What Is Public Information?
AA is Anonymous but not Invisible.
Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Tradition 5.
The Public Information Committee informs the public about Alcoholics Anonymous, what it does and does not do. If Public Information (PI) work were not done, AA would fade away, and alcoholics would suffer and die untreated. PI work is done at the Group, District, Area and national levels.
The committee is composed of AA members from each District. They are the PI Representatives–they work in their Districts to spread the word about AA in the community. The representatives also meet once a month with the PI Coordinator to discuss their work, and future ways to achieve their goals. It is one of the most rewarding jobs in AA, helping people anonymously. A certain amount of sobriety is required to be a PI representative.
Public Information can be in the form of radio, TV and newspaper ads; it is speaking to groups of people, students, business people, workers, homeless people, old and young citizens of various groups. It is putting up posters and notices around their communities, accepting invitations to speak and discuss in various forums. PI also attends AA events to inform and encourage AA members to do their part.
We invite you to join us in this important function of AA.