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Whoohoo! We made our baseline goal. Thank you! Let's keep going, let's beat our goal. More $ means brighter projectors!
Whoohoo! We made our baseline goal. Thank you! Let's keep going, let's beat our goal. More $ means brighter projectors!
583 backers pledged $24,546 to help bring this project to life.

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The Illuminator, in case you haven't heard, is a tactical media machine (aka a van with a really powerful projector, sound system, and library) that has been roaming the streets of New York City and beyond, bringing the spirit and message of the movement of the 99% to street corners and public squares everywhere.

We've done dozens of solidarity projections for causes like 350.org, Internet Defense League, Pussy Riot, #YoSoy132... (see our website for more!)
We've done dozens of solidarity projections for causes like 350.org, Internet Defense League, Pussy Riot, #YoSoy132... (see our website for more!)

Unfortunately, our access to this van will end after September, so we need to purchase new equipment.  We thought we'd try this Kickstarter thing, and we decided that while we were at it we should join forces with activists and artists in other cities doing similar work, to try and "raise a fleet." What you're backing here, when you give money to this campaign, is the collectives of artists, librarians, VJ's, and activists that have made these projects such a huge success. The Illuminator isn't a van, its us, its this amazing group of people, and our fellow luminous activists in Baltimore and San Francisco. Its all of us, using our smarts, gumption, creativity and DIY technical savvy to pull off inspiring and creative direct action for the 99%.  We have the people, we need the gear.

The Illuminator library and infoshop, on our debut
The Illuminator library and infoshop, on our debut

We're setting a modest fundraising goal of $22,000, just to cover the basic gear needed for guerilla projection: Projectors ($5,000-$12,000 depending on how powerful they are), deep cell marine batteries ($600-$800), and electrical inverters ($200-$400). The ability to purchase more powerful projectors, and possibly retrofit vehicles exclusively for the use of guerilla projection will depend on how much additional money we can raise. In the meantime, we're dreaming up custom bike-powered projection units that will use HUMAN power instead of fossil fuel!


It will be your passion and your commitment that makes this thing go. Our dream is to help create a small fleet of Illuminators around the country, bringing joyful, creative, inspiring actions to support and further this global uprising for democracy, equality, and sustainability.  We are engaged in an all-out battle for the future of humanity and the planet. The stakes are enormous. Mobile guerilla light projection is but one tactic amongst many, but we think its pretty effective, and beautiful.  We'd like to see more of it, wouldn't you? 

Watch our Occupy Anniversary Video Too!

Help us Illuminate the Nation.  Keep The Illuminator Rolling....

This is an image of the original artwork by Swoon, available as a reward for generously backing this project.  See backing options to the right

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    Three 99% buttons and five 99% stickers to share with your friends (who, statistically, are probably also of the 99%)!

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    10 Buttons and 10 Stickers and a lot of gratitude from your Illuminator friends!

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    One pre-release DVD of Rumur films' latest documentary, Battle for Brooklyn. Not yet available in stores or on Netflix (but soon).

    Battle for Brooklyn follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home and community from being demolished to make way for the densest real estate development in US history, the Atlantic Yards project of Brooklyn.

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    One "Outgrow the Status Quo" poster, from the Go Collective, a part of Occuprint collection. Beautiful full color, with "Strike Occupy" at the bottom. Look for photos in Update #7

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    One copy of the DVD Mic Check! Documentary Shorts from the Occupy Movement. The Media Education Foundation compiled and produced this historic and powerful collection of 19 short documentaries that tell the story of the uprising of 2011.

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    Silkscreened Illuminator T-shirt (a "99% Bat Signal" over the NYC skyline). Plus a button and a sticker.

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    Two T-shirts 5 stickers and 5 buttons from your Illuminator pals.

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    Custom and limited edition Illuminator "To Project & Serve" crew shirt. A hand silkscreened street tested button-down Dickies work shirt. Always in style, never under-dressed for action, let everyone know what you project, and who you serve. 99% solidarity! Plus 10 buttons & stickers.

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    Signed Molly Crabapple Screenprint poster, plus 10 buttons and 10 Stickers.
    A pro-union solidarity print with the words "We are all in this together." 13" x 19" on premium semi-gloss paper with archival inks. (Photos to come with first update)

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    Signed Molly Crabapple Screenprint Poster plus 10 buttons and 10 Stickers.
    The famed "General Strike" poster by Molly, the last one that she has! 13" x 19" on premium semi-gloss paper. (Photos to come with first update)

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    A 11x17, glossy, framed image that commemorates the November 17th, 2011 OWS March, featuring the 99% Bat Signal illumination. Plus 10 buttons & stickers.

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    Unique art print by famed street artist Swoon:
    "Ashlee"
    Screenprint on paper with collage.
    15'' x 9''
    (Gallery price $900. Photo to come with first update)

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    Unique art print by Swoon:
    "Hua Hua"
    Screenprint on chip board with hand painting
    8'' x 12''
    Orange background with halo
    (Gallery price $2,200. Photo to come with first update)

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    Special projection for you or your favorite 99% friendly organization of choice, including consultation, logistics, scouting, and action support. Plus "To Project & Serve" crew shirt. (Note: projection event must be in the NYC metro area and before September 30th.)

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