Friday, December 28, 2012

For 2012, Thank You...

iTOMB Javiera (Chile) II 12.23.12

As the year softens to a close I look at the little painting above and all I can say is, "Thank you". Thank you all, for as long as I shall paint, I will never make a one like the one above. Look at the fire in that sky:-) And thank you Javiera. This one was made just days before Christmas and since then the rain has been bad and things just too cold to do any painting at all. So, this may well be the last great painting at iTOMB in 2012. And so be it. It has been a great year.

Since beginning as an activist vehicle for Occupy Wall Street, I Think Outside My Box (iTOMB) has seen an organic growth into a vehicle from which over 1200 artists have been inspired to etch their own thoughts on a little 3" X 3" canvas - all from a simple request, stated over and over by people watching me paint, that said "Hey, can I paint too?" And so iTOMB was born again - a place where everyone can have their shot at spontaneous self expression. A place where peace, and a little snippet of New York City skyway, can be a place of respite, of reflection and of creation. All wildly different. All widely original.

My thanks also to Ronnit Bendavid-Val and all the staff on The High Line - without who's gracious work and space, iTOMB would never have grown to the community project it has now become.

On Christmas Eve, all my painting supplies were stolen from the rolling mobile studio I use for iTOMB. It a bag, atop the cart, all paints, rulers, glues and all manner of gear with which we all use to paint were unceremoniously lifted by someone who thought they needed the stuff, or value, more than I - and maybe they did. But I doubt they will be put to use by so many for as much expression as I have seen this past fall at iTOMB. Should you wish to make a donation to help me replace supplies and to build an even more functional display space for the over 500 real artworks that have been entrusted to me, please find the PayPal button in the sidebar and help out with any amount.

And still I thank you. In 2013, I will work to make iTOMB a non-profit foundation and hope to see the concept spread from New York to as far as an idea will go. And with your help, I'm sure that's to infinity :-) Peace.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"What do I get if I win?"

iTOMB. Tala (Syria) 11.24.12  (not the girl described below)

"What do I get if I win?", the little girl asked as she sat down eagerly to paint her little square. "Well, nothing", I said laughing, "It's not a competition." - as her father looked reassuringly at me, smiling warmly as well at my answer. 

Yet so goes the state of education in America and dare I say, much of the rest of the world as I have seen it ... see the whole story here.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

iTOMB and NEST+m: New York's Premier K-12 Public School for Gifted and Talented Students

iTOMB - NEST+m, Anon 10.27.12
"Amor et reverentia pro scientia (love and respect for knowledge): It is our hope that every student works and lives by these words. - NEST+m is a New York City Department of Education city-wide coeducational school for Gifted & Talented students, grades K to 12. We offer an academically challenging curriculum designed to produce young scholars who are distinguished by their intellectual capabilities, communication skills, capacity for leadership, ethical values, and readiness to contribute to the betterment of the world at large.

And so reads the website of NEST+m. On October 27th, iTOMB was pleased to be a guest at the school bringing inspiration, freedom of thought and a boatload of cardboard and paint for student expression. Read and see the whole experience here.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

iTOMB: Tiny "Gates"?

One Tiny Gate: Anon.V. 10.20.12
My apologies the last few weeks all. Things became hurricane based for a week with no power and the High Line closed and they have been slow to return. Our collection of small paintings continues to grow and is now nearing 1000. Who knew? As thankful as I am to all the painters out there, I am more thankful to you for just making me feel like a king on a daily basis. Often I have said, that never have I had a job where people thank me for what I'm doing all day. My days at iTOMB are truly gratifying because of all of your spirits.

To read more about what makes it akin to The Gates", a massive art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Central Park in 2005 click here:)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

iTOMB Partners With the Pasos Peace Museum

David and iTOMB for the Pasos Peace Museum at the Riverdale Arts Festival
On October 14th, iTOMB began a new chapter in Interactivism by working with the Pasos Peace Museum to activate a new fundraising effort for the museum. Named, "Be the Change You Wish to See", the effort featured myself and iTOMB painting with children and adults alike for the afternoon at the Riverdale Arts Festival in the far North Bronx, New York. Working with museum board member Lisa Brandon-Colon the iTOMB concept was used to bring an interactive element to a festival that otherwise mostly consisted of displays of art with little chance to actually make any. "Your activity is great.", said Lisa and the afternoon produced more than 30 paintings, all brilliant in their own interpretation but more importantly, important because of the experience they provided their creators.

