From:   Matthew Bralow <mbralow@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Sunday, October 02, 2011 9:46:23 PM
To:   amy.c.offner@gmail.com
Cc:   guest.austin@gmail.com; matthew@verypolite.com; yb2221@columbia.edu; september17@googlegroups.com; Jesse Alexander Myerson <jesse.myerson@gmail.com>
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Fwd: Volunteer coordination
 

amy, several other people actually had this idea too and i was going

to propose it! perhaps each committee (if relevant) can come up with a

list of things that volunteers from the general public can help out

with. keep the list updated and have a copy at their respective

information table as well as ONLINE on our website(s)!... will propose

at next GA that all committees put a list like this together. i know

many people have been doing a lot of work to make this movement

happen, but it seems a lot of people are simply hanging out at OWS...

which is ok, but it would be nice if they could be ENGAGED in

something that will help the movement grow! this can be a way to

immediately get people signed up and put to work. other people's

thoughts? matt

 

On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM, J.A. Myerson <jesse.myerson@gmail.com> wrote:

> Great ideas. Anyone want to liaise with her about implementation or whether

> some of these are already being done? I'm too out of the loop.

> JAM

>

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

> From: Amy Offner <amy.c.offner@gmail.com>

> Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM

> Subject: Volunteer coordination

> To: jesse.myerson@gmail.com

> Cc: Austin Guest <guest.austin@gmail.com>, Matthew Skomarovsky

> <matthew@verypolite.com>, Yesenia Barragan <yb2221@columbia.edu>

>

>

> Hi Jesse,

>

> 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 an

> hour or two and want to help out.  You asked for a proposal that you could

> take to the general assembly.  My friends Senia, Matthew, Austin, and I (all

> on this email) came up with the idea below and are happy to help implement

> it.  All of us work and can't be at the occupation all the time, but can

> 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

> donations, including:

> - Materials to make noisemakers (empty laundry detergent bottles with

> pennies inside, etc.)

> - Food, utensils, napkins

> - Money

> - 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 the

> postage-paid return envelope.  People at the occupation can write a letter

> to the bank and drop it in the mail.

>

> II. Expand the welcome booth on Broadway, and create a second one on the

> other side of the park.  Add a big sign overhead reading "Want to help out,

> but only have an hour? Be a short-term volunteer."  Have a 1-page handout

> ready with a list of things people can do.  The handout can also include a

> list of nearby public bathrooms and the name and contact information for one

> 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 figures.

> 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.  Groups to

> call: labor, immigrant, civil rights, civil liberties, LGBT, feminist,

> environmental, housing, and politically active religious and arts groups.

>

> 2. Phonebanking to solicit food donations from restaurants, supermarkets.

>

> 3. Leafleting at Zuccotti Park and bank offices in Lower Manhattan.

>

> 4. Photocopying leaflets

>

> 5. Cleaning

>

> 6. Calling public officials (local, state, and national) to express support

> for the protest and complain about police brutality.  Give people a list of

> 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 understand

> 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 posters

> reading "#OccupyWallStreet," short-term volunteers could make copies to take

> home, hang in their windows, and give to their neighbors to do the same.  Or

> provide templates to write acrostics about banks.

>

> 10. Holding umbrellas over people and equipment to allow work to continue in

> the rain

>

> 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 in

> the neighborhood, and do a variety of things (ask to speak to the CEO, ask

> 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 we

> can help.

>

> Amy, Austin, Matthew, and Senia

>

>

>

> --

> J.A. Myerson

> http://www.jamyerson.com

> 347.688.0241

>

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