Everyday Activism: Get Craig Veg!

February 12th, 2008 5:47 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 5 minutes later:

Doh! My post was flagged and deleted. Methinks it sounded “too commercial”. Guess I’ll try again tomorrow. By the by, here’s their moderation policy and TOS. It’s kind of iffy re: links to free starter kits, but I bet we can find a way around it. Leave a note in the comments if you find a format that makes it past the Craigslist censors!

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So as y’all know, I’m currently reading Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. Well, that’s only half true – I finished it yesterday, and should have a review up soon. ‘Twas a great book, so if you were already kinda sorta thinking about maybe buying a copy, go ahead and do it already. You won’t regret it.

Even your uber-geeky blogger found some shiny new ideas for activism on the internets. Enter Craigslist – and today’s Everyday Activism post. (A category which, by the way, I plan to stop neglecting from this point forward. Pinky swear!)

The short of it: log on to Craigslist (you’ll need to create an account if you don’t already have one) and post an ad for a FREE VEG STARTER KIT, with a link to any one of the dozens of animal org’s that offer them.

The long of it, from Striking at the Roots:

Leafleting in Cyberspace

Activist Nora Kramer suggests posting an ad for a “Free Vegetarian Starter Guide” on Craigslist.org:

1. Go to http://www.craigslist.org

2. Click on your (or any) city on the right-hand side.

3. Click on the section titled “free” in the “for sale” section.

4. Click on the links titled “post” (in the upper right-hand corner).

5. Type out and submit your message explaining where they can get a Free Vegetarian Starter Guide, using as a link http://www.veganoutreach.org/starterpack/free-vsp.html or a similar veggie guide link from PETA, Mercy for Animals, etc.

6. Click “post” and follow the final directions, then repeat once a week, as the posts get removed.

Before blogging this idea, I went ahead an “offered” a starter kit on Craigslist myself. It hasn’t appeared on the site yet, but this is where it would/will/should be. All in all, it was a painless process, so says this newbie.

(Under the “free” category, there’s a little blurb about how they don’t allow “intangible/digital items”, so I guess we’ll wait and see whether the vegetarian starter kits get blocked on these grounds. That would really be splitting hairs on their part though, especially considering that the kits are technically physical items. So says this KC Freecycle moderator, who’s quite good at splitting hairs herself!)

Anyway, if you’d like to give it a try, I suggest picking a city and re-posting every few weeks. Better yet, pick a few cities and rotate between them so that whoever is minding the store, so to speak, doesn’t get sick of your repeat ads (which other members and/or the admins may see as spam). Try offering kits from a few different org’s, and play around with the wording in your ads. Allow fellow Craigslisters to email you (don’t worry, they don’t display your real email addy!) and see what kind of feedback you get. Maybe some copy works better than others.

Also, at the risk of sounding cynical, if you’re a regular participant on Craigslist, create a second account just for this purpose so that your main account isn’t penalized in any way, just in case they think you’re a spammer or otherwise misusing the site.

And, by all means, post your success stories here!

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