This Saturday I am pleased to bring iTOMB and our special brand of Interactivism to NEST+m, New York’s premier K-12 public school for Gifted & Talented students for a Halloween Festival - and don't think I'm not just a little scared, about letting NYC's best and brightest show me up just a little:-) Nah, but 500 smart kids can be a little spooky even without the costumes, right? Should you know of an event or organisation that could use the spirit, activity and creative fun of iTOMB, please let me know. As Frankenstorms approach and the weather turns less hospitable, we're ready to head indoors and keep the brushes and ideas flying.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The High Line, NYC - ©Above It All

David Everitt-Carlson and iTOMB, The High Line, NYC. Photo: Will O'Mailley
Last week a journalist asked me to describe the High Line, the New York City park built on an old abandoned elevated railway where I execute iTOMB, in three words. ©Above It All, I said. She smiled, and I thought that would make a lovely promotional line for the park. I'd be very happy to see the line used in that way.

Friday, October 19, 2012

iTOMB: See the best of the week 10.01.12

iTOMB.Yeheli (12) (Israel) 10.05.12

The week of 01 October produced not only more pure genius but some genuine emotion as well. Above, my favourite from our painting sessions on The Highline in NYC for the week.To read and see the slideshow of bests, see iThink Outside My Box.

Friday, October 5, 2012

iTOMB: © Interactivism Now Comes to You!

The original iTOMB 10.06.11 Zuccotti Park, NYC

Wall Street Journal
From activist statement to interactive family experience, months have passed since the NYPD surrounded me in Zuccotti Park and Union Square in 'iThink Outside My Box' (iTOMB) and eventually arrested me for that First Amendment activity:) All charges were subsequently dropped and I'm now in the business of counter suing the boyz in blue for false arrest and confiscating all my artworks and belongings. Too much fun:) But having passed our first anniversary, Occupy survives as an activist octopus of varying actions and iTOMB continues as performance art, activism and interactivity.

Now I've moved the whole enterprise to The Highline at 22nd St. and have had nothing but positive responses from the staff and visitors. Aside from just me working, now anyone can paint a picture and boy do they paint! See this selection of the best of September's work by visitors to iTOMB

Benji 10.01.12
Through visitor and fan suggestions I am now making the © Interactivism of iTOMB available for school, social organisation and corporate programmes. That means I can travel anywhere in the 5 boroughs and set up a painting exercise for all ages at a very reasonable fee. Prices start at just $150 - and with my mix of performance, humour, painting and encouragement a few minutes behind the brush brings a welcome break to virtually all ages. Can you think of any schools, companies, orgs or programmes where this would work well? Let me know. I'm excited to bring the box on the road and share the experience with as many people as need a dose of creative juice. Otherwise, check out the rest of the site and see all the things we're up to.

iTOMB today 10.04.12 The Highline, NYC- Interactive activism:)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

iTOMB Work of the Week 09.24.12

Romi (21 mos) 09.30.12

This week iThink Outside My Box is proud to introduce our Work of the Week - but since this a new feature, it's more like a compendium of the best work done in the month of September. See below for the full show. Above, my favourite from our painting sessions on The Highline in NYC until now. Working in a 3"X3" cardboard canvas space, Romi, at 21 months, creates a swirling post-modernist abstract that by most accounts, would be just at home at MoMA if it were 3'X3' or 30'X30'. Remember, there is no age requirement at iTOMB and certainly no skill evaluation to paint. Our current cardboard Rembrandts range from 13 mos to infinity - yet all bring a spirit that truly knows no boundaries. Thank you all, artists, for continuing to amaze me and the viewers of the world:)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Messages From a Box - by Vincent J. Tomeo

Last Friday, before the onslaught of a three-day Occupied weekend, a man came to visit the i Think Outside My Box project on The Highline here in New York City. Click the link to read the poem he was inspired to write. The reference to Paul Klee is more than welcome:)

S e p t e m b e r  1 6 ,  2 0 1 2

M e s s a g e s  F r o m  A  B o x


Friday, September 14, 2012

On the eve of the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Han Fei Tzu remains as relevent as ever

On the eve of the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, 09.17.12, I find this passage from Chinese philosopher Han Fei Tzu written over 200 years before the birth of Christ. Han Fei Tzu was a prince in the ruling house of the state of Han. A representative of the Fa-Chia or Legalist school of philosophy he produced a handbook for the ruling King of Han. Ironically the King did not heed his advice yet his adversary the King of Ch'in took Han Fei Tsu's writings to heart and defeated the ruling king (Fei Tzu's cousin), ascending to the throne in 246 B.C.

