Just wondering if anyone is wanting to get involved? The proposal was passed on the 7th to start a working group on this so lets kick this in gear shall we?No Home For Food Sleep In Challenge
Direct Action by Occupies of Tennessee to challenge the State Government of TN and Mayor of Nashville and/or Mayors of Tennessee (each Occupy can challenge their Mayor if they choose)
We challenge all our Government Officials to a homeless sleep in challenge obviously to be held on Legislative Plaza.
Gov, legislators, mayor, and the idea is to have them find sponsors (like runners/walkers do for marathons) to sponsor $5.00 for every hour that the person remains at the sleep in... (for the whole 48 hours it would be 240.00 and they must have no less than 5 sponsors which would be $1,200.00 for the whole 48 hrs) And the proceeds be split up between food banks or homeless shelters in their districts.
The plan is to publicly send an invitation by media (news, radio stations, newspapers ect... alerting everyone to this "fundraiser" challenge... then a personal invitation. As each one accepts the challenge; publicly acknowledge them in the same manner in the local papers in their districts. I want this to benefit ALL of Tennessee not just Nashville.
The idea for this came from two articles the links are posted below one is from 2007 from the National Coalition of Homeless "Take The Plunge" Homeless Challenge and a news article from November 2011 only 6 mths ago on wkrn.com "Local food bank faces major shortage" which was a story on 2nd Harvest.
Now on 2nd Harvest Food Bank's website:
"Our Partner Agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes and youth enrichment programs located in 46 counties throughout Middle and West Tennessee."UPDATE: 4/19
I have located All of the Food Shelters for all of TN, and I am in the process of gathering all the contacts for the Homeless Shelters 1 in 6 Adults and 1 in 4 Children go without food each day in Tennessee.
Also on their website they have 1.00 = 4 Meals... (Skip a lunch Feed a bunch) If my calculations are correct 1 Sponsor will be providing 960 meals for the whole 48 hrs.. if only 10 ppl participate w/ minimum of 5 sponsors... 48,000 meals. If they were to all choose 2nd Harvest.Rules for Participants
They must remain at the sleep in for at least 24 hours or they (participants) must pay for the remaining 24 hours. Therefore we still raise $1,200 per participant for 48 hrs. (Starting on a Friday at say 7pm - Sunday 7pm)
They may sponsor aka challenge each other.. (yes I want to see them fork over money)
They may bring their own comfort items we will even allow them to bring tents. *evil smirk*NEW:
They go to bed without dinner on that Saturday (Goal is to see how well they can sleep with a growling tummy)
And the sinister purpose behind all of this
1. Make them break their own law in the name of "fundraising".
2. By the ones that do not participate Food Insecure ppl in their districts will know their Reps do not care and that The People is not a priority in their service to the state, which in turn will lead to them not being re-elected...There will be 16 Senate seats and all 99 House seats will be up for election in 2012.
I see this as an Occupies of Tennessee Event in connection with the Homeless Coalition and 2nd Harvest Food Bank.
We need all the Occupies in TN to gain more support from the general public and we need to do something postive to gain the attention of our target audience which is the Food Insecure of Tennessee.
Other Tennessee Occupies can either stand in solidarity, or they can help with the publicity part and getting their own food banks and/or homeless shelters to stand behind this action. Which ever GA decides as the less complicated.
Target groups to be involved, Direct Action, Finance, Media aka Tech, Facilitation other ideas or options to be ironed out.
Open to suggestions.
Debra aka Grits Girlemail: email@example.com://www.wkrn.com/story/16048480/local-food-pantry-faces-huge-shortagehttp://www.nationalhomeless.org/civilrights/candidate_invitation.html