Last year, I put a post up to solicit funds to travel and see a rock concert. I received $800. This week I put up a post to solicit funds and equipment for job hunting and Occupation existence. So far, I've received nothing. Thank you. Or no thank you. For all of the lively comments I receive on this blog, it's amazing to see what happens when people are actually asked to act on their convictions. "Oh, involved? No, I just make comments on blogs and forums - and I Tweet", speak the conventional wisdoms "And I like, stuff on Facebook", they say. And if I get another Farmville or Mafia Wars invite, I'm gonna spit.
And this goes on inside of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) as well. For all the paper activism and armchair quarterbacking I witness at OWS meetings, it's amazing to see who doesn't show up when it's time for the rubber to meet the road at rallies and demonstrations. Occupiers - name the three most vocal and most disruptive people at OWS meetings...tick tock, tick tock...that took a 1/2 a second. Now, tell me if you saw them at Saturday's D17 reoccupation exercise in Duarte Square. "Nope", me neither.
And that tends to happen here as well. All sorts of people want to tell me what a lovely public service I'm providing, but when it comes to them joining in and helping, silence seems to be their loudest cry. "We'll support, so long as it doesn't cost us anything". The road to nowhere is indeed paved with excellent intensions.
So to restate: To continue Occupying and continue working to change the system from within the system, I need your support. Support in the form of donated equipment and cash. Please take a look at the hit list here and see if you can contribute. Hopefully you can.
1) For the complete pitch, click here.
2) To donate a laptop computer, click here.
3) To donate an unlocked iPhone, click here.
4) To donate cash, click here.
This week is Christmas. I live in a church on W. 86th St. and there's certainly no shortage of holiday shopping going on in that neighborhood. I see the bags as I work on a display computer at the Apple store on 67th. The bags are very full. Please know that your friendly neighborhood Occupier is hard at work as well this holiday season and help insure that his week is as merry and bright as the future can hold.