Ideological action attempts to change people's ideas on a particular subject matter. In this case, the War Crimes Project hopes to change popular notions of criminality, currently centered around the narcotics and property crimes of people of color and poor people, by raising awareness of the far deadlier war crimes and crimes against humanity routinely carried out by the political elite. The War Crimes Project believes that by shifting the focus of concepts of criminality away from narcotics and property crimes towards war crimes and crimes against humanity, political and social pressure will naturally accrue, eventually contributing to the end of these crimes and the prosecution of criminals who have committed them. What follows is a list of possible ideological actions you can carry out either by yourself or with a small group of friends.
Hanging posters is a fun, easy way to quickly spread your message to a large group of people. All you need is a printer and some tape and you're good to go! Simply print out the posters you want to hang and start putting them on lamp posts and bus stops around your neighborhood (if the lamp posts in your area are wooden, we recommend using a staple gun instead of tape). If you want the posters to stay longer, you can also try using a glue stick or wheat paste to adhere the posters to the desired location. It's also worth checking out coffee shops, delis, and other businesses where people might linger. Many of these have walls or billboards for people to post community announcements and your posters probably fit the bill.
We recommend using the "wanted" posters we've provided on this website, but if you have some graphic design know how you might be interested in using Paint.net and Scribus (or whatever photo editing and layout tools you're already familiar with) to make your own posters. All we ask is that you put the URL and contact info for the War Crimes Project on you poster so other people can get informed, get in touch, and get involved.
Do you like talking to people face to face? Canvassing, which Wikipedia defines as the "systematic initiation of direct contact with individuals," might be your thing. To canvass, all you need to do is start knocking on doors or standing outside your local supermarket (or wherever else there may be a lot of foot traffic) and saying "hi." However, we recommend having a "grab," (something like "Hi. Help improve communal safety against criminals in our country") to get people's attention and, if they stop to talk to you, script you know by heart to make sure you cover all the information you want to. Furthermore, make sure you are able to answer any questions you think it's likely people will have that aren't answered in your script. It's also helpful to bring pamphlets people can take with them with more information on the aims and means of the War Crimes Project, details of the crimes committed by the criminals we are targeting, and information on how they can get involved. This way, if someone is interested but just doesn't have the time to chat you can give them a brochure and they can be on their way, free to look at what you have to say whenever it is convenient for them.
Is there an event occurring near you where there may be people interested in the War Crimes Project? Maybe a gathering of law enforcement or activists? Or maybe there's just a busy store or university campus? Try contacting the event organizers or business or university management about setting up an informational table. Many conferences, conventions, businesses, and universities will have designated areas for this kind of thing and, as long as the War Crimes Project is relevant to the space, would probably be happy to have you. Then, all you need to do is bring loads of informational material, be it pamphlets or posters or buttons or whatever else you can think of, and show up. Your hosts will probably even be able to provide you with a table and chair, so there's no need to get those things yourself.
Are you a member of a religious organization interested in social and criminal justice? A community group where people share projects they're working on? A university student in a department that might be interested in war crimes? Talk to whomever is in charge of planning events about having a community seminar where you can give a presentation about the War Crimes Project, its aims and means, the crimes of various powerful Americans, and the ways people can get involved.
The legal statuses of different types of actions vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The War Crimes Project cannot guarantee that an action promoted on this website is legal in your jurisdiction. It is also prudent to check the legal status of an action, preferably with a lawyer though minimally by personally consulting relevant criminal statues, prior to engaging in it to make sure you are comfortable shouldering any legal responsibility that may be assigned to you as a result of your action. The War Crimes Project neither supports nor condemns illegal actions. We merely ask that you follow your conscience and accept responsibility for your actions.