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Forum Post: Smile and say cheese? Dress for success - May Day.

Posted 2 years ago on April 29, 2012, 10:35 a.m. EST by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN
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Care2 from Civil Rights:

Progressive Media Outlets Pledge Coverage Of May Day Protests

http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AGLTe/zmvm/B18Bb

May Day, otherwise known as International and Immigrant Workers’ Day, marks the first major resurgence of the Occupy Wall Street movement since massive arrests and police brutality drove most occupations indoors over the winter.

http://www.care2.com/causes/may-day-occupy-wall-street-gears-up-for-nationwide-strike.html

Although OWS has been in full effect since September, 2011, mainstream media outlets have consistently refused to cover its actions, or intentionally distorted coverage by focusing only on participants who thwart the movement’s mandate against violence and vandalism. That’s why more than 25 independent media outlets belonging to The Media Consortium are collaborating to provide coordinated, national coverage of the nationwide May Day strike and other related events.

http://www.care2.com/causes/media-blackout-during-ows-eviction.html

http://www.themediaconsortium.org/

To assist the movement in spreading its message of social and economic equality on this historic day, Media for the 99 Percent will leverage their existing platforms and reporters to provide coordinated national multimedia coverage, featuring:

http://www.mediaforthe99percent.com/

An interactive Map: Find out where actions are happening across the country and follow the independent media’s by-the-minute coverage with links to video, audio, photos, and blog reports.

Television and Live Stream Broadcast: Free Speech TV will broadcast live (and live streamed) news coverage throughout the day, featuring reports from around the U.S., as well as in-studio commentary.

http://www.fstv.org/

Curated Social Media Coverage: Using the Storify platform, Media for the 99 Percent will offer a curated narrative of breaking news via blog updates, along with photos and social media posts from reporters on the ground.

All three content tools are available for embedding by other news outlets and the public.

As a member of The Media Consortium, Care2 Causes is proud to support the efforts of Media for the 99 Percent by continuing to bring you accurate, passionate accounts of occupations across the U.S. and around the world.

Do you trust corporate media tell the story of the May Day actions? Do you trust corporate media to explain the messages of income inequality, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and more behind these actions? If not, we encourage you to do whatever you can to support the efforts of Media For The 99 Percent.

Read, watch, and share the stories published by members of Media for the 99 Percent on your social media profiles. You can also help by making a financial donation so the coalition can pay its freelancers for their hard work during this event.

http://supportyourmedia.razoo.com/story/Media-For-The-99-Percent

Related Reading:

OWS Sustainability To Host May Day Teach-Ins

http://www.care2.com/causes/ows-sustainability-to-host-may-day-teach-ins.html

Occupy The Courts Protesters Seek To End Citizens United

http://www.care2.com/causes/occupy-the-courts-protesters-seek-to-end-citizens-united.html

May Day Belongs To The Workers And Their Songs

http://www.care2.com/causes/may-day-belongs-to-the-workers-and-their-songs-come-sing-along.html

Read more:

general strike http://www.care2.com/causes/tag/general-strike ,

may day http://www.care2.com/causes/tag/may-day ,

occupy wall street http://www.care2.com/causes/tag/occupy-wall-street ,

ows http://www.care2.com/causes/tag/ows ,

progressive media http://www.care2.com/causes/tag/progressive-media ,

the media consortium http://www.care2.com/causes/tag/the-media-consortium

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/progressive-media-outlets-pledge-coverage-of-may-day-protests.html#ixzz1tRBxEZAg

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[-] 4 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

I have written three letters to my local newspaper, The Asbury Park Press, which is part of The Gannet Group, and covers Monmouth, and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, and has a circulation of approximately 100,000. In those letters addressed to the President and Publisher, the Editor V/P of News, and several other departments, I have complained of their lack of coverage on the discontent in this country, and in the Occupy movement in particular. In fact in one editorial, they criticized OWS for being "disruptive", and then went on to say the 99% would be better off without them. Soon after that BS piece, I fired off my first letter defending OWS. I have told them that there are no Edward R. Murrows there in their newsroom, and in general I have challenged them to do a better job, all to no avail. Anyway, I have decided to share my third letter to them with you. Admittedly, it is sarcastic, but after having seen nothing change, I felt they deserved this kind of letter. I also included DK's top link here. I have left out my name, and the editor's name on this post, but other than that, it is verbadim. So here goes.

