Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Random Acts of Citizenship: Pickin' Up Trash After Inauguration



So our attempts at keeping Inauguration Day litter free on the National Mall may not have been an entire success, but more than a few people were inspired by President Obama's call for personal responsibility and picked up after supporters on Tuesday afternoon. Our Jay-Z Russian Winter Hats that he wore to Inauguration off to all of you who decided each individual person can help make America a better place starting right now.

Monday, January 19, 2009

LITTER FREE ON CBS NEWS!


Watch CBS Videos Online

Braden, Matt, and Rakesh on CBS News!

CLEANUP AT LINCOLN MEMORIAL

HAPPY MLK DAY 2009!

Obama has designated today as a national day of service. Please help us clean up the Lincoln Memorial by signing up here!

http://www.usaservice.org/page/event/detail/dayofservicejanuary19/4v52v

Sunday, January 18, 2009

48 Hours 'till "The Moment:" Trash Cans are Full

WE NEED YOUR HELP! JUST 5 MINUTES CAN CHANGE THIS EFFORT!

Hello Litter Free Friends!

The big day is approaching and we need your help! We went to the Mall yesterday and we realized there is not enough trash cans and already coffee cups, plastic, napkins, food wrappers, and white rappers (Rakesh thinks he saw Vanilla Ice)…

YOU CAN HELP FROM ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY TO KEEP OUR FRONT YARD CLEAN!

Please contact the two following media contacts and make sure they have our Press Release. Make sure they have it! If they don't have the information, send them the following email. A few phone calls and some copy and pasting can MAKE A LITTER FREE MALL A REALITY.

YES WE CAN!!! LET"S GET THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFF TO A CLEAN START!!!


WUSA (DC's local CBS)
202-895-5999 (phone)

WJLA (DC's local ABC)
703-236-9555 (phone)
703-236-2331 (news fax)


NPR: http://www.npr.org/about/pitch/story.html

YOU CAN ALSO FIND YOUR OWN!

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PHONE SCRIPT

Hi! My name is _______________ from Litter Free Inauguration. I wanted to make sure you know about our campaign to have every attendee at the Inauguration bring a bag to keep our Nation's Front Yard litter Free.

Have you received our release?

Can I email it to you?

Thank you for your help!

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EMAIL (copy and paste)

Litter Free Inauguration
A group of young people from across the country have created a new media campaign to encourage people to keep the National Mall Litter Free during the Inauguration.

In just a few days Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. As President, Mr. Obama will inspire us to do more to help change the country for the better. Barack has said in order for real change to happen, each of us needs to make it happen. As our first commitment to change, we propose that every American planning on attending the Inauguration without a ticket pledge to make it a litter free event. Many campaign events this fall ended with hours of clean up by volunteers and city workers. We should not have to rely solely on them on Inauguration Day to keep America's front yard beautiful. By bringing a bag to the National Mall and picking up after ourselves, we can ensure a clean and socially responsible start to the Obama administration. Yes we can take responsibility for our actions! Yes we can change the World! Yes we can keep the National Mall litter free!

Thank you for your help in creating a clean and responsible celebration!

For more information or press information please contact Braden Kay at Arizona State's School of Sustainability at braden.kay@asu.edu or call (314) 910-8988.
WEBSITE: http://litterfreeinauguration.blogspot.com

Saturday, January 17, 2009

New, um, Video Blog?



New Video Blog. Apologies in advance for my smugly face all up on your computer screen. Sometimes you just got to hop in front of an iSight and pontificate over a dirty beat. Naomean?

Speaking 'Litter'-ally: Have You Signd Up on USA Service.org?

We got to jet in like 20 minutes so I'm going to say this fast. You should totally signup for our even on USA Service.org, the site President Obama is using to promote this weekend as a National Weekend of Service. It's not totally appropriate that we're up there since our event is on the 20th and after the official conclusion of service weekend, but it's another way to get the word out.

Litter Free Inauguration on USA Service Dot Org

We got an awesome comment on the Event post yesterday. It said something like this:

"This is great idea, but what exactly would we be doing? Handing out bags on the National Mall and picking up trash? I mean, I'm there. I just don't get it."

