Million Puppet March

We marched on Washington to stand up for public broadcasting. Help us continue to carry our message to Capitol Hill and save public media.
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Michael Bellavia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
United States
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YOU CAN STILL HELP

Hey! Our campaign Indiegogo campaign is over, but you can still contribute -- we have a long way to go still!  We're still covering some of the March expenses and you'll be helping us to continue our efforts going forward.

PAYPAL donations can be sent to our email: millionpuppetmarch@gmail.com

CHECKS can be mailed to

Million Puppet March, Inc.
6627 Valjean Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91406

Thanks!

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11/5 Update: The Million Puppet March was a huge success!

Thousands marched on the ground in DC on 11/3/12.  Tens of thousands streamed the event live and participated virtually and are continuing to do so. And there were millions of impressions in global media. Great photos here.

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated so far. And we aren't over yet.  More to come so stay tuned! 

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Can you imagine a world without public broadcasting?

Neither can we.  

Hi.  We’re Michael and Chris, the co-organizers of the Million Puppet March.  This whole thing got started during the first presidential debate on October 3, 2012 between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. When Romney mentioned “Big Bird” as a potential target for budget cuts we both started up a social media campaign to show support for continued federal funding of public media.

Before the debate was over, we’d teamed up. A half hour later we had a site, a Twitter handle and 200 Facebook fans. Within days it was 5,000 and now it’s more than 22,000. You can read more about our start here and our mission.

We’ve gotten support from citizens of every State in the Union, from self-identified Republicans and Democrats, from members of Congress (on both sides of the aisle) and from a diverse set of celebrities including Ian Somerhalder of LOST and Vampire Diaries, Pam Grier of Jackie Brown and Jane Wiedlen of The Go-Gos. We’ve also gotten global support from folks in New Zealand, the UK, France, Canada and more.  Everyone has been a vocal supporter what public media meant to them personally and to their family.

Now we need your help.

We’ve never organized an event like this let alone a march on Washington DC. And we had no idea of the costs involved in mounting such an event:

  • Permits
  • Insurance
  • Staging
  • Signage
  • Sound system
  • Megaphones
  • Transportation
  • People – sound engineers, designers, animators, programmers, clean up crew

We’re going to do this no matter what

We're committed to giving a voice to public television and radio audiences in a way that has never been tried before.  We've taken on this project with only one month to plan it and with everything coming out of our own, personal pockets. That would have been easy when we thought that maybe 25 people would show up.  We actually thought that.  Actually, we thought 25 was stretching it.  

The response we've gotten is just amazing, and now we've planned on 600 people with puppets.  Some "insiders" like DCist are telling us we should be expecting thousands.  So there will be an event no matter what, but we know it’ll be better (and a little less scary for us) with your help.  If you’re able to, please kick in a couple bucks.  We’re trying to raise $10,000. Frankly we’ve been warned that it will likely cost 5x as much depending on how many people show up.  

BYOP - Bring your own puppet.

This is going to be a fun, family-friendly event in DC on November 3rd.  We'd love everyone to come show support for public media; not just Sesame Street, PBS, and NPR, but all the local, non-profit public broadcasters around the nation that provide us with quality educational, informational, and cultural programming, employ 21,000 people, and contribute $1 billion to our economy.  

If you can’t make it to DC, we’ve created ways you can participate virtually: Facebook apps, YouTube videos, Pinterest boards, we're even producing an album of original music featuring songs in genres as diverse as hip-hop, folk, rock, the Beatles, Broadway and more.

So what's in it for you?

Well if a little levity in a contentious campaign season or the satisfaction of knowing that you've helped the public broadcasting audience get Washington's attention, then we hope that the super cool rewards we've put together will entice you to dig into your pockets a bit. Of course, if you don’t want the swag we’d take donations too. All proceeds in excess of the cost of the event will be given directly to public broadcasters of our choice.  

If you can’t give financially, please at least sign the petition.  We've already sent over 2,400 letters to Congress.  And please pass this Indiegogo campaign url on to a friend.

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We see this as a non-partisan issue.  Public TV, public radio and public media are part of the very fabric of our society. And we’ll show the world that by bringing that fabric to life on 11/3 in DC.

Thank you for your help,

Michael and Chris 

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$6,575USD
raised by 146 people in 20 days
66% funded
0 time left
$10,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on November 14, 2012
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  • $5USD
    Finger Puppets

    Our immense gratitude, plus: Public acknowledgment of supporter's name on a designated page on MillionPuppetMarch.com, an mp3 download of the Public TV song from the Million Puppet March.

    2 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $7USD
    Sticker Puppet

    All of the above, plus an official, limited-edition commemorative sticker.

    8 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $10USD
    Shadow Puppet

    All of the above, plus: a tweet of thanks from @MillionPuppets and an mp3 download of the song "String Along" which debuted at the March

    9 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2012
  • $25USD
    Pinocchio

    All of the above, plus another sticker and a mention on the Million Puppet March Facebook Page that has over 20,000 followers, plus an mp3 of 'Terry (A Love Song for Terry Gross)' by the Casual Young Italians, which debuted at the March.

    12 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2012
  • $30USD
    Marionette

    All of the above, plus: a tweet of thanks from @MillionPuppets, plus an mp3 download of the Million Puppet March song that debuted at the March

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2012
  • $50USD
    Stick Puppet Jr.

    All of the above, plus a digital download of the album including at least the first 4 songs mentioned above when it's finished being produced

    4 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $60USD
    Stick Puppet

    All of the above, plus: an exclusive Supporter Million Puppet March Tshirt and button

    14 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2012
  • $100USD
    Mascot

    All of the above, plus: a mention in a special thank you video.

    4 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $150USD
    Happy Birthday Puppet

    All of the above plus we'll make a 1-minute video with 'Captain Lavender' singing Happy Birthday to whomever you want. The video will live on youtube.com/millionpuppets so that anyone else with that name can enjoy it too

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $175USD
    Super Stick Puppet

    All of the above, plus an original pencil sketch by the artist who designed and animated all the cartoon characters appearing on our Tshirts and in the Million Puppet March music video

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $250USD
    Puppeteer

    All of the above, plus: handwritten thank you note, a 5 minute skype chat with the co-organizers and a commemorative handmade puppet designed to look like you http://img3.etsystatic.com/000/0/5638136/il_570xN.350728799.jpg

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $500USD
    Super Puppeteer

    All of the above, plus: an addition commemorative handmade puppet designed to look like a photo you provide http://img3.etsystatic.com/000/0/5638136/il_570xN.350728799.jpg and a 10 minute Skype chat with the co-organizers.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
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