Will Bernie Sandernistas dance largest conga line ever? (up and down Manhattan?)
I joined the reddit group "Coders for Sanders" this past week, and after posting my suggestion for a US vs. Social Democracy cost/Quality of Life calculator, I sent a message blast to the moderators:
Howdy. I'm anti-TPP activist, and have been hugely disappointed at what a poor job the anti-TPP activist community did educating the public about TPP. (See my facebook page "TPP Ignorance") One idea I had for free, massive publicity (for TPP) was to have a (segmented) conga line up and down the length of Manhattan. I've been busy coding "Voter's Revenge", and so haven't had time to do coding for anything else, or even to promote the idea of a conga line.
Enter Coders for Sanders, and also the huge youth following that Sanders had achieved. While an app isn't strictly necessary - a single web page with a map, showing starting times and locations for the conga lines, will do - it's a nice to have. I'm not available to work on such a web page/app, myself, at the present time.
More to the point, I suppose, this is more an organizational matter, that non-tecchie bernistas, if they agree the idea has merit, need to promote, whether or not an app is created.
What is the best way to do that? I.e., promote the basic idea of Bernie conga lines, to people who can then organize it? For this particular idea, I don't think creating an app, first, is necessary, or even desirable. (The NY State primary is 18 short days, away. If the app takes 2 weeks to code, most of the opportunity to create massive Bernie conga lines in Manhattan, before the primary, will already have passed.)
Manhattan has a super high population density, hence even a small percentage of the population could pull off the largest (segmented) conga line, in history.
My thought is to have conga lines start every 5 or 10 blocks, up and down Broadway. They would do their thing on the sidewalk, not block traffic when the lights change, and break easily to let pedestrians pass through them. Of course, they should hand out Bernie and anti-TPP flyers, as they pass through. My thought about timing is: every Friday, at 5 pm, at least until the last primary.
If you go to youtube, and search for "longest conga line" and "massive conga line", and look at some of the videos, you'll quickly agree that a conga line that spans the length of Manhattan will set a record. (I ignore the "segmented" factor...)
I've seen/heard estimates as high as $1 billion, of free advertising that TV stations have essentially given Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders, not so much. (In fact, I've seen reports suggesting that he's been "cheated" of TV attention, in favor of both Trump and Clinton.)
Sanders has a huge following amongst millenials (and their youth makes for more dance endurance), and NYC's super high population density makes, IMNSHO, my suggestion worth at least trying. Even a segmented conga line, the length of Manhattan, has to generate lots of free publicity for the underlying cause.
Alas, I heard nothing back from any of the moderators....
Hence, I have just posted the idea as a regular suggestion, to all of the CodersForSanders community.
If you know any Bernie people in NYC, please alert them to this idea.