With a generous outpouring of support from activists, artists, and occupiers The Sparrow Project was able to print the first print-run of 10,000 copies of The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City and now we are going to need your help to reach our goal of printing and distributing another 100,000 copies!
We need your help to reach our goal of printing and distributing 100,000 copies
In order to reach our printing goals we launched a fundraising campaign with Kickstarter.com to fund our publishing efforts. We need pledges from people LIKE YOU in order to reach our base goal of $10,000 in printing costs. If you don’t have money to donate, don’t worry, we also need everyone’s help in publicizing the kickstarter campaign on facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc. We would like to ask everyone who is reading this and is able to pledge to pledge whatever they can, and that those who cannot afford to make a pledge to direct others to our Kickstarter page every day between now and our December 4th deadline.
For those who will be pledging, we have pulled out all the stops when it comes to incentives for your pledges! From posters and twitter shout outs, to free copies of Green is the New Red by Will Potter, Muzzling a Movement by Dara Lovitz, and The lifelong Activist by Hillary Rettig, to free tickets to Daphne Cheng’s all-you-can-eat vegan sweets party, even free graphic design services from Julie Gueraseva (Def Jam, Time Inc, Vaute Couture, Harpers, WOW) and boxes of your own t-shirts designed by us!
With all of those amazing prizes its heart warming to see that the most popular pledge prize choice is the “Publishing Partner” bracket. Donors in this bracket will get a package of 50 declarations, a 3’x3′ declaration poster and our undying love chatter on twitter! It is these donors who will be the legs in our distribution machine. We already have 30+ donors from all around the world in this bracket, we want to cast an even wider net and a DIY distribution network is central to making this happen.
This project is for YOU and we want YOU to be part of it. The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City is a reflection of every voice amplified by the people’s mic at Liberty Square. Likewise, the effort to publish it is a reflection of everyone involved, from editing, to design, to production, distribution, and face to face conversations that ensue after someone is handed a copy, we are all playing a role in the life of this document. I take this document very seriously because not only is it the first ephemeral artifact from the epicenter of the Occupy Movement, but it also lay the framework for the fight of our lives, the fight for the lives of our neighbors, the fight for the lives of creatures we share this earth with, and for the future of the earth we all call home. I invite you in joining me in making this document a catalyst for comprehensive, global, change.