No. No way. Absolutely not. Litter Free Inauguration is so simple it's almost illogical. All we're doing is "litter"-ally asking people to bring a bag of their own to the National Mall and make sure they fill it with any trash they may be tempted to leave behind. Garbage cans are going to be scarce and those that are there will be overflowing, so let's show some love to the city of DC for hosting all our progressive asses and clean-up after ourselves.

See? It's like a symbolic act. If every person picks up after themselves on January 20th, the National Mall could theoretically be left litter free come Wednesday morning and we will have made plainly obvious to everyone, especially ourselves, that even small, personal acts of service can add up to create a tremendous difference.

In this new age of hopetimism, let's prove all the doubters wrong; let's show them we didn't just vote for rhetoric and bombast; let's show them we're committed to acting on behalf of our country and our neighbors every day for the next eight years. Let's start January 20th, by making sure President Barack Obama's inauguration is litter free on America's Front Lawn.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Litter Free Mall Mashup



Okay, so long story short, we spent a few hours this afternoon after our CBS Radio News interview to bust out a radio PSA for our cause. Matt dropped a beat on the keyboard in his Girard Street apartment and I just rocked some quick VO. Keep in mind the spot's meant for the radio so we just threw some nasty iMovie images on top of it to keep you visually entertamed. Giggity.

Get on the Bus: The Trip to DC

So yesterday afternoon Braden, Matt and I packed up our 10 bags and hopped a bus to DC. For six hours we slept, snacked on PB&Js, ranted about Studs Terkel (about whom we know very little), and snapped some pics on Matt's iPhone.

Inauguration isn't until Tuesday, but the Thursday before was the only time we could get tickets even though we booked these tickets months ago. For a bus to DC at 2:00 PM on a Thursday the cabin was surprisingly full. I don't know how many of the people around us were trekking down for the inauguration, but judging by their business caj attire and visible disappointment at our boisterous nature, I'm assuming not many. No matter 'cause the energy on the ride was visceral. We stopped at Roy Rogers (where we saw a massive Rick Ross Trilla van), read some USA Today and kept on the phone trying to spread the word for Litter Free Inauguration.

We got in to DC around 6, where we met Matt's dad. We loaded up the car with all our gear and sat with most of it piled on top of Braden and me in the backseat. We dropped all our stuff in Matt's brother's old bedroom in Chevy Chase and head out into Silver Sprung to see if we could pick a cheap camcorder from Radioshack for $20 each. The Pakistani dude at Radio Shack just shook his head when I asked him, "Do you have any digital camcorders?"

"Naw," he said, and went back to arranging the blue tooth earpieces behind the counter.

So we picked up some salads at Parkway Deli, which David Simon calls his favorite place to eat in the DC/Baltimore area (80% speculative), and headed back to Chevy Chase to refuel with oven heated cannelloni with Matt's parents around the dinner table.

After popping some zinc to stave off the tickles in our throats after too many nights of not sleeping, we headed over to Mt. Pleasant to meet our boy Wade who may or may not be a History major now faking his way through a gig as a "webmaster" for a high-ranking Democratic public servant. Dude was in rare form doing all kinds of Blagojevich impressions and dropping Serb jokes like he was a Bridgeport Croat getting coffee at a diner on Archer Ave (I know nothing about Chicago south of, um, Evanston).

Then we met our girl Olivia, who works at YouTube, drank some mango chamomile tea and headed back to Chevy Chase to catch some zees. Naturally, since it was only 2 AM we had like 5 hours before our our sleep cycles kicked in so we were up till like 4 messing around with our Flip Cam trying to put our first video blog up. Unfortunately it was too homoerotic with 3 dudes crammed into one room with a few cats, and we figured y'all weren't ready for that.

But something's coming soon. Okay, we got to head out soon and try to get some radio spots together and keep spreading the word about Litter Free Inauguration. Don't forget to hit us up on Facebook and USA Service Dot Org. Check in later.