Dear Mr........,

I thought that you might be interested in the below link. Please pay special attention to the question: Do you trust corporate-owned media......? ..lol... COM seems to be in a real quandry. Their corporate benefactors who are most interested in dumbing down Americans (read Chomsky's Media Control) are now in the position of becoming victims to a population that has awoken, and is rejecting their biased slant big time. And let's not even talk about journalistic integrity this time, OK?! Please note though that I only play a very small roll in exposing that bias. The young people are the ones who deserve the most credit by far.

                  Sincerely, ................

PS Imagine my embarrassment when I had to buy one of your papers to get these email addresses.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Love it. Wish more would take the time and do the same.

[-] 7 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

We should promote either letters like these for the managing staffs, or letters to the editor that appear in the newspapers, and then post them here as threads. We could reach a much wider audience then. I don't know if this paper would put one of my letters in the paper anymore, though. :-)

[-] 5 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I always try to stress communications are essential and there are so many ways to do it in this modern world of ours.

[-] 5 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

Yes, agreed there are many forms of communication, but many of the people we are trying to reach out to are still connected to the traditional forms of media. That's why they live in a world of sound bytes, and catch phrases, and that is also why we have to go into that sewer in particular, and try and pull them out before they drowned in shit.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well if nothing else it could just be cathartic and who knows might pry open an eye or two.

[-] 5 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

I think that it could be even more than that, as many of us felt isolated before coming here.

[-] 5 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Oh very true. I am so happy to see all of the public gatherings as they can reach the common non tech individual and spread the word. Community is also all encompassing.

[-] 4 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

Yes, it is very heartening to me to see those gatherings. In Central Park, there was a group of people that were there with a bunch of literature and posters denouncing the Islamophobia that is going on. They were quite obviously not Arab or Muslim though. I asked them about it, and they said they were there in support of their Muslim neighbors in Queens. That was very touching to me.

There is a real nice mom and daughter that hand-made a beautiful big Occupy Town Square banner, and they asked me if I would help carry it on May Day. I felt honored that they asked, and of course, I will.

[-] 5 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Good man - did I say that you are a likeable individual? Well in case it slipped my mind ( real possibility ) you are.

[-] 4 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

Don't think the trolls would agree!

[-] 5 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

No taste - should not be used for filling. {:-])

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

banana and celery are both cheap and could bulk up a pj sandwhich

apple too

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

Yes, that was a helluva amount of bots for that. If it would make you feel more comfortable, I could start botting you down all over the place. lol :-)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

What???? and remove my chance to preen? I'm shallow I will bask in my false glory while I may. The board will reflect sanity soon enough as the trolls figure out that their strategy backfired. In the mean time I "must" bask.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

Not for long though as we do not want to become victims of our own success.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Dude. I don't feel as light headed as I did before. But do me a favor if you want to make an immediate improvement vote down the comments on the best comment board - help us return to reality.


[-] 1 points by Odin (1713) from Island Heights, NJ 0 minutes ago

There, I justed botted you down intentionally, just to keep your ego in check my friend. :-) I'll make it up to you though. ↥like ↧dislike permalink

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

OK, I will do that.

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8655) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

I could not even get my stuff on Occupy Phoenix site, but will write, we have a free trade paper, many do, they do the best coverage of most things in the valley, it's "The New Times"

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/

they are in many cities and may give us the most coverage already

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

Are they an independent? On a national level, the Huffinton Post has given us good coverage for the most part. As far as web sites go, Democracy Now, and especially Truth Dig are the best. I got some bright green paper, and made a ton of copies of stuff Occupy Town Square sent me. Anyway there lit is on the outside, and my own personal appeal is on the inside with a commentary geared for the mainstream. Each page is folded in half like a little book. Surprisingly it turned out really well. Then on a regular basis, I drop 2-4 copies off at super-markets, and convenience store shopper ad stands, as well as the library. It's fun and it gives me the feeling of being a little crazy. ;-)

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I like that kind of crazy.

