Acts or Regulations  recently passed in the last 10 yrs. One can be imprisoned for protesting even in America.  Google Americans arrested for protesting. Even Private Citizens and On-Line Activist have been Imprisoned for speaking their minds on the internet and charged with so-called thought crimes,… Freedom of Speech and/or the Freedom to Protest,… Are no longer, Freedoms and Rights granted to them by the Constitution, that can be taken for granted by Americans.

WORDS, VOICE SECOND TOOL of the activist, advocate, opposition, media and any grassroots movement…

There are many Americans who would argue that they are even being illegally and unconstitutionally arrested and imprisoned for attempting to exercise their natural, inalienable, sovereign rights and freedoms and/or sacramental, spiritual, religious rights and freedoms.

The fact is today, in America our Constitution, Charters of Freedom, Bill of Rights,… All are in Danger.  Just one issue we must address and consider that many tend to over look.

Grassroots activism can be as simple as writing a letter to your local media or Mayor… Grassroots Activist  spend a great deal of time researching, educating, promoting their cause or raising awareness. They may organize and hold meetings, organize fund raisers, donate time and money, work endless hours for free… Even be imprisoned or martyred for causes or the issues they believe in. Many grassroots activists are vehement in their beliefs. Ethics should always be in question and questioned where actions are concerned as there are those who use Activist and/or Activism to accomplish agendas, including Fraud,  Astroturfing, feeding egos, bank accounts and/or to lead people astray for personal profit, business or corporate gain. Having even been documented by media and used as a tool by Media, Police, Agencies, Military, Governments and Corporations in Psych-Ops to further their agendas.   Many sincere activists and/or protesters have endured time in hospitals, jails, prison, torture camps, even found death as a result of their actions. There are even those who have also achieved or reached Martyrdom, Sainthood, Hero or Legendary status  = Eternal Life? = a place in history.

What Makes an Activist? | Psychology Today
The fact is, activists choose to take up causes for a wide variety of reasons—some not as straightforward as they might seem. … Those who find personal meaning in current events are inclined to speak out for a cause, according to Duncan.

MEANING, EMOTION,… = THIRD TOOL of the activist, advocate, opposition, media and any grassroots movement…

As has been pointed out personal attachment can stir emotions to extremes. This can in fact happen on any side of an issue. Therefore one has an ethical responsibility to  operate treading carefully, especially when and where lives are involved.  As to not cause more harm than good.  Many Activist have taken their own lives as a result of issues attached to or in connection to their activism, cause and/or issue when things appeared too bleak, became to painful,… Then there are those who’s lives are destroyed, taken or lost as a result. Yet, let us also remember that many lives are freely given spent in the action, activity, activism, battle,… Does that mean we should use those willing to give their lives or those who are dieing as a result as stepping stones or shields in battle?  Or use them to profit from personally?

SECOND RULE ~ Ethics of all involved are Questionable!

Therefore question everything and both sides of the position, issue or cause. Including the positions of those involved and what they have to loose or gain. Even the degree of truth, evidence, reality, sanity, profit and/or the money trail  involved and where it leads completely if it applies. Before you get involved or endorse it completely. Do your research and know for yourself. Don’t just trust that because it sounds like something you believe in that it is what it says it is. Far too often it is not when you do the research.

Always examine the ethics, credentials, work and history of those who claim to be working with you or toward your interest, representing, and/or leading you,… as well as your opposition in the issues, causes or movements you hold dear. Do your home work!

ETHICS = FOURTH TOOL is the same as Second Rule and many times one of the most forgotten and least used rules or tools of the activist, advocate, opposition, media and of many grassroots movements,… Some might argue that ethics is lacking in our society as a whole and that like the Constitution it is currently in danger.

QUESTIONS, RESEARCH, BEING LEGALLY INFORMED, KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS, KNOWING THE INFORMATION CONNECTED TO THE CAUSE OR ISSUE… EDUCATION = FIFTH TOOL are Keys of the activist, advocate, opposition, media and any grassroots movement… Note that keys are usually kept on a ring = circle. Like the circle that takes place when questions lead to research and research leads to education, understanding  and knowing and knowing and understanding lead to the desire to educate…

THIRD RULE ~ Know that you know, before you Act!

Cannabis, Animal rights, Hackavist and even Religious protesters have been defined as “Extremist” in the public media due to the fact they have gone to extreme methods from hacking to bombings to promote their points of view. I must also point out that not all activist in these areas are extremist and that extremism is an individual choice or mindset. Other types of non-violent yet “extreme” approaches have at times, also manifested positive change and results.  Grassroots activism is most often a peaceful method of changing policy, relying on sheer force of numbers, public opinion that is involved, through utilizing letter writing campaigns, petitions, images, media, lobbying,… and at times civil disobedience, boycotts, protest, public demonstrations,…  to achieve desired results.

