TOYS EXERCISE FIRST AMMENDMENT RIGHTS - REFUSING TO BE SILENT #ToyProtest
MANHATTAN, NY- Toys unite - putting aside brand and color to take a stand in support of Occupy Wall Street, invoking their first amendment rights, to say “we will no longer remain silent: toys are people, too”. The toys will continue their campaign throughout the month of April and ask that toys across the country and the world stand up to join the toy protest.
A large yellow bird, an event organizer stated, asked to be referred to as “Big Bird” said: “After recent events, we realized that we could no longer in good conscience remain silent. Until now we have been afraid to protest. Our faces are highly visible making us recognizable worldwide, but as many activists are targeted for arrests and beaten, including most recently a sixteen year old girl brutally arrested and carried down the street exposed, we see that it is our duty to take a stand for what we believe in and to lend our popularity in support of that cause.”
A blue furry, self-described “cookie monster”, said “I like cookies as much as the next toy. MORE, but what’s happening in our economy? Ninety nine percent of the cookies being eaten by one percent of the toys is just wrong. Even to me.” Adding, “Hey, do you have any cookies? Some toy already ate ALL the cookies.”
When: 11am-1pm, Sunday, April 1st Where: F.A.O. Schwarz: 767 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10153 @11am; Lego store @ Rockefeller Ctr: 620 5th Avenue at 50th Street; American Girl Store: 609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street @12pm; Toys R Us:1514 Broadway at 44th South, New York, NY @1pm. The toys will be meeting at each location to protest and engage in dialogue.
A long nosed elephant, called “Dumbo” another organizer added, “We believe in free speech, the right to express dissent, and to assemble and we will exercise that right in the face of any oppressive and immoral government or regime.”
When asked what their primary goals are, a big eared mouse who called himself “Mickey” said, “Our concerns are the same as everyone else’s. Economic and social justice, but in addition, toys face challenges others are not aware of. For example, Lego has incredibly sexist policies, often our clothes are made of cotton produced by child labor, and American Girl has taken to phasing out ‘aging dolls’ in favor of ‘newer, fresher faces.’ Our goal? To create awareness of these issues, to start a dialogue, and to encourage others to have the courage to step out- that’s all folks.”
A green hairy animal, going by “Oscar” and claiming to live in garbage cans added, “Look, if we can do it, anyone can and should. It’s a question of conscience. After all, who is more well known than us?”
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
Stole this from Kevin, one of our gamers here in NYC. He posted on Facebook:
"…the extreme police violence Saturday night made my head spin.
Friends in the hospital with broken thumbs, jaws, ribs- reports of a handcuffed woman seizing, ignored, in the street. The videos are shocking. And, as I’ve felt before, it made me wonder if America can really be changed. It’s so overwhelming, perhaps my skills would better be applied back in Zambia where at least I can be effective at directly confronting poverty and injustice. We are up against the most powerful military and police system in the world, and we are armed with only words, social networks, and creativity. But then I thought about the police- angry, violent, robotic faces that don’t discriminate in their aggression, and I thought about my Grandfather- a Green Beret, U.S. Army Colonel, and the warmest, proudest person I’ve ever known, the man who taught me what patriotism means. I thought about the genealogy he’d traced of our family, when I learned that I came from a long line of pioneers and revolutionaries, stretching back to the very first european settlers in this country and joining with the Native Americans in their struggle along the way.
I thought back to the cops- cowardly, mindless enforcers who violate the constitution to break up a gathering of peaceful non-violent citizens. They are not America, My grandfather could explain it to them in no uncertain terms. This country is MINE; its victories, its failures, its economic system, its oppression, its constitution, its parks, its streets- all mine. I won’t give it up, you can break my bones (Lord knows I’ve done a decent job of that by myself), lock me up, attempt to silence me and my fellow citizens; but I’m not going anywhere, you can’t take what isn’t yours.
1. We are the people. 2. We are united. 3. This Occupation IS NOT LEAVING.”
You know that whole life, lemons, lemonade thing? This is exactly that.
We will never win with force, they’re armed to kill. We will never win in numbers, they’re an army with tens of thousands. We will never win with politics, they’ve bought our government. So what do we do?
We play. We play games with them. We play tricks on them. We keep smiling. We keep fighting. We never stop. And we invite the world to play.
SEARCHING FOR AMERICAN JUSTICE - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE March 3rd
Info:March 3rd, Astor Place (The Big Cube) 8th St. & Lafayette at 6pm (5:30 quick rehearsal)
To Participate: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Show up in character an hour before showtime to do a quick rehearsal then we are LIVE – broadcasting to an international audience!
What: A fun 10 minute-long interactive/improv skit to highlight our failed Democracy! Performance is part of NYU’s LowLivesOccupy festival happening for a HUGE international livestream audience!
American Justice is a blind, blonde, vapid, out of touch socialite and heiress to the JUSTICE throne. (Think Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian having a principled stance on politics and human rights violations) LIKING her is a Patriot Act.
Roles : Dress and Play! There is no set number for the cast of characters. Choose from below, come OUT and have a BLAST!
Detectives- dress up like Sherlock Holmes- bring a magnifying glass (they search for AJ- they may even have a Missing Person’s poster) ·
Rich People- dress up over the top! they love AJ!
The 99% aka “We the People”: dress however you like to taunt AJ
Paparazzi for Peace: come with a camera to record or take pictures pretending to be paparazzi for Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, etc
Full Description of the project: #ajmia (American Justice Missing in Action) Searching for American Justice is a satire. It highlights the ineffective systems that benefit the 1% and continue to #putprofitoverppl. American Justice (AJ) is a blonde, blind, young and out of touch socialite preoccupied with making cameo appearances. She shows up at Astor Place (NYC) to play a game of dice, with “We the People” and is not well received. She wants to play but the dice have words on them- bad schools, no health care, endless war, etc. “We the People” feel as though she is joking around with their dire circumstances. They teach her a lesson and cure her blindness by making her aware that “chances are”, their dreams are deferred due to her irresponsibility. (AJ) vows to fight inequality and fight for better possibilities.