We now have a name and a Mission Statement for GROW, just 3 steps away from launching this pro-citizen, anti-corporate-control group.
Here is the Mission Statement:
“We are a group of American citizens, united to ensure the continuation of our democracy, which is now imperiled by corporate influence and interference in our government.
We stand against the corrupting power of corporate money — money that mutes our voices. We insist that the voices of grass roots America be heard.
Our mission is to unite our country against corporate abuse of our democracy and to make sure that our government is responsive to us — our families, our neighbors, our fellow citizens.
We urge all Americans — of any political party — to join us in this one goal: “A government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
There are only 3 basic steps remaining until GROW is truly operating as an activist group:
Step 1: Discuss and agree on a specific agenda
Step 2: Discuss and agree on what the first protest will be.
Step 3. Set a date and launch the first protest.
This post is dedicated to Step 1, discussing and agreeing upon an agenda. There have been some discussions on this already so to kick this off, here are some sentiments that have already been expressed:
a. The focus of GROW should be on fighting and reversing the SCOTUS ruling.
b. Corporate control of the MSM and election finance reform may be additional and/or secondary focuses.
c. Protests could be visual and humorous/satirical to be more attractive to the media for broadcasting and to encourage people to share with others in hopes of bringing more attention to the issue and the group. They could be designed for both groups and individuals to perform simultaneously, wherever they are in the country, to give the appearance and impact of a national protest.
d. Press releases would be sent out to local and national media, notices could be handed out and posted on walls, telephone poles, etc. at the location where the protest is to occur before the protest.
e. A YouTube channel would be set up for GROW to display videos of it protests and for videos created by members.
f. GROW would network with other pro-citizen/anti-corporate-power websites and groups, to support their efforts and sites in turn seek their support on GROW’s protests and growth.
g. “Corporations Are People Too! “and additional Dr. Suits parodies could be created and shared “liberally” to help promote the sentiment and the group.
Again, these are just some of the propositions that have been suggested (all that I can remember right now!), nothing has been decided upon yet. All ideas and suggestions are sought, don’t worry about proposing something that would replace or conflict with any of the above, let’s get all the ideas out there to have the best selection to choose from. Once we’ve discussed this, we can vote to determine what a majority supports and this step will be completed.
Looking forward to all of your thoughts, ideas and suggestions on this!
Email from Sen. Leahy re the SCOTUS decision:
Email from MoveOn re:Fair Elections Now Act
Hey, have you guys heard about “The Coffee Party”? It seems to me there may be some symbiosis between it and GROW.
Hiya What’s! Yes, it’s gotten some considerable press here. I’m still uncertain what exactly they want to see happen though. In general I like the idea and LOVE the name!
Hey there, Cher!
Step 1? Make government bribes a federal offense. Campaign money is expected, but lobby dollars are illegal. In fact, any unreported money, products, and promises (i.e. being promised a board position after retirement) are totally illegal.
Interview with Michael Moore that shares the same thoughts of GROW –
I have still been in contact with Jonathan Schneider the person who produced the documentary. “Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington” email address email@example.com
In my last correspondence I sent him a link to the online petition to amend the constitution to stop corporate influence on our elections
Here is his reply to me.
Talking about using humor and satire to make a strong point, Funny Or Die’s parody directed by Ron Howard with SNL’s Presidents through the years, arguing for the consumer protection board to be legislated:
Adlib, what am I thinking right now?!
I will break in here and say: tostadas.
And with that I will bid the Planet a peaceful good night!
You are psychic!!! I’m a-scared!
OMG– Man, that’s freaky! It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.
Sleep well, dear.
Hmm…I can say that I posted my Larry King/Sarah Palin parody over there (and it has a 100% funny rating).
Wonder what else could be cross-posted there…hmmm…the possibilities are GROWing in my mind.
DING DING DING DING! And we have a winner!
I just did a Planet tweet for Grow. I will do them periodically during the day……………..
PlanetPOV Corp oligarchy, tired of it? Go to http://planetpov.com/2010/03/01/grow-the-specific-agenda-and-tactics/#comment-42784
Very cool! Thanks Sue!!!