In this modern translation of Han Fei's basic writings, Burton Watson of Columbia University treads dangerously close to what many feel is the state of our American government today - an administration that spens half of the citizen's tax dollar on the war machine whilst occupying 50% of the entire world's military spending as 28-33 million Americans find themselves out of work. Plans for Occupy's anniversary span over 3 days in lower Manhattan beginning September 15th and ending on the 17th in a grand general assembly in Zuccotti park. We can only hope that revellers, the media and the public in general take this opportunity to refocus America towars a peaceful and profitable future - not the prophecy of a  more than two thousand year old failed oriental philosophy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Now Anyone Can Sit Outside My Box and Think Outside Their Box

Beginning last month, I Think Outside My Box (iTOMB) has gone Interactive - enabling anyone to sit outside my box and think outside their box, painting their thought of the moment. Given that each person works with exactly the same materials, paint and a 3"X3" piece of cardboard, I find it enlightening just how different each person's interpretation is. What makes up your box and how do you think outside of it?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

©cupy T-Shirts Now Available on Ebay

Scan this QR code and order the ©cupy T-Shirt from Ebay.  

Only 7 left of this original limited edition design.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Occupy's Next Top Model Sports Our LImited Edition T-Shirt

No expense was spared on our t-shirt model -  not a single penny
Appearing tan rested and ready to paint, our model sports the Occupy t-shirt in moss green on brilliant white. 100% cotton (s/m/l/xl) available as shown or in purple, red or black in shades that match the box colours. $30 + shipping and handling. Please send email to order with your size/colour specs and delivery address.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Limited Edition Occupy T-shirts Now On Sale!

Occupy T-shirts. Red, Green, Black, Violet on White. S/M/L/XL 100% heavy weight cotton


The Occupy t-shirts are now in and dare I say, they are positively smashing:) 

Playing a small joke on the concept of occupying intellectual property, the shirts are made of heavy weight 100% cotton and available in S/M/L and XL. (Sorry XXL-ers but Mayor Bloomberg thinks you should drink fewer sugary sodas.)

All on white, the pastel colours vary from PMS Super Warm Red to Moss Green, Soft Violet and of course, your garden variety Bauhaus Black for the hipsters on the block.

To order please me email with sizes and quantities. $30 each + shipping and handling. I'll return mail to confirm final price and payment (PayPal) details.

Quantities are limited so order quickly. Upon request I will be happy to sign and date each shirt.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Up Against It: Turning Lemonade into Lemons:)

Paul Cabezas and David Everitt-Carlson, Munch Gallery, 21 July - 'Up Against It' - Photo: Populist

As many of you are aware, all the art requested of me for the Up Against It Show by Munch Gallery curator Billy Miller was lost to mysterious circumstances the week before the show, so at submission deadline time, I had nothing to deliver as promised to the event. What to do? I was essentially out of an exhibition before I ever got in. But in the spirit of struggle as described by Billy and feeling truly up against it, I spent a day or two grousing and then set about coming up with a replacement piece for the exhibition. Quite the job considering the then limited timeframe and the need to relinquish any space that had been reserved for my installation at the show. What to do again.

A thumbnail idea
And the new rules were as such: Come up with an idea that would remain true to the original spirit of over-articulated protest signs and do it with no space available on the gallery floor or walls. Hmmm. The pencil drawing on the left was sent to Billy along with an explanation that 'performance art' had always been part of the concept - I would simply make as many signs as possible to fit on a jacket and wear the art, taking up the exact same amount of space as I would as a participant at the opening. Problem solved. Billy throught it was a good idea as well and we agreed that after the show the jacket could be placed on a hangar and hung from the ceiling with fishing line. Problem solved. Now all I needed to do was make the art. Enough art to have it work both as clothing and as signage meant to communicate.

