#BestIdeas4NYC #BestIdeasForNYC #BestIdeas4Trump #MustSeeDocs

Making noise and creative artful activism is great!

Informing a few hundred people a day about social issues is great!

A few HUNDRED-THOUSAND people MUCH better!

Changing the conversation is great!

But making REAL concrete positive change for local NYC residents MUCH


What has been done by your group to that end? Any concrete achievements?

ie Legislative changes by NYC Council. Increase of participants in

weekly meetings and NON VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION events?


Possible ways to do this asap

1) **** Guerrilla Outreach / Artful Activism ie Create robust thriving NYC Activism Light Brigade

to spread good ideas and initiatives and critical info

with LED and Laser LIGHT possibly? We would like to build/acquire and

use at least a few times a week (during tolerably-weathered evenings)

promote IMPORTANT NYC resident-empoweing info & be a source of inspiration for

New Yorkers info and potentially widely popular local state and

national initiatives *****

1a) acquire / make ASAP a scrolling-text LASER projector

that can PROJECT useful TEXT AND INFO pertaining to important NYC

resources onto vertical surfaces

and/or a

1b) portable-powered Scrolling LED sign

http://soo.gd/occupykitchenscrollingled like on hot-dog / kebab stands

and in stores displays!

—– as well as—–

1c) Analog ie PEOPLE-powered / AA-(rechargable!)-battery-powered

bright white Christmas-light letters to engage in

see ——>

Brigade can be used to help stop the Military Industrial CONGRESSIONAL complex!!!!

ie Disaster Capitalism ie. WallStWarSt paradigm! Stop

#SuperPACs!!!  Jumpstart Green Economy http://solidaritynyc.orghttp://neweconomy.net  ,

Possibly promote these orgs ; https://www.veteransforpeace.org/

2) Promote calendars #nycactivismcalendar & #justiceduckling

a huge way

solicit help from NYC techie community (see list below) to create

robust online NYC activism calendar

(and a telephone daily recorded telephone hotline for non-Internet

savvy New Yorkers!).

Online version can include  event mapping based on zip code,

keywords, preferences. Daily Email & sms alerts mailing list? Google

maps?  Other


3) #MustSeeDocs FREE ONLINE VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES, real human stories,

eye-opening, usually saddening shocking and outraging! But also

inspiring! And hopefully moving people into ACTION!


4) http://is.gd/mustseedocs < —— viewable / printable documents online

educational flyers, and list of possible NYC law changes that could

benefit all of us!  hosted on sites like SCRIBD! Looking to grow this

asap.  Have TONS of FLYERS from past 7 years of activism that I’d like

to DIGITIZE and UPLOAD to internet!

****** 5) #NYCPeoplesPlatform if say 3/4 of New Yorkers could agree on

progressive initiatives what would that look like ?  ********

Once we form this living document

6)  Occupy NYC Hall! 2)  Occupy NYC Council! and Occupy NYC Community Boards!

What do you think of #NYCPeoplesPlatform  #ChangeTheLaws campaign for NYC get massive

input from general pubic to rate and evaluate determine best ideas for

an “if I were NYC Mayor” campaign? Maybe install MORE LinkNYC (restore

filtered Internet browsing on these kiosks!) and other tech tools to

build this channel for best ideas to flow to as many connected and

offline New Yorkers as possible?

Community POLL in different languages that can be distributed TO AS



Ways to share and quickly assess and rate/vote on best

ideas/initiatives for IMMEDIATE progressive NYC policy change Maybe

reach out to LinkNYC ( City of New York, CityBridge, Intersection

Qualcomm, CIVIQ Smartscapes ), the people that make those MTA

them into possible multilingual public opinion/

best-civic-ideas/survey-stations and possibly help build a widely

popular #NYCPeoplesPlatform? That we can then lobby City Council?

