Several truth music artists are working on plans to tour the country to spread their message and the message about the Million Mask Movement. This is one of the many projects we mentioned earlier that will be ongoing, but it is still in the initial planning phase. The people planning it have set up a Facebook page for updates. You can find it by clicking here or by clicking the “MMM Truth Tour” link at the top of the blog. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please post them on the Facebook page or comment on this post. We will post any major updates when they become available. To all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, have a safe and happy holiday.
In the upcoming months, the Million Mask Movement will be working with several other groups to help with various projects, including everything from hosting charity drives and collecting items for the homeless to protesting and bringing important issues to light. It is common for people to disagree on several issues, but whether you claim affiliation with Anonymous, Occupy or any other collective/group – or none of them at all – your efforts are appreciated. These projects and events will be ones that hopefully everyone can agree on and participate in despite their differences of opinion. It’s important for everyone to remember that it isn’t Occupy vs Anonymous, left vs right, race vs another race, etc. We’re all human beings, and we can all benefit from working together, even if it is just to make small changes for the better in our communities. Even a small step can make a big difference one way or another in the future. There are and always will be people working against positive change, so it is important to be aware of that and avoid them. In a future post, we will cover in more detail what to look for to identify infiltrators and other people who may be trying to cause harm instead of good.
We will be posting in here more often than we did before the march on the 5th. Our goal is to share information with you about many different important issues you can focus on both worldwide and in your communities. One of the most recent issues, which most of you have read about already, is Jeremy Hammond’s sentencing. He was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last week. This details of this case and why it turned out the way it did should raise everyone’s eyebrows, and it is definitely worth the read. Please read this op-ed from Digital Journal for more information. If you aren’t following our blog yet, you can click on the follow button on the right (if you use WordPress) or subscribe to receive notifications of new posts via email.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please let us know.
(photo credit: Ven Detta)
In terms of spreading messages and waking people up, the Million Mask March was an overall success. We realize the world did not change drastically in one day, but the event has inspired thousands of people to contribute even more time and energy in the upcoming months to work for the changes they want to see. We would like to invite all of you to join an ongoing event that was started in support of this idea – the Million Mask Outreach. You can click on the text or find the link at the top of the blog in the link bar. This is a summary from their page:
The Million Mask Outreach seeks to continue humanitarian efforts throughout our world. The Million Mask Outreach is a collective. From Free Hugs, to Community centers, and campaigns. We will be the change we want to see in our world. There are no individual leaders here. All are welcome to share their experiences, and events.
When this blog was created in May of 2013, it was originally made just to provide updates and information about what was – then – just a sole event in Washington D.C. The idea has spread and there were at least 450 events worldwide on the 5th. We have been receiving photos from people in cities that were not even on the map, so we definitely estimated the numbers to be higher. We’re anticipating next year will be a much bigger event and will be launching a website soon, so watch for updates.
For those of you who did not make it to the D.C. event and would like a well-described glimpse of what it was like to be there, please check out this awesome detailed timeline story: “Million Mask March Shuts Down Sections of DC”
A powerful speech, written by Giovanni B. and John F. Please watch the video and feel free to share it with your friends. You can find the entire text of this speech in this paste (http://pastebin.com/n3rMU3V0).
Thanks to everyone who came out to Washington D.C. and all the other events around the world. Your support and participation in this event, being a worldwide solidarity movement, made a very strong and positive impact on people everywhere. Naysayers may be going on about how things did not change overnight, but real change only comes overnight in the movies. This is real life, and we all know it is an ongoing process to work toward a more fair and just world. We all have a choice – to get involved or do nothing. Perhaps we won’t see the greatest changes in our lifetimes, but, like the saying goes “Let it not be said we did nothing.” Please follow our blog, Twitter and Facebook page for updates for future events.
If you have events you want added to the 2014 map to get started early, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have a new map up shortly.
(awesome photo art created by and courtesy of John N.)
Who’s ready? With only one day left until November 5th, there are several bits of information we wanted to share with all of you, and there are a few issues to address. If you do not know your protesting rights, please read up on them. The ACLU has plenty of good information for U.S. residents as well as state-specific information. If you find yourself being wrongfully arrested (if you live in the U.S.), it is important to know your rights and who you can call for help. We are not familiar with all the foreign protesting laws, so please ask the event host in the city where you are planning to attend if you are unsure.
As we all protest, let’s also remember the Anons, hacktivists, activists and ordinary citizens who have been put in prison or are facing the possibility of it for the information they are being accused of obtaining and sharing. You can learn the names and info about the activists/hacktivists who are in prison or indicted by visiting FreeAnons.org. It would be nice if people in every group could make a few signs or posters for these individuals (or others you may know locally too).
There have been quite a few rumors spread about the original event in Washington D.C. (for Washington Memorial proceeding to Lafayette Park) lately from some media sources. Just to clarify, the original event is in no way affiliated with the millionmaskmarch(dot)org site or the sites it promotes and is affiliated with, nor the people running the site and their separate event.
