Posted 5 years ago on July 21, 2012, 7:06 p.m. EST by jrhirsch
from Sun City, CA
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Standing on the street corner holding a protest sign, and seeing what is effective has taught me a thing or two. Signs with phrases like "We are the 99%" or "Occupy All Streets" are immediately recognizable by our supporters, but have little impact on the vast majority of people we need to mobilize to end wealth inequality.
I think our message should be one of education. Directed mainly at the people who do not support us or understand us. A message that will penetrate even the apathetic hearts of the many who do not realize just how unfair the system has tilted against themselves.
We tried this new sign out Friday " Honk if you make less than $26,000 a year! 50% of all Americans do!" It definitely drew more attention judging by the number of honks, even though we are in a conservative area where many people drive nicer cars and have higher incomes. Supporters of course understood the message, but at the same time people of all income levels driving by learned something that they would never learn on the TV.
I would be interested to find out what others have found to work to get the attention of our apathetic and uninformed population.