HOW TO START AN ANTI-CENSORSHIP GROUP IN YOUR CITY
Even if you've never been to a meeting in your life, it's time for you to start an anti-censorship group where you live. It's easy--whether you're still in school, have a full time job, are looking for work, or just kicking back. People just like you are doing it in cities big and small all across the country. It won't go smoothly all the time, but you can be confident because ROCK & RAP CONFIDENTIAL and ROCK OUT CENSORSHIP will be with you every step of the way.
Here are some suggestions about how to get off the ground with your first few meetings. They've worked for others, but feel free to improvise. The rest of us are eager to learn from you as we are to share our experiences with you.
1) WHO TO INVITE? You can start by calling your friends who are as pissed off as you are or by putting up signs at work or at school. You and a friend could make some flyers with a meeting time, address and phone number, and pass them at concerts, where there are a lot of people who would be interested. RRC and R.O.C. can supply you with a list of the names and addresses of other outraged music fans in your area/state.
2) WHERE SHOULD WE HAVE A MEETING? Try getting a room at a local school. If everybody's over 21, you could have it in a bar. Some record stores have a place in the back where you can meet, or club owners will often let you use their place. Also try the local independent music paper for a meeting space. If your meeting is small, you can have it at someone's house or apartment. This isn't a Rotary Club banquet, all you need is a place to talk.
3) WHAT SHOULD WE DO AT A MEETING? Start with an agenda, a list of things you want to talk about. The first point should be introductions. People may want to just give their names, but sometimes people talk about their work, their families, or what kind of music they like. After the intros, discuss the local censorship scene. It will help you figure out what activities to pursue and you may be amazed to learn what problems are hidden away in the corners of your town. Then link this to what's happening on a national level. Finally, decide what you are going to do first. You could start with passing out flyers at concerts. Or circulate the anti-warning label petition for signatures. Or set up a network for distribution of RRC material or THE ROC newspaper in your area. Or set up whole anti-censorship information booths in your area. We have found that many major acts welcome and want us at their shows providing their fans with information and news about fighting censorship. We can help you with arranging to set up at shows, and with materials for the table. Don't be afraid to pick just one to start with. Then as soon as you do an action, get back together again and assess how things are going and plan your next move. It's very important not to leave your first meeting until you decide when to meet again and what needs to be accomplished before the next meeting. When you get a change, let RRC and THE ROC know what you're doing so the rest of the country can benefit from your experiences by reading them in our papers.
The main thing is to get started right away. Now that the main cogwheel of the PMRC's censorship is operating well within the bowels of the White House, we have no time to waste. Like everyone else, you'll have both successes and failures, but this is how we learn to build organizations we need to defend OUR music. Whatever happens, remember this: You will never, ever be alone again.
For More Information Contact:
ROCK OUT CENSORSHIP (R.O.C.)
P.O. BOX 147
Jewett, OH 43986-0147
ROCK & RAP CONFIDENTIAL (RRC)
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Ph.: 310-204-0827 Fax: 310-841-6059
"The problem with our fight against censorship is that it isn't organized." --Joe Perry, AEROSMITH