- Peace Potluck
Peace Potluck - Hosting Suggestions
On February 20, 2003, we held our first
in our home. It was a big success and we mailed out over 110
letters/postcards to congressmen, editors, UN Security Council members
and presidential candidates! We encourage others to host their
Whom to Invite?
Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, people you meet on the
subway - anyone! Invite people you do not know very well
even if you
are uncertain of their position on a war in Iraq. At the least it will
stimulate discussion; at best, you may have another person at the
gathering to write letters.
We even sent invitations to friends who are thousands of miles away
and we knew couldn't come. Why? To let them know what we're doing,
and to encourage them to host their own Peace Potluck.
Look up your local:
Supplies to Have On Hand
- Scratch paper, paper, pens, envelopes, stamps (we paid for these
ourselves, but if you wish you could put out a can for donations).
- (Optional) Computer and printer, so that people with laptops can
print their letters.
- Blank name tags for your guests!
- Suggested “talking points” --
use ours or make your own
- Names and addresses of potential letter recipients
(representatives, newspaper editors,
UN security council, etc.)
- (Optional) Preprinted mailing labels to potential recipients
- Other peace resources
- A main course and beverages
- Eating utensils, plates, cups (we used what we had, and
supplemented with plastic that could be put in the dishwasher or
Schedule of the Evening
6:30pm Potluck & Socialize
7:00pm Welcome & Goals for the Evening
7:15pm Letter writing (& Socialize!)
9:30pm Cleanup & Say goodnight
Welcome & Goals for the Evening
- Welcome & Introductions
- Set goals:
a. Have fun
b. Write as many letters as possible.
c. Optional: Have one or more guest(s) volunteer to host their own
- Share suggested Talking Points, and discuss ideas
- Share resources (other peace organizations, Web sites, etc.)
- Discuss potential recipients for letters (Government
representatives, newspapers, magazines, organizations that you want to
encourage, organizations that you want to discourage)
- Announce any upcoming peace events (including your next Peace Pot
- (Optional, but fun) Tell people to ring a virtual bell (yell
"Ding!") each time they finish a letter.
- GET STARTED, and HAVE FUN!
Do you have other suggestions?