Universities have a lot of money. Get hold of it. Make a commitment to get some
kind of money from your school every semester: bring a guest lecturer, hold a
conference, SOMETHING. Donít let that funding go to some fratboys. Use it to
fight with. For example:
Much of the work
you will do as an activist requires no more (and no less) than compassion and
motivation. On the other hand, making fliers, setting up tables, and forming
groups (especially here on campus where you have to pay fees for EVERYTHING!)
also requires money to cover costs. Here are a few ideas of how your group can
raise some money and get the word out about your cause at the same time.
- Each year the Student Government allocates a limited amount of money to
student groups for various special projects. Students are encouraged to stop
by the Student Government office (4th floor of the SSB) at the beginning of
the semester or call 471-3166 for more information.
Selling Products and Services
If you have some money to invest, you can purchase T-shirts, buttons, bumper
stickers, and books to sell at your table and at meetings. If you donít have the
money to do this right off the bat, you can wait till you have enough to invest
in these later on. Always have merchandise to sell at speaking events, film
series and other public outreach.
If you donít want to buybuys t-shirts and patches with messages already on
them, you can make your own! Silk screening is a fun and less expensive way to
get your own message out there.
Materials you will need:
You can buy all this stuff
separately or get a starter kit at Miller Blueprint in Austin. Yes, this stuff
is pretty expensive, but it will last for many, many silk-screening sessions!
- Speedball photo emulsion
- Speedball Sensitizer
- Silk (you can get this at most art supply storesÖsome sell it in bulk)
- A silk screening frame (wooden frame with a groove on the underside to
hold the screen in place).
- Plastic clothes line (to hold the screen in the groove of the frame)
- A piece of clear glass just large enough to fit inside the frame
- Transparencies (more info. below)
- Speedball water-based textile silk-screening ink in the basic colors:
white, black, red, green, etc.
- A squeegee
- A hair dryer
- A dark towel
- Piece of black cardboard
- Blank T-shirts (try looking at thrift stores to avoid buying sweatshop
shirtsÖor find them for free at your friendly, neighborhood Wal-Mart)
- Fabric for patches (itís pretty cheap if you get it from the sale rack at
Hancock Fabrics on Lamar and Ben White)
How to silk screen:
- The image you want to screen must first be put onto a clear transparency.
You can either get transparencies and print on them from your computer, or go
to Kinkos and do it with a copy machine.
- Prepare the frame and the silk. Cut a piece of silk slightly larger than
the frame and apply it to the frame. You will probably need two people for
this task since it has to be very smooth and taught. You can use a spoon to
secure the clothesline and screen in the groove of the frame.
- Mix 4 parts photo emulsion to 1 part sensitizer in a small bowl (1tbs:1/4
tbs). Apply the mixture to the screen and spread evenly on both sides of the
screen with an old credit card or driverís license. Allow the screen to dry
completely. You can even dry it with a hair dryer. Do this in a dark room with
as little light as possible (bathrooms without windows are generally good
places to do this).
- Place the transparency image on the screen (inside the frame) face up. Do
this while in the dark room. Place the clear piece of glass on top to hold the
image in place.
- Cover the screen with a dark towel to protect it from the light. Place the
black cardboard underneath the screen (so it absorbs the heat, and lets the
- Take the screen outside and expose it to direct sunlight for 30-45
seconds. Be careful not to over or under expose the image.
- Place the towel back over the screen and go back to your dark bathroom.
- Rinse the screen in the bathtub to remove the emulsion. You should be able
to see your burned image on the screen.
- Dry the screen completely with a hair dryer.
- Now you are ready to put your image on shirts/patches!
- Lay down some old newspapers on your hard,
- flat work surface so the ink doesnít make a mess.
- Place your fabric/t-shirt on the work surface.
- You may want to tape down the corners of the fabric
- so it doesnít slide. Itís also a good idea to put a piece of cardboard
inside the t-shirts so the ink doesnít bleed through to the back.
- Place the screen on top of the fabric/shirt and center the image. Spoon a
line of ink onto the screen just above the image. With the squeegee, smooth
the ink across the image to push it through to the cloth underneath. Run the
squeegee across the image a few times to ensure that you covered all of it.
You should push firmly, but donít get carried awayÖthe ink could smear if you
press too hard.
- Carefully lift screen off the fabric. Pull straight up or else the ink
- Let the newly screened fabric air dry for about a minute then ďheat setĒ
it using a hot iron. If you donít heat set it, it will fade when you get it
Vegan bake sales are a good way to get a little extra cash for your group. If
you have a big tabling event on campus, have a few members make some cookies,
brownies, breads, etc. to bring to the table. Since you are not supposed to sell
items at your table, donít call it a bake sale. Just say you have free food and
most people will take some and leave a small donation in your donation jar. You
do have to have permission to serve food (fill out a form in the SSB).
Donations are always good if they come in the large variety, but it is very
rare that individuals will donate more than a few dollars. However, there are
plenty of other types of donations you can seek. Some businesses around town
will gladly donate goods and/or services if they know itís for a good cause. Ask
print shops and art supply stores to give you discounts. You can also ask local
business to donate used office equipment. Ask grocery stores, bakeries, or
restaurants to donate the food they have left at the end of the day. Donations
like this are especially helpful when you want to have food events on campus.
This is a good, easy money-maker, since plenty of people always need to get
rid of stuff that other people feel they need to buy. (Youíll make more money if
your goods are clean and well displayed.) Tag clothing with size labels and make
sure prices are clearly marked. You can advertise for garage sales pretty easily
in the Texan and the Statesman.