Using Social Media For Change in NYC

15 07 2009

Now a staple activist hub itself, the New York City based is featuring a post about using social media for change (in collaboration with Mashable’s Summer of Social Good charitable fundraiser and Max Gladwell’s “10 Ways” series) that the group hopes will go viral :

10 ways you can use social media to show your support for issues that are important to you:

1. Write a Blog Post
2. Share Stories with Friends
3. Follow Charities on Social Networks
4. Support Causes on Awareness Hubs
5. Find Volunteer Opportunities
6. Embed a Widget on Your Site
7. Organize a Tweetup
8. Express Yourself Using Video
9. Sign or Start a Petition
10. Organize an Online Event

Full Post

You can also check out the Idealist NYC Blog


Meanwhile many new yorkers are employing some of these strategies and innovating their own resources. NYCis is a new citizen journalist site for residents. People can use the site to promote their blog or any story that they feel is of special importance or interest to the New York City audience. You can also author stories directly on the site.  Very similar to the Canadian based Now Public , NYCis,  may have a lotnp of potential connect people about important issues locally including politics & preservation.

On Twitter, NYCis offered an interesting post from the Knight Foundation talking a look at needs and resources for social bloggers. We all learned the extraordinary potential Twitter has for advancing human rights campaigns with the recent explosion of Iran Election tweets that also spilled over into main stream media.  The Economist evaluated  the real winners and losers” in the coverage of demonstrations and the NY Times looked at “Twitter on the Barricades: Six Lessons Learned

Facebook has great potential uses according to Heath Tucker, 23,  who used the website to organize the first protest of Proposition 8 in the city. Tucker ourscenehad only been in New York for 6 weeks and was working with only a handful of others. He’s now a member of Civil Rights Front and was featured on an Our Scene Tv, an LGBT Online TV Network, segment The Young And The Restless: A Generation Y Gay Activist’s Story.

Civil Rights Front merged with members of Join the Impact in New York City, previously. Join the Impact had equally impressive results It began on November 7th, 2008 with two friends emailing back and fortwetpainth about the California passage of Proposition 8.Source The founders were able to use Wet Paint, to faciliate organizing only days after the Proposition 8 referendum was voted on. Similarly, activists used wet paint to organize Day of Decision rallies well ahead of the California Supere Court decision.

Another great local example is No Impact Man a blogger who made a commitment with his family to live eco-friendly including practices like composting right in the heart of the city. A new movie is will feature their story:



July 4th In NYC For Activists!

4 07 2009

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Norman Siegel reads the Constitution & Declaration of Independence at Noon. Location: Strawberry Fields, Central Park. More Information:

Petitioning With Yetta Kurland from Noon – 4pm (Today & Tomorrow). Location: The Brecht Forum More information:

Single Payer Leafleting & Petitioning with PHIMG, PNHP, ACT-UP from 2-4pm. Location: Seating area on Broadway between 42nd & 43rd. More information:

Vegan Picnic & Protest with WAR (Win Animal Rights) at 2pm. Location: Columbus Ciricle 59th St. & Broadway (Meet in the Main Lobby @ Whole Foods). Protests begin after the picnic. Should be informative!

Vox Pop 4th of July Bash at 4pm-Midnight. Location: Vox Pop Cafe, Brooklyn. More information:

1st Amendathon with Reverend Billy Talen, Yetta Kurland, & Norman Siegel from 4-6pm. Location: Union Square Park. More Information:


9/11 was 8 years ago. We can all fight violence now with trust and play in public space. Our 1st Amendment freedoms will grow our safety.” Reverend Billy Talen

Know Your Rights Bike Ride with Times Up! 4:30pm leaving from the 1st Amend-a-thon. More information:

4th On Fire Concert & Cookout For Brecht Forum & Left Turn starting at 6pm. Location: SURREAL ESTATE 15 Thames St., Brooklyn. NY More information:

3686830802_691e2e8f07Photo By tinylockets of July, 3rd Coney Island Fireworks

Love is Rad – Rev Billy @ Union Square Park

15 02 2009

Reverend Billy, Savitri D., and their Choir at Union Square Park on Valentines Day, 2009.


