Organizer's Toolkit - The 99% Declaration Organizer's Toolkit at The 99% Declaration http://www.the99declaration.org/organizers_toolkit The 99% Declaration Presentation <p>Doing a presentation on the 99% Declaration? The purpose of the presentation layout is to provide visual cues as you share The 99% Declaration with an audience or group.</p><p>Present as many or even all the Grievances to your audience as you wish.  Invite discussion if you like.  </p> <p>Be sure to end with the last slide that states our "Calls to Action." </p> <ul> <li>Register to Vote for Delegates </li> <li>Become a Delegate Candidate</li> <li>Contribute &amp; Get Out the Vote</li> </ul><p>Bring printed voter registration forms (<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/invite_friends" target="_blank">click here</a></span>) and ask attendees to fill out their information at the event and/or pass out flyers (<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/invite_friends" target="_blank">click here</a></span>) and remind them to register to vote and/or become Delegate Candidates when they return home. You can even bring extra voter registration forms and ask attendees to register friends, family and neighbors to vote. </p> <p><em><strong>Anyone and everyone can participate and help draft this historic document!</strong></em></p> <p>We do ask everyone to donate if they can afford to.  The more donations we have the more we can spread the word.  </p> <p>In closing, remind everyone of the website address so they can find your Candidate Public Profile, comment on grievances, register to vote and/or become a Candidate.</p> <p>Members on the site will also be invited to participate in future surveys on the Grievances to help the Delegates in the process of finalizing and ratifying the Petition.</p> <p>We hope this presentation helps in your outreach efforts.  We appreciate any feedback.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:52:00 -0700 Karlie Cole http://www.the99declaration.org/the_99_declaration_presentation Learn How to Use Social Media for your Campaign <p><img src="http://newsjunkiepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/1_social_media-356x336.png" height="240" alt="" width="250" style="float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></p> <p>Social Media can be an excellent way to get the word out about your campaign to be elected a Delegate to the National General Assembly - Continental Congress 2.0.</p> <p>You may remember all the buzz about Obama's success with social media in the 2008 election. This installment on the Organizer's Toolkit contains the links to info on the tools you need to get up to speed on using Social Media to connect with your constituents and get elected. </p><p><strong>Get Out The Vote!</strong> This is our most essential task. For this assembly to be legitimate, a significant number of people must vote in the election to confer credibility and support.  </p> <p>Social media can really help you to get the word out about your campaign and the 99% Declaration Petition to Redress Grievances.  There are many various options and you can use any or even all.  </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The 99% Declaration Site Social Media Tools</strong></span><br />We've worked to provide many social media tools on our site to help you get the word out. NationBuilder, a community organizing platform, underlies the 99% Declaration's website and it is very well integrated with both Facebook and Twitter.  This means that when people interact with the site, they are also asked to share what they're doing on Facebook, Twitter and several others.</p> <p>In addition, each page on the main site and the each of the candidate profiles have buttons to share to various other content sharing sites and via email. Reddit seems to have a particularly strong political crowd.  </p> <p>Start sharing your Candidate Public Profile every few days around the net right from your profile. Share the grievances (a few at a time), the plan and donation page, too. Email your profile with an inspiring paragraph or two about the historic and unprecedented things we are doing together and ask them to get involved and to share your candidacy and the 99% declaration with their friends, too. It's also really easy to use the "<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/invite_friends" target="_blank">Share the 99% Declaration</a></span>" page to invite friends.</p> <p>When you're hosting an event, add it on the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/events" target="_blank">site here</a></span> and with just a few more clicks you can add your event to Facebook as well.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Facebook</strong></span><br />Launch your own Candidacy Facebook Page. Pages offer far more to a campaign than a personal profile and are not limited to 5000 friends.You can do this very simply with the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.onlinecandidate.com/articles/political-campaign-ready-facebook-timeline" target="_blank">instructions here</a></span>, and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.epolitics.com/2012/03/07/time-for-a-change-facebook-timelines-for-political-campaigns/" target="_blank">here</a></span> or really <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.onlinecandidate.com/articles/political-facebook-pages-shortstack-review" target="_blank">jazz it up</a></span>. And here's another <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.epolitics.com/2012/03/07/time-for-a-change-facebook-timelines-for-political-campaigns/" target="_blank">link to the E-politics</a></span> site which has lots of useful information more specific to online political advocacy. </p> <p>For ideas on what to post on Facebook please visit the 99% Declaration Facebook Pages:</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/The99PercentDeclaration" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/The99PercentDeclaration</a></span><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/NationalGeneralAssembly" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/NationalGeneralAssembly</a></span> </p> <p>"Like" our Facebook Pages if you haven't already and you'll receive our posts in your newsfeed daily for fresh ideas.  </p> <p>When you're posting on Facebook, be sure to include a link or photo or video with your post because without it, your post does not get the "share" option and having others share your posts is important to getting the word out. Also, check your page regularly and reply to any comments as well.</p> <p><strong style="text-decoration: underline;">Twitter</strong></p> <p>Twitter is used a great deal by activists so even if you've never done it before, it might be a good time to jump in.  It's really pretty easy and you can simplify and speed up your social media posting if you <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://support.twitter.com/articles/31113-how-to-use-twitter-with-facebook" target="_blank">connect your Twitter account and Facebook</a></span>.  Tweet and it will automatically send that post to Facebook as well. </p> <p>For ideas on what to tweet, please visit the 99% Declaration Twitter account: <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/99Declaration" target="_blank">@99Declaration</a></span>  We also use the hashtags #99D and #NGA and #CC2.0</p> <p>Feel free to use any of the posts there as idea starters for your own posts and while you're there retweet a few of the tweets! </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Google</strong></span><br />If you find that you have a problem or something you don't understand or something new you want to learn, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank">Google</a></span> is your best friend. Type in the search bar just about anything like "<a href="http://www.google.com/search?ix=sea&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=How+do+I+generate+buzz+on+Facebook" target="_blank">How do I generate buzz on Facebook</a>?" or "<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.google.com/search?ix=sea&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=what's+a+hashtag" target="_blank">What's a hashtag</a></span>?"and it is near certain that someone is talking about it and has some good answers.  Of course, there may be some bad answers too but usually you can quickly find instructions for what you need help on.</p> <p>Want a tutorial? Type in what you're looking for on google search and hit enter. Then, click on video in the left hand panel and you'll have your chosen of mostly useful video tutorials as well. Here's a selction from the search phrase "<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&amp;ix=sea&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;ion=1#q=How+to+use+reddit&amp;hl=en&amp;prmd=imvns&amp;source=lnms&amp;tbm=vid&amp;ei=kXtuT4uqGoaUgweY8Ylr&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=mode_link&amp;ct=mode&amp;cd=4&amp;ved=0CAsQ_AUoAw&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&amp;fp=42b85fb4c71a8bb3&amp;ix=sea&amp;ion=1&amp;biw=1280&amp;bih=826" target="_blank">How to use Reddit</a></span>."</p> <p>Finally, rather than spend a lot of time reinventing a wheel of information that has been well discussed by others, here are some useful links to learn more about the use of Social Media in politics from <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://newsjunkiepost.com" target="_blank">NewsJunkiePost</a></span>. (They have a decidedly progressive stance and good information. Undoubtedly, <a href="http://www.google.com" target="_blank">Google</a> can find you similar sites for any sector of the political spectrum.)</p> <ul> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://newsjunkiepost.com/2012/01/31/progressives-guide-to-social-media-1-intro/" title="Progressives Guide to Social Media 1: Intro" target="_blank">Social Media 1: Intro</a></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://newsjunkiepost.com/2012/02/07/progressives-guide-to-social-media-2-reddit/" title="Progressives Guide to Social Media 2: Reddit" target="_blank">Social Media 2: Reddit</a></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://newsjunkiepost.com/2012/02/14/progressives-guide-to-social-media-3-digg/" title="Progressives Guide to Social Media 3: Digg" target="_blank">Social Media 3: Digg</a></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://newsjunkiepost.com/2012/02/21/progressives-guide-to-social-media-4-stumbleupon/" title="Progressives Guide to Social Media 4: StumbleUpon" target="_blank">Social Media 4: StumbleUpon</a></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://newsjunkiepost.com/2012/02/28/progressives-guide-to-social-media-5-twitter/" target="_blank">Social Media 5: Twitter</a></span></li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://newsjunkiepost.com/2012/03/05/progressives-guide-to-social-media-6-facebook/" title="Progressives Guide to Social Media 6: Facebook" target="_blank">Social Media 6: Facebook</a></span></li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:30:00 -0700 Karlie Cole http://www.the99declaration.org/learn_how_to_use_social_media_for_your_campaign Coming Together in a Movement of Movements <p>The 99% Declaration provides a rare opportunity to bring together the various organizations fighting diligently on behalf of critically important single issues in a potential "Movement of Movements" to garner widespread support for issues many of us agree need to be addressed and <strong><em>redressed</em></strong> immediately.</p> <p>The more our voices join together in unison, the more they will be heard.  