[Greater-baltimore] More details about Flashmob this weekend for Meet the Blind Month--spread the Word!

mary jo hartle mjhartle23 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 12:38:11 UTC 2012

Hi all,

Just a few more days until we hold our "Meet the Blind Month" Flashmob.  I
hope you are all working on your t-shirts and making plans to attend.  WE
will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Sat. Oct. 20 at the Inner Harbor downtown.
Let's plan to meet at the Light Street Pavilion (the pavilion is on the
south east corner of that intersection) just outside the east side entrance
stairs.  This is the staircase near the water which leads to the entrance by
H and M and The Fudgery inside the Pavilion.  Should it be raining, we will
meet across the street at the Food Court in the Pratt st. Pavilion upstairs.
(The Pratt St. Pavilion is the mall considered the Gallery.)   

There will be transportation provided from the NFB building if needed.
Please let me know before Friday at Noon if you will be riding in the vans
so we can get an accurate count.  Also, we will have a few t-shirts on hand
that morning at the Greater Baltimore Chapter meeting if you still need to
make one.  

Please email me or call me with any questions.  Also, please spread the word
to all your friends and family, sighted or blind as we would love to get as
many people as we can to participate.  Facebook it, tweet it, email it,



Mary Jo Hartle 

Cell: 318.243.4135

Mjhartle23 at gmail.com 


Flashmob Details: 


 "Meet the Blind" flash mob on Saturday, Oct. 20th at 1:00 p.m.  At the
Inner Harbor.  

Flashmobs are extremely popular right now, so we hope this will be an
exciting activity for us to attempt.  For those of you who are not aware, a
flash mob is (according to Wikipedia) a group of people who assemble
suddenly in a place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a
brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire,
and artistic expression. Flash mobs are organized via telecommunications,
media, or viral emails.   There are also such things as "Smartmobs" which
are more political or publicity based, so maybe we are holding a mix of
both.  IN any case, it's going to be great.  

So, if you are interested, and I hope you are, here are the details.  

1.      Find a white t-shirt and a sharpie or fabric marker 

You can find pretty inexpensive packages of white tees at stores like
Walmart or Sam's Club, or even at craft stores like Michaels.  Or if you
have one already and don't mind writing on it, just use that.  

2.      2.  Have someone assist you in writing the following in large print
with a permanent, or fabric marker on the front and back of the shirt: "I am
blind and I'm a _____.  Fill in the blank with something that describes you,
e.g., a parent, a teacher, a skier, a dancer, a singer, , a runner, etc.  Be
creative.  Don't worry about making a professional shirt or anything fancy;
just make sure the print is legible and viewable when the shirt is worn.  

3.      .  Wear your t-shirt to the flash mob and meet at the designated
location at the Inner Harbor at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20th.  

4.      If you can't get a shirt, or need help printing the statement on
your t-shirt, don't worry.  Please come to the chapter meeting that morning
at 10:00 a.m. at the NFB Jernigan Institute.  .  We will have some shirts
available along with fabric markers and sighted folks to help write messages
on your shirts.  

5.      WE will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the designated location.  Come ready to
meet up with the group and participate in a brief pep rally of sorts to
celebrate the capabilities of the blind.  After this meeting, we will
disperse for lunch around the harbor area.  If you can't stay for lunch
somewhere, don't worry.  Just come and join us.  The idea of having lunch is
just to mix in with the sighted public and allow more people to see us and
our messages.  

WE also want to invite our family and friends to participate.  They too are
encouraged to wear t-shirts with messages.  For example, theirs could say,
"I'm the parent of a blind child", or I'm the friend of a blind person",
etc.  Please help spread the word and invite all your family and friends to
join us.  WE want as many people as possible to participate.  

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