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 planning!
- 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
- 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 activities.
- 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
- 1 outreach email and flyer listing event date, time,
and location and inviting people to bring a dish to
- 1 facebook event or CODEPINK website calendar
- 1 petition or sign-in
sheet to gather contact info
- Several friends to help planning, outreach, set-up,
- 10-20 copies of the Federal budget pie chart flyer
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
- 1 delicious pie baked with love from a recipe in
- Plates, cups, silverware and serving utensils for
- 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
- 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!