[b] Grassroots {From Wikipedia} the free encyclopedia: A grassroots movement (often referenced in the context of a political movement) is one driven by the politics of a community. The term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it are natural and spontaneous, highlighting the differences between this and a movement that is orchestrated by traditional power structures. Grassroots movements are often at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local party, which can lead to helping the national party. For instance, a grassroots movement can lead to significant voter registration for a political party, which in turn helps the state and national parties.

GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT – POLITICAL MOVEMENT = SIX TOOL of the Activist, advocate, opposition, media and any grassroots movement… 

[c] Astroturfing Main article: Faking a grassroots movement is known as astroturfing, which, as the name suggests, is named after AstroTurf, the iconic brand of artificial grass. Astroturfing means pretending to be a grassroots movement, when in reality the agenda and strategy are controlled by a hidden, non-grassroots organization. In this manner, a faux show is presented, consisting of robotic individuals pretending to be voicing their own opinions.

[d] Psych-Ops – Psychological operations {From Wikipedia} are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.

The purpose of United States psychological operations (PSYOP) is to induce or reinforce behavior favorable to US objectives. They are an important part of the range of diplomatic, informational, military, and economic activities available to the US. They can be utilized during both peacetime and conflict. There are three main types: strategic, operational, and tactical.

FOURTH RULE ~ Define all the Legalities involved.

Many times when hosting event’s, protest,… Even on the grassroots level… Legal Permits and/or permissions are Required and may need to be Obtained to hold demonstrations, marches,  depending on where, when, what is trying to be accomplished… If you intend to plan an event please be sure and check your local areas regulations and ordinances if you are planning on hosting a peaceful demonstration.  Many times the goal is to establish, change or repeal Legislation, Regulations, Ordinances, Laws,… This is when understanding of all the legalities, including the Legal Definitions of the “words” being used/utilized in, by, throughout, to define,… the action or activity… and by all those involved. If you expect to define, redefine, repeal  or establish… a Law,… You must understand all the Language being used. After all, it is the words that are used that bind, oppress, enslave, or make free… Language the Tower of Babel for those who do not understand Linguistics.  Just one tool utilized to control the masses. This is why Laws and Legalities are defined and interpreted by the courts at the highest levels in Latin. Doctors and Medicine also use Latin to prescribe and define.  This understanding alone can change your understanding of everything.

FIFTH RULE ~ Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

One Example: I saw a news story in around 2012, about a man in Ohio who had a bunch of exotic wild animals caged, who had snapped and lost it, then killed some people, set his animals free and then committed suicide. {Not sure what order it happened or of the entire story really, it’s been awhile.} What I do remember is the huge number of Petitions going around after and some of the wording in them, that could have caused so much more damage to the animal kingdom, though it all may have been very well intended.  Making it illegal for individuals to possess or own exotic and/or wild  animals for any length of time just might prevent that animal from being saved, healed, rehabbed,…  Fact is, the words used and how they are used are very important in any grassroots action or activity set to achieve a specific goal… If you wish to minimize damages as a part of the goal…

SIXTH RULE ~ Watch your words!

What is semantics, what is meaning | University of Florida ~ September 8, 2008 Hana Filip 1 What is semantics, what is meaning Lecture 1 Hana Filip

SEMANTICS = SEVENTH TOOL the last which ironically goes hand in hand with the first and second tools of the Activist, advocate, opposition, media and lacking in many grassroots movements… A very important tool often overlooked, misunderstood or neglected on the grassroots level. Neglect often excused by the general public understanding.

When it comes to Legalization vs Repeal of Cannabis/Marijuana/Hemp

It is easy to see this movement is defined by the Semantics of how the words are defined themselves.

Constitution

Legalization Legal Dictionary

Main Entry: le·gal·ize 
Pronunciation: ‘lE-g&-”lIz
Function: transitive verb 
Inflected Forms: -ized -iz·ing 

to make legal; especially to give legal validity or sanction to — le·gal·i·za·tion noun — le·gal·iz·er noun 

To validate or sanction their authority over you and this plant…..

Is this what you want?  

Repeal Legal Dictionary

Main Entry: re·peal 
Pronunciation: ri-’pEl
Function: transitive verb 

Etymology: Anglo-French repeler , from Old French, from re- back + apeler to appeal, call, from Latin appellare to address, entreat, call by name

to rescind or annul by authoritative act; especially to revoke or abrogate by legislative enactment repeal ingstatutes in light of a recent Supreme Court decision> — repeal noun 

or is this what you want?  

