Action is the Name of the Game – Any Action
By Sandra Jelmi
Every movement worth its salt has relevant leaders at the helm—giving a sense of direction and purpose, a vision to rally behind. Some of these leaders are individuals – like David Ray Griffin, Richard Gage, Kevin Ryan, etc. – others are organizations, such as AE911Truth or the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry.
And granted, they do most of the heavy lifting – the research, the presentations, the visibility. We are all grateful for their relentless pursuit of justice, accountability and awareness.
However, our reliance on their work also makes it too easy for some of us to be complacent, to simply lean on them, and cheer them on from the sidelines. Too many of us in this vital 9/11 Truth Movement have become passive.
Here are some ideas to get over the hump of inertia
Individual grass roots activists can play an even more important role. As critical as our leaders are, what really defines a movement is the active participation of those who support them, as exemplified in the well-known short creative video Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy on how to create a mass movement.
“But what can I do? I’m only one person”… said thousands and thousands of people.
Whether you stand alone in your immediate environment with the conviction that the truth about 9/11 still needs to be told, or whether you are part of a small group of people already working together; whether you are American, or a citizen of another country; whether your resources consist of time, money, energy, ideas or grass-roots experience; whether your specific environment is blue collar, white collar or any color in-between — there is absolutely something you can do beyond just “liking” posts on social media. Concrete action is necessary.
Here are some suggestions.
The easiest and quickest way to contribute is to donate to the organizations that make it all happen.
Whether it’s the Lawyer’s Committee, RichardGage911, AE911Truth, or your local action group – they are all operating on shoestring budgets. Research requires support. Speaking engagements, radio interviews and podcasts require support. Legal pursuits most definitely require support.
Donating is not a given for everyone, but for those who may not have the time or the creative inclination to play a more active role it will give you the sense of satisfaction that you are participating in moving the football of 9/11 Truth down the field of justice.
2. Become a Volunteer
These organizations can all use a hand, and you may have the specific skills they are in need of, whether it’s writing, phone calling, graphic design, Content Management Systems, Website programming, other tech knowledge, or something entirely different. Contact the organizations and see if your skills might come in handy!
3. Take Action
If you’d rather work solo, there are many ways to do so. Sharing 9/11 Truth with family and friends goes without saying – bring up the subject, ask questions, send them links to the most compelling or intriguing evidence. If they engage, hear them out, and try to meet them where they are. Don’t force-feed it if you feel resistance, just plant the seed. It’s a process. (Wasn’t it for you?)
You can take this a step further by sharing pertinent information with architects, engineers, university professors, politicians, media representatives (TV, journalists, editors), lawyers, firefighters, and—why not—celebrities. Many email addresses are easily accessible, and while snail mail is definitely longer, it may also have more impact as very few people actually get hard copy, tangible mail anymore, and they like it when they do! If you have pamphlets or brochures, make sure to include them.
Try to personalize your communication by making it relevant to their profession. If they are an architect or engineer, make sure they know that 3,500 professionals in their field are questioning the physics behind the official version at AE911truth.org. If they are lawyers, refer them to the Lawyer’s Committee for 9/11 Inquiry (LCfor911.org). If they are first responders or firefighters, refer them to the Protecting All Protectors Alliance (ProtectingAll.org). The important thing is to point out that people from their own “flock” have already begun questioning the official version, and this may allow them to more comfortably do the same without worrying about being immediately ostracized for doing so.
If you’re not shy, you might want to engage in street action. Armed with flyers, brochures and DVDs, you can approach people in public, or set up a stand. (Make sure to be respecting your city’s regulations and permits.) Showing a laptop running the 7-second clip of WTC 7 collapsing is a quick way to grab their attention, especially if you ask them to describe what they are looking at. Most will reply with “controlled demolition”. Next you can ask them if they know when it happened, and you’re off and running! Local events such as conferences and outdoor activities may constitute ideal places for you to set up a table nearby, and then the people will approach you!
You can also leave material in public or private spaces wherever allowed – doctors’ offices, libraries, hairdressers, bus shelters, waiting areas in general (among the magazines). The bottom line is that you never know who may come across the flyer and then connect the dots once exposed to the information. It usually takes just three contacts with 9/11 Truth—and then they are hooked.
And if you want to go big, you can stand at an overpass with a large Truth banner!
4. Display your 9/11 Truth
I encourage you to wear a 9/11 Truth T-shirt or sweatshirt in public on a regular basis. You can purchase one or make your own by downloading any 9/11 Truth image or message that speaks to you, such as “Investigate 9/11”, “9/11 Truth Now”, “Google WTC 7,” “Ask me about 9/11” or “I Am the Face of Truth”.
Make sure to always have 9/11 Truth flyers handy, so that even if someone just seems curious and doesn’t approach you with a question, you can at least “interrupt their pattern” with a question: “Did you know a third tower came down on 9/11?” and put the information in their hands as they are walking by to take home and look at later.
Don’t want it on your body? Put it on your car! 9/11 Truth stickers work wonders on your rear bumper or trunk, where it would grab most people’s attention as they sit in traffic, literally making you a driving force for 9/11 Truth. (And while we don’t advocate for vandalism, there are public places that are quite conducive to stickers as well.)
You can up the car-ante, as some have done, by applying for a personalized license plate which, needless to say, would need to be short.
A simple “911Truth” is great, and if you live in any state other than Pennsylvania or Virginia (or Canadian province other than Quebec), you can still grab the currently available “911WTC7”.
Do you make music? Then how about writing a 9/11 Truth song? Maybe turn it into a video and share it far and wide? We would be happy to add it to the 9/11 Truth Playlist at RichardGage911.
Are you creative and good with designs? Then come up with your own 9/11 Truth logo and share it. Make it your profile picture or post it on Facebook (or print up a T-shirt with it) without any explanation and make people curious and have them guess what it might be. It will pique their interest.
Speaking of Facebook, check out the group I Am The Face Of Truth, where you can add the 9/11 Truth symbol to your Facebook profile. In fact, they will do it for you for free!
If you have a basic working knowledge of photoshop (photopea.com is the free equivalent), or even the most minimalist skills to handle graphics and text, go ahead and create your own memes; people love a smart meme.
Your imagination is the limit. Paint it, write it, blog it, sculpt it, mold it, spray-paint it, sing it, dance it, act it out in a play, incorporate it into your comedy routine by poking fun at the all the holes in the official 9/11 story. There is no bad way to make it visible if it is done with taste and class.
Most importantly, in all interactions, stick to the facts. Refer to the scientific evidence. Avoid logical fallacies. Remain respectful. It seems rather obvious, but discussions about 9/11 tend to get heated and at times derailed by people and their passions dealing with other people and their fears. Certain individuals need time to absorb the information— others never will. Don’t get discouraged by the lack of feedback from any particular encounter, because you never know who you may have reached in a profound way on any given day. It could have been that third contact that they needed.
Stand up and be counted. 9/11 Truth needs all of us to do our part!