Full mental jacket
The finished jacket ended up being a thrift store Jos. A. Bank's with all signs relating to the original Occupy Wall Street call for financial transparency and justice. The coat itself contained 22 signs including one on the inside breast pocket with the inscription "Wanna Buy A House?" (Please place tongue firmly in cheek.) Reactions from attendees were certainly mixed, in one way because people were not accustomed to dealing with walking art, and another in that they were surprised and pleased to see humour used in the context of protest. So with all logistical problems solved the only question now to be asked would be, "But is it art?" Up Against It runs through 11 August.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Some things were just not meant to happen

1 October, 2012 Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, NYC
In two separate instances this week all of the art that was to be exhibited on the 21st at Munch Gallery has been lost or stolen. I had entrusted the box to the care of a friend who had left it with his apartment building front office, folded and wrapped. In breaking the news to me of its loss he had sent a text to my phone asking for an early morning meeting at Union Square. Upon my arrival his first words to me were, "So how do you feel about the bad news?" "What bad news?", I asked. "The news that your box was thrown out by my building staff", he responded.

I took a minute and went to sit down on the granite steps to the park. Rushing through my head were all the possible ramifications of this event - without the box, does any of the work at all make sense in a gallery setting? How was it that I could save this piece from the riot police during the Zuccotti Park raid in November of last year, only to lose it to sheer negligence in a Gramercy Park apartment building? Why wasn't the package marked? Why didn't building staff know of its importance? WTF? I was furious with the friend and dumbfounded by his total lack of responsibility in the matter.

Answers to too many questions would lay pending the next day events. A piece of history was gone. And too many other opportunities with it.

The next day I spent the better part of the day on the computer doing general office work and trying to make a plan B for the gallery show. It wouldn't matter.

I had left my mobile studio with the Occupiers at Union Square, a place where it had been safe and watched over since our arrival in March of this year. Apparently, a rain had fallen in the early evening and Occupiers had packed up and moved their tables to dry shelter. My mobile studio, containing the remainder of the artwork was left behind and not to be found when I returned to the park. It remains lost along with the original box and may be decorating a city landfill somewhere. Nicely I hope.

This week also another friend reminded me of the myth of Sisyphus, the mythological Greek character who was doomed to pushing a boulder uphill only to see it roll back down again, over and over and over again. "The struggle itself ... Is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus as happy", wrote Albert Camus. These past 10 months with Occupy and 4 different boxes, all lost to one end or another, compares to the myth of Sisyphus. Maybe it's time to think truly out of my box and find a more productive way to spend my time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

'I Think Outside My Box' @ Munch Gallery, NYC, 21 July, 2012

Panels from Box II, October 2001, Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, NYC - David Everitt-Carlson

As I have been threatening for the last few months, many of the signs and images you have seen related to my painting at Occupy Wall Street will be featured in a gallery exhibition entitled, "Up Against It" at the Munch Gallery on Broome St. in New York City. Opening reception is on 21 July and the show will run until August 11. Please stop by opening night to meet or at another time during the run to peruse at your leisure.  I am pleased to see the work being given a spotlight it was not intended for and happy to see it communicating across boundaries that were not so well defined at its inception.

From top left: Luke Butler, Mark Shetabi. From bottom left: Scott Hug, Carl Ferrero, Mary Nicholson


Up Against It 
The Art of Struggle

July 21 - August 11, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21 from 6-8 pm

New York, NY, July 9, 2012 – Munch Gallery is pleased to present ‘Up Against it’, a group exhibition curated by Billy Miller

The current global financial and political crises have prompted a groundswell of protest worldwide. From Tahir Square in Egypt to Zuccotti Park in NYC; throughout the U.S., Europe and elsewhere; the people have spoken and told their 'leaders' that they demand change. That change has been slow or not at all; and most of those responsible for these crises have yet to be held accountable.

In an attempt to understand the upheavals and social movements of the past, we often look to art as a compass to show us the temperament of the society that produced those conflicts. Sculpture, painting, photography, dance, cinema, literature and performance have all been utilized to reflect the zeitgeist of each era. And from Goya to Gйrricault, Hogarth, Grosz, Rivera, Picasso, Wojnarowicz, et al, artists have felt the call to bear witness to the issues of their times.

Brought together here for a limited time only, ‘Up Against it’ presents an artistic response to the issues of OUR times; interpreted individually and collectively by an assembly of artists of varying backgrounds, politics, and points of view.