LFINAUG Shout-Out on Jack & Jill Politics

That Litter Free Inaug ball keeps rolling. Today we got a shout-out on Jack & Jill Politics, a blog with "A black bourgeoisie perspective on U.S. politics." Special thanks to the site's co-founder - conscious comic, vigilante pundit, and web editor of The Onion, Baratunde Thurston.

On his "Good Crime Think" blog, Baratunde talks about his bad luck with technology and the recent death of his Mac Book Pro. We hear him only too well here on the Litter Free front. Since shooting our PSA on Monday, we've lost 3 camcorders, an iBook and a Flip Phone due to the whimsy of the Fates of technology. Baratunde had an audio file of the sound his Mac Book made while booting up and we have to say we haven't heard anything so frightening since Arnold faced off with the Predator in the jungles of South America. Baratunde, we see your groaning Mac Book and raise you a totally feeble iBook iboot. Thanks for helping us spread the word for Litter Free Inauguration, and here's to technological letdowns in moments of need.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Roland with the Homies: Check out Litter Free Inauguration in the News!


Yo, we know you're probably jealous of our blogspot, but understand that Litter Free Inauguration is making some moves like Roland Burris trying to duck some guards on to the Senate floor. Check out these mentions we got on some media outlets in the past few days to build some momentum behind our cause to keep the National Mall litter free following the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20th.

Aol News

Huffington Post

TreeHugger

There are some other mentions around the web, but we don't feel like Googling them. You should totally feel free though and let us know what we missed.

Litter Free Inauguration on CNN's Headline News!



Hey everyone.  Looks like our Litter Free movement is spreading slowly around the land.  Check out our boy Matt talking about Litter Free Inauguration with Chuck Roberts on CNN's Headline News yesterday.  For all you playing drinking games at home, we think he says "gesture" 5 times.  Watch the clip and count for yourselves!

Keep checking back with us through the next few days as we live blog inauguration prep from right hurr in DC.  And remember, keep spreading the word, tell everyone you know who may be attending President Obama's Inauguration on the National Mall to bring a tote with them to carry away any trash they may be tempted to leave behind.  Alright, it's like 2 in the morning here and we got lots left to do in the AM.  Keep it clean, kids.  

Monday, January 12, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Introduction

In just a few days Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. As President, Mr. Obama will inspire us to do more to help change the country for the better. Barack has said in order for real change to happen, each of us needs to make it happen. As our first commitment to change, we propose that every American planning on attending the Inauguration without a ticket pledge to make it a litter free event. Many campaign events this fall ended with hours of clean up by volunteers and city workers. We should not have to rely solely on them on Inauguration Day to keep America's front yard beautiful. By bringing a bag to the National Mall and picking up after ourselves, we can ensure a clean and socially responsible start to the Obama administration. Yes we can take responsibility for our actions! Yes we can change the World! Yes we can keep the National Mall litter free!



Please help us. Please inform anyone planning on attending Inaugural events on the National Mall. As millions of visitors come to America's Front Yard to celebrate this historic event, let's see what happens when everyone treats the National Mall like its their own front lawn. Tuesday January 13th, we will launch an online PSA featuring Washingtonian actor and activist Matt Pearson in an effort to ensure people are committed to our National Mall.



We hope after you receive this message you will:

1. Pass the message on to people and groups that you know plan on attending

2. Forward the video to your local newspaper, radio station or other media outlet

3. Create your own creative way to convince people to make Litter Free Inauguration successful

4. Post the link on your blog, Facebook profile or other new media outlets you use

5. Create a YouTube video response to our PSA asking friends and neighbors to commit to a litter free Inauguration



Litter Free Inauguration was conceived by a group of young people inspired by Barack Obama's message of change. Through a new media campaign including YouTube, blogs, Facebook, and email, this group hopes to spread this idea to all Inaugural attendees. Litter Free Inauguration is one simple idea and it is our hope that ideas like this one will be disseminated and acted upon on a regular basis during the Obama administration. This is a new era for civic participation and personal responsibility, and we hope this is just the beginning.



Thank you for your help in creating a clean and responsible celebration!

For more information view the YouTube link and for press information please contact Braden Kay at Arizona State's School of Sustainability at braden.kay@asu.edu.