On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM, J.A. Myerson <firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Amy Offner <email@example.com
> Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:17 AM
> Subject: Volunteer coordination
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Cc: Austin Guest <email@example.com
>, Matthew Skomarovsky
>, Yesenia Barragan <firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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