At this time of crisis in our democracy, we must unite our disparate causes into a single effort wherever our interests intersect to quickly correct the course of our country and restore democracy <strong>BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE</strong>.</p> <p>Please invite the organizations you are involved in - it's easy with our draft letter.  Just copy and fill in or replace the information where appropriate and send!</p><p> <img src="/assets/pages/777/ContinentalCongress_Steps-JJR.png" alt="ContinentalCongress_Steps-JJR.png" style="vertical-align: top;" /></p> <p align="center">______________________________________________________________________________</p> <p> </p> <p>Date</p> <p>Name<br />Address<br />City, State, ZIP</p> <p> </p> <p>Greetings ______,</p> <p>Today, there is almost universal agreement that our nation is headed in the wrong direction for the 99% of our citizens. The 99% Declaration Plan offers a solution through our First Amendment Right to Petition the government for a Redress of Grievances. Sure, this has been attempted before, but never before has the Petition been drafted with input from across the nation and ratified by <strong><em>elected delegates</em></strong> from every Congressional District, the Territories, and the District of Columbia.</p> <p>The 99% Declaration Plan includes an unprecedented and historic election that will take place the weekend of June 1st to 3rd, 2012.  Voting is through a secure, auditable online voting system using e-ballots provided by Votenet Solutions, Inc. After the election, the 878 elected delegates, one man and one woman from each district, will convene a Continental Congress 2.0 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the week of July 4th, 2012, to finalize and ratify the Petition to Redress Grievances. The ratified Petition will be signed by the Delegates and presented to the American people during a rally at Independence Hall the afternoon of July 4, 2012.</p> <p>Once ratified by the delegates, the Petition will be served on all 535 members of Congress, the 9 members of the Supreme Court, the President of the United States and each of the political candidates seeking federal public office in the November 2012 general election. Candidates and sitting politicians will be asked to redress the petition, and their responses will be shared with the national voting public before November 6, 2012.</p> <p>Current Progress: There are twenty-one draft grievances currently listed on the 99% Declaration website (<a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/">www.the99declaration.org</a>) which were created using the suggestions, edits and comments of literally thousands of people. Our website includes various tools for everyone to participate in the process of drafting the grievances, voting in the election and/or serving as a delegate. These 21 suggested grievances and solutions will likely be winnowed down to around ten after also considering additional suggestions from all 878 delegates and their constituents.</p> <p>To date, ____ delegate candidates have registered (<a href="http://www.thenationalgeneralassembly.org/">www.thenationalgeneralassembly.org</a>) and are campaigning and working on their state delegation’s “top ten” grievances. Since November, we have raised funds and paid the voting company and the venue rental fee, and obtained all necessary permits and insurance.</p> <p>The Continental Congress 2.0 is a non-partisan movement and is designed to redirect our nation in a more positive way for the 21st Century. The government must recognize that there is a fourth, more powerful, branch of government: <strong>the American people</strong>.</p> <p>The 99% Declaration is not only unprecedented in its use of a national election run <strong><em>by, for and of the people</em></strong> rather than the government, it is also a rare opportunity to bring together the various organizations fighting diligently on behalf of critically important single issues in a potential "Movement of Movements" to garner widespread support for issues many of us agree need to be addressed and <strong><em>redressed</em></strong> immediately.</p> <p>My understanding is that your organization's mission statement revolves around ___________ which relates to draft grievance number ___ in the 99% Declaration. Here is the current text of that draft grievance: _______________________________. </p> <p>I am pleased to invite your organization’s members to register to vote in the election and participate in the drafting of the Petition on the website.  Please also invite your members to run as candidates in their Congressional Districts on the draft grievances they most support.  </p> <p>The more our voices join together in unison, the more they will be heard.  At this time of crisis in our democracy, we must unite our disparate causes into a single effort wherever our interests intersect to quickly correct the course of our country and restore democracy <strong>BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE</strong>.</p> <p>If this sparks your interest, please:</p> <ul> <li>Check out the website at <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/" target="_blank">www.the99declaration.org</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/" target="_blank">Review the grievances</a> and add your comments</li> <li>Register to <a href="http://www.thenationalgeneralassembly.org/voter-registration" target="_blank">vote for Delegate Candidates</a> </li> <li>Consider <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/delegate_requirements" target="_blank">running as a Delegate Candidate</a>  </li> <li> <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/invite_friends" target="_blank">Share with your members</a> and invite them to register to vote and run as a Delegate Candidates</li> <li>Show your support - <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/show_your_support_for_the_99_declaration" target="_blank">endorse The 99% Declaration</a> </li> </ul><p>I’d be happy to discuss this further with you and answer any questions you may have.