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Forum Post: Suggestion for Spreading the Word

Posted 12 years ago on Sept. 23, 2011, 11:09 p.m. EST by 4thepeople (1)
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I am so disgusted with the lack of media coverage. I was thinking about it this morning and an idea came to me. This is what I did. I took a $100 bill to the bank and got a hundred $1 bills. I then brought them home, wrote this website address on each bill along with, "tired of corporations controlling your life?" Next, I went shopping. I went to five stores, spending about $20 at each on things I needed to buy anyway, thus getting the bills into circulation. Besides a few dirty looks from store clerks for paying with ones, it went off without a hitch. People's natural curiosity will compell them to check it out. Actually, I can't really take credit, I got the idea from the where's George website. Just a suggestion on a simple way to spread the word!



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[-] 1 points by Peacefulmind (23) 12 years ago

"AWARENESS" is an important thing for people to have. Also "WHEN YOU CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THINGS THE THINGS YOU LOOK AT CHANGE." A Yogi said this phrase to me, and please pass it on to your fellow Americans. KEEP PREACHING THE TRUTH FOR IT SHALL SET YOU FREE.

[-] 1 points by RightAboutNow (1) from Columbia, MD 12 years ago

I am doing what I can by featuring this protest in my webcomic. I am now trying to write a story around this so I can draw attention to an issue the way I became politically active, through entertainment. You can read the comic at http://right-about-now.com

[-] 1 points by wonttakeitanymore (4) 12 years ago

I too hate the way that mainstream media ignores this movement.
If they can hide this whole thing, they make it a pretty futile exercise. Our only power is educating and motivating enough people to force change….. In a non-violent way. The Moneyed 1% will keep extracting money and power from the 99% until they have a reason not to. (why mess up a sweet situation ?) . How do we get visibility ?
It might work to advertise where our opponents ARE getting visibility. How about a Tea Party rally, a Republican town hall meeting, some kind of power people gathering,, can you get into the gallery for a session of Congress ? There are lots of places.
Ask any good Republican , bumper sticker language and fear trump logic any day.
Boil down to core messages in short phrases:
Big Money + Congress = NO Freedom
The 1% kills Democracy
Occupy Wall Street Forces Change There are a lot of us
Stuff like that.

Wild eyed radicals are easy to dismiss and forget. If you look like ‘one of them’ it hits closer to home. So try to appear something like the target audience.

Just some thoughts …

[-] 1 points by takeTsquare (77) 12 years ago

Hi, greetings form Spain We have been doing this bill making for the last 3 months GOOD IDEA! we write: "ppl are not goods7commodities on the hands of politicians and bankters" For October 15th Global Revolution http://15october.net/ we suggested marking bills with "game over" as a message that does not need translation in any language.

[-] 1 points by Nate1 (4) 12 years ago

Need to change the wording...""tired of corporations controlling your life?, become an entrepreneur."

[-] 1 points by stealth (28) from Jersey City, NJ 12 years ago

not a bad point, I have seen people they gather in groups , chip in the money and buy a land somewhere in Kansas, build some trailers and start growing organic products and process them and sell at farmers market and bunker down for the impending great depression and a global financial storm.

perhaps you guys can do them same once you meet new friends down there.

[-] 1 points by anon123 (23) 12 years ago

i share your frustration regarding the media. but perhaps here's another perspective.

spread the word? YES! by all means possible. rely on mainstream corporate media? no.

let the media ignore you.... let the politicians and wall street ignore you. let the wall street cats threaten champagne showers. let them taunt you.

non-violence is the key, let them bring it on.

and let them answer for their actions (or lack of) when an answer is required.

Trust the "rhetorical one demand" will present itself when the time is right. Doing so prematurely simply gives credence to some idea of power that others hold over you. they don't....just a myth some would love to propagate.

in a certain clear and critical way, isn't it the point 99% don't need them anymore and that is where the real power is and the nature of the global shift we are witnessing? and the real brilliance of what you are all doing in Liberty Plaza.

all you have to do is to keep practicing democracy and learning. just doing this has already begun to expose much of the hypocrisy and arrogance.

they are terrified of truths .... and of all the things going on this is the most powerful aspect of what you are doing.

Media validation of OWS is not where your power comes from. very much the opposite. It comes from an understanding of some very simple and important ideals.

stay strong stay focused stay the course.

Stay non-violent - Stay Safe The World is already watching. You are American Heroes.

[-] 1 points by theOnlineGovernmentDotcom (97) 12 years ago

Personally I sent the website address in a text to all my friends and told them to forward it hoping it would be like a chain text. You could also make an image 8x10 flyer that had 8-12 small 1 paragraph description for people to print and stick under car windows - really think hard about what you want that 1 paragraph to say. I was thinking of doing similar for theOnlineGovernment.org

[-] 1 points by delcoyote (2) 12 years ago

If you don't want to write it out every time (or if you have lousy handwriting, like me), you can have a custom rubber stamp made for less than $10 from a local stamp store or any number of online stamp stores. I got one made that says "This is more money than Exxon-Mobile, GE, B of A, Wells Fargo and Citibank paid in taxes last year." plus the web address of Citizens for Tax Justice. :)

[-] 1 points by stealth (28) from Jersey City, NJ 12 years ago

corporate media , ABC republican, NBC Democrats, CBS Democrats, CNN are all owned by rich people, they gloom the candidates, present Rodmney and Perry as republican choices. So what make you think the media will cover this ? Unless, its to their political advantage like NBC saying the momentum is dying or dwindle down ...? Unless, its so controversial. So you gotta do this by going to small media like corbettreport.com , planetprison.com, or www.rt.com with Max Keiser report. or Aljajeera. Our counterpart

october2011.org just got an interview with www.rt.com. Their looking for news on the ground. So you got to start small. Remember Julian Assange rip off the microphone on stage because CNN try to trap him with questions he explicitly warn not to ask and he walkeoff the stage. Corporate media are out their to get you not support you. I have done sucessful protest and I have raised enough money to actually pulish an article on new york times before, so I know exactly what I am talking about. Be patient, great depression is comming soon, when the Greece default on their bail out bonds, it would be a financial contagion that triigger Italy to all and trigger US financial instability and which in turn US government would raised more taxes which would trigger more austerity , which would trigger mass protest, which would trigger tax on the rich, which would trigger still not enough, which would trigger tax the middle class, which would not be enough, at time enough quantitative easing, would trigger inflation rate, which would trigger huge hike in the interest rate that you never seen before in our life time, which would trigger more housing mortgage Default, which in turn would trigger more unemployment, which would trigger gold price hike like you and I would never seen before. You and I are doomed, for the rich has a golden parachute in Hawaii after sucking so much money and blood from Obama administrations financial policy. There would be so much turmoil, that is a class war. So if you think about getting into debt, think again think hard. Debt=slavery , Debt=indenture servent Banksters invented DEBT. It all started with Rothchild dyanasty.

You are not alone, even 3 time formal presidential running mateRon Paul , has news black out, because he wants to balance budget and end the fed. The only sane person in congress.