Keep the code OPEN


Ways to share and quickly assess and rate/vote on WHAT constitutes a

BASIC HUMAN NECESSITY/NEED that they would like NYC legislature and

executive to SUBSIDIZE and FUND by DIVERTING money being used towards


and ‘POLICING’ to be used for HUMAN NEEDS!


Right to publicly assemble

Right to have free speech in public and not get pounced on

Right to stay in park after midnight

Right to decide where our tax money gets spent

Right to impeach / repalce corrupt “leaders”

Healthy food




public transport

health care

natural healing

hot & cold running


cooking facilities

refrigeration facilities

useful meetups etc. etc.

******* 7) Good Groups NYC /  Good Pages NYC —- gather list of all like-minded

activism & community groups in NYC. Publish quarterly? Promote in a

huge way. Use this list as a starting point to

*****   We should probably find a way

ASAP for New Yorkers share a list of  THE BEST small and large groups

in NYC who are 1) fighting for HUMAN RIGHTS 2) successfully serving

the needs of NYC residents and 2) hopefully EMPOWERING The residents

of NYC!  What constitutes a HUMAN NEEDS ie if NYC could operate as a

Human Rights ZONE!!!! *****

8) Annual #VacantSpaceCount  ANNUAL census by City

of NY or crowdsource if we have to. Get an idea of which spaces lots

and buildings have been long vacant and can be utilized by able-bodied

able-minded homeless and for the public good.

****** 9) Build a robust online NYC

resident activist artist barter network

existing groups to reach out to:

—– check out homepage of this one!!!

Goal BASIC NEEDS MET FOR ALL!  build a sharing network / barter etc.

for people with a little extra they can spare in these troubled times

with someone that provide SUPPORT and MOVEMENT BUILDING from it. NOT

enablement and dependence though

Ones that I know of in NYC

Really Really Free Market (Freegan

meetup), Brooklyn

Free Store / In Our Hearts, Free University, @OpSafeWinterNYC, The

Church of Good Deeds

Maybe we should all get together along with NYC Civic Hall techs and see

if we can build something asap?


10) Cooperative NYC translator service. Come together with silent rave

party headphones ( http://is.gd/translatorheadphones )

use these translators and headphones for

***** 11) Monthly #DefragTheMovement monthly organizing meetings to unite human rights groups in NYC and provide live

interpreter/translation services for anyone that speaks any of major

NYC languages *****

12) Possibly initiate War Tax Boycott for April 17. See https://nwtrcc.org/ National

War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee How many people on this list

know that Pentagon has declared $9 TRILLION (with a T!) missing!!???

Not event mentioning the Trillions spent that HAVE been accounted for.

allocate that money for long-overdue local public works


13) Free / low-cost Holistic Healthcare 4 ALL (including Dental care) for all who want it http://thirdroot.org

14) Free Public Transit 4 All self explanatory  create a PEOPLES MTA https://www.facebook.com/pplsmta/

15) Maybe petition City of NYC or use #ParticipatoryBudgeting channels

to push for the issuance of hometown money ie.. http://is.gd/hometowmmoney ie community currency ie…

vouchers and monetary awards for people who are humanitarians / good

samaritans / activists, community leaders working for the public good

and desperately in need of basic living costs met! ie free metrocard

that do homeless outreach, activism, etc.

***** 16) NYC Truth Commission

which we’d like to

form ********


a) honor courageous whistleblowers, journalists and documentarians

alive and deceased


b) form OUR OWN investigatory committees to help raise awareness about

and hopefully SOLVE many outstanding unsolved NYC terror crimes and

political assassinations. Goal is to hopefully expose real

perpetrators of crime and hopefully

prevent future crime from happening and prevent further reckless

endangerment and senseless killing of innocent / benevolent / peaceloving people


calling forward eyewitnesses and


Public inquiry into #MissingTrillions from Pentagon currently

documented over 9trillion (with a T)! can tie this into


17) Election Reform Act of 2017  involves ways we can

restore integrity and inclusiveness in local state and federal

elections for instance have elections on a holiday. Paper

ballet/instant run off etc. Eliminate electoral college etc.

