A handful of activists are of course not going to be able to close down a submarine base, so the point of their protest was to draw public attention to the base and the threat posed by nuclear weapons. As example, it was by their action that I learned the world’s largest nuclear submarine base is just a couple hours from our house, not good news for my wife and I in the event of war.
So, how can we support these brave Catholic activists in their mission to bring attention to nuclear weapons? One answer is that we can organize an ambitious effort within the Catholic community to bring a LOT more attention to nuclear weapons. We could take the process that they’ve started, and make it larger, much larger.
I’ve been pushing the idea of a billion dollar a year marketing campaign to amplify Catholic teachings on nuclear weapons. So far at least, my outreach efforts have been ignored by every Catholic site I’ve contacted, with the exception of one good fellow who is sure this plan must be some kind of a scam. Sigh…
Ok, so Rome wasn’t built in a day. One blog post is not going to change the world. Activism requires patience. I get it.
I never expected instant success, but I am hoping for feedback that will educate me on what I need to do to engage Catholics on the subject of ambitious marketing campaigns.
Talk to me please. Why is an ambitious marketing campaign for spreading Catholic teachings on nuclear weapons not interesting? Why is something like that not already happening? How should I edit this page so that at least a few Catholics will contact me with their own suggestions for how such an idea can be improved upon?
And remember please, I’m not asking anyone to support me, I’m asking Catholics to support the teachings of the Pope.
Not me, the Pope.
Twiter just isn’t that useful medium for such conversations so I’m hoping we can establish an online discussion forum for nuclear weapons activism where all nuclear weapons activists could bounce their ideas off each other. Working on this, more on this subject later…
The Plowshare 7 are willing to go to prison to highlight the existential threat presented by nuclear weapons. We could support their brave work by buying some ads. Lots and lots and lots of ads. That’s how the real world works folks. If one is serious about selling anything, one funds an ambitious marketing campaign.
A billion Catholics could raise a billion dollars a year for such a marketing campaign. Let’s support the Plowshares 7 by getting to work on that.
Wow!!! This is exciting!! Let’s do it!!!
In our hands.