</p> <p><strong>There IS a Solution!  WE are all part of it!</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em>(Signature)</em> </p> <p> </p> <p>(Sender Name)<br />The 99% Declaration<br />(sender email address or support@the99declaration.org)<br />(phone number if sender is ok with that)<br /><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org" target="_blank">www.the99declaration.org</a></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:13:00 -0700 Karlie Cole http://www.the99declaration.org/movement_of_movements Organize Locally to Build to the National General Assembly <p>The 99% Declaration election will require the participation of people and groups across the country to be successful. Thank you for your interest in working locally towards this important and historically unprecedented event! </p> <p>This toolkit provides guidance on how to organize in your local community, region or state, and how to implement successful campaigns that will move all of us closer to our long-term goal of real democracy in the United States. We invite you to use the suggestions and documents provided in this toolkit and to adapt them to your local needs.</p><p>To successfully put forward the final Petition to Redress Grievances will require the support of hundreds of thousands of people. Corporations, politicians and the media will resist our efforts, but the good news is that most Americans are with us! </p> <p>It is our collective job to reach out to everyday Americans and engage them with the 99% Declaration. This toolkit has a number of helpful and creative tools to help you do just that.</p> <ul> <li>The first step is to come together locally, to get organized and to educate yourselves about <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/plan" target="_blank">the plan</a></span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/" target="_blank">the grievances</a></span>.</li> <li>Next, work to educate the population in your local area and recruit people to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/join_by_state" target="_blank">join the movement</a></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/become_a_candidate" target="_blank">become a delegate candidate</a></span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/register_to_vote_for_candidates" target="_blank">register to vote</a></span>.</li> <li>Finally, mobilize people to support and vote for the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/delegate_candidates" target="_blank">Delegate Candidates running in your Congressional District</a></span>.</li> </ul><p>Check this toolkit for resources to hold events, send out local press releases, and more.  We are adding to the toolkit nearly every day.  If you come up with an effective new approach, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/contact" target="_blank">let us know</a></span>.  We'll add it and get your idea out to all of our members.</p> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 22:08:00 -0700 Karlie Cole http://www.the99declaration.org/organize_locally_to_build_to_the_national_general_assembly Invite Organization Advocates to Support Their Grievances <p>When a prominent local, state or national organization states its support for a 99% Declaration grievance and our effort to change our country's political system, this can educate its own members and also attract press coverage. You can encourage organizations to endorse The 99% Declaration and to run their own Delegate Candidates. </p> <p>Few things are more effective in building a large network of support than connecting with other already established groups or organizations in a "Movement of Movements". These groups have done the groundwork of building a following, so by linking in with their group, you gain access to a large number of already active people. And since the need for complete system change is at the heart of so many issues, there are likely many groups interested in the grievances of the 99% Declaration.</p><p><strong>If You're Already Part of a Potential Ally Group</strong></p> <p>If you are part of an existing organization that is interested in these issues, you may wish to bring a group together within the organization to work on the grievances and to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/delegate_requirements" target="_blank">run Delegate Candidates</a></span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/the99declaration/pages/84/attachments/original/99D_Voter_Registration_Form.pdf?1330301087" target="_blank">register voters</a></span>.</p> <p>One way to start is by educating people in your organization about the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org" target="_blank">99% Declaration</a></span> and the<em> </em>related grievances, and by explaining how these are linked to your organization's primary focus.</p> <p>For example, if your organization is a labor union, you can discuss <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/grievance_9_jobs_for_all_americans" target="_blank">Grievance 9: Jobs for All Americans</a></span>. If you are part of an environmental group, you can ask them to support <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/grievance_7_protection_of_the_planet" target="_blank">Grievance 7: Protecting the Planet</a></span>. All the grievances are connected and inter-related as well, so you can discuss how the whole system needs to change with single issue organizations as well.</p> <p>Once people in your organization understand why these issues are important and relevant to them, suggest forming a new committee, broadening the activities of existing bodies, or otherwise integrating the 99% Declaration grievances into the work of your organization. You can also suggest that your organization consider <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/delegate_requirements" target="_blank">running a Delegate Candidate or two</a></span> to help ensure their grievance makes it into the final Petition to Redress Grievances.