Thursday, October 27, 2011

PAST: Group Poem to be created at the foot of the Supreme Court with Split this Rock "Occupy the Supreme Court with Poetry" this FRI, March 23rd from 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Free and open to all!

Occupy the Supreme Court with Poetry Group Poem of Protest at the Supreme Court - bring your 12 words, or less, to share your voice - "Money is Not Speech! Poetry is Speech!"
Friday, March 23rd
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Free, All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Note: Though the Split this Rock Poetry Festival is sold out, you do not need to be registered to take part in this action. 

"The 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United equated money with speech. The resulting deluge of private, unaccountable money into America's political process has corrupted the system, effectively silencing the voices of the 99% who can't donate millions to a Super PAC. Join us at the Supreme Court to protest this perversion of our democracy!"

"As poets, we believe that only speech is speech, not money. We will join together at the Supreme Court to create a poetic form called a Cento. Please bring a line of poetry, yours or another's, that speaks to any of the following:
  • an idea being drowned out by the noise of paid political advertisements
  • the importance of multiple voices in public life
  • the celebration of all the ways we exercise speech in the public realm: poetry and art, the letter to the editor, the vote, the protest, the prayer
The line should not exceed 12 words. Write your line on a piece of paper and include the name of the poet, your name (if not using your own work) and your home town. Raise your poetic voice in a true act of free speech!" 

Feel free to bring a sign, but no poles larger 3/4" around and no signs offering anything for sale.

In front of the Supreme Court 
1 1st St, NE (between East Capitol and A S NE)
Metro: Capitol South is closest, or you can also walk a few blocks further from Union Station. Any of the 30 lines buses should also get you really close. See metro trip planner for best access. 

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