Occupy Poetry is a hub for all of the events springing up across the world in solidarity with the World Occupy movement. As we followed the news on facebook, twitter, and the various live feeds across the internet, we felt compelled to build a website that would help poets share their writings and spread the word peacefully through poems as more demonstrations were spreading across the country. We hope to encourage poets to take action to organize themselves and through their writings join the literary and reading events, ongoing, and building across the world as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.
How are you affiliated with Occupy Wall Street?
We are in no way representatives or spokespeople of Occupy movement in any part of the world. We are a group of individual poets and publishers working in the interest of poetry publishing and the movement. We are an affinity site. We are not tied to any one specific general assembly.
How many people are involved with Occupy Poetry?
This is as grassroots as it gets. Since our incarnation, we have had a few more volunteers and poets begin to help with the site and overall maintenance. Most of us have full-time jobs in addition to the time we contribute to this project.
What is your agenda? Are you anarchists/democrats/republicans/independents/etc.?
We have no agenda other than to provide people with literary, poetry and information about the events and actions happening in their area in solidarity and support of all those that currently are involved in changing something in their world. Our political and social beliefs will remain neutral for this cause; this is not about us, this is about poets and writers joining the movement. The only thing we will promote openly is peaceful literary and poetical publications and events.
How are you funded? Do you have any ties to political organizations or figures?
Occupy Poetry has never solicited any donations or monetary contributions. We have a private individual contribute towards our costs of hosting in order to maintain a functional site and platform to provide the information on the growing movement and to promote personal poems of any poet. Beyond this, our time and other expenses have been and will be completely funded out of our own pockets. We have no ties to any political organizations or figures. We believe this movement grows on cooperation, not co-option. While we each have our own varying ideologies, we believe in this as a non-partisan movement and, as a poets solidarity site, we will continue to remain politically neutral.
We are not a 501c organization. We do not have the legal support or the funds to pay for the filing fee. Since we established from the beginning we would not solicit any donations, we did not see a need for applying for 501c status.
I am unaware of what the protests on Wall St. are all about, where can I get more info?
As more and more information becomes available (both good and bad), a good place to start would be at the source by visiting the Occupy Poetry Facebook and Google+ webpages.
How do I get involved?
1. First and foremost, if you are a poet, writer, teacher, student or a poetry lover and cannot join those that are manifesting in public places, you should do everything that you can to write and share your poems and viewpoints. This is the heart of the movement and the inspiration for what is happening across the planet. Here is a facebook page to arrange carpools: https://www.facebook.com/Poets.poems and a Google+ page where you can start https://plus.google.com/113841254742377801655
2. If you are unable to support Occupy movement in person, get informed and let everyone you know what is happening down in your area, what this movement is about, and stay updated.
Tell us a bit about what you’re doing and how you’d like us to help. We’ll get back to you with our thoughts and ideas.
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