Constitutional amendment perhaps? https://is.gd/unrigthedeepstate

17a) Election reform for NYC City Council and NYC Community Board etc


COMMUNITY NEIGHBORHOOD ELECTIONS for new community representatives


and other toxic dangerous extreme ways to get

electricity heat transportation etc.

19) ******* Form list of what constitutes as a CREDIBLE JOURNALISM


#ThePublicGood to counter Fake News!  ******

20) Start our own newspaper / publishing company!

21) Find a physical space in NYC to create a video editing /

journalism hub to counter fake news!

22) ******* Provide a USB flash drive of STUFF WE NEVER LEARNED IN


ie survival skills, true history of USA — of political prisoners, and environmental destruction, free energy, natural healing modalities, home remedies, nature of corporations & expose crimes against humanity, like facebook, monsanto, g4s etc etc etc, nature of government, plight of indigenous nations, Black Wall St. ,

Palestinians, Tibetans, Cointel Pro 101  etc etc etc  see

23) Demand that NYC City Council and Mayor acknowledge Indigenous peoples

request to #RemoveColumbusStatue and #RenameColumbusDay to


24) #OccupyTheFarm http://occupythefarmfilm.com/  build a work-exchange / rideshare network for local state

farmers so that relations and networks can be established with local farmers!

25) **** NYC Shower Bus!!!  a converted mobile bus where people can take showers

and or/ 19a) PUBLIC FUND so broke NYC residents can take showers and

do laundry *******

25) MACC metro anarchists coordinating council — send community representative

to monthly MACC meeting to build coalitions! http://defendj20resistance.org/

26)******  #WaterAsFuel quantum jump can make motor vehicles run in water and

power communities with breakthrough energy technology! Develop prototype

with hacker and young engineering students and developers! Look up

#DumpThePetrodollar #StarveTheBlackSnake

27) *******  #MikePenceOUTCynthiaMcKinneyIN  **********

Possibly draft and initiate a petition asap for this and

#BestIdeas4Trump campaign. If mass

public support, at very least it will raise mass public awareness

about people like Dr. Cynthia McKinney (Green Party candidate for

President of USA in 2008!) (would be nice to have this ready for NYC

Womens’ March!)

28)  #FreeALLpoliticalPrisoners NOW! shine light on this elephant-in

the-room! And release aged PPs and POWs NOW!

29) #FreeALLNonViolentOffenders pardons NOW!

30) Tied into #GanjaNYC #IbogaineNYC etc free the plants! End the bogus

failed drug war. Treat addiction as an illness NOT a crime. It is

widely known that CIA and USA Inc. have been controlling heroin from

Afghanistan etc.! They WANT people addicted. It’s is their cash crop

for black budget projects! https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/ganjanyc

31) ****** #StopMonsanto – Mandatory labeling of GMO and possible BAN of

known toxic Monsanto products in NYC! NOW ********

32) ***** Close down vacate any company doing business in NYC or with NYC

that is known to be shady and human rights abusers! #StopG4S etc etc


32a) Possibly ******* rewrite NYC charter ****** to ban these types of

companies from

operating in NYC ********

33) #BanForcedVaccination look it up! Vaccines are bogus as well! http://is.gd/awakenyc

34) #StopThePoliceState #StopPoliceTerror ie WE THE NYC residents

decide how POLICE

OFFICERS and resources are utilized here in NYC. Not millionaire /

billionaire Mayors!


35) #BanHorseCarriages a no brainer to humane people everywhere!


