Posted 5 years ago on Sept. 28, 2011, 5:41 p.m. EST by Novanglus
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I just had a couple thoughts. Michael Moore is said to be giving an interview soon. That is great for the movement in terms of bringing press, however, it might be a good idea to make sure that Moore is not just using this protest to get press himself, getting "face" for it. Test him-make sure he joins the picket line and ask for his commitment in the long term. (Dude, the guy's made a decent chunk of change making all those documentaries-maybe he could help by setting up a port-a-potty somewhere or donate camera equipment or food...I'm just sayin'....) And BTW, great that you got Susan Sarandon...but you need to find her ex. I think he lives in Greenwich Village and since madame is going out of town, somebody needs to find that guy and draft him-Tim Robbins is literally a giant and too physically big to ignore. (We'll know if either are sincere this way, because if they think this is going to flop, they won't stick around..careful of those celebs, guys.)
Second, why isn't anyone vlogging this? Stand in front of the camera and talk on YouTube about why this is happening and what you want and see if you can get at least 100 of them so you can send it uptown to NBC. They have a cutesy morning show session outdoors-send a legion up there and hand them the DVD (or attempt to) and film them doing it. Keep going back until somebody airs it. (And if you get jailed, remember: that is a GOOD thing. It adds fat to the fire and all you need to do is go back and do it again...civil rights workers used to get arrested constantly over and over...go for it!)
Third, and most important, you guys need legal and fiscal counsel. You can't very well scream "Tear Down Wall Street" if you can't point to exactly what is wrong with the way things currently work and speak intelligently on the matter in technical terms. (Example: my moniker is Novanglus, a pen name John Adams used to analyze the troubles of the 13 colonies in a legal sense and provide the rationale for what the future should be like. He got it published in several papers so as to win over moderates and also so he wouldn't appear like a torch and pitchfork carrying looney. )To an outsider, and especially a 60 year old bankster, you guys look like a bunch of kids in Guy Fawkes masks-very unfortunate, and very wrong, but true.) You need to elect a spokesman who can delineate in no uncertain terms what you want, why you want it, how you want it in an educated manner, like a lawyer does before the jury...because it is very easy for the media and those who would destroy you to obfuscate your message. (A bunch of guys who have no clear message just sounds like static...and they know it. Divide et impera.)
Last, go and find people out of a job, find older people, find young people; post on youtube that ex-hippies with experience in the civil rights protests are needed if you are feeling ambitious (c'mon, San Francisco is loaded with them, & their BART protest ain't doing so good...tell them that the kids need their help and experience. You are going to need a few old guys who know a few legal shock tactics.) Call around. Invite whole campuses of students and find a few retired professors who can give you counsel. Build this mother up. Send delegates up to the Bronx where unemployment is more than double the normal rate and find some guys who speak Spanish; send them to church to talk from the pulpit. Tell the Hispanics they are welcome and though they don't have to stay in the square they can come as often as they like because the men on Wall Street are the pigs that make it hard for them to get ahead.
You need to grow that crowd so it looks like the Village Halloween Parade and you are going to have to grow out of that park. These guys only understand one thing-numbers. They see a couple thousand and they see no reason to worry as it is just a drop in the bucket and public indignance is clearly not expressed through a small number of people when only a small percent of the public is present. Make them scared of you. Protest peacefully, yes, but if it comes down to direct action, do it.