</p> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 21:43:00 -0700 Karlie Cole http://www.the99declaration.org/invite_organization_advocates_to_support_their_grievances State Coordinators <p>Hi all, each state must elect or appoint a state coordinator to hold weekly conference calls with the delegate candidates. Please contact me with the name and email contact with your state coordinators.  You may be a delegate, voter or volunteer to hold this job.  We need to register voters, fill empty seats and work on each state's top ten grievances. </p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 06:03:56 -0700 Michael Pollok http://www.the99declaration.org/state_coordinators The 99% Spring is on it's way! Your country needs YOU! <p><strong>Greetings patriots and revolutionaries!</strong><em><br /><br /><strong></strong></em>We've made so much progress!  The venue is paid for and more than half of the election costs are now covered.  Funding for the election of delegates is still needed and we hope to help Delegate Candidates more with their campaigns and travel expenses. Please help us if you can afford it. <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/donate" target="_blank">Donations may be made here through PayPal</a> or by sending a check through the mail to: The 99% Declaration, P.O. Box 190, Red Hook, NY 12571. Support the Delegate Candidates by <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/donate" target="_blank">donating here to the blind trust</a>.</p> <p><em><strong>Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work to change the electoral, tax, education, healthcare, economy and social system? </strong></em></p><p>We have a mere 82 days until the online polls open on June 1st and the election of delegates to the National General Assembly begins.  Between now and then we need your help to make this happen.  Therefore I am asking for volunteers to for the following positions which are open to everyone: delegates, voters and volunteers.  Obviously people with experience in the field of expertise will get preference.</p> <div><ol> <li> <strong>Delegate Hotel/Dorm Coordinator</strong>.  This person or persons will be responsible for calling the hotels in Philadelphia to seek discount hotel rates for our delegates who will arrive in Philadelphia the night of July 1st and stay until the morning of July 5th.  A good place to start is The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau at <a href="http://www.philadelphiausa.travel/" target="_blank">http://www.philadelphiausa.travel/</a> </li> <li> <strong>Fundraising Coordinator</strong>.  We are looking for a person with fundraising experience to form a fundraising committee to plan and organize online and offline events to raise money to pay for the election, helping delegates travel, hotel discounts and advertising, security, insurance, equipment rentals and miscellaneous expenses that arise. </li> <li> <strong>Venue Coordinator</strong>.  This person or persons should be an event planner to help with the day to day operation of the National General Assembly from July 2nd to 4th.  Responsibilities will include going to Philadelphia early to make sure the room will be set up properly and all of the equipment properly set up. This person will also be responsible for ordering the identification tags the delegates will have to wear to get into the convention and to post the security company we are hiring at the appropriate spot. This person or persons will also recruit volunteers to host the registration tables at the conference and help us run the event smoothly.  Attention should also be paid to delegates with any special needs.</li> <li> <strong>Security Coordinator</strong>.  This person will contact the approved list of security companies, explain our needs and then take bids so we can award the contract for the security at the convention. You will also be responsible for dealing with the police and security when the 878 delegates walk from the venue to Independence Hall the afternoon of July 4th for the press conference and rally.  The city has already approved the parade route and march permit.  They will be closing streets and providing a police presence. </li> <li> <strong>Delegate Volunteer Housing Coordinator</strong>.  Some of our delegates will not be able to afford even discount hotel rooms in Philadelphia so we need people in philadelphia to seek volunteers willing to house a delegate or two from July 1st to july 5th.  This job is best suited for a person who lives in Philadelphia and has a good contact list of people who might be willing to do this.</li> <li> <strong>Delegate Travel Coordinator</strong>. If we can raise the money, we will be assisting delegates in paying for the cost to get to Philadelphia.  Possibilities range from giving people gas money, to bus or plane fair and even chartering buses from state capitals. Carpooling can also be arranged by coordinating with the State and District coordinators (see below).  </li> <li> <strong>July Fourth Coordinator</strong>.  This person will assist Michael Pollok in planning the press conference and rally on the afternoon of July 4th in front of Independence Hall. Tasks include inviting celebrity speakers (the letters are already prepared, they just need to be mailed and have follow-up).  You will also be calling a list of vendors to invite bids to provide the stage and sound system for our speakers.  Additionally, you will make sure there is adequate water available and possibly invite vendors to come and sell food and other items during the rally and press conference on July 4th.  