2014 is going to be the most mischief-laden, contestational year in the entire history of years so far—for us at least: this month, we finish the Action Switchboard. (That’s why we’ve been bugging you for donations.) Here’s how it’ll work:
Suppose you live in New York. Suppose you’ve just elected a new mayor, one Bill de Blasio, who clearly wants to do the right thing, but needs public pressure to help him. You’ve got an idea for that, but: Is it good enough to make a big splash? Will it land you in jail? And where on earth can you find those three circus clowns?
No problem. We can help you brainstorm your idea. We can give you unofficial legal advice, and we can put you in touch with people who can help you make a great video. We can even help you find three circus clowns.
That’s the Action Switchboard: a tool that will enable veteran Yes Lab facilitators to connect hundreds of activists every year with our database of volunteers and organizations, and to otherwise assist them in pulling off useful shenanigans that align with specific progressive goals. After we make sure it works right, we’re going to make it available to everyone.
The donations we’ve been haranguing you for will:
What kind of projects can we expect the Action Switchboard to generate? Well, of the twenty projects the Yes Lab has worked on since 2011, thirteen of them were carried out by independent activists who just needed a little brainstorming help, legal advice, video or writing assistance, and (in one case) three circus clowns. That’s three projects each year; with the Action Switchboard, that could easily go up to dozens—meaning loads more attention for vital issues.
Sometimes we all need a little extra motivation to part with our hard-earned dollars. So we’re offering something special (to you, or to the Yes Men fan of your choice!) in return for support:
The Action Switchboard (www.actionswitchboard.net) has the capacity to dramatically increase the number of creative direct actions supporting progressive goals. Please help us make it a reality!
Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno
PS. To donate, click here.
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