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So, I'm reading this great diary and comments section over in Joan McCarter's Front Page diary: No Help for 99ers in tax cut framework

It's a really great read.

And then, I find this comment:

When I think about these people (4+ / 0-)
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all I can think of is the Iran hostage crisis and those yellow ribbons you saw everywhere. Probably dating myself here.

Dammit, I don't want those unemployed people forgotten and it sure does feel like they're hostages, but this time, it's to our government and the stock market.

by Ophelia on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 07:23:11 PM PST

So, I have an action item I'd like to discuss with you, below the fold...

As soon as I read Ophelia's comment, I was struck, like a bolt of lightening had zapped me.

It was one of those "ephiphany" moments.

We've discussed, ad nauseum, the failure of the Democrats on message control. These people have all of the great ideas, and none of the ability to convey it in language simple enough, and short enough, for it to appeal to the majority of voters.

We suck at it, as a group.

But we can do it right, if we have the right message - and a hook to get attention for it.

So, here's my action item proposal to the Daily Kos community.

Let's start a ♫♫ Tie a Yellow Ribbon ♫♫ campaign - for the 99er's.

Everyone who knows someone (or is someone) who is a 99er...

Tie a Yellow Ribbon on your car antenna, to your mailbox post.

Tack a Yellow Ribbon to your front door or hang it from your clapper.

UPDATE h/t to rogerdaddy - In addition to the Yellow Ribbon:

Everyone who knows someone (or is someone) who is a 99er Unemployed ...

Tie a Black Ribbon on your car antenna, to your mailbox post.

Tack a Black Ribbon to your front door or hang it from your clapper.

Do it this week.

When someone asks you what it's for, tell them:

Congress needs to RESCUE the 99er's and their families, from disaster.
Please call President Obama at (202) 456-1111 and tell him:

Let's SAVE some of our fellow citizens and their families this holiday season.

The Rich have enough. Let's help those who really need it.

UPDATE II

PvtJarHead says:
The yellow ribbon thing got co-opted by the war cheerleaders.  Isn't that what those ribbon magnets on cars are supposed to represent?

I like the ribbon IDEA.  I just think we need to pick a different color...  perhaps grey?

I'm a 99er myself.  My unemployment ran out just last week.  Even if congress passed something tomorrow I highly doubt I would see any additional benefits until January.  There are something like 2 million people that have exhausted their benefits who are struggling this Christmas....  Things are tough all over.

How about dKos Orange for the 99er's and White for the rest of the Unemployed? How about a poll?  Ok, then, here ya go:

Originally posted to My .02¢ from The Other Washington on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 10:28 PM PST.

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  •  Decency Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Because this is the only decent thing for Congress and President Obama to do for all of us millions of families with no jobs, no hope and pretty damned soon, no fucking future whatsoever.

    "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
    Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

    by Angie in WA State on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 10:28:32 PM PST

    •  The longer "they" are unemployed, the less (3+ / 0-)

      power they wield - less likely to have the means to organize, even to contact their congresscritters.  So much easier to not pay attention when they're not all up in your grill, as my teen would say.

      I could do this in a heartbeat and I would love to see an array of yellow ribbons appear outside of Congressional offices, both district and DC, especially if they approximated an estimate of the # of 99'ers in the district.

      As long as I don't have to listen to Tony Orlando & Dawn :)  

      •  with today's information that the current 9.8% (3+ / 0-)
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        official UI rate is overwhelmed by the 'unofficial' UI rate of 17%.

        Nearly twice the official rate, of those drawing benefits right now.

        Over 8% still not employed, but not getting any assistance with income replacement.

        Almost 1 out of 10 Americans with no job and no income.

        Shameful that our Congress and President will even consider more reduced taxes for the Rich while millions of poor Americans slink from plain old poverty into destitution.

        Just shameful.

        Not to mention that additional benefits to 99er's and their families would have an immediate and positive effect on "consumer demand" - which should lead to an increase in hiring to meet that increased consumer demand.

        "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
        Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

        by Angie in WA State on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 11:00:08 PM PST

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  •  Could be a powerful statement, IMO (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, rogerdaddy

    just wondering if enough people know who a'99er' is. I guess only because I'm not 100% sure, myself! ;) What if the group was simply called 'the middle class'? i.e. on the ribbon, maybe "GOP: Free the Middle Class!" Just thinking out loud. Cheers trecz

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 10:46:50 PM PST

    •  maybe "Long-term" unemployed? (2+ / 0-)
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      rogerdaddy, ericlewis0

      But the reason for the outcry would be over the 99er's who have lost all assistance with replacement income - in an economy which cannot provide them with jobs.

      Would a change to long-term unemployed from 99er's change that message?

      "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
      Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

      by Angie in WA State on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 10:53:13 PM PST

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      •  on the other hand (2+ / 0-)
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        rogerdaddy, ericlewis0

        But at least we could be assured that nearly everyone knows someone who has been unemployed a long, long time (a year or more).

        "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
        Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

        by Angie in WA State on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 10:54:34 PM PST

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        •  Thanks for doing this Angie (2+ / 0-)
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          Angie in WA State, Niphead

          All I know is that I'm sick and tired of incessant news and chatter on the stock market and taxes, when 2M people have literally seen their lives destroyed. They  have become an afterthought - in the news, in policy. There is no recovery unless there are decent jobs for these people.