D-L Alvarez, Anonymous, Jonathan Berger, Michael Bilsborough, Matt Borruso, Kathe Burkhart, Luke Butler, David Everitt-CarlsonBrendan Carroll, Mavado Charon, Sam Dargan, Pia Dehne, Daniel Derwelis, Eric Doeringer,  Peter Eide, Carl Ferrero, Gregory Green, Teenie Harris, Cliff Hengst, Christian Holstad, Scott Hug, Dennis Kane, Brenda Ann Kenneally, David King, Lisa Kirk, Noah Lyon, Michael Magnan, Yeni Mao, Darrin Martin, Rachel Mason, Jan-Holger Mauss, Salvor (Ross Menuez), John Monteith, Glynnis McDaris, Mary Nicholson, Mark Ohe, Gwenaлl Rattke, Nick Rule, Tara Sinn, Superm (Brian Kenny Slava Mogutin), Paul Taylor, Margaret Tedesco, Scott Treleaven, Jan Wandrag

Friday, June 29, 2012

And it's off to Philly we go...

The Occupy 1st Anniversary Poster color study.

Leaving today and returning to New York on 5th July, I will be attending the first Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia at Liberty Plaza for the 4th of July. I'm billing it The Woodstock of Occupy. And I hope it is:) So please wish all Occupiers well and please continue to donate to our bus and travel funds. We'll do our best to learn our heritage in Philly and act accordingly;)

Announcing the "I think Outside My Box" soft launch blog

As a way to document the painting work I've accomplished at Occupy Wall Street to date as well as to aid Homeland Security in surveilling that curious man in the box, I'm launching the I Think Outside My Box blog. Please take a gander in its prelaunch state and make sure to subscribe to updates. Warhol rolls onto his stomach as the work presented at iTOMB continues to conquer Union Square and Gotham at large. Next week, Philly. Scary.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Help Support the Occupy National Gathering on July 4th, Philadelphia, PA

In less than a week, the first Occupy national gathering will happen in Philadelphia, PA, not coincidentally, in the same city as our founding fathers crafted the declaration that gave all Americans hope, freedom and the ultimate pursuit of happiness.

Join Occupy and help us reclaim our revolutionary heritage. To help New Yorkers attend the conference, please donate generously here for bus tickets. To help me attend as a delegate to the event, please look for the Paypal button on the left and donate appropriately. Help us rewrite history and compose a new saga of respect, fairness and equality for all Americans the process - something neither political convention is set to accomplish this summer.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Emergency Relief: Thank You Freya

Fuzzy logic
My week begins with $100 from Freya to help replace art supplies lost in my earlier arrest and police raid of my belongings and a reminder to all that I am still $250 away from being able to replace the Lumix camera, tripod and artists easel confiscated and miscataloged by the NYPD. During most days I spend the mornings networking the job scene, the afternoons supporting Occupy at Union Square and the rest of my time fighting the cops - yes, Mayor Bloomberg's self stated "personal army" who have taken up full-time residence against Occupy, the first amendment and anything that smells like it might threaten their boss' job. Since the armed robbery of my items on April 27th I have slowly rebuilt my mobile production setup but lost hundreds of hours to pursuing the three different court cases I currently have running and am certainly no closer to having any kind of life that even approximates anything resembling the American Dream - I think that concept is practically more Chinese now - as China's Tiananmen syndrome becomes increasingly more American.

And so comes my 56th birthday on Friday the 22nd this week. Donations are encouraged, accepted and greatly needed in my fight to sustain true democracy, uphold freedom of speech and transform our financial and legislative system to one that more closely serves the people who support it - as opposed to only those who ungainly profit from it. I thank you all daily for your help, moral support and positive spirit:)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Occupy Wall Street Explained

Occupy Wall Street Explained

A work in progress: Over the months too many people have asked me to explain how Occupy Wall Street (OWS) works and too many times I have confused them all by trying to explain. Time for the infographic. To be clear, this is an example of Occupy Wall Street in New York only. It does not necessarily represent all Occupy organizations or all factions of the movement at large, but since OWS was born in New York, the model here tends to be a prototype and focus of the movement's organization itself. So with that said, on with the detail.

To be absolutely clear OWS needs to be viewed as both a movement and an organization - sometimes together and sometimes independently. The movement represents philosophical, spiritual, political, conceptual, theoretical and intellectual concepts while the organization: elements of manpower, budgets and schedules are what is necessary to actualize concepts embraced by the movement at large. Distinguishing the movement from the organization is an important first step to understanding how OWS may or may not work in specific instances.

