From:   Matthew Presto <>
Sent time:   Friday, September 16, 2011 5:11:25 AM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Media 30 seconds

Agreed with everything pointed out here, and perhaps this should have

been something we discussed much earlier on.

I would add that all too often activists spend the entirety of their

interviews with the media distancing themselves from and condemning

the more militant elements of an action. If property destruction were

to happen at Wall Street (not that I want it to), I would recommend

that anyone who speaks with the media avoid condemnation and bring

the focus back to why we're there--namely, a few broken windows

amount to nothing in the context of the immense violence done to this

planet and its inhabitants caused (in part) by Wall Street.





On Sep 16, 2011, at 12:15 AM, David Graeber wrote:


> yes if possible have one short sound bite, and one longer one.

> Emphasize the positive. about how amazing and wonderful what we're

> doing is because after all, it is. Prepare responses to simple

> questions like "who are you?" (not as simple as it sounds) "why are

> you here?"

> "don't you think Wall Street people have a right to be able to

> carry on their work unmolested?" Always remember that solidarity is

> the life

> and breath of any social movement, when we're in the streets, all

> we have is each other, so never, ever say anything bad about another

> activist.

> David



> On Sep 15, 2011, at 10:05 PM, Marina Sitrin wrote:


>> Talking to the media can be really challenging. I agree with the

>> other

>> messages that first we act in solidarity with one another. (We have

>> enough people against us.)


>> Those of us who have not gotten to go to a media training can still

>> practice a 30 second sound bite with a friend. It is hard to put it

>> all in such a short time span, so practice is key. What do you

>> want to

>> say. Pick one message. "I am out on the street because ..." "I

>> want to

>> occupy Wall Street because ..." "I believe together we can create a

>> different ... "


>> One sweet short point. After 30 seconds you are cut off, so work at

>> the time frame.


>> I am so thrilled to be a part of this action and to have already met

>> so many inspiring folks.


>> In Solidarity,

>> Marina


>> --

>> Seamos realistas, hagamos lo imposible ~ che








> ------------------------------------------------------------

> One day Orlov ate too many ground peas and died. Krylov found out

> about it and he died too. Spiridonov up and died all by himself.

> Spiridonov's wife fell off the cupboard and also died. Spiridonov's

> children drowned in the pond. Spiridonov's grandmother took to

> drink and hit the road. Mikhailovich stopped combing his hair and

> caught a skin disease. Kruglov drew a picture of a woman with a

> whip in her hand and lost his mind. Perekhrestov received four

> hundred roubles by wire and put on such airs at his office that

> they fired him.


> Good people -- but they have to learn to take themselves in hand.


> Daniil Kharms