Good Day my SUFA Friends! Good news (I think), this will not be my typical G-Man article that all of you love and hope for (sarc). Over the last couple years, there has been much said and talked about how to change our government from the 1000 pound gorilla it has become, to something much smaller and far less intrusive. Most would agree that it should start at the lowest levels of government, beginning with our local governments and work it’s way up. This thought process has been churning around in my crazy mind for quite some time now. By now, everyone who knows me, understands what I think when it comes to the division of our nations citizens.
With all this in mind, I am developing a plan under the same pretense of the Neighborhood Watch programs that are scattered through out our nation. While still in the development stages, I’m hoping for your input to finalize this project. Once finalized and launched, it could provide a far reaching method of bringing our nation back together, provide for a more secure community, and become a political force based on what is in the nations best interests, not what’s in the best interests of the big banks and our corrupt political machine.
First, let me begin by saying that everything that I present today is open for discussion and change, even the name itself. My goal is to achieve a solid plan, formulated by all the great minds here at SUFA. Everyone’s security in their homes should be a high priority issue. When a large number of your community becomes part of that security, we can all have a better “peace of mind”. This plan must also be flexible, to meet the different needs and ideologies of each community. Welcome to the beginning of the American Community Safety Cooperative!
The idea behind my plan is based on my military days when I spent my whole career on perpetual “mobility recall”. I’m just taking one aspect of that for this program, known as the phone tree. For those not familiar, a phone tree is circular first and branches out once the circle is complete. Example: there are fifty phone numbers in one group, number 25 has a security issue. Number 25 would call number 26 and quickly explain the problem, number 26 then calls number 24. The numbers are based on proximity, so the phone tree would work outwards. 26 would call 27, 27 calls 28 ect. 24 calls 23, 23 calls 22 ect. When the circle is complete, the last person in the circle will get two calls. That person then extends a branch to the closest group, and the cycle continues. This, however, is not to replace one’s personal defense responsibilities, but to supplement it in a non-violent way, because there is power in numbers.
While everbody’s demographics varies, flexibility in building a phone tree is easy. What’s not easy, is the organizing part. I’m not a community organizer by any stretch, but where I live affords me some good opportunities to start with. Our local sportsmans club hosts over 2500 members, many of which also belong to various veteran clubs throughout the region. My hope is to begin with the leaders of the local sportsman club. If they will sponsor this program, it will provide a platform to organize and bring in more business for them as well. One of the selling points is that there is no financial costs associated with being a member, and it is very family oriented. Here’s my initial plan.
Organizing: The first thing is establishing a coordination center. A sportsmans club, veterans club, church club or community center in your neighborhood. The size and scope could be just ten people in a small neighborhood to hundreds in a large rural community. Next is to develop an informational pamphlet or paper with many copies located at the coordination center. They can also be passed out to your neighbors. In the informational paper, include the name of the co-op, the purpose and goal, member requirements (name, address and phone # ) and have several informational meetings scheduled. In the initial meeting, explain how the program works, how it will help the community and why your organizing it. Also ask the initial members to pass out the informational paper to their neighbors not in attendance. Remember to remind them that there is no cost.
Goal: The primary purpose of the American Community Safety Cooperative (AX for short) is to loosely organize the community through the use of communications to deter crime and provide a swift response to a neighbor in need of aid. The phone tree being the primary source of communications, other forms will be established, up to and including CB radio. In a loosely organized community, of any size, communication is the number one key to success. A phone tree, as explained above, is something that can be tested and improved on as time goes on. This is also where the family comes into play. All adults and children old enough to understand can be taught to use the system. A teenager caring for her younger siblings would get a much faster response to an intruder from her closest neighbors, as our police response times could be as long as 20 minutes.
As you can see, there is much to discuss and change. This idea is not old, as urban neighborhood watch programs are in most cities today. At some point in time, as this gets organized, I would also ask all the local LE leaders to attend, or, ask for a face to face to brief them on the program. The numbers of LE could be diminishing as municipalities, counties, and states make budget cuts. I’m anxious to get your opinions and suggestions to perfect this idea into an action plan so I can move forward with the best possible product. Let’s get with it!