A fund raising dinner for Wikileaks and Julian Assange
On Wednesday the 9th of February 2011 from 6.30 p.m. GMT people from all around the world will commence dining with their friends in a unified effort to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of speech a la WikiLeaks. Will you be one of them!
As is customary in all parts of the world, people would converse over dinner with friends and colleagues; and the Dinner party can be made an opportunity to join in the global debate. The more people who get involved and share their opinions the better.
Pledge and receive a dinner speech By Julian Assange
By pledging a donation on this day, no matter how large or small, you can help support Julian Assange’s defence fund, and/or contribute to WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks empowers sources to leak information (that would otherwise be silenced) to journalists.
WikiLeaks promises that after you fill out its pledge form the website will give you a password to unlock a video for you to play at your dinner that will be available from 6.30 p.m. GMT. Here’s the Link to Video
True, in the words of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, “There are four things that cannot be concealed for long, the sun, the moon, the truth – and dessert!”
Besides urging people to host dinner themselves, WikiLeaks is also encouraging people to send e-invitations to their friends to host dinners. Certainly, one can have dinner at home, in a restaurant, in the street, in front of the TV with the kids. “….do your bit to encourage as many people from as you can to participate. The important thing is to raise awareness of the issue of free speech, and to pledge support for Julian’s Defence fund and/or WikiLeaks.”
And here are a few tips for hosting a successful dinner party:
a) Enrol for the Dinner event.
b) Invite your guests as soon as possible and be clear about who the invitation is from. Click Here for your e-invite.
c) If you’re not used to hosting dinner parties or are having trouble deciding what to cook, first decide on your menu – keep it simple and seasonal. Don’t be tempted to try something last minute, stick to what you know works. If you don’t have time to cook, you could get in a take-away, arrange to meet somewhere for street food or ask friends to contribute.
Make sure you get info from your guests on any special dietary requirements. Try to balance your menu…e.g. not too much heavy carbs or cream in every course! Food that is easy to cook and serve will ensure that you are relaxed for your guests and that everyone will have a good time leaving you with plenty of time to talk.
d) Plan ahead – if you’re eating at home, take time before your party to shop and prepare ingredients, plan your table setting and seating arrangements and make sure you’ve got the required cutlery and crockery for your menu. Perhaps some flowers or similar to make the table look “dressed”
e) Preview Julian’s speech before your guests arrive if you like. Help your guests join in with the interactive part of this dinner by providing a laptop at the table and allow guests to text, email and tweet between mouthfuls !
“All that said, there are no rules really, you can do a party in what ever way you prefer…. we just ask that the topic of conversation at your dinner is focused on Freedom of Speech.”
Go Eat, Listen and Have Your Say!
info courtesy: Dinner For Free Speech
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