~Proposal For An OWS Fundraiser Benefit Show And Overturning The Budget
Freeze To Allocate Money To Finance The OWS Fundraiser Benefit Show~
Occupy Wall Street; the movement for change, the first movement of the people in decades to
try to create a better world, is in a place that for the first time we must make an official call to the
people; the people of this nation, the people of the world and all those who physically, verbally
or ideologically support the movement to genuinely change the world and raise the standard of
living for all of humanity.
This movement, which has grown to international proportions and is known the world over as
Occupy, has met with great success. We raised the consciousness of humanity and changed the
conversation of the people
~But this is not enough.
*Only half of our work is done.
And at this time we find ourselves at both a crossroads and precipice
Because of the crackdown and move to quell this movement and with legislation like the
National Defense Authorization Act and HR347 we find the right to free speech, the right
to assemble, the right to dissent and the right to direct the actions and course of this nation;
~and wisely was the greater portion of OWS’z remaining budget placed into the bail-fund.
Occupy Wall Street has now been left with a general fund that is between $30 and $40 thousand
dollars and is estimated will last between 2 to 5 weeks.
This movement must stand
Mitt Romney was able to generate $11.5 million dollars in the month of February and $75
million dollars to date in his campaign fundraising and none of the candidates, none of the
presented candidates are talking about nationalizing organic farms, ending homelessness,
creating social, economic and ecological balance and genuinely raising the standard of living of
humanity and all life on Earth for life that is presently here and our future generations.
But, I know one group that IS discussing these things. It is OWS. It is we the people.
And what I propose is that we create and hold a fundraiser : A benefit event for OWS.
Whether it is held indoors or outdoors, (which I personally am partial to), here at Liberty Park,
Tompkins or Washington Square Park, can be determined here and now by consensus.
Indoors we would have to rent a venue unless we are able to procure a donor of a space suitable
for the event, but again; it is my personal opinion that an indoor venue lacks the inclusivity and
ability to incorporate passersby; which an outdoor event would most certainly have.
Whether it is an indoor or outdoor event, the fundraiser will incorporate speeches, music,
performance art, the breaking of bread, conversations, education and community.
~Indoors or outdoors, the fundraiser for OWS will come under budget of $4000.00.
This amount will cover the cost of venue rental / the cost of permits, a sound system, stage,
water, marketing and any production costs with any left over money being returned to the
It must be realized that Occupy Wall Street, this movement which has touched so many people
from all over the world, did so for a reason and it is because this movement is the embodiment of
the unification of the people in order to bring to fruition the hopes and aspirations of the people,
to create real change in this world for the betterment of all of humanity and life on Earth.
We as humanity can no longer settle when we know there is a better life on Earth to be had. It is
time for the people to stand together to take the power back and make this world what it can be.
Viva the revolution!
Long live Occupy!
Proposal by: Faith Laugier
OWS Comrade, Co-Host/Co-Producer of the OWS Radio Show on WBAI and
member of Class War