TOY SOLDIER PROJECT
An Easy Everyday Nationwide Action Is Heating up in Oregon
We at St Luke Lutheran Peace and Justice Group and at People of Faith for Peace love the idea of leaving little army guys everywhere we go. On the bottom of each soldier, a sticker says Bring Me Home. Go to www.mouthswideopen.org/armymen to see how this is happening nationwide, and see how it's pricking consciences when the guys are found on the library shelf, restaurant table, grocery counter, etc. (Look who you forgot about when you went to the mall for the day.) Anyone can do this while going about daily routines, and it is an inexpensive reminder for all of us to focus on the war until it is brought to an end. People are sending in photos of toy soldiers they've deployed or of soldiers they have found, and the stories are encouraging, heart melting.
MFSO likes the idea too and started deploying today! Vets' groups are talking about it too. People of Faith for Peace in Portland has ordered a couple thousand guys on line (at Mouths Wide Open) and is working on what to say on the stickers, in addition to "Bring Me Home Now."
Each group or individual partiipating can make up their own short message to add, e.g., "Call the Governor," "Call Congress," "March 19 Portland Rally: End the War, Begin the Peace," "Pray for Peace," or a website reference.
Attached is an example of one label idea to get you started. From this document, open in Word, hit "Select All," select "Tools," select "Envelopes and Labels," select your brand/size of label, and hit "Print."
We have found that wrapping the label around the soldier's leg works better than a label on the bottom, providing greater visibility for the message and more lasting power. (Trim the labels lengthwide so that they are narrow enough to fit between the guys' legs, pass each label through, then pinch the sticky sides together.)
Contact Harriet Sheridan of People of Faith for Peace firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.