In the aftermath of the Jim Alesi debacle (for those of you who haven’t heard, due to the pressure, he dropped the lawsuit), I’ve had time to talk to many of our supporters. First and foremost, we all want to say a very heart-felt THANK YOU to everyone who contacted us to tell us we had their support and to tell us the outrage this whole debacle caused. It was incredible – the number of emails, text messages, phone calls we received – from people we knew and from many we didn’t know. And I came to realize the power that we have if we all speak together. The whisper of one person quickly becomes a deafening roar when there are thousands. Tens of thousands. We had emails from all over the country and even the world. We received one from Australia! Apparently injustice isn’t just a regional issue!
The media was critical in this colossal mess. The blogs, the articles in papers, the websites, the radio . . . the list is endless. The reporters and radio hosts were so important in delivering the message. The term “viral” was used regarding the maelstrom of emails and comments. I will admit, it was amazing to be a part of the media storm, in fact to be in the center of it. I had no idea what a tidal wave it would create. Maybe I should say tsunami! From one blog post that I put on here shortly after we learned about the lawsuit to a post on FaceBook to the thousands of websites that quickly became devoted followers of the case. (We had over 5000 hits on our website the first day).
I saw first-hand that the whisper of only one person quickly becomes a deafening roar when it is thousands of us. Tens of thousands. Through our words, by making that deafening roar, we stood up to the powers-that-be and we made a difference. And if feels amazing.
Rachel Barnhard at 13WHAM wrote a great article: