In the Battle of Ideas, Aesthetics Matter
Occupy Wall Street is a lot of things. But at the core it's a conversation -- a conversation about tactics, a conversation about democracy, a conversation about in what kind of world we want to live.
For a successful conversation, parameters are defined, topics delineated. The consensus-building at Zuccotti Park works on this, slowly, methodically, setting the stage for further action.
It's a lot of talk, and a lot of effort, but, for a lot of people, it just doesn't matter.
Why? Because to them we look like a bunch of dirty hippies.
We Propose a Solution: Suits
We all look great in suits. To reporters, to workers, to skeptical tourists, we'll look like people to listen to, or, at the very least, to hear out. Lazy journalists won't be able to easily dismiss us and will have to actually listen to what we say. The conversation will grow out of the echo chamber and into the wider world -- where it belongs.
Suits are camouflage in the warrens of Wall Street. And there are other advantages.
Need a bathroom? Try wearing a suit. It's easy.
Want to walk past a police barricade? Put on a suit.
Let's Show Them We're Serious
In the 1960s you could fly your freak flag high. In 2011, it just looks sloppy. We are the 99 percent, but we need the support of the 60 percent who think we're just messing around.
On October 15, our crack team of well dressed artists, designers, and wardrobers will deliver racks and racks of business attire, free of charge to anyone at Liberty Square. We'll be joined by progressive tailors, radical barbers, and folks who want everyone to look great.
The way you say it matters as much as what you say. So say it in style. Say it in a suit.
What We Need and What You Get
You can help us realize this vision with your donations. Twenty dollars will put a protester in a crisp thrift store suit.
Or mail us a nice suit you're not using anymore. Its free if you mail it from work. Here's our address:
Proper Business Attire Working Group
C/O The House of Yes
342 Maujer Street
Extra suits and late deliveries will be donated to Threads for Success, an innovative New York City program that dresses young people in the justice system for court appearances and job interviews.
Let's get organized.
Look sharp. The whole world is watching.
Other Ways You Can Help
Post our campaign to anyone who needs to see it.
And straighten your tie.