Thanks for checking out our new Walk the Talk Toolkit! In the following pages, you'll find a detailed rundown of everything that goes into planning and implementing a successful Rebellion walk. Once you've familiarized yourself with the material and are ready to start working on your walk, send us an email at [email protected] and we'll get you set up and off to the races via the Walk platform fast!
Introduction: Why We Walk
It’s simple, really. 96% of Americans agree that money has a corrupting influence on politics. But 91% don’t think it can realistically be stopped, according to a 2013 poll. Their apathy is our first big obstacle to success. That’s where the walks and other powerful demonstrations of our commitment come in.
Thousands of people walking for reform proves to the 91% of doubters that Americans are ready to get up and do something about the corruption of money in politics. It gives them hope that it can be addressed. More than that, walking and making signs and spreading the word allows everyone to participate in a tangible, visible way and brings new reformers into our movement. Once people walk, they are more likely to go out and Ask the Question of the presidential candidates and contribute in a thousand other ways to make reform issue number one in the upcoming election.
Walking is a powerful tradition. Inspired by great social movements of the past, our walks are a continuation of the long walk legendary New Hampshire reformer Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who out of a deep sense of commitment and concern put her 90-year old body on the line and walked from Los Angeles to Washington, DC to draw national attention to our issue and force politicians to address it.
Our job is to make this truly the People’s movement by recruiting volunteers all over New Hampshire and beyond to organize their own walks in their communities. Since we know from experience what goes into planning a walk, we have created this walk toolkit with everything you need to organize your own walk. And even if you don’t think you can commit to planning a walk in your community, we have tips to get our issue included in already existing events in your area, such as parades, festivals, and visibilities.