Reverend Billy & Savitri D. know how to throw a good party. Members of their choir, followers of their movement, and members of divergent, but connected causes came together to celebrate the love of radical activism at the historical Union Square Pavillion.



“Come to church,” Billy beckoned to a large group. “Your favorite , comic, post-religious, church of life after shopping.”  Billy perused the crowd with his bullhorn in hand “Let’s have a Love-A-Lution, Children,” he said. “What did Jefferson say? In a free society you’ve got to have a little love-a-lution every once in a while.” 

“Lets all make love today. Twice – 3 times, until our pavilion can no longer be an upscale restaurant,” he said referring to the battle to keep the landmark of the labor rights movement, free from commercial use. “We’re so proud to be here with the eight our work day,” he said. 


He also referred to the church as the church of the first amendment saying they had read it allowed there before and made reference to historical figures like Emma Goldman and Cesar Chavez who have spoken at the Pavilion. 

“Remember the freedom fighters that were here. We sing and preach here in their honor.” Billy said of the Pavilion “It will be here for our children and our children’s children.” 

Edie Shankar attended on behalf of Jack Taylor, member of the Union Square Community Coalition, and was honored with valentines, a calendar from Savitri D., and praise for their work to preserve the site. 

Peter Silvestri, the owner of the Whole Earth Bakery, was honored and 3280213212_6ab7025c5f_m2asked to speak. The Rev said of a fight they’ve waged for the bakery, which has been in business for 20 years, was “nothing but doom and gloom,” and that it would only be replaced by “another dark yuppie bar that looks like a magazine ad.” “It’s a miracle,” he said of the success of the advocacy for the bakery, “Two years and Peter is still there.”  Silvestri echoed the Rev. and stated that they were operating on a month to month basis, but that they’re still in business and that’s the bottom line. 


3279106681_1a8c3783e6_mUp next was a statement about the cyclist group Critical Mass with Billy stating that the “NYPD has fetishised,” but asserting that “Critical Mass never hurt anyone.” The Rev & Savitri are “proud supporters of Critical Mass,” and honored Barbara Ross of Times Up! who introduced their “Love your Lane” campaign. A member of the choir read a poem, Ode To A Beautiful Cyclist, to Ross “Time is up for this love affair with gas guzzling machines!” referring to her as a “…humble angel of a woman.”

Talk turned to Mayor Bloomberg with Billy stating a “3rd term can’t be bought.” He said that Bloomberg is a CEO who thinks NYC is a corporation and Savitri D., priestess of the church, echoed “It’s not!.” The couple recently addressed, again, the rumour Billy may run for mayor in their latest Hour Of Power broadcast (Tune in tomorrow Sunday the 15th at 1pm for the next installment). Billy is in talks with the Green Party and has blogged about his vision for his candidacy. 

Also honored were the owners of Blue Stocking Books.3279475155_cb3b144939


Finally the Reverend performed a marriage ceremony for a beautiful couple. “We are here today as witnesses,” said the Rev. The groom stated that the couple while “Exercising our freedom of speech,” “I vow, to you, my life long love.”  Tears filled the man’s eyes, the Rev comedically mediated the ceremony, and a genuine celebration of love, devoid of corporate culture, united the crowd who was asked to hold the person next to them. Whole Earth Bakery presented the bride and groom with a cake much to the groom’s delight “It’s organic!”


The group will be touring prisions in the city shortly before their first show of the year at the Highline Ballroom in March.

“Reclaim Romance” for Activists – Rev Billy

13 02 2009

Great events continue in celebration around Valentines Day with Reverend Billy & The Church of Life After Shopping (newly renamed) gathering and inviting you to their beloved Union Square Park to celebrate our love for activists. 

Search for REAL LOVE amidst the maelstrom of chain stores and privatization threats. 

Time: Feb. 14th, 3pm.


Other Valentines Events:

Times Up!  Bike Ride & Fundrainsing Party

Fundraiser for Australian Bushfire Victims

Supervegan’s List of Recommended Vegetarian Dining Options