The Big Picture: The large red-outlined circle above (more properly regarded as a sphere) represents the entire organization in New York City. Inside that sphere reside both organizational and movement oriented elements. For example Finance is an organizational tool and Vision & Goals would be more movement oriented. In any case the three sub-spheres of Physical Occupation, Planning/Organization and Affinity Groups all work in various states of harmony and sometimes discord to articulate the organism that is Occupy Wall Street.

Physical Occupation: At the start of OWS on September 17th, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, the physical occupation involved a standing army of over 500 persons at most times with possibly 200 - 300 sleeping onsite. Groups such as town planning, sanitation and housing were active and necessary. But today in Union Square, or any other city park of choice, sleeping is not allowed so the functions associated with maintaining a physical 24 hr community are made redundant.

Nevertheless, a dedicated community still mans and womans the park, deciding instead to sleep on streets nearby as a form of public expression as allowed by New York State Supreme Court in a 2000 order. It is this group that enables OWS to maintain a united front to the public through outreach information tables and group scheduled events - for instance, the Direct Action working group may decide to hold a march that begins or culminates at Union Square. For this a permanent occupation is both helpful and convenient.

Far from the days of Zuccotti where the GA, Spokes Council and individual working groups were able to appropriate monies to be used in the park, this new Occupation is totally self sufficient. As such the information tables also serve as a source of incoming donations. Manpower, finance and food are all reliant on donations as an army runs on its stomach. Currently food is on a much smaller scale than the 1500 meals served at che Zuccotti and reserved for Occupiers and supporters only but still served daily as much as possible if donations are sufficient to permit.

Planning/Organization:  Affectionately referred to by one Occupier as the "People Who Like To Go To Meetings Group", OWS has relied on GAs (General Assemblies/NYCGA) and Spokes Councils for consensus decision making and budget resolutions since its inception. These meetings could range in attendance from the hundreds to just a handful, the GA serving all members and the Spokes Council being more of a group head meeting of the Working Groups. However, over the winter and spring, both the GA and Spokes Council were dissolved as the fluctuating non-registered membership, lack of a quorum for proper consensus and dwindling funds caused both bodies to become ineffective. Today, all that remains of the planning and management arm of OWS are the individual Working Groups of which there are still over 90 (the graphic is incorrect). Each group remains autonomous and is self financed to whatever degree they are able to raise their own funds or attract capital from individual Affinity Groups.

In short, if you see a march, flash encampment, pop-up occupation or other direct action or outreach activity, these activities are now marshaled by the Working Groups or the Physical Occupation only. Whilst there has been some interest in reviving both the GA and Spokes Council functions, the lack of cash and control of any incoming finance makes most efforts moot; passing resolutions without the money to execute or enforce is just not productive for anyone. 

Affinity Groups: Non-affectionately referred to by some Occupiers as the "1% Occupiers" the Affinity groups represent the bulk of the finance aimed at Occupation activities. Affinity Groups such as MRG (Movement Resource Group) refer to themselves as "a friend of  the Movement but NOT the Movement" and are involved in recruiting high income donors who support Occupy but may not be able to do so in a corporate or public persona. Names said to be associated with Affinity Group initiatives range from Ben & Jerry's to George Soros but specific delineation or claims of ownership is not the goal of this explanation here - the point more being that "angel investors" in the Movement exist and function through Affinity Groups to provide financing to the movement whilst promoting agendas friendly to their own interests  .

Described by one Occupier as "About Occupy but not of Occupy", the Occupied Wall Street Journal has been one of the higher profile publications associated with the movement but is not at all a product of OWS itself but more a representation of its editors and financiers, none of which whom ever actually lived in Zuccotti Park or held decision making positions in OWS itself. was launched in the spring of 012 with some Occupiers on staff and claims to be a non-profit but has yet to attain 501(c)3 status so any contributions are not yet be tax deductible.  Tim Pool of Timcast heads a long list of live streamers on Ustream and other channels and is independently funded. Michael Moore has publicly supported both the Movement and Tim and has also contributed his voice and performance to OccupyThisAlbum, a collection of 99 songs for the 99%. Occupy This Album producer Jason Samel has been involved with the movement from the early days in Zuccotti and runs Music For Occupy as a 501(c)3 through the Alliance For Global Justice in Washington, D.C.

