About 600 people, maybe 700, on the State House Lawn today. That’s NOT GOOD. Considering what Shumlin and the Legislature are doing to the working class and working poor. Considering what’s going on in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle, etc.. And considering that our Legislature is looking to eliminate state tax deductions on charitable donations under $5000.00 to non-profit and activist groups who assist the poor, the disabled, the underpaid, the environment, the people, it seems to me that whoever is responsible at the Vermont Workers Center and other groups to get the people out is really doing a terrible job.
I was talking to my friend Duke Forcier, a guy my age who used to run Blouin’s here in Montpelier years ago. We agreed that May Day turnout, instead of increasing over the last few years, is now in an anemic phase, and getting worse. We both were underwhelmed by the crowd today, and wondered WTF is going on with the so-called activists who are supposed to be getting the crowds out so the media will do bigger stories and the politicians will take notice.
Duke and I are both 66. Having been active with Leftie groups myself since the sixties, and having organized Marches and rallies and forums here in Montpelier since ’98, I put THE BLAME squarely on the backs of this younger White Semi-Yuppie generation of activists who think everything can be done electronically. That sending out an email and phoning the same people who already got the email is enough. IT IS NOT! Young and Dumb! Duh!
You need MEDIA!!! You MUST have PSAs on the radio stations, stories in every paper, announcements in every community calendar, phone calls, emails, faxes AND personal contact with news people from WCAX to The Montpelier Bridge and The World. And I mean over and over again right up to the day of the event. 600, 700 people on MAY DAY??? Should be 6 to 7000. Some people are not doing their PR jobs. Or else activism in Vermont has become an INSIDER thing–an Elite ‘Feel Good’ Club. Today’s May Day turnout would shame the TEA PARTY. It should certainly shame you new generation of activists
Call VPIRG and every other activist group and get them to pitch in with mailings and phone calls. Duke suggested you could call on Ben & Jerry, or some other RICH Lib-er-al to donate a few thousand dollars for a media blitz. Get on VPR and WDEV. Where was the front page story in the Main or State section of the Times-Argus this morning? What The Fuck do you youngsters think? That ‘word of mouth’ will do your job for you? That people will come out because they like you? I don’t much fucking like you now, and haven’t for years. Since ’98 here in Montpelier, I’ve seen the lazy half-assed approach you have to organizing and publicizing a political event. There was an old joke in SDS in the sixties: “The Left could fuck-up (or be late for) an ambush.” Well, yes, we had our fuck-ups back then, but nothing as DISGRACEFUL as today’s non-event.
I shook hands with you, JAMES HASLIM, just before the rally started, expecting, I guess, more people to show up. I should have given you SHIT about the turnout then. Cause it didn’t get any better. And WHERE was the Workers Center post on THIS blogsite?
A spade is a spade. You people maybe need to sit down and go back to March & Rally 101 from the sixties. And, for Christ’s Sake, PLEASE don’t pat yourselves on the backs for today’s event. It was a LOSER!
This is why the RICH and the Republicans are WINNING!!! SHAME!!!
Pissed-off in Montpelier, Vt.