We will be having our rally across Chestnut street from the front of Independence Hall in the park near the Liberty Bell.  The permit for this event has already been submitted and approved. See <a href="http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm</a> </li> <li> <strong>Media Coordinator</strong>.  This person or persons will act as a booking agent to call radio stations and television stations to get our delegate candidates on air to talk about the 99% Declaration and National General Assembly. Should have experience doing this.</li> <li> <strong>District Delegate Coordinator</strong>. Every district should have one Coordinator to work with and assist the delegates in their voter registration efforts, fundraising and recruiting at least one man and one woman to fill the two seats in your district.  The District Coordinators will also assist the State Coordinators in their job (see below).</li> <li> <strong>State Delegate Coordinators</strong>. We need at least one person to be the Delegate Coordinator from each state and DC and PR.  So far we have State Coordinators for VA, CA and MO.  Some states with only two delegates like Wyoming or Alaska may not need a coordinator. This critical job has five specific functions: <ol> <li>Hold a <strong>weekly conference call</strong> with all the delegate candidates between now and July. During these weekly conference calls the delegates will plan town hall style meetings to take place in each district at libraries and other public places to meet constituents and register voters for the online election. </li> <li>Discuss weekly with the delegate candidates and work on your state's <strong>top ten list of grievances and solutions</strong>.  Each state delegation (including PR and DC) will be expected to submit a list of top ten grievances and solutions by no later than June 20th.  These 52 lists will then be compiled into one master list after removing duplications. This master list of grievances will then be voted on by the delegates during the two and one-half day conference in Philadelphia. This will be done by projecting each of the proposed grievances and solutions on giant screens and then holding electronic votes by all 878 delegates on each point.  Although the final number of grievances in the petition will be decided by the delegates, it is strong urged that the grievances not exceed ten or the message will get lost. The final ten points should be non-controversial issues that pertain to getting money out of our political system, abolishing corporate person hood, regulating Wall Street and the banks, reforming the political system so everyone has a chance to get on the ballot and all voters have equal access to the polls.  It is suggested but not required that the delegates stay away form social "wedge" issues that will not be supported by the majority of the 99% of Americans. It is our belief that, just like the founders of this country, a group of people can find ten serious problems in this country and agree that those ten issues should be addressed by the government FIRST. Remember, if this National General Assembly on corporations, politics and the economy is successful, other Assemblies will be held to address social and other issues. If we bite off more than we can chew here, the petition will not be taken seriously by the American people or the government.  But if the delegates write ten points that the public supports, the spineless politicians may be forced to actually do something despite the wishes of the their corporate masters. </li> <li>Discuss how to fill empty delegate seats (<a href="http://www.thenationalgeneralassembly.org/" target="_blank">http://www.thenationalgeneralassembly.org/</a>) in your state and<strong> register as many voters </strong>on our website as possible (<a href="http://www.thenationalgeneralassembly.org/voter-registration/" target="_blank">http://www.the99declaration.org/vote/</a>).  This is our most essential task.  For this assembly to be legitimate, a significant number of people must vote in the election to confer credibility and support.  Our goal is 250,000 but Votenet Solutions, Inc. the company we hired to run the online election, can handle any amount if need be. Without voters, it will just be another self-appointed GA.  We will have a voting system in place but we need you to help us reach out and sign up the voters.  You can sign other voters up by using our voter registration form (<a href="http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/the99declaration/pages/84/attachments/original/99D_Voter_Registration_Form.pdf?1330301087" target="_blank">click here</a>). All you need is to have that person give you his or her email address, home address in the district and signature.  You may then register those voters and mail the filled out forms to the address on the form in case of a challenge to the vote tally.</li> <li>Plan and hold fundraisers in your state to help the delegates pay for their trip to Philadelphia and hotel stays. You will work with the Delegate Travel Coordinator to make sure you state's delegates have a way to get to Philadelphia and back and you will work with the Delegate Hotel/Dorm Coordinator and Delegate Housing Coordinator to make sure they have a place to stay.</li> <li>Preparing press releases for your state and then sending those press releases to Michael Pollok for distribution using the press release service we hired.  Local and regional press release are free under our subscription but having a press release go out on the wire services costs between $400 and $600 depending how widely you wish it distributed.  There is also a 900 word limit before additional costs are incurred. Both State and District Coordinators are welcome to take advantage of this subscription service.