PlanetPOV Corp are not people – SCOTUS ruling bothering you? http://planetpov.com/2010/03/01/grow-the-specific-agenda-and-tactics/#comment-42784
Another. I will not post them all but will do this periodically during the day. Maddow is having a tweet battle with Orin Hatch,
maddow Dear @OrrinHatch: http://is.gd/9CnhP I didn’t actually address your views, sir, just your misrepresentation of the facts.
about 2 hours ago via web
Sue and I discussed having a group of us “tweet” the same thing the same day. Can we see some hands go up to volunteer?
I know nothing about it either , but I did look at his site and will give it a go.
Are you a volunteer ,Cher?
No, Bito– I am not on Twitter and really would rather not be. It scares me. 😳
So, to figure out where we are on things, what does everyone here think about making the reversing of the SCOTUS ruling the initial/primary focus of GROW?
Please don’t hesitate to suggest something else though.
GROW could of course speak out against all the related issues of corporate domination but the proposition is that protests focus on one issue at the outset.
What about the style of protests? Satirical, visual and humorous to attract media attention to the cause or direct, earnest and passionate to make a more serious statement?
I agree that GROW’s initial focus should be on reversing the SCOTUS ruling.
I think that the youtube vid should be done next, but while working on ideas for that and doing that, Sue and B’ito’s twittering about GROW and advertising GROW wouldn’t be a bad thing right now, would it?
I’m very partial to Dr. Suits and WTS’s cartoon image, as it’s absolutely perfect, very clever, humorous and crosses all party lines.
I sort of think of Dr. Suits as GROW’s symbol.
And would it be a okay to run copies of the Dr. Suits article and then like they do on job fliers, instead of phone numbers to tear off, it would be the website address that can be pulled off.
The fliers could be placed on community boards at libraries, college campuses and grocery stores, or is that a bad idea?
We could draw more members to PPOV and maybe get some fresh new ideas.
As for the youtube vid, I do think that Dr. Suits should be the way to go, but that is totally up to AdLib’s discretion.
I can visualize a youtube vid, similar along what I wrote earlier as a suggestion, but agree that the corporations should be portrayed and not men in suits.
I wonder if there’s a way to use actual photographs of actual corporate buildings on Wall Street and somehow place them in a video but in a cartoonish way.
Oh, I can visualize it but cannot describe it.
But if a child could skip rope and then look at the building and no, the corporation cannot skip rope, and then a child lick an ice cream cone, and then look at the building, and no, the building cannot lick an ice cream cone, or ride a bike.
The corporate buildings should be made dark and foreboding, cold and scary like a nightmare, while the child is curious and bright and the mother is frustrated while answering the questions.
And then the men in dark robes or graduation gowns, when they appear and declare that corporations are people, too, that the play money floats around.
Or something like that.
Once the youtube is done, then I think we should flood every single site on-line, including newspapers, and of course, we would give the Planet POV address.
What do you think?
Am I way off base?
j’vaz, if this was ’72, I wold film it! The fliers on bulletin boards sounds good to me. I will make some copies and start leaving around during my travels.
You could even leave them at the CC.
Hope you are feeling okay today.
Isn’t the weather absolutely gorgeous?
75 degrees, clear skies and sunny!
All the snow on the mountains melted, but we have a chance for rain and cooler temps this weekend, so maybe we’ll see snow one more time before the heat hits.
Oh, I don’t know j’avaz, my Country Club is very exclusive. Not just anyone can be a member. 😆
No, that was what I was thinking. I have a few places I have to go in the next couple weeks.
Yes to making the SCOTUS ruling the initial focus of GROW.
I really like the idea of satire and humor (ridicule actually) as a form of protest, not to treat the issue lightly, but because I think it is effective and has the potential to get some media coverage, and is a good use of YouTube.
That’s where my ideas hit a wall– I can’t think of anything clever or funny. I leave that to the pros! (Wink wink, nudge, nudge.)
Another group has emerged but against health insurance companies –
Hi everyone – I have to say I HATE the name “Citizens’ Posse” because of the Posse Comitatus movement that thinks it has also been “deputized” to take the law into participants’ own hands. They savaged a county clerk here in CA some years ago, trapping her in her own garage and beating her because she refused to file their phony lien papers against public officials.
