Monday, November 21, 2011

OccupyDC: Pied Pippers for Democracy

What Can YOU Do - Bake occu-PIES!
Frustrated by our lack of ability to effect the comfort and accommodations of the patriots at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square, my associate, and fellow NCJC board member, Linda Yahr set about to bake a half dozen pies for a theatrical event on Sunday at McPherson Square.   When we got there with a the box of pies Linda went to park the car and I went in search of someone to give them to.  I arrived at the mess tent just as Lunch was being served.  In a moment of inspiration I yelled "... OCCU-PIES for the OCCUPIERS!  It was immediately taken up by the "mike-check" process ... because there are no formal communication systems, every time someone says loudly, "Mike Check," everyone within hearing distance repeats at the top of their voices whatever follows. "... and so it went around the encampment.  "occu-PIEs being served at the lunch tent."  Unfortunately the few pies Linda baked were soon gone!

An Idea is Born!
Still, it fed a few people,  injected a moment of levity, and brought a bright spot in the day has given us an idea!  We could use that play on words to generate interest and possibly to create some much needed revenue.  Suppose we used that hook to get create a logo and license people around the country to use it if they donated half of what they made to the Occupy movement?  Even if we only got the folks in DC to start on it ... this could become a quirky sort of promotion and awareness campaign ... really.

Main Street Knows How to Bake Pies
Here's my idea ... we should tweet and retweet my original tweet (@peloquin) on twitter.  Let's see if we cannot engage the system here to move this along.  The idea being to get the folks who support us (64%) to show that support by baking some occu-PIES!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The 99% Crash the 1%'s Party - They GET the Message

Mobile Counter Media

Last night members of The National Capital Jobs Coalition, (NCJC) joined the McPherson Square the Freedom Plaza OWS groups as we brought attention to the 1% as they partied at the DC Convention Center last night.  The Koch Bros held a party at the convention center.  We were not invited.  We did not crash the party, but we did make our presence known.  I've attended many marches in my life.  I marched in Cicero and at the Democratic Convention in 68' ... We joined with The Jobs and Justice movement in January ... This was the first time I have ever seen an effective multi media component in a social justice movement.

This event combined physical elements ( a large pneumatic "Fat Cat," float) and a very hot and relevant video projected onto the side of The DC Convention Center.  Also present and engaged was a New Orleans style marching group complete with trumpets, drums, and flute.  March management also presented a karaoke video that employed a parody of the famous "Buy the World a Coke" commercial.  Here's the link really kicks ass!

After you've seen the video you'll understand how we all need to sing this at every event where we make the point.  The Machine is Definitely Broken!

A Specially Produced Video Made it's Point
Stand up and be proud!  We are ready for Prime Time.  

The Tea Party - They are Weak Tea

If there ever was a question about the focus and dedication of this movement, the professional, well produced, and on message video should close the door.  This is no amateur production.  We will become a force that both parties will need to address.  Compared to this The Tea Party is WEAK!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Solidarity with Occupy Washington DC - Jobs and Justice

A Formal Endorsement.

Last January 14th on the holiday commemorating Dr. King's birthday, The National Capital Jobs Coalition marched from his new monument (still under construction at the time) to the Lincoln Memorial, site of the "I  Have A Dream," speech.  We marched with our friends Dr. Paul Zeitz, Linwood Martinez-Bentley, Jeff Wolf, Tizzy Giordano, Linda Yahr and a host of others.  We stood on those historic and majestic steps and rededicated ourselves to his vision of Jobs and Justice.

Today we join in solidarity and add our voices to vox populi,  Citizens all over this country are rising up in outrage over the bare faced theft of our nations wealth by a minority of 1% of our population.  We have watched our vote essentially co-opted by corporations  As lobbyists dictate fiscal and foreign policy.  We have watched as Congressmen actually changed laws to allow the few to get their hands more deeply into our pockets.  All parties, Democrat and Republican have been suborned by this voracious global greed machine.   All of it made possible by the bargain basement sale of our representative democracy and its conversion to a republican oligarchy.

The National Capital Jobs Coalition finds the goals of our brothers and sisters on Freedom Plaza and at McPherson Square entirely consistent and congruent with our policies of equal opportunity, transparency, and personal and political integrity.  These are qualities noticeably missing from today's model of governance.  Therefore we formally advocate and endorse OSW (Occupy Wall Street) movements as we firmly believe it represents and exemplifies the moral will of the people.