PROMOTING THE PETITION OFFLINE
One great way to promote the petition is to print hard copies and invite people to sign off-line. You can do this in many different ways:
- Pick a weekend to gathering signatures at your parishes at all of the masses
- Have a mobile volunteer crew collect signatures at large gatherings
- Set up table at a conference or other location with heavy people traffic
- Organizing a petition launch or press conference with a bishop or notable figure
- Make a presentation to different organizations and groups and anyone else you meet along the way!
Some examples of how the petition has been promoted:
Idea #1: Identify a weekend in your parish to gather signatures after all Sunday masses (with paper sheets or with laptops and tablets)
Inspiring story: On one weekend Rhett Engelking of the Franciscan Action Network collected over 1100 signatures from St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, MD and the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC. They had an especially large group of support from parishioners in the Latino Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee at St. Camillus. They got the most signatures from the Spanish speaking community at the parish and significant numbers from kids (don’t forget that the world we are saving is there’s too).
Idea #2: Have a mobile volunteer crew collect signatures at large gatherings of Catholics
Inspiring story: During a recent trip to the Vatican, Global Catholic Climate Movement members spent an hour collecting signatures from pilgrims in St Peter’s Square (watch video). Catholics from Norway, the United States, Japan, Colombia, Argentina and other nations all joined the movement for climate justice! Volunteers from the GCCM’s Italian partner FOCSIV will continue to collect signatures at St. Peter’s Square on an ongoing basis.
Idea #3: Set up a table in a location with a lot of traffic. This could be at a conference, festival, or more locally like a student union or cafeteria hall.
Inspiring story: GCCM partner Caritas Australia recently collected petitions at a 3-day youth festival by setting up an online stall with a live sign-up opportunity. In addition to paper petitions, having a table or laptop available for people to sign the petition online is a great way to engage people in our tech savvy world.
Idea #4: Host a major petition launch event with a bishop or other notable figure.
Inspiring story: On July 5, Cardinal Tagle of the Archdiocese of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis, launched a massive petition campaign in the Philippines during an event with over 1000 priests, religious and lay leaders of the Manila Archdiocese. Their goal: to raise at least 1 millions signatures! (You can read more about this story here)
Idea #5: Make a presentation to different organizations and groups and anyone else you meet along the way!
Inspiring story: One of GCCM’s volunteers, Friar Wilson, began a 12 day walk on July 9 between Quito and El Coca, Ecuador in the Amazon rainforest, with the GCCM banner. He will collect signatures along his journey. His walk is to remember Monsignor Labaka and Sister Inés who were killed by the indigenous in the forest after the intrusion of oil companies in their communities. The missionaries were trying to keep peace, but were killed the missionaries were mistaken as being a part of the oil companies.