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FAQ About the Industrial Network

Q: What is this event all about?

A: For far too long, Congress has been catering to the 1% instead of representing the 99%. In December, Congress will vote on whether to renew unemployment insurance benefits—if they don’t, more than 2 million people will lose all income in January. They’ll also be deliberating other important budget and tax measures that could have an impact on the 99% for generations to come. Now more than ever, Congress needs to see us and hear us.

People have set up multiday encampments in Washington, D.C., during times of crisis before—it’s what the veterans did to protest their poor treatment after World War I—and it made a difference.

Q. Who is coming to “Take Back the Capitol”?

A: Thousands of people have signed up so far, including unemployed and underemployed people from every state, students, community activists, union members, healthcare advocates, and travelers from Occupy sites from coast to coast.

Q: Who is organizing it?

A: “Take Back the Capitol” is being organized by a wide variety of community, labor, Occupy, and other groups around the country.

Q: When should we be there?

A: Most folks will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Monday, December 5 and leave on December 9. If you can’t be there for the whole time, consider joining us for a day or two.

Q: Are there buses or carpools I can ride with?

A:  Most people will travel to D.C. in carpools with friends or on buses organized by community organizations. Some folks will be flying in from as far away as Los Angeles and Seattle. SIGN UP NOW and if you need help getting to D.C. we’ll attempt to connect you with others traveling from your area.

Q: Will housing be provided?

A: We are securing areas to pitch tents and asking area community centers, churches, union halls, and other organizations to offer up their floors for people to sleep on. You should come with blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, and tents if possible.

We are seeking donations and sponsorships to be sure unemployed and underemployed workers can join us. If you know unemployed folks who’d be interested in attending or you’re willing to make a contribution to help pay their way, CONTACT US.

Q: What should I bring to DC with me?

  • Comfortable & warm clothes for each day
  • Rain gear
  • Hand/foot warmers (bring lots)
  • Toiletries
  • Shower Shoes
  • Body Cleansing Towelettes
  • Snacks, such as power bars
  • Extra socks, gloves, hats
  • Extra warm clothes
  • Tent
  • Snacks that will not go bad – i.e. granola bars & trail mix
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Sleeping bag/inflatable mattress/foam
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Emergency Cash and/or Credit Cards
  • Any warm clothes/sleeping supplies you would be willing to lend to others for the week

Q. Can I bring my kids?

A:  Unless you have your own accommodations and day care arrangements, we discourage young children from participating, as the weather and logistics may pose challenges.

The 99% Converge on Capitol Hill December 5-9

Join thousands of 99%-ers who are coming to Washington, DC during the first week of December to take back the Capitol from corporate control.

We can have a real impact as Congress deliberates the extension of unemployment insurance benefits for more than 5 million people and other important budget and tax measures.

It’s time for the 99% to be a visible, peaceful presence on Capitol Hill. By day we’ll show up at Congressional hearings and K Street lobbyists’ offices, and by night we’ll crash in church auditoriums, union halls, and in tents and sleeping bags.

Our goal is to remind Congress to represent all Americans—not just the richest 1%.

Join the Action

WHEN

Most folks will arrive in DC on December 5 and head home on December 9, 2011.

WHERE

  • The People’s Camp on the mall (near 14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW) will serve as our home base where we pitch our tents and enjoy teach-ins, seminars, music, and other entertainment.

WHAT

Thousands will converge on the nation’s capital to show Congress what democracy looks like, shine a light on corporate greed and the human suffering it has caused, and demand justice for the 99%. For four days we’ll hold spirited but peaceful actions, speak-outs, and protests—from the halls of the Capitol to the offices on K Street—as well as spend time together learning and sharing stories, ideas, and inspiration.

A few highlights:

  • Monday, December 5 – Set up the People’s Camp. After checking in, pitching tents, and creating signs and banners, an orientation and entertainment will be hosted by OurDC, a local organization of unemployed and underemployed 99%-ers.
  • Tuesday, December 6 – Take Back the People’s House. From the People’s Camp, we’ll form groups and fan out to congressional offices, remind members of Congress that the Capitol is the People’s House, and demand that they represent the 99%.
  • Wednesday, December 7- “Make Wall Street Pay.” We’ll swarm K Street, the lobbying center for the world’s most powerful corporations, and track down those responsible for crashing the economy and causing millions of 99%ers to lose their jobs and homes—while failing to pay their fair share of taxes.
  • Thursday, December 8 – Demand Justice for the 99%. The day’s events will include multiple speak-outs throughout the Capitol, a national prayer vigil with unemployed folks and faith leaders, a mass march on key congressional leaders, and a lively jubilee action.
  • Friday, December 9 – Take It Home. We’ll pack it up and head home, where we need to keep the pressure on our representatives in Congress to do right by the 99%.

Days in Review

Day 4: March on Boehner’s Office

The culmination of a week of protests and actions calling on Congress to create good jobs, stop cutting public services, and make big corporations and the rich pay their fair share, a crowd of thousands marched to Speaker Boehner’s office in Longworth House Office Building and attempted to meet with the Speaker to make sure that he hears from the 99%, not just the 1%.

Day 3: The 99% Take Over K Street

On Day 3, activists and unemployed workers swarmed K Street, the lobbying center for the world’s most powerful corporations, to track down those responsible for crashing the economy and causing millions of 99%-ers to lose their jobs and homes–while failing to pay their fair share of taxes.

Read the live blog updates from the day at: seiu.me/99day3

Day 1: Setting Up The People’s Camp

Check out some photos from today’s set-up on the National Mall:

How to stay tuned in to “Take Back The Capitol”

  • Twitter: Follow hashtag #99indc for live reports and breaking news.
  • Photos: View photos from our Flickr feed
  • Blogging: Keep check back here and stay tuned to SEIU.org for blog updates from the ground throughout the week.
  • Mobile: Text CAMP to 64336 to let us know you’re here and get text message updates.