</li> </ol> </li> <li> <strong>Volunteer Coordinator</strong>. This person or persons will get emails from new volunteers who sign up through our web page and will respond to find out where that person is and how best they can help one of the people holding the ten jobs above. </li> <li> <strong>Agenda and Delegate Voting Coordinator</strong>.  This person or persons will work with Michael Pollok to write the agenda for the three day meeting.  He or she will also help go through all 52 top ten lists to remove duplications and compile the final list of grievances to be voted on in Philadelphia.  This person will also help perfect the electronic delegate voting system we are working on so the delegates can efficiently vote on each proposed grievances. </li> <li> <strong>Entertainment Coordinator</strong>.  This person would work with The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (<a href="http://www.philadelphiausa.travel/" target="_blank">http://www.philadelphiausa.travel/</a>) to help delegates have fun and relax when they are not working on the petition for redress of grievances. There will be many exciting events going on that week in Philadelphia to celebrate Independence Day.</li> </ol></div> <div>This efforts must be a bottom up effort to succeed so now is the time to step up and fill these rolls. Our priority is getting people registered on our web page (<a href="http://www.thenationalgeneralassembly.org/voter-registration/" target="_blank">http://www.the99declaration.org/vote/</a>) and filling the empty delegate seats (<a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/become_a_candidate" target="_blank">http://www.the99declaration.org/become_a_candidate</a>) and then "if we build it they will come."  </div> <div> </div> <div>If interested in any of these jobs, send a short statement of interest with your qualifications to <a href="mailto:michaelpollok@the99declaration.org" target="_blank">michaelpollok@the99declaration.org</a>.    Time is short so please get these to me ASAP.  In your message, put the name of the position you are seeking in the subject line and also tell me any other job you are willing to fill.  Thanks for all your help so far and I look forward to working with you.</div> <p>And finally, remember to <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/invite_friends" target="_blank">invite your friends</a> to join in drafting this historic document and to <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/vote_for_candidates" target="_blank">register to vote</a>!<br /><br />Onward and Upward to Philly!<br /><br />Michael Pollok<br />The 99% Declaration<br /><a href="http://www.the99declaration.org">www.the99declaration.org</a></p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:43:00 -0700 Michael Pollok http://www.the99declaration.org/the_99_spring_is_on_it_s_way_your_country_needs_you Fire Up Your Campaign <p>Dear Delegate Candidates:</p> <p><span>Thank you for participating in drafting this historic document, <a>The 99% Declaration</a>, by, of and for the PEOPLE. Our country needs you!</span></p> <p><span>Read this post for the latest news and ideas to fire up your campaign...<strong><br /></strong></span></p><p><strong>Great news!</strong> We have paid the venue in full and just need to pay about $1,000 for insurance and then $3,000 for wifi and Internet connections.  We are working on getting discount hotel rooms and volunteers to put delegates <span class="il">up</span> for the week of July 2nd. We also need to raise $20,000 to pay Votenet to complete set-<span class="il">up</span> of our election for the weekend of June 1st, 2012 as well as to fund local media ads if possible.  If you can aid in this fundraising effort, <a href="https://the99declaration.nationbuilder.com/donate" target="_blank">please donate and ask others to contribute on the website</a> - even $10 multiplied by many Americans adds <span class="il">up</span> quickly.   <br /><br />Voting will be the weekend of June 1st, 2012.  Voter registration will close on May 24th to complete preparations for the online vote.  <em><strong>Work on the Petition with your constituents begins now!</strong></em>  <br /><br />Elected Delegates will convene online and by conference call to work to finalize the petition throughout June. We have the venue from July 2nd to the 4th to work on the <strong>Petition for Redress of Grievances</strong> that you will be writing.  It is our hope that you will be able to present your signed Petition in front of Independence Hall on the afternoon of July 4th, 2012, where we will also have speakers. <br /><br /><strong>Now is the time to <span class="il">fire</span> <span class="il">up</span> your campaign! Connect with your community and constituents!</strong><br /><br />1. Connect with the Candidates running in your state by going to the "<a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/view_delegate_candidates" target="_blank">View Delegate Candidates</a>" map. Start meeting weekly with all Delegate Candidates in your state in person or by conference call using Skype or FreeConferenceCall. <br /><br />2. Help recruit people for every empty Delegate seat in your state. Start by personally inviting someone of the opposite gender to run with you. We are now using NationBuilder as a base on our website to assign our hundreds of volunteers to fill the roles of State Coordinators to help you.<br /><br />3. Get the word out and register voters! Even if we have Delegate Candidates for every district, without voters, this effort will be a failure.  In addition to being by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE, we are running this online election because when we have substantial participation from the people it will add legal and moral authority to the Petition you create and ratify.  It will also allow us to sue the federal government to compel it to <em><strong>redress</strong></em>, not just address the grievances. If we can raise enough money, we will purchase local ads in districts where there is low voter registration. <br /><br />4. Start planning to host events in your community and/or to go out in the community to meet with constituents.  