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

There are just so many ways to keep the heat on, and we all should constantly be looking to do more. Like I said, some of it is even fun.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Like I said before - I like your attitude. ( if I didn't I should have by now )

[-] 2 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

Thanks again. I think it is important to build up good alliances, and I stress that with people out in the field/streets. I unfortuanately also believe there will be some dark days along the way, and that is when these friendships will be most needed. We have to be there for each other, plain and simple.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

You sir are absolutely correct. Things will get more stressful as we move forward because the attacks on the movement will continue to rise as we have more success. Yep like a healthy community we need to band together in support.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8655) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

I hadn't been reading them, but they have done good stories on Sheriff Joe, I looked a little more, as a advertising based paper, seems reluctant to cover OWS in as balanced way as I had hoped, better than main paper here, but not as good as hoped for, maybe more receptive to letters though, nothing in it worth doing what your doing there with Truth Dig, if you google might be one near you, I saw several, "New Times". Lots of "free" news stands around, good spot to put stuff from web maybe, good ideal

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

I am in Occupy Town Square,facebook and a web site, not Truth Dig. They are an OWS affintiy group which has pop-up events around NYC to reach out to the mainstream. I will be carrying their banner along with another guy from Union Square to Wall St. I cannot lose that banner by being arrested though as it was painstakingly hand-made by a mom and her daughter. They have entrusted it to me which I feel honored about. I wrote those titles down, and will get to them later. Thanks.

One of my daughters just texted me. "Have fun in NYC today. Please don't get arrested." I can't help, but see the irony in that. Isn' it suppose to be the other way around?? ;-) Too bad she is a public defender in Alaska. I could really use her here! lol

[-] 1 points by factsrfun (8655) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

damn I'm getting old your dad fell in nam, but you got a daughter with a JD? I guess so, I am old, I just missed that one, too young, no body got arrestted here that I have heard of, I am active on another front again people depend on me to not get arrested, so I do keep my head down a bit

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

My Dad didn't fall in Nam. He died when i was 15 though. What's a JD? My one daughter is a public defender in AK. Occupy Town Square facebook will probably have the picture of me and another guy holding up the banner by tomorrow maybe, although you cannot see me too well as the banner is in front of most of me. Other groups of OWS people in the country have contacted OTS for advice in setting up their own OTS. One group i know is in Minneapolis. That is really promising. It was really cool that although i showed up a little late, i positioned myself with the banner in front of a light at the night outdoor GA, or speak-out that was like an outdoor ampi-theatre, and when members of OTS looked up, they suddenly saw the banner. They were happy, and proud to see their banner on display there. Below link is a comment i made to GK highlighted about the day. http://occupywallst.org/forum/money-power-and-wall-street-dont-miss-it/#comment-724131

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

In my day ( growing-up ) JD stood for juvenile delinquent.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

In my day too....i just forgot, thanks

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

No prob.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8655) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

my mistake, I misread some of the inauguration story I think, JD is a law degree, or at least I thought so, hope you make the photo or film that’s always cool, remember looking for myself on all the channels when Bush came to town , but only the Spanish speaking channel even bothered to mention the 400 or so we had there, the others were all at some empty lot with about 20 people, anyway it is cool to be there, I got on NBC when I went to see Kerry once, I still have that, on tape I think

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

There were many people who took a picture of the banner that i was carrying along the march,at Union Square, and at the GA/speak-out in the park by the East River. I assume that some of the photographers were professionals working for different news agencies, but i have not seen any pics showing up so far. I am not surprised though that my local paper, The Asbury Park Press (circ. 100,000 plus) has not covered any of the May Day protests anywhere in the world. Part of our job is to make people realize how the corporate-owned news media has a biased slant in its efforts to keep us dumbed down. The young people in particular are well aware of this paradigm. NBC, cool...you're famous, or 'they' may see it as being infamous! :-)

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8655) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

it was just a small group that went down to see himm off during the primaries, and they showed it when they covered the horse race that day, two things I remember him walking into the bathroom by himself when I was doing my business, and the time he took talking to the vets that showed up, something about those that have served, esp. in times like he did, anyway if he wasn't being sincere he sure fooled me, might of been a little easier to do that back then

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

It was amazing to me how the repubs were able to screw Kerry for his Viet Nam service with their Swift-Boat commercials.

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8655) from Phoenix, AZ 2 years ago

how many fell for it, I remember talking to a lady with two sons servering, I asked her about Kerry's medals, what she thought she said he didn't earn them, and I ask about Bush being AWOL and she didn't have anything to say, now I read the report on one of Kerry's medals, (I am grateful I never had to kill for my country), as well as Bush's evals and Bush was AWOL and Kerry did earn it, those are facts

The saddest part was how even the brothood of vets proved weaker than partism

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

It all shows how people can be easily swayed by a dishonest PR campaign. I'm also grateful I never had to go to war either.

