As the year comes to a close, the rising tide of hunger, unemployment and homelessness in this country grows, unabated. The policies of our government are creating an unconscionable number of tragedies for the American citizenry, focused only on supporting corporate profits and ignoring the criminal frauds that permeate our entire system. I propose a series of demonstrations, throughout the land, at city halls, Representative’s offices, or State capitols, on 12/12. It is time for us to stand up and be counted, all of those who are appalled at the egregious suffering being forced upon us. I see now, millions of people in the streets, in Iceland, Ireland, England, Greece, and elsewhere, yet we Americans are not visible, yes we blog, write letters, call, but there are no bodies in the streets. I propose this street demonstration, I call it “Empty Plates” for the lack of even the “crumbs” of unemployment benefits. I call for all of us who reject the economic terrorism of our legacy parties to RISE UP and hit the pavement! I want to see grandmothers and mothers, grandfathers and fathers, children, union members, students, Greens, Socialists, any group that rejects the idea that forced starvation can in any way “be good for our country”, become a visible, palpable, physical presence, and demonstrate on December 12th (I don’t foresee any positive political change before then, if ever). Can we make it go viral? Can we have men and women beating pots and pans in the streets? Can we demand that Obama sign EO 7034 and create a WPA? A thousand small fires can light up this country, the beginning of a movement that rejects the savaging of our safety nets, that disavows the idea that throwing millions of children into poverty, hunger and homelessness is the answer to our economic