You can use the <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/invite_friends" target="_blank">flyers and/or business cards</a> about the 99% Declaration available on the website and use the <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/invite_friends" target="_blank">voter registration sheet</a> to collect the name, address, email address and signature of voters in your district. <br /><br />5. Using the 21 draft grievances in  <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/" target="_blank">The 99% Declaration</a>  as a sample, share and discuss the grievances and solutions for our country, online and at your events.  If history is any guide, the petition should contain between five and ten points or it will not be effective. Remember, just like in the first petition congress of 1774-75, you will be in a room full of people with very different and strong viewpoints. <em><strong>They did it back then and so will you!</strong></em> Work to find those five to ten points that the 99% of Americans can agree on, like removing the corrupting influence of money in politics, overturning Citizens United, putting Americans back to work, reforming the banking system, protecting the planet. Likely it will be best to stay away from controversial or social issues. We are seeking to restore democracy to the people and reign in corporate power because the politicians are unable or unwilling to regulate themselves.<br /><br />6. Use social media to get the word out.  Start a Facebook Page and/or Twitter account for your campaign. More resources, ideas, instructions and tutorials will be available on the website in the "Organizer's Toolkit" later this week. Meetup and Facebook events will be integrated into the website shortly to get the word out about your events in your local communities. <br /><br /><em><strong>Watch your email for regular updates!</strong></em>  <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/contact" target="_blank">Contact us</a> and let us know what you need. We have hundreds of volunteers waiting to be assigned tasks so please meet with your fellow Delegate Candidates and State Coordinator when assigned.  We will be utilizing the resources of the internet, our website and social media extensively to aid in our efforts to connect across the United States.  <br /><br /><strong>Thank you for your service to our country and let's get to work!</strong><br /><br /><em>Michael S. Pollok</em><br /><strong>The 99% Declaration</strong><br />Dated: 2/27/12<br /><br />P.S. If you have registered to become a Delegate Candidate and do not see your Public Profile on the site, you likely need to complete the 2nd step to add your Public Profile.  <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/candidate_login" target="_blank">Login</a> and then go to <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/manage_my_candidate_account" target="_blank">Manage My Candidate Account</a> to find the 2nd step and add your Public Profile.  <br /><br />If you have any problems/questions, please don't hesitate to  <a href="http://www.the99declaration.org/contact" target="_blank">contact us</a> .  We are dedicating to ensuring that everyone who wants to run as a Delegate Candidate is v isible on the website.  We will work with you to ensure that is accomplished. </p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:54:00 -0800 Michael Pollok http://www.the99declaration.org/fire_up_your_campaign The 99% Declaration Talking Points for the Media <p><em><strong>Here are some media interviews that have been done and can be reviewed by Candidates to help conduct interviews with the media:</strong></em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://tunein.com/tuner/?ProgramId=306655&amp;TopicId=37374172&amp;" target="_blank">Michael Pollok on removing corporate money from politics on the Dr. Helen Caldicott "If You Love This Planet"</a> </span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://cdn3.thomhartmann.com/sites/default/files/The%2099%20Percent%20Declaration%20whats%20next%20for%20OWS%20022312.mp3" target="_blank">Michael Pollok on Thom Hartmann</a></span></p> <p>Click read more below for some video.</p><p><span>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDgc1sxWIE4&amp;t=52s</span></p> <p> </p> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:19:00 -0800 Michael Pollok http://www.the99declaration.org/the_99_declaration_talking_points How to Start a Movement <p>Doing outreach in your community for the 99% Declaration?  Have the courage to be the lone nut! And embrace your first follower....</p> <p>Watch this for some humorous inspiration!</p> <h1><span class="notranslate" id="altHeadline">Derek Sivers: How to start a movement (just 3 minutes)</span></h1> <p><object height="374" width="526"><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="movie" value="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="bgColor" value="#ffffff" /> <param name="flashvars" value="vh=288&amp;&amp;ap=0&amp;vu=http://video.ted.com/talk/stream/2010U/Blank/DerekSivers_2010U-320k.mp4&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/DerekSivers_2010U-embed.jpg&amp;vw=512&amp;" /> <embed allowfullscreen="true" src="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="374" flashvars="vh=288&amp;&amp;ap=0&amp;vu=http://video.ted.com/talk/stream/2010U/Blank/DerekSivers_2010U-320k.mp4&amp;su=http://images.ted.com/images/ted/tedindex/embed-posters/DerekSivers_2010U-embed.jpg&amp;vw=512&amp;" pluginspace="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" width="526" bgcolor="#ffffff"></embed></object></p> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:00:00 -0700 Ted2010 http://www.the99declaration.org/how_to_start_a_movement