Great ideas. Anyone want to liaise with her about implementation or
some of these are already being done? I'm too out of the loop.
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From: Amy Offner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM
Subject: Volunteer coordination
Cc: Austin Guest <email@example.com>, Matthew Skomarovsky
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Yesenia Barragan <email@example.com>
I'm following up on our conversation a few nights ago about creating a
system for integrating short-term volunteers -- people who drop by for
hour or two and want to help out. You asked for a proposal that you
take to the general assembly. My friends Senia, Matthew, Austin, and I
on this email) came up with the idea below and are happy to help
it. All of us work and can't be at the occupation all the time, but
contribute some time to getting this up and running.
The basic idea has two parts:
I. On the website, prominently list things that people can bring as
- Materials to make noisemakers (empty laundry detergent bottles with
pennies inside, etc.)
- Food, utensils, napkins
- A ream of paper to make leaflets
- Art supplies
- Hand sanitizer
- Umbrellas, ponchos
- If they have any credit card offers they received in the mail, bring
postage-paid return envelope. People at the occupation can write a
to the bank and drop it in the mail.
II. Expand the welcome booth on Broadway, and create a second one on
other side of the park. Add a big sign overhead reading "Want to help
but only have an hour? Be a short-term volunteer." Have a 1-page
ready with a list of things people can do. The handout can also
list of nearby public bathrooms and the name and contact information
person from each working group. At the table, there should also be
supplementary materials needed for different tasks (materials listed
below). Tasks could include:
1. Phonebanking to enlist support from organizations and public
Give volunteers a list to call, and a list of actions they can ask
supporters to take -- for instance, add their name to a public list of
supporters, speak or perform at an event, turn out members to an event,
write a blog post or letter to the editor, make a donation, etc.
call: labor, immigrant, civil rights, civil liberties, LGBT, feminist,
environmental, housing, and politically active religious and arts
2. Phonebanking to solicit food donations from restaurants,
3. Leafleting at Zuccotti Park and bank offices in Lower Manhattan.
4. Photocopying leaflets
6. Calling public officials (local, state, and national) to express
for the protest and complain about police brutality. Give people a
numbers and suggested talking points.
7. Calling media to ask why they aren't covering the occupation. Give
people a list of numbers and suggested talking points.
8. Outreach to businesses around Zuccotti Park that might not
what's going on but could become allies.
9. Making public art to spread the occupation's presence throughout the
city. For instance, if the table had a simple stencil design for
reading "#OccupyWallStreet," short-term volunteers could make copies to
home, hang in their windows, and give to their neighbors to do the
provide templates to write acrostics about banks.
10. Holding umbrellas over people and equipment to allow work to
11. Calling high-level bank officials to express support for the
occupation. Give people numbers and suggested talking points.
12. Make T-shirts reading "I want this bank to pay its taxes.
#OccupyWallStreet." Volunteers can put on a T-shirt, walk into a bank
the neighborhood, and do a variety of things (ask to speak to the CEO,
to see the bank's financial statements, ask to open a checking account,
whatever) until they get thrown out.
13. Buying food, umbrellas, ponchos
Thanks for everything you're doing. Let us know what you think and how
Amy, Austin, Matthew, and Senia