Denise Tejada on Tuesday, Dec. 6th
You may have noticed something different inside your San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. The publication contains a full-page ad listing a “99% proposal” on how to create jobs, reduce the wealth divide and control spending.
Marti Roach, one of the organizers responsible for the ad, said the solutions advertised in print resulted from an Occupy Washington hearing that took place on November 17. “[Organizers] brought experts and asked what can we do to increase jobs and reduce inequality, and [they] came up with solutions” Roach said.
However, organizers felt their solution plan would not be heard by other people not present at the hearing, so Roach decided to do something about it.
The ad, which ran today, cost $8500 and Roach says she was able to raise the money with the help of San Francisco campaign “crowdfunding” firm LoudSauce.com. “All the donations were individual donors. A total of 99 people donated from the smallest donation of five dollars to the largest of $700,” Roach said.
According to Roach, the purpose of the ad is to raise awareness regarding the positive developments that are coming out of the occupy movement. She also says the occupy movement is so large and can be hard to understand, so it’s important to direct people to these solutions so they have a better understanding of the movement.“We want to get people’s attention who are getting frustrated with the occupy movement and to show there are parts of the movement that are doing constructive things.”