I think using that term, Posse, is just horrible and could indeed give rise to that kind of action by that kind of person. We do NOT live in a fully rational world!
I know what you’re saying. Maybe it can trick some teabaggers though…
Just barely better than “Citizen Mob”. I agree, it has a negative connotation of taking the law into one’s own hands.
Proving how important a name is in characterizing a group. Would anyone here want to claim membership in a “posse”?
C’lady, I had the exact same reaction!
Just came across this image which really says it all. Unfortunately, it’s from an artist and copyrighted I bet.
Love the “Statue of Limitations”.
I didn’t even see that– I stopped at the bar code. Yeah, that’s good too.
House of Democracy ….so right on!
Guillermo Bert is the artist and has obviously had similar thoughts. Maybe he’d be interested in participating in someway. At one time, he was Art Director of the LA Times.
A little OT but when I lived in Reno even if we had not heard about Burning Man for weeks before, we always knew when it happened because of all the extremely dirty cars. I cannot even imagine how they ever entirely get the dust out of their vehicles. Oh and there was also an unusual amount of VW vans in the vicinity.
Sue, it’s unbelievable. The talc from the playa is so fine it is impossible to ever completely get rid of. When we went, we stopped in Reno to shower off after the Burn. My son also does that.
In case you haven’t seen it, this is what the playa looks like (minus the cupcakes, usually!).
I am such a clean freak I could never even go out for a day. I am not so much that way overall but this particular brand of dirty, I just could not get in to. Especially in my cars. I have a friend who is Miss Priss to the max and she goes every year, go figure.
It’s strange. It doesn’t feel dirty or uncomfortable. It’s actually sterile. But I hear you.
I guess the idea of dust and how it can be stirred up just conjures bad things for me. We had a few dust storms up there and we never could completely get rid of the dust in the house. One we had was like a small tornado. We had the same thing on a beach at Kaanapali and the sand really stung. It blew everything in the vicinity all over the beach.
I was just washing playa dust off of some chairs yesterday.
I worry about that stuff sticking to everyone’s lungs.
My kids go every year and take the most incredible sound system with them. The speakers NEVER look clean again!!!
Hey Hopeington– we are both Burner Mom’s, huh? 😎
Forget about ever getting those speakers clean. I used to lend my kid things for the trip– no more.
Ditto, they wanted me to sit on these plastic lawn chairs and I just couldn’t do it that’s why I washed them!!
Do you ever ask your kids if they think about that stuff in their lungs?
Hopeington, it would be a waste of my breath. I might as well also tell them to drink lots of water especially if they take ecstasy, and then try to tell them not to take X.
The most I can manage are several admonitions and pleas to drive safely! And call me when you get there.
I know we can say nothing really, I was just wondering.
Ask them if they know the Nexus people that do one of the biggest and BEST sound tents. They might also be known by their Funktion One sound system.
Will do! Ask if your kids know anyone from Gigsville.
They said they know of them but don’t know them personally.
I’ll send my son on over to their camp next year. They can talk sh!t about us!!
Good sh!t that is!!!
Hopeington– very cool. My son doesn’t live with me, but I will definitely tell him about Funktion and Nexus!
What is all this “dust-up” about a little dust? I live in the Sonoran desert? Dust is away of life. Dust devils are common.
Playa dust is evil. I grew up in Santa Ana dust storms in Chula Vista CA. Sand has bigger particles and falls off and out of things.
Playa dust is a whole different entity. Coats everything and it was really difficult to wash off of a hard surface plastic lawn chair, I couldn’t get it all off no matter how many times I wiped it.
The Sonran is not sand. It is a very fine powder. Why anyone lives here is beyond me. 🙂
Living in it does sound completely nuts.
The stuff gets in between even the tightest weave in fabric. The residue seems to never leave. You always know if a cyclist has been there with their bike too. You can’t get the stuff off. Is the Sonran dust like that too?
I’ve never heard of that area.
I can’t compare, Hope, but it is very fine. We are often under pollution warnings for particulates with the least bit of winds. What desert is the Burning Bush held in?
Black Rock in Nevada. NO one lives out there on the playa.
It is finer than cornstarch.