With that being said, there is also some disinformation being spread by some media sources stating that the Citizens Action event for Anonymous Occupy the White House had plans to attempt citizens’ arrests of officials. THIS IS NOT TRUE. There is a blog online that is in no way affiliated with the original Million Mask March or AOTWH’s event on the same day. AOTWH’s event was also called Citizens Action, but it is not the same event and nobody seems to know who created the rogue event or why they also used that name. AOTWH has changed the name of their event to avoid confusion and an admin said that the unknown wordpress blog bearing the Citizens Action name had no affiliation with them. AOTWH also supports the 100% peaceful goals of the original Million Mask March, which does NOT advocate citizens’ arrests, intimidation or violence of any kind against citizens or government officials.
This march has many messages, all pertaining to important issues. However, the goal is NOT to cause chaos.
We hope this clears up any disinformation that is going around.
Also, Giovanni B. wrote an excellent speech, and John F. added some edits, that several organizers will be reading at their events. You can find the text of it in this pastebin document. (Thanks guys, and fantastic job).
Event hosts, if you have any changes to be made to your information bubbles on the map regarding time and location, please send them to email@example.com We have several new events added since the last blog post. Quite a few of them are evening events, so if you can’t make it to a morning event in your city, check to see if there is also an evening one. Here are the newest events (and you can also find them on the map):
Columbia, SC: https://www.facebook.com/events/552757551446739/
Martinsburg, WV: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyWVMartinsburg
Augusta, ME: https://www.facebook.com/events/180903655433605/
Fishkill, NY: https://www.facebook.com/events/212188368953620/
Albany, NY: https://www.facebook.com/events/1391080721130915/
East Hampton, NY (evening): https://www.facebook.com/events/224779357691630/
Memphis, TN: https://www.facebook.com/events/651723404849411/
Pahrump, NV: https://www.facebook.com/events/652524428125807/
Pierre, SD: https://www.facebook.com/events/1381216678784666/
Modesto, CA: https://www.facebook.com/anonymouscentralvalley
Waverly, IA: Koleman Park, 6:00 p.m.
Marsille (2): https://www.facebook.com/events/528931890522941/
Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône, France: https://www.facebook.com/events/649477241741243/
Brussels, Belgium (evening): https://www.facebook.com/events/640578475965028/
Vilnius, Lithuania: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427362847476244/
Manipal, India: https://www.facebook.com/events/389406174526111/
Calicut, India: https://www.facebook.com/events/418046908320729
Palermo, Italy: https://www.facebook.com/events/143320495872800/
Yerevan, Armenia: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428504544039325/
Belgrade, Serbia: https://www.facebook.com/events/1399566003613552/
Campo Grande, Brazil: https://www.facebook.com/events/667679369931930/
Regina, Saskatchewan: https://www.facebook.com/events/204227333090230/
Campbell River, British Columbia: https://www.facebook.com/MillionMaskMarchCampbellRiver
Ottawa, Ontario (evening): https://www.facebook.com/events/663330623697668/
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Hague): https://www.facebook.com/events/231574673641591/
Ridderstraat, Netherlands: http://www.wake-net.nl / http://pastebin.com/yNnGqLFf
Skopje, Macedonia: https://www.facebook.com/events/561490340552897/
Kragujevac, Serbia: https://www.facebook.com/events/219085474931391
Sarajevo, Bosnia: https://www.facebook.com/events/455590611229093/
Kochi, India: https://www.facebook.com/events/234668586698831/
Ljubljana, Slovenia: https://www.facebook.com/events/712789858750030/
Kabul, Afghanistan: https://www.facebook.com/events/408609559262429/
Barcelona, Spain: http://pastebin.com/C1kNu0ye (pastebin)
Rome, Italy (evening): https://www.facebook.com/events/1432693243620482
Porto, Portugal: https://www.facebook.com/events/541093222626704
First of all, we would like to thank everyone who submitted answers for the mask contest. Between Twitter, Facebook, email and this blog, there were quite a few excellent answers to consider. The volunteers said they had a difficult time deciding because there were so many excellent answers, so thank you all. They agreed on a short but sweet answer as the winner, which was submitted by Virgil.
What does freedom mean to me? Voluntary Consent in all aspects of life. Nothing forced, especially enforced by the barrel of a gun.
For all of you who have organized or are organizing events in your cities and want to contact the media, one of our participants wrote two press release templates that you are free to use. You can find the link at the top of the blog or click here. One is a general release, and the other is the same information but with fields you can fill in with your individual event’s details.
