Occupy Wall Street Having Its Own All-Star Celebrity Telethon

Looking to get people fired up about your cause? Need to answer critics who claim your movement has no clear goals? Need to reignite the base after more than a year fightin’ the big banks and big business? Instead of live-tweeting the revolution, Strike Debt is kicking it old school with “The People’s Bailout: A Variety Show and Telethon to Benefit the 99%” on November 15th at Le Poisson Rouge.

Like any good telethon, the People’s Bailout has an eclectic mix of Occupy All Stars, including Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum, who performed a set for Occupy protesters at Liberty Park last year. The roster of artists, musicians, comedians and more joining him include Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, Hari Kondabolu, John Cameron Mitchell, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ronaldo, David Rees and The Yes Men. The telethon will fund Rolling Jubilee, an initiative that buys debt on the cheap and absolves it—for example, a $25 donation will abolish an estimated $500 worth of debt. The Rolling Jubilee website will stream the event live.

 “People shouldn’t have to go into debt for an education, because they need medical care, or to put food on the table during hard times,” the organizers write. “We shouldn’t have to pay endless interest to the 1% for basic necessities. Big banks and corporations walk away from their debts and leave taxpayers to pick up the tab. It’s time for a bailout of the people, by the people.”

Last year around this time, Jeff Mangum performed his Liberty Park set, including a Minutemen cover and a few Neutral Milk Hotel classics, including “Holland, 1945,” “Ghost” and “Oh Comely.” You can watch the performance in its entirety below. 

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