January 6th, 2014
I greatly enjoyed the latest Northwest Observer. Some litdrop technique to
share with your readers:
First you are right in saying a good litdrop is at least
2,000 pieces. I would suggest ten times that. Plan to distribute 20,000 pieces
of literature in your first month, 2500 pieces on each weekend day. In a city,
this is a drop in a bucket. In rural Virginia,
this can be five counties. Frankly, 200 pieces of literature will cover every
single family home in a town of 10,000.
Second: target single family homes at first, because they
are easier. Multi-plex units require you to walk door to door, increasing the
chance of trespassing violation or a
violation of local solicitation regulations.
Third, the best way to distribute literature is this: make your literature heavy enough to where the wind won’t blow it. Put each
literature set in a plastic bag—you can buy 500 bags for $2.00 at Wal-Mart.
Put all the literature in 40-gallon trash bags—500 or so pieces per bag, so you
can keep a rough count. Drive around between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and toss the
bags onto driveways from a car.
Before going out, go to Google maps. Print out maps of the
areas you will be targeting. Count how many houses each segment will have. Plan
your route through the neighborhood. Plan an escape route if you are
Move quickly. If confronted, ignore the person and move on.
The mission is to move literature, not engage people.
Hitting parked cars does work in large cities, but not in
rural areas. You have to walk to do this, which means you need to be in shape.
Bring a good carry bag with you and something to drink.
In all situations, it is best to do litdrops with a buddy. A
witness is best if you are confronted by citizens or police.
The goal should always be to put out so much literature that
neither the police nor “concerned citizens” can collect or destroy it all.
Distribution in multiple neighborhoods or towns helps.
As for the Danville,
Virginia case you mentioned, the law requires
two things for a conviction: 1) A property owner has to complain; and 2)
Someone has to have seen the literature posted. [Note from HAC: unfortunately,
these days that can also be provided by the increasingly ubiquitous 1984-style
spy cameras in most cities and which are now oozing into medium-sized towns.]
had the same charge in Winchester years ago, and it was tossed because the cop
didn’t inquire to see if I had the car owner’s permission before I put the
flyer on it.
Oh, and another point: it is illegal (insofar as America has
laws any more, which isn't very far) for law enforcement to interfere with electioneering, including
election-related literature drops. This is where an electoral campaign is
helpful—it provides legal protection to political organizing.
[Section of Bill's letter on Edgar Steele case redacted. He asked
some questions which I cannot answer, due to the dearth of information and the
sensitivity of the topic. What I wouldn’t give just to be able to sit down with
Bill for a couple of hours in some situation where we could just TALK, without
being monitored and spied on and eavesdropped! But if wishes were horses, then
beggars would ride. – HAC]
Thank you for all you do, Harold. I hope the info here
William A. White #20040199844