We have now reached 400 events worldwide. Since there are SO many new events, we will include a list of them with the links. There are still some duplicate events out there, so if you find two events for a city you’re searching, please contact the hosts of those events to find out what is going on. Some events and info bubbles on the map do not have event page links because the hosts chose not to use them. Here are the latest events since the last list:
Fort Myers, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/135062046641503/
Lake Worth, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/736279799722585/
Tampa, FL (updated link): https://www.facebook.com/events/476472385783529/
Tampa, FL (2): https://www.facebook.com/events/1406734936223690/
Melbourne, FL: no event page – 900 E Strawbridge Ave, time TBD later (see map)
Naples, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/227540264078301/
Paterson, NJ: https://www.facebook.com/events/211345435709216/
Eugene, OR: https://www.facebook.com/events/586667191400910/
Nashville, TN: http://www.nearify.com/events/6323662405322806233957
Fort Worth, TX: https://www.facebook.com/events/631643856874948
College Station, TX: https://www.facebook.com/events/168102230055722/
Toledo, OH: https://www.facebook.com/events/734875996526868/
Indianapolis, IN: https://www.facebook.com/events/170593426471462/
Pittsburgh, PA: https://www.facebook.com/events/424176274350396/
Philadelphia, PA: https://www.facebook.com/events/504608109636139/
Richmond, VA: https://www.facebook.com/events/632438006807592/
Annapolis, MD: https://www.facebook.com/events/672907289410628/
Baltimore, MD: https://www.facebook.com/events/451364044983743/
Montpelier, VT: https://www.facebook.com/events/515387015223769/
Dover, DE: https://www.facebook.com/events/247238572094275/
Plattsburgh, NY: https://www.facebook.com/events/597107600355591/
New York, NY (3): https://www.facebook.com/events/241853462631009/
Buffalo, NY: https://www.facebook.com/events/482162391880921/
Buffalo, NY (Erie): https://www.facebook.com/events/522606817829060/
Louisville, KY: https://www.facebook.com/events/244184009071506/
Berea, KY: https://www.facebook.com/events/531915616893814/
Little Rock, AR: https://www.facebook.com/events/464395553675635/
Hot Springs, AR: https://www.facebook.com/events/464395553675635/
Juneau, AK: https://www.facebook.com/events/166139146926296
Rock Hill, SC: https://www.facebook.com/events/1399992606900609/
Kannapolis, NC: https://www.facebook.com/events/605323929524853/
Charlotte, NC: https://www.facebook.com/events/373003239500930/
Minneapolis, MN: https://www.facebook.com/events/176348245901115/
Peoria, IL: no event page – 8:00 a.m. outside of Federal Building
Concord, NH: https://www.facebook.com/events/243818662440039/
Mammoth Lakes, CA: https://www.facebook.com/events/1456999361192877/
Humboldt, CA (evening): https://www.facebook.com/events/1418430738385240/
Tulare, CA: https://www.facebook.com/events/512053685556537
Buena Park, CA: https://www.facebook.com/events/229699490522175/
Clintonville, WI: https://www.facebook.com/events/725019140846365/
Chippewa Falls, WI: https://www.facebook.com/events/671668716190745
Saginaw, MI: https://www.facebook.com/events/632606643457528/
South Carolina (no location): https://www.facebook.com/events/512380438847059/
Lake Havasu City, AZ: https://www.facebook.com/events/589711581089540
Cheyenne, WY: https://www.facebook.com/events/165721750298909/
Kearney, NE: https://www.facebook.com/events/205996076239953/
McPherson, KS: https://www.facebook.com/events/1429993960547529/
Fossil Bluff, Antarctica: https://www.facebook.com/events/532942730114728/
Trivandrum, India: https://www.facebook.com/events/168709123326656/
Antalya, Turkey: https://www.facebook.com/events/358741054261719
Izmir, Turkey: https://www.facebook.com/events/358741054261719
Istanbul, Turkey: https://www.facebook.com/events/358741054261719
Ankara, Turkey: https://www.facebook.com/events/358741054261719
Bahia Salvador, Brazil: https://www.facebook.com/events/684415568238229/
Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil: https://www.facebook.com/events/440754689368372/
Boca Maldita, Sao Paulo, Brazil: https://www.facebook.com/events/468079996639152/
Cluj Napoca, Romania: https://www.facebook.com/events/168673440003772/
RO NU-ACTA: https://www.facebook.com/events/170485439820602/
Tallinn, Estonia: https://www.facebook.com/events/680892208590153/
Brighton, UK: https://www.facebook.com/events/523836767710115/
Aberdeen, UK: https://www.facebook.com/events/520242768062009/
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia: https://www.facebook.com/events/621125507928484/
Koszalin, Poland: https://www.facebook.com/events/433043533470988/
Zielona Gora, Poland: https://www.facebook.com/events/446101285501249
Rzeszow, Poland: https://www.facebook.com/events/660326963997624
Białymstoku, Poland: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423417204536570
Szczecin, Poland: https://www.facebook.com/events/185422761644053
Kielce, Poland: https://www.facebook.com/events/174483582752114
Gdansk, Poland: https://www.facebook.com/events/522811881134621
Lublin, Poland: https://www.facebook.com/events/227777090720881
Kristiansand, Norway: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416012925293562/
Molde, Norway: https://www.facebook.com/events/461885773929901
Nuremberg, Germany: https://www.facebook.com/events/401074063352829/
Islamabad, Pakistan: https://www.facebook.com/events/244645219025781/
Jakarta, Indonesia: https://www.facebook.com/events/529167297165434/
Moncton, New Brunswick: https://www.facebook.com/events/207980619384042
Montreal, Quebec: https://www.facebook.com/events/163440417190233/
Taiwan: add to map https://www.facebook.com/events/177302075791235/
Hobart, Tasmania: https://www.facebook.com/events/648108668566738/