I suggest we compile a list of questions for him - that he can't squirm out of (like, give him the statistics for the division of wealth in this country, ask him if he he things that is a stable and just situation, and if not, what would he do to breathe life back into the middle class and provide safety nets for the poor and uninsured - and since Citi is multinational, ask him what they do to ensure their investments are ethical and not exploitative) and then ask for a meeting, designate 1 or 2 people to discuss and one to video the meeting.
If we do the research and craft the questions carefully we won't need to resort to stunts to make him look like an oligarch. Alternatively, he might be like one of the Patriotic Millionaires, that would be newsworthy, for sure.
On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 2:50 PM, shaista husain <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wow Justin!!! sounds like another brilliant script..in the absurdity of these megolomaniacs!!! Citigroup makes most of its money abroad -so it won't be just domestic issues no, no! citigroup is like IMF it make most of its profits in emergent markets in third world...supporting structural adjustment programs --oh there is along list of grievances...let's get a meeting either way we will win, whether he shows up or not.
On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 2:36 PM, Justin Wedes <email@example.com>
A friend made this suggestion about how to handle this in an ingenious way:
. Set-up a press ambush (my preference) - send out press release with invite to come at a specific time (GA?) to Liberty Park - show that you've emailed and called a bunch of times (video these actions for the narrative) - arrange everyone with a makeshift stage and an empty chair with his name on a card - when he doesn't show, just say it's part of the broken trust between Wall St and America that bankers won't keep their word and talk to the 99%. If he does accept, have a line of testimonials from foreclosed folks to tell their story and lecture him about current injustices they're suffering (don't give him a mic - they are prohibited after all) - think "public verbal flogging" - alternatively, have the Patriotic Millionaires join him for a press conference at Liberty and call on the President to raise taxes on the rich - if he does this, there is no end to the berating he will get from other financial sector people, who think like this: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/business/in-private-conversation-wall-street-is-more-critical-of-protesters.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
On Oct 16, 2011, at 2:32 PM, Charles wrote:
I would be willing to talk to him. Obviously, I would not be
representing anyone but myself. I know some extremely knowledgeable
people who might be interested in helping.
Also, anyone on here who has a detailed knowledge of financial
services, perhaps we could collaborate.
On Oct 16, 1:04 pm, gail zawacki <witsen...@gmail.com
Citigroup’s chief executive, Vikram S. Pandit, even said he would be happy
to talk with the protesters any time they wanted to drop by. Mr. Pandit,
onstage Wednesday at a Fortune magazine conference, said that the
protesters’ “sentiments were completely understandable.”
“I would also corroborate that trust has been broken between financial
institutions and the citizens of the U.S., and that it’s Wall Street’s job
to reach out to Main Street and rebuild that trust,” Mr. Pandit said. The
protesters should hold Citi and others “accountable for practicing
responsible finance,” he said, “and keep asking us about how we’re doing.”