Hi fam! I've been Occupying Wall Street since October 12th, providing constant updates via Twitter and working within the occupation to lend my skills and to increase transparency and interconnection. I was arrested Tuesday, November 15th, during the evacuation of Liberty Square and was one of the only sources of live video and written coverage during that time.
I left my full-time job to join the revolution and while I can return to the working world, I'd much rather stay committed to Occupy Wall Street on a full-time basis. I plan to continue bottom-lining our livetweet coverage of all OWS General Assemblies and Spokescouncils, participating in PR and facilitation working groups, and participating in direct actions (and pledge, of course, to continue to be non-aggressive at all times in doing so). I may be arrested again if it is again a matter of defending our civil liberties.
I'd also like to increase my web presence by blogging and adding to the conversation around Occupy and the vast inequalities of wealth and voice we experience in the United States and around the world. While my primary contribution has been live and very detailed transcripts via twitter, I have much to add on the political theory and analysis side of things, and will be able to allocate more energy to that sort of thing if I can set aside my monetary concerns for a little while.
There are a few other things up my sleeve, too, but they'll take considerable planning and networking to make work. By helping me pay rent, you'll be helping me bring those things into being as well!
Ultimately, without your support, I will need to yield to existential realities. I will still participate in OWS as much as possible, but realistically, finding and maintaining sources of income will need to be scaled up dramatically, to the detriment of my focus on the movement.
So, please -- if you've benefitted from my work in the past, or if you wish to help enable me to continue to contribute to the movement full-time, please contribute whatever you can.
Lastly, and very importantly, there are many in need who are participating in #OWS, and many who make valuable contributions with no compensation. Whatever you decide to contribute to me, if you do, please consider (at least) matching that contribution in gifts to the movement or to other occupations. To give to the movement as a whole, which is very important, please visit OccupyWallSt.org, or the site of your local occupation. If you're not sure how to do that, please contact me @diceytroop.
Thank you very much for your consideration!
After consulting with numerous people, I've created the following plan. My initial goal is to raise enough money for three months (December, January and February). At that time, we can re-evaluate what we're doing together, and if it feels like folks want me to continue, i'll do another round of fundraising.
Here's the cost breakdown. I'll go into more detail about the reasoning for each expense below.
Rent: $625/month. (*3 = $1875)
iPhone data plan w/ tethering: $120 (*3 = $360)
Student loan payments: $300 (*3 = $900)
Food: $300/month (*3 = $900)
Unlimited metrocard: $108/month (*3 = $324)
3-month total: $4359
Because it would be nice to have a little more breathing room, and because it would give me some resources to get some other OWS projects off the ground (before they're ready to be Kickstarted or to get funds from GA), I'm going to set the goal at $6,000. Any excess at the end of February will carry over into the next three months' budget.
That works out to a potential annual funding of $24,000, which is a little less than half what I made before I quit my job to tweet the revolution.
RENT: $625/month - to many of you, especially if you've never lived in New York, this may seem quite high! And there are certainly less expensive rents to be had in New York, although not by a heck of a lot.
When I signed this lease, I was making more than twice the amount in this budget. That's the job that I left for the revolution. I'm happy to make less, although in New York, this is more or less just a living wage. But rent is the one big commitment I can't scale down until next August, when things may change.
However, there's a bonus! In addition to the bedroom my partner and I share, we have a smaller room that I'd been using as a studio. Now we're housing another occupier - a day 1 occupier, at that! - in that small studio room. So, you're actually helping a second OWS organizer to sustain herself at the same time!
IPHONE DATA PLAN - Because Internet access can be hard to come by, I've needed to add tethering to my smartphone data plan. This way, I can use my laptop rather than my phone to do livetweeting when I need to add additional resources, make edits, et cetera. It also lets me provide others with Internet access, so again, bonus!
STUDENT LOANS: I have a bunch! I don't have the math in front of me, but I have three regular loan payments per month. It's about $300 total.
FOOD: This is a budget of $10/day for food. This is the one area I may be overbudgeting, but let's see how this goes. $10/day seems pretty reasonable to me.
UNLIMITED METROCARD: This is an awesome deal, and it's going to just be silly for me to try to zoom around the city, livetweeting and covering events w/ photos and videos, without one. Normally it's $2.25 a ride. It only takes less than 50 rides to make up all that money, and I'm like as not to take 150 rides in a month. Having a monthly unlimited pass also lets me work around construction and other service disruptions by manually transferring train lines even when the transfer isn't free, without having to pay another fare.
Here's the rub, right? So here's what you can expect, as the terms of my "job":
* At least 8 hours a day of active OWS participation (though, if precedent is anything near prophecy, it's pretty much gonna be eat-sleep-occupy-repeat)!
* I'll continue to bottom-line @LibertySqGA - that means continued consistent livetweeting of all Liberty Square General Assemblies and Spokescouncils.
* I'll continue to livetweet, w/ video and photos, marches and other tense or interesting situations. The whole world can only watch if we're there to show it to them!
* Additional content on Tumblr (http://diceytroop.tumblr.com) and elsewhere
* Weekly accounting updates -- specific info on where your money has gone.
If you have ANY questions or concerns, please contact me: email@example.com . Or, you can always get me @DiceyTroop!
Donations are no longer being accepted. Thank you for your support!
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