In Solidarity: And so, in solidarity runs the organism that is OWS, part volunteer, part friendly finance yet all dedicated to the idea that a world of more equal, equitable distribution of resources is at hand. For more information on OWS activities, contact me or any of the organizations listed here. Peace.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Emergency Relief: Thank You Mary

Liquid Tide laundry detergent splatters into the puddle as the rain splashes down around the prancing homeless man, Jack, - his soggy shoes and clothing full of suds in scrubbing his hair and singing to the Occupiers under the awning of the Union Square subway. This is normal. But he is happy, if not a little warped in spirit. Sunday's New York Times had led with a story and photo of the blind Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng, arriving in Greenwich Village whilst coverage of the thousands of American dissidents who had descended on Chicago to protest the NATO summit went unnoticed by the mainstream media in a New York weekend that revealed sunshine, a 30 million dollar NYPD overtime expenditure for Occupy Wall Street, and the introduction of Robert Lederman, the artist/activist who was arrested over 40 times in NYC for display and sale of his art - living to not only beat all 40 charges, but to free city artists from needing permits or licenses to exercise their first amendment rights on public property in the city. This too is normal as the dichotomies of American civil liberties scale further to illuminate that the United States is a gargantuan quagmire of constitutional promise, police harassment and personal physical defense of our own rights in our own country on a daily basis.

And Mary sends me $250. Thank you Mary, because at the rate the government and financial concerns are taking Americans to the cleaners, we'll all need $250 every time an illegal summons is issued to citizens exercising their rights - like myself. Just two weeks after being arrested and having all my art and supplies confiscated by the NYPD, I lost the first round of my summons case for 'unlawful' vending claiming I was a protester and not a vendor, but unaware that the law had been made so specific so as to classify anyone who took money of any kind to be a vendor. I will appeal, but for now, the summons fine of $250 stands - so I went absolutely nowhere in now counting 3 weeks of police harassment. For the time being, Goliath wins.

Thank you America for continuing to encourage me to acquire meaningful work and contribute to society. What I have learned so far is that it would be much safer to work in a bank than to protest their slovenly business practices, because the way the law works currently, Occupy activists go to jail whilst thieving bankers get to stay out and have their businesses bailed out. So much for doing the right thing. 

Mary and I have not seen each other for maybe 10 years. She and I had worked in Korea in the advertising business, although never directly together. What we shared most professionally was the organization of a quarterly business diner call "Edmen" ('Admen' mistakenly spelled by a Korean hotel employee) that regularly brought together the far fewer than 20 senior professionals who worked together in Seoul at the turn of the millennium. It was fun. It was professional. It was hosted in a country where the police don't carry guns. We were allowed to smoke indoors. I miss that.

Meanwhile, the class war continues in America, even inside the Occupy movement. I had heard someone over the weekend describe the reason our media groups wanted the office in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan was that they "didn't want the homeless people showing up at the office". The homeless people. The people with which the Occupy movement was able to maintain a 24/7 standing army in a city park - thus bringing in nearly a million dollars in the fall of 2011- the people, or should we say soldiers, that gave the movement meaning, physical mass and millions upon millions of dollars of TV coverage so that the word Occupy could enter the global lexicon as a modern day battle cry against the greedy, the criminal and the immoral who seem to be driving way too much of the bus these days. The people, as in 'We the people' - but for many meaning, 'We the homeless people', as the number of Americans who do not make enough money to pay rent continues to increase. The people even Occupy doesn't want anymore. Sadly.

Today I've spent hours reading city law in regard to artists displaying their work in city public spaces. Sometimes it's amazing to bury oneself in good ole' American law to see how few real rights and liberties we really do have. But in Robert Lederman, at least artists have found a champion. Through his sixteen years of artistic activism he has not only made it possible for artists to display and sell their works in the city without permit or license, but even gone so far as to make it possible for you, yes you, to protest on the steps of the capital building in Washington D. C. without a permit. "Hmm. It's a protest against us", the government used to be able to say, "Permit denied!" But no longer. At the close of this post I'll return mail to Robert Lederman on my 3 open cases regarding police harassment and blatant disregard for our first amendment rights - to see how I can beat these things. It is indeed good to know I'm not going into these battles alone. Thank you Mary, and Robert and all who follow and support me. I've been complimented recently for being of extraordinarily good mood and character considering the real severity of many of my circumstances and I am lucky - I chalk a lot of that up to proper prioritization. So long as I can put my creatives muscles to work everyday, that goes a long way to keeping me happy - only after that can I work on making sure I make a proper living out of it. Living art.

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