36) ***** Rethink and hopefully #ReclaimPublicSpace #TakeBackTheLand

#TakeBackTheStreets #RestoreCommonLaw and allow people to pitch tents

in parks and outdoors (as long as they do it responsibly)! See hashtag:

#RememberZuccotti ******


Possibly make a City Council resolution declaring FREE SPEECH,

reasserting constitutional rights

Prevent UNINVITED crazy obscene wasteful oppressive NYPD from

partaking in marches! ******

38) Build a strong #EvictionProtectionNetwork like Boston’s

#CityLifeVidaUrbana http://www.clvu.org/

make City Council pass a MORATORIUM on bank

foreclosures and evictions from places of residence!

39) Use this as a robust network to STOP BIG DEVELOPERS like REBNY from

40) ******** #RealPoliticalCourageTest for any potential future government

representative  *****

41) PEARS search engine ( http://is.gd/pearssearchengine ) or

something similar. GOGGLE is buying up every evil technology in sight

(search: Boston Dynamics killer robots!) . FUNCTIONS like NSA. And

cooperates fully with US Government ON DEMAND.

Find alternative SEARCH ENGINE(S) that promotes local community,

privacy, anonymonity, ASAP

42) Ham-radios, INTRANET infrastructure built that can be RUN and

SUPPORTED by local NYC residents / ie stakeholders. Make it freely

accessible!  Teach skills in HIGH SCHOOLS!!!!!!

43) ****** Reform education system in NYC and promote ALTERNATIVE

modalities for education!! See work of

44) Identify cheap easy tech solutions for NYC Actvisits and creative

people.. ie. Kits to enable your cell-phone screen project a small 3D

HOLOGRAM ( https://is.gd/cellphone3dhologramprojector ) etc.  Teach

these things in NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL

45) Alternative currency ie bitcoin, blockchain and/or non-counterfeitable ANALOG printed money

46)  ******  PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN / sliding scale FOOD


Solar powered / wind or veggie oil even at this point (

or possibly H2O- powered


electromagnetic engine powered

do not power with gasoline


47) Stimulate, motivate, incentivize MORE ideas that would advance NYC

so that we can all live with more peace, dignity and humanity! Find a

way to a way to channel best ideas through civic tech, COMPETITIONS

with PRIZES and social rewards!!

48) ***** Connect with the best NYC subway performers for an annual /

biannual old-school  JAM!!!!! Possibly fundraiser??? ***

49) ***** Connect with techies! Civic Hall NYC 118 w 22nd st 12th fl and also

SFO-based Reboot Democracy  civic tech tools (ie #ResistTools) ****

50) ****** Connect with landlords that are willing to host MONTHLY /

weekly pop-ups like this:

NYC Techie Groups:

Anarcho Tech Collective

Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Committee

Civic Hall NYC (Nicrosoft owned?? WTF?)

Progressive Hacknight ( http://www.progressivehacknight.org/ ),

Impact Hub NYC ( https://nyc.impacthub.net/ )

Hacking Manhattan ( https://hackmanhattan.com/ )

Disrupt NY Hackathon

MIT civic data design lab ( http://civicdatadesignlab.mit.edu/ ),

NYC Resistor ( https://www.nycresistor.com/ )

NYC Meetups Data forDemocracy Meetup


OWS (Occupy Wall Street) Tech Ops http://devinbalkind.com/tag/occupy/

More resources:

You can reach me, Matt Bralow, on NYCActivism.org Facebook page email

like/share/repost/comment anything on this page or at OWSKitchen.org !

Thanks for reading and entertaining these ideas!

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Maybe a solidarity / shared values statement by residents of NYC . see

example: #NYCPeoplesResolution #NYCemergencyResolution

List things we all can agree on (or at least things that most people

in your crew can agree on).. use that as a template to invite ALL

New Yorkers to take part including TEENS and PRE-TEENS. Like a Best Ideas,

“If I were President” “if I were Governor” “If I were Mayor” type of

things. Ways to TRULY make NYC NYS and America great.. .the BEST

ideas/initiatives from these groups. Form a TRULY progressive NYC

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