Last night, while I was just hanging out with some friends, I told them about the protest. They hadn't heard of it of course. It got me thinking that we (the queer activist community) need a way to distribute information to the masses. Our current mass email lists are ineffective at this. I really don't blame most people for not wanting to be on a list like gayindy which is a very high-volume list that serves many purposes.
I would like to offer a general recommendation that a direct action email list be put together by someone who has the necessary resources. The purpose of the list would be ONLY to announce important events in the struggle for queer rights. For instance, only protests and important upcoming legislation (with the request call/email to voice your opinion to your elected official) would be announced. In theory, the list would only receive an email a couple times a month. It would be a volume most people could handle in their inbox and if it is focused only to very important announcements would not desensitize subscribers. There would ideally be no way for anyone to send an email to the list unless they are given that privilege by the administrator and this would be limited to one or two people.
A large-scale advertising campaign would be needed to get people on the list (IndyPride would be a great opportunity) and the campaign would need to continue on a regular basis. The campaign would be focused on places where the average politically-uninvolved queer is found...businesses, bars, social gatherings of all sorts.
What are your thoughts? I believe a direct action email list would be great. I believe such a list should not be affiliated with any one organization (Indiana Equality, Rock Indiana, IAN, etc) and that the privacy of subscribers should be protected. The volume of emails should be absolutely minimal. Each announcement email should be one that requires readers to participate in an action rather than just to inform. Links can be provided for those who wish to seek out more information. I would be excited to help with the list including advertising it and anything else needed, but I don't have the ability to run one.