There ought to be a tv show: One working title-- Activists Say (and do) the Darndest Things. It's obviously a comedy. There is certainly enough material to mine via the social media sites from just this one "Grassroots Alliance" meetup group which JK Canepa,CARP, Sane Energy, most especially the media darlings Occupy the Pipeline (slap Occupy in front of anything and wallah you got yourself a bonified movement of course) and a whole series of other questionnable, sometimes "straw" groups belong, for at least an entire first season I'm thinking. I can't say exactly how many times I've seen JK Canepa quoted in the news as an authority on the Rockaway Lateral Project, but this is someone who organized an "event" in the rockaways where she asked the astonishingly uninformed question of whether or not folks should ponder whether the Rockaway Lateral Project was even meant to deliver gas into NYC or secretly send it overseas. And that was after pretending to know, organize and educate about the project for a year. Perhaps she thought there was a secret underground tunnel straight to china hidden at Floyd Bennett Field? One never knows with these mystical and magikal creative types. What I can say is that the minute most park users left this group of folks far behind because of their inability to convey almost anything even remotely factual, their antics and statements only got increasingly more bizarre.
Occupy Sandy's Jessica Roff enthusiastically explaining in a video in the aftermath of hurricane sandy how the rockaway pipeline project is like "literally" going under people's homes. Most maps show it going under Riis beach but whatevs right? If you've screamed about one pipeline you've screamed about them all.
MoveOn gives money to Martha Cameron so she can continue lying about the Rockaway Pipeline project or as she describes it "organizing" and building a movement.
How many self-anointed and self-appointed leaders/spokespeople are there miseducating, or as they like to say mobilizing, or "organizing" folks on the Rockaway Pipeline project? Well it is not actually so many but amazingly they all seem to have incredible access to the media.
What is the real story behind the picture Martha Cameron used to represent "her" frack fighting campaign?
Number One: This is a picture and event that ended up in various media where no one at all even remotely connected with Floyd Bennett Field or the area participated, yet a Brooklyn paper defined it as a protest by gardeners and activists. The activists in the picture hail from a variety of groups, 350 NYC, SaneEnergy, Occupy the Pipeline,United for Action primarily. They were specifically asked not to bring their Occupy the Pipeline signs down and pretend to be Rockaway Pipeline protestors and the event was largely staged to get press not to protest or to inform the public about anything.
Patrick Robbins, Jessica Roff and friends faking a "teach-in" on the Rockaway Project and Port Ambrose where it appears they are instructing mostly people they actually know
If anything sums up the true essence of activists saying and doing the darndest things I think it is this teach-in on the Rockaway Pipeline project and Port Ambrose by Occupy the Pipeline folks and Sane Energy in what appears to me to be them pretending to teach an audience which is made up of mostly themselves. The "teacher"? An Occupy activist named Patrick Robbins with zero actual "activism" against the Rockaway project with the exception that is of his appearances in the news and as far as I know zero working knowledge of either of the projects he is talking about.
Christopher Guest couldn't make this stuff up if he tried! Surely most of these people really deserve to be famous. They seem to be working so hard at it.