          I hate to sound nasty, but when I saw the kind of massive action around here when Keith Olbermann got suspended, well... if we could apply that kind of mass to something that really mattered, we might make a difference.  Nothing against Olbermann, but I'm pretty sure he can take care of himself.

          So if this is the action, I'm all for it.

          •  ps (1+ / 0-)
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            Angie in WA State

            Random thoughts on only one cup of irish breakfast tea (not a coffee drinker) -- from a marketing perspective, I wouldn't use multiple colored ribbons - just stick to one color. Long term unemployed sounds like a data point - these are human beings who probably feel discounted enough. I think of them as "middle aged people like me who can't find work." As marketing nomenclature, not sure that's any good. These folks are casualties of messed up, failed, economic policies.

            I do like the ribbon idea for this issue precisely because of its iconic history - hostages, soldiers, hiv/aids victims - people who are enduring hardship and suffering and are all too easy to forget.

            Maybe the ribbon should just signify one thing -- jobs?

  •  Great idea. I would suggest that we add (3+ / 0-)

    another ribbon/color for all of the unemployed who need a frickin' job.
    Unfortunately, that would include your's truly.
    Tipped and rec'd Angie.
    Peace ;-)>

    "We're right in the middle of a fucking reptile zoo! And somebody's giving booze to these goddamn things!"-Hunter S. Thompson ;-)>

    by rogerdaddy on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 10:55:43 PM PST

  •  The yellow ribbon thing got co-opted by the... (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, ORDem
    war cheerleaders.  Isn't that what those ribbon magnets on cars are supposed to represent?

    I like the ribbon IDEA.  I just think we need to pick a different color...  perhaps grey?

    I'm a 99er myself.  My unemployment ran out just last week.  Even if congress passed something tomorrow I highly doubt I would see any additional benefits until January.  There are something like 2 million people that have exhausted their benefits who are struggling this Christmas....  Things are tough all over.

    "War is a Racket" -- MajGen Smedley D. Butler, USMC

    by PvtJarHead on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 11:04:15 PM PST

  •  Message Control. (1+ / 0-)
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    Do you think the problem is message control, that Democrats have the answers but they just can't convey them? Did you hear the president speaking tonight and did you hear what he said?  Yellow, blue or purple polka dot ribbons are not going to feed a family or keep them in their home.  The Democrats have sold us out and it has nothing to do with messaging.  It's time for all of us to stop looking at the world through Democrat/Republican eyes.  The politicians are laughing at us as we suffer and cheer them on.

    •  The only thing that will ever stop this (2+ / 0-)
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      luckylizard, Blizzard

      Government's headlong dash to plutocracy is going to be a seriously loud and prolonged outcry from the general public.

      It's happened in this country in the past.
      1870s Response to the Panic of 1873.
      1919 Seattle
      1934 once and again and again.

      It's happening in Europe as we speak.
      2010 Spain

      There is a point at which the somnolent and dreaming People wake up and look around and don't like what they see.

      And decide to have a talk about it with the Politicians.

      Sometimes this "talk" takes the form of an election, sometimes a Strike, sometimes as rioting in the streets.

      Sometimes the "talk" results in a better nation.

      Sometimes it results in an entirely new "nation".

      All I know is that it looks like my country is getting ready to either collapse or convert into a true Plutocracy. I'll do what I can to prevent that, even if it's as silly as talking about visual stimulation as it relates to political messaging, and perhaps tying a ribbon on my car, so that others in my community can see, and perhaps join me in my concern.

      Margaret Mead once said "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

      I happen to agree.

      "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
      Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

      by Angie in WA State on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 11:59:08 PM PST

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    •  Maybe not all of them, but (2+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, Blizzard

      there certainly is a majority - on both sides of the aisle - that are little more than a subsidiary of Wall Street. We could have had a 75-25 "majority" in the Senate and it still wouldn't have been enough. The old party jerseys of the '50s and '60s no longer apply. These guys play on the same team these days. And it ain't ours.

  •  Like the enthusiasm (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    But I'm not sure the action is enough to really get attention in the bigger realm of pink, yellow, red ribbons, National day of this and that, change your facebook picture for the baby seals day, blah blah blah.

    I think if people are truly passionate about this issue, it has to be something much less comfortable and much louder like civil disobedience that will finally wake some people up. Occupy the congressional offices, picket the corporatist media to get the message out, in person, loud, megaphone in your face action.

    Silence equals death as the ACT UP saying goes, and I'm afraid ribbons would be a little too silent.  It was the anger of the Health Care town halls that got their attention last time, and anything short of that won't have an impact at this time, I fear.

    ~ Nothing insightful to say ~

    by EagleOfFreedom on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 12:15:39 AM PST

  •  I voted orange and white and thank you for (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, Niphead

    the mention in the update.
    Whatever works...let's confront 'em with reality.
    Peace ;-)>

    "We're right in the middle of a fucking reptile zoo! And somebody's giving booze to these goddamn things!"-Hunter S. Thompson ;-)>

    by rogerdaddy on Tue Dec 07, 2010 at 12:17:12 AM PST

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