Unlike the “Yes For Lincoln Haymarket Arena” coalition, which has an organization and website, the organized opposition to the arena is far, far behind in….well, organization.
Two meetings, a couple, three dozen members. No website. No nothing. Now, that doesn’t mean that the arena is guaranteed to pass. I believe the opposition is made up of people who either don’t have the passion or don’t have the time to organize. They firmly believe that government is bad and government projects are worse and when someone (like a local columnist/reporter) writes things that come across as anti-arena, but are apparently misinterpreted as anti-arena, they latch onto it like Yogi Bear to a picnic basket.
No matter the motive, they will be happy as a clam to darken the circle next to the word “NO.”
With that said, I believe it’s unfair that the pro-arena organization have such an overwhelming lead on getting the issue out to the masses. So we have gone to the trouble of helping organize the unorganized – and the first thing any good organization needs is a name.
I like “Aree-No” (or The Aree-nos.) Jack and I differ over the spelling. You could go with “areNO” with emphasis or bold face on the “no”, but it looks too much like you forgot to put a space between “are” and “no” as in “I knew Jack Kennedy, you are no Jack Kennedy.” So for purposes of this exercise, I have chosen Aree-No.
Next thing you need is a logo. Here are three mock-ups. Vote for your favorite or suggest your own slogans. After we get past this point we can move on to the next item on the agenda: planning the Aree-No Christmas Party!