I’ve never heard of the Burning Man but just googled it and read all about it and it certainly does not seem like my cup of tea.
And I’m a super clean freak, too, and there is just no way.
Like B’ito says below, we live in the desert and dust is quite common – dust storms, dust devils.
We live off dirt roads and we could open our windows yesterday, because we had rain, even though it was a bit chilly, it was nice to air out the house, but today, the dust is back so the windows are closed, yet the house still gets dusty.
And when we walk, people are such jerks how they drive like bats out of hell with no consideration of the dust cloud they make us breathe.
Adlib asked if we would collaborate on the twitter account the planet has, what do you say?
Sue, due to my “prior commitments” to the CC, I will have to see. Next appointment is next Wednesday. In the meantime, I will do some homework om it. I know nothing about it. Hope you understand.
I will get in there and figure it out. You take care of you and I will see what I can figure out. I will do some test tweets when there is an interesting column on here to see what happens.
Sue, A’ha, now I know a little something about it.
How to Twitter
Tell me where to start, what do we need to do? Make a list of media organizations? I will do what I can, just give me some hints, please.
Let me think on it. My thought was to twitter about our activist cause then give the website, you know
r u tired of corp interference,join us http://planetpov/grow activist.com
stuff like that. Catchy lines that will peak their interest and send them to our website. or to advertise a new blog on the site that has to do with our activist activities. you can tweet the same over and over because the lines go so fast.
Thanks, Sue, Would it help if 5-10 of us at PPOV sent the same message on a given day? I will do some more home work and sign-up. I need to get up to speed on this.
Good idea. When I worked for WFB we had a code of the day for communication with the branches via telephone on sensitive subjects. We could put the tweet of the day on the website for members and could have several go in and tweet it. kind of like a teaser in a commercial. you see the tease enough you finally search out the product.
I bookmarked the site tho, thanks
AdLib, and others– it just occurred to me that my son and his friends might be able to help with the video. They are a bunch of performance-type artists. (Hard to explain exactly what they do!)
May I suggest that you send them a copy of Dr. Suits and ask if they can do something with it? If they can do that vid you just posted, it might be great. Anybody’s thoughts?
Well, I actually do have an idea for a youtube vid but not sure I can explain it correctly or well enough but I’ll give it a shot.
Not sure anyone would want a child on the vid, but a child’s voice could be used in the background asking the questions about corporations being able to jump rope or ride a bike etc.
There could be a woman dressed like WTS’s cartoon wearing her hair tied up, and an apron etc and she could answer the questions.
In the background could be men in suits carrying satchels or briefcases stuffed with money – Monopoly money or play money that can be bought from 99 cent stores.
The men in suits could try jumping rope or riding the bike, and a small bike would be best – a child’s tricycle for instance, and as they try to jump or ride, money would shower down and out of their cases.
Then there’d have to be others wearing dark robes or dark graduation gowns that would be representative of the SCOTUS, and they’d be grabbing at the floating money and declaring the incompetent men in suits as people, too.
Or something like that, if that makes any sense.
It makes sense! Only I might suggest not having corporations represented as people.
Might be funny to have a kid smushing an ice cream, swinging a jumprope, etc. against a corporate building, (Citibank, B of A, WalMart, etc.).
I say we beg Cher to ask her son to have a go at it. If they can create the vid that she posted, they should be able to do Dr. Suits. Thoughts?
Hmmmmm. Let’s see, what can I ask for?
Ok, you twisted my arm! Once you guys figure out what you want to do, let me know and I’ll run it by them. It’ll probably cost me a brisket though.
Cher, if you and AdLiib both live in SoCal, is it possible to have a get together? It is his writing, his vision.
How about if we buy you a little something from the PPOV store?
Bito– exactly! Let’s let this percolate for a little while, and I really feel this is Adlibs baby.
Javaz– you are a sweetie– No need!! But I like the way you think!
Pretty good, j’avaz. A screenwriter is born!!
Those are all very relevant, BT!
May I add:
“Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins.”
Senator Edward M. Kennedy,
Nice selections. The Orwell quote especially resonates for me.
And just for fun let me quote Adelaide Stevenson
“I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.”
Good one, Hope. He was a quick wit.