Subject: [NYCGA Internet] Re: hot button issue mini site
From: Jim Yanda
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:48:36 -0700 (PDT)
To: internet working group

Hi Sam,
This is excellent and precisely the kind of thing we need to be doing.

May I suggest we call it 'Public Theft' rather than a Tax Holiday or
Tax Amnesty.
The corporate propaganda machine has worked diligently over the last
three decades to change the meaning of the word 'tax' in the minds of
the public.
As a result, millions of people now understand taxes to mean the
government taking away something from you that you have earned, and
giving it to someone who hasn't.
>From that perspective who wouldn't want a tax holiday?

The movement needs to speak forcefully, clearly, and continuously that
taxes are investments in the common good, the fair share you pay for
using the infrastructure that we all built so everyone has a chance
for a decent life. No one gets wealthy on their own. We're all in this
together. Fairness prescribes that those who have done well ought to
pay a little more.

Another useful phrase would be 'greed crisis' (in place of 'financial

I'm merely channeling the work of George Lakoff, the Rockridge
Institute, and Joe Brewer and co. at
I see this work belonging in the Think Tank group which will be
available to the wider community when the new ows site rolls out.

In the mean time I've been trying to offer support to the movement in
this area here:
I think it is absolutely critical that the movement choose its public
words with the greatest of care.

Keep up the great work.

All best,


On Oct 17, 11:10 pm, wrote:
hi all -

A couple days ago someone on the occupytvny group sent out a link to a  
report on the lobby effort to pass a tax holiday to allow U.S.  
corporations to repatriate the $1.4 trillion they currently have  
stashed overseas in tax havens.

This struck me as a clear as day crystallization of the core issues of  
OWS, happening in plain site right now.  For people inside the  
movement who need factual ammunition, and for people hovering outside  
the movement who need to see some concrete examples to come on board,  
this is a perfect nutshell case.

As an experiment, we threw together a one page site consolidating news  
and resources about the issue

In particular there's a list of the leading corporations funding the  
lobbying, and a list of key lobbyists working on this scam, both of  
which would be great targets for direct action. In particular the  
lobbyists - I'd really like to take the fight right to these leeches.

Starting today we're going to start circulating this site to try to  
spread awareness of this issue and hopefully help block this from  
happening.  If this gets some traction, I'm thinking that a series of  
similar single-issue fact sheet sites on key OWS issues could be a  
useful campaign.

 From the internet working group I'd love to get:
- feedback on this strategy in general
- any connection to Occupy DC peeps who can put this info to use on  
the ground there
- any connection to research wizards who can help upgrade the site  
with home addresses for the lobbyists