To Nullify, Revoke any authority they believe they have to Prohibit the plant… 

The causes or issues that are important to the grassroots activist can be small, such as bringing awareness to someone needing funding for medical assistance in their community or a need for community funding on some level. These movements for assistance, reform or change on a community level can have wider reaching ramifications. What may have started out as a small protest can be picked up by the media and can ultimately end up  changing or creating new laws or funding. As said earlier on above, grassroots activism can be as small as writing a letter,  standing up at a community meeting and expressing a point of view. It can be also be a well organized political lobby, petition, march, protest,… against a major political issue.

Grassroots activists are not usually swayed very easily from their point of view or beliefs. Grassroots activists in many towns and cities across America have prevented huge corporations such as Wal-Mart from moving into their towns and monopolizing their business district protecting their local owned small business. Grassroots activists are the little people standing up for their rights, families, children, earth,…  At times literally their lives, freedoms and prosperity against the stronger usually larger powers that be.

Origins of Grassroots

Are obscure in the U.S. history, one of the earliest  documented uses of the term was in a 1903 news article on a campaign for possible Theodore Roosevelt running mate Eli Torrance quotes a Kansas political organizer as saying: “Roosevelt and Torrance clubs will be organized in every locality. We will begin at the grass roots.”

SEVENTH RULE ~  Avoid Arrest unless planned and Attorneys, Lawyers, Jails, Prisons and Courts,… unless you can afford them.

If at any time you have any questions concerning your understanding of Policies, Laws, Statutes, Regulations, Ordinances,… I suggest you contact more than one agency, office, attorney, lawyer in your area and compare notes/answers to see how honest or accurate they are…  A Constitutional Attorney or Lawyer is probably your best bet.  Other than knowing there is the Law Library. Blacks Law or West Business Law Dictionaries are highly recommended.  Never ask Police about the law… They aren’t trained in Law and are not Lawyers and are not suppose to give legal advise.  Which is what they are suppose to inform you of, if you ask. Never talk to police.

Grassroots Actions, Activity, Activism, Political Movement(s),… Techniques andTactics

May include but may not be limited to the following:

Organize and Lobby ~

  • Hosting small house gatherings, meetings and parties.
  • Utilizing images, posters, bumper sticker, shirts, buttons,…
  • Taking it to the street. Speaking to people in the street or door to door. Usually involves information distribution, clip boards, mailing or subscription list, petitions, clip boards, promotional items,…
  • Petitions as mentioned above have also been taken to the internet. How effective an on-line petition actually is, is  questionable at this point. Though the internet has been shown an effective media tool to creating awareness for the lobby of the grassroots activist.
  • Mobilizing letter-writing, phone-calling, fax lines, emailing campaigns, boycotts, …
  • Tabling information,… at events…
  • Accepting/Collecting Donations, Hosting Fundraising Campaigns, Raffles, Sales, Auctions,…
  • Locating, obtain, utilize,… Sponsors, Private Grants, Affiliates, Partners, Advertising,…
  • Participating in Community Outreach, Demonstrations, Rallies, Marches, Contest,…
  • Encouraging or asking individuals to submit their opinions to media outlets, government, special interest groups, corporate entities,…
  • Participating in Voter Registration, with tables or clip boards, registering voters in an area while educating them on the issues affecting them. Holding get out the vote activities, which include the practices of reminding people to vote and transporting them to polling places.
  • Helping to restore Voters Rights in an area.
  • Using online social networks to organize virtual communities, collectives, …
  • Legal Action may be utilized or taken at times.
  • Press Conferences and Press Releases, utilize media,…
  • Participatory development

Grassroots lobbying (also indirect lobbying) {From Wikipedia} is a form of lobbying that focuses on raising awareness of a particular cause at the local level, with the intention of reaching the legislature and making a difference in the decision-making process. Grassrootslobbying is an approach that separates itself from direct lobbying through the act of asking the general public to contact legislators and government officials concerning the issue at hand, as opposed to conveying the message to the legislators directly. Companies, associations and citizens are increasingly partaking in grassroots lobbying as an attempt to influence a change in legislation.

The unique characteristic of grassroots lobbying, in contrast to other forms of lobbying, is that it involves stimulating the politics of specific communities. This type of lobbying is different from the more commonly known direct lobbying, as it is naturally brought upon by the organization.

Which should read, as it is naturally brought upon by corporate or professional lobbyist organizations.

Hence the revolving door in the lobby.

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