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Forum Post: Recapture the Message: The STOCK Act

Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 19, 2011, 1:43 p.m. EST by JimiNixen (25)
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"Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it" I'd like to suggest that it will not be enough to just complain, and at some point, action will need to be taken.

To that end, I would like to suggest that the STOCK Act, makes for the perfect 'takeoff' issue. If you want to see the movement really take flight in the next 60 days, here's your issue.

Why? It solves a problem.

We have the Media's attention, but we've lost the message. And the result is that the public has no clue what 'OccupyWallStreet' would do if the Public supported the movement.

The clearest message, is action. Action is indisputable. Make the World a better place, and the World will take notice.

Essentially, the 'The STOCK Act' would criminalize Congressional exploitation of the information gained in their public employment by prohibiting Congressional members and staff from trading these securities on Wall Street. see: http://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr1148

What we need are clear, simple, talking points. And, I'd like to suggest, that The STOCK Act, tells the story of the 99%, and pulls the movement all back together again by recapturing the message.

Just look at the Talking Points: The STOCK Act is 'WallStreet related' The STOCK Act is 'Congress Related' The STOCK Act is 'Anti-Corruption' The STOCK Act is a '99% issue' The STOCK Act is a 'National Action that makes the World a better place'

These are the talking points we need for the next 90-days. We need to galvanize the movement. We need to secure wide-spread public support. And, we need to make the World a better place, through measurable political action.

The key with The STOCK Act, is that it's a Congressional litmus test.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litmus_test_(politics) It will show you who is with the 99%, and who is firmly encamped with Wall Street and the 1%.

It is short, sweet, and to the point. What you want is every media correspondent, asking every Congressional staff member where they stand on The STOCK Act. To do this, you need every American telling the media, that The STOCK ACT is issue of the day. This Litmus test enables the media to tell us where Congress stands. Only the 1% would benefit from The STOCK Act not passing. And, thus, only those members of Congress that support the 1% would oppose The STOCK Act.

I'm sure that there may be 'bigger' issues that you think the movement should address. There will be plenty of time for these issue. But, we need to gain the trust and support of the 99%, the trust and support of those in the Media that are covering the story, and we need to show actionable results in a very short timeframe.

Again, we need the 'Galvanizing Story'. The talking points where we all (all 99%) agree. The Talking Points that re-capture the message. The Litmus Test, to know where Congress stands on these issues. And, the Congressional Results that demonstrate that American Politics are no longer following the Status Quo.




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[-] 2 points by baldeaglefreedom (8) 8 years ago

Thanks Jimi!

To reiterate, I think people should use POPVOX because -- unlike a petition -- the messages are delivered to Congress after each individual is verified as a constituent. So Congress has every reason to pay attention to the communications coming in through POPVOX.

You can write a message at http://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr1148

[-] 1 points by JimiNixen (25) 8 years ago

Yep, i liked the PopVox experience as well....


[-] 2 points by MBJ (96) 8 years ago

Yep, a handful of Members of Congress are attempting to enact the very type of legislation that ows supposedly demands, but it gets little to no attention here.

I've already written my representatives urging them to sign on to this legislation.

ows should get behind this with whatever might it has and when/if it's enacted, share (legitimately) in the credit.

[-] 1 points by JimiNixen (25) 8 years ago

As of now, there are 65 Co-Sponsers in Congress. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1148

And, yes, credit should be given where credit is due.


[-] 1 points by JimiNixen (25) 8 years ago

Very cool!

Everyone should go sign this! This is how you move the message forward!


[-] 0 points by ciavlad (85) 8 years ago

Do you want to get rid of cunning people !? Vote petition on the Internet : http://wh.gov/jkl

[-] 1 points by JimiNixen (25) 8 years ago

Hi Ciavlad,

Again, while I understand that there are there issues that people feel strongly about, you need an issue that is current. Not a new issue.

The STOCK Act, is already in Congress, it already has 65 members of Congress behind it, and it already has vetted support from groups like the Sunshine Foundation. See: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2011/05/31/disclosure-by-political-intelligence-firms-would-shine-light-on-investment-decisions/