Organizing a party?
Email your info to firstname.lastname@example.org
to add your party to our calendar of actions and get support with the
- Hosting a house party is a great way to build partnerships with other
organizations and learn from each other while getting together with
friends and fellow activists away from the picket lines, jail cells
and down from the trees.
- At your Peace Pie Party you can spread the word about the cost
of war in your community, the war-centered Federal budget, ways
to transform our tax dollars away from militarism and into life-affirming
- Or pick another theme related to ending the occupation - host a card
party with our war
criminals card deck and educate your community about the need to
hold the former Bush administration accountable. Host a story telling
evening and invite veterans, military family members, and seasoned activists
to share their stories.
"Yes, yes," you say. "I want to host a house
party! Now what?"
Follow this recipe for creating a fulfilling and meaningful houseparty
and you'll be set for a successful night!
- 1 location (café, living room, community center, library)
- 1 outreach email and flyer listing event date, time, and location
and inviting people to bring a dish to share
- 1 facebook event or CODEPINK website calendar
- 1 petition or sign-in sheet to gather
- Several friends to help planning, outreach, set-up, clean-up
- 10-20 copies of the Federal budget pie chart flyer (download from
or free postcards at notmypriorities.org)
- 1 fact sheet on how much your state pays for war (download from nationalpriorities.org)
- 1 deck
of CODEPINK War Criminal Cards to use
- Plates, cups, silverware and serving utensils for potluck dishes
- 1 video or documentary on the Iraq war,
the occupation of Afghanistan, or the cost of war at home
- Make a guest list. Think about which
friends, neighbors, coworkers, members of your faith community that
you may invite to your party. You may also want to invite community
organizations and veterans groups to partner with you. What groups in
your community are working to save local resources, like public schools,
domestic violence shelters, soup kitchens, free clinics? What small
businesses may be interested in rallying for more funds for Main Street,
not Wall Street and war profiteers? What interfaith, peace and justice,
and cultural groups can you reach out to?
- Set the time, date and location of your party.
- Invite. Create an email and a flyer
to invite people to your party.
- Ask partner organizations to invite their
members to attend the party. Spread the word far and wide on
email listserves, website calendars, the walls of your local café,
radio and newspaper event listings, and by outreaching the old fashioned
way: picking up the phone and calling people to invite them to your
party. Consider also inviting friendly members of the press.
- Plan the fun and facts. Will you have
music? Will you have a speaker? Will you show a documentary or short
youtube clip? Rethink Afghanistan has a great series on the cost of
war at www.rethinkafghanistan.org
Notes: Are you interested in having card games with CODEPINK's
War Criminals deck? Playing with the cards is a great way to educate
your friends about known war criminals who should be held accountable
for their crimes sending our country into debt and war unnecessarily.
You can have several games going or have one big tournament!
Alternatively, you could host a "Peace Pie Bake Sale"
and hold your event at the local farmer's market or outside on a busy
street. Feature on your table this well-known quote: "It will be
a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air
Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber!"
- Provide Food. You went to parties as
a kid because of the cupcakes and sundaes. You went to philanthropic
meetings in college because of the free pizza. Things have not changed.
Host a "Pizza, Pie and Peace Party"! The menu and game is
up to you, but give your community a reason to come other than facts
and figures! Make it a potluck and invite people to bring dishes as
well. And of course you have many delicious pie recipes in this book
to choose from!
- Decorate with Pink. You can make signs
that say what your community could fund instead of buying war. For trade-off
numbers by state, visit www.nationalpriorities.org. Hang up photos of
important local resources in need of funding, like schools, libraries,
public parks and bridges. Consider having an art table with pens and
paper where people can draw what they'd buy instead. For artistic inspiration,
check out the draw-in photos at bringourwardollarshome.org.
- Get set, go! Make sure EVERYONE feels
welcome. Consider having a greeter or passing around name tags. Once
folks have arrived, turn the music and invite the crowd into a group
activity, to hear a speaker, or watch a film right away to stimulate
- Make the call. At some point during
the party, flicker the lights, turn down the music and invite your guests
to get out their cell phones. Ask them to call their Congressperson
and ask her or him to stop funding war and bring their tax dollars home
to communities in need. Read them the phone number for the congressional
switchboard - (202) 225-3121 (or call ahead and get the direct
# for your Congressperson's office). Don't worry if it's late. The switchboard
will be operating and you can always leave a message for your Congressperson.
Democracy never sleeps!
- Don't forget to dance! Because as Emma
Goldman, who vehemently opposed runaway capitalist greed and power,
said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."
- Follow up. Post photos or videos from
your house party online and on social networks. Email all your guests
and partner organizations to thank them for joining in the informative
and fun evening and mention any next steps and upcoming actions. Might
we suggest a next step for your community? Pass a city resolution against
further war funding! Keep building the momentum! Mmmm… revolution
never tasted so sweet!