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[-] -3 points by takim (23) 2 years ago

the asbury park press is a left leaning paper.

[-] 4 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

No, it is a neoliberal leaning paper, as most of the corporate owned news media are

[-] 1 points by Marlow (1141) 2 years ago

the media is now the Old 'Hearst' monopoly on Information being used by the powerful for personal advancement.

.. Same thing with our elections.. all Marketable Spin. No real choices.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Did you hear the joke Kimmel made at the White House Press Dinner?

He was teasing Michelle.

" I see that American's really do need to get in shape. I mean it used to be that when you saw or heard about a protest - it was a March. Things have gotten so bad that I guess today that they Occupy."

Right in the middle of the News Blackout Crowd. Funny.

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

Yes I agree. Hearst and DuPont were also instrumental in having hemp/marijuana criminalized because of their interests in pulp, and synthetic materials.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Jimmy Kimmel made a joke at the White House Press dinner.

Kidding Michelle a bit too.

Yeah I've noticed that Americans really need to get in better shape. I mean it used to be when you had a protest you would march - these days they occupy.

[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

LOL!!! I love this thread, so far almost no trolls!

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I would have loved to see the faces in that room when that one landed.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

Hell yeah.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

I'm still laughing.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yeah Kimmel is kind of a jerk in his usual comments about Occupy. But this one got on prime time in the middle of the Blackout Crowd's Dinner at the White House. Priceless.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (21410) 2 years ago

Great post, DKAtoday.

Solidarity to occupiers everywhere for May Day 2012!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Thank you BW - Love your enthusiasm tonight - it is infectious - I hope it is viral too. {:-]) Good Night and have a great May Day.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (21410) 2 years ago

LOL. It's going to be a great day.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I do believe.

[-] 2 points by Revolutionary (263) 2 years ago

Humane cause is bound to succeed.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

As long as we keep the pressure on.

[-] 2 points by Revolutionary (263) 2 years ago

Of course we have to keep the pressure on at all costs.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well that is no problem as long as we keep doing what we are doing. Man they are running around furiously like ants when their hill has been kicked over.

[-] 1 points by Revolutionary (263) 2 years ago

You may not believe that those who are going to benefit from the success of this movement are against us.I am not referring to people but to other (approved) entities.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

That is the point. There are those who can not see the benefit of a healthy and prosperous world for all, as it does not fit their perspective nor their training - it is beyond their comprehension. That is also a part of these movements - promoting education - awareness.

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[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

Wow, thanks for the links. Terrific!

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

No prob. did you see the Kimmel joke^ ? At the Press Dinner.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

No, I didn't. I don't have a TV and so I watch stuff on the net. I'll look it up.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I just wonder what the scattered reactions were to the verboten subject. Occupy came to dinner at the White House Press Dinner. Funny.

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

Thanks, I saw above. Yeah, wow, someone said the unspeakable! I'd love to see their reactions!

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Think they will invite Him back?

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

NO.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

They can't take a joke. laughing...choke...sputter...HaHaHoHEhehewhooo

[-] 2 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

No 'tv', but you still capitalize it GK. What's up with that? At least your mind is unpolluted. :-)

[-] 2 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

I don't know, I just struggle enough with the mechanics of the written word that these things often get by me. I have dyslexia.

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

I was just kidding. You make up for any deficiencies with a wonderful mind.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 2 years ago

Thanks Odin.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4464) 2 years ago

Hi DKA, Excellent. Thank you for your effort.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Happy to contribute in what ever small way I can. I like sharing.

Thank you for yours and your dependability in supporting a good cause.

[-] 1 points by lberkayas (1) 2 years ago

and then there's media for inspiration. Spoiler alert: he's still angry. [ Hitler reacts to MayDay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhq_wbq_H44

[make sure you click on CC to see captions]

[-] 1 points by Marlow (1141) 2 years ago

Your Efforts are appreciated... M.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Thank you. I have missed you, thanks for stopping in. {:-])

[-] 0 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Any action in your neck of the woods tomorrow? In mine (PDX), the news is showing endless loops of skirmishes and "violence" from last fall, and the newly planted grass in our park. The message is they are gearing up for "more trouble." Idealistic twenty-somethings with signs! Let's put out tons and tons of peace Karma!!

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (34909) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

May Day is generally a well attended event in these parts. So yeah I expect activity. It is going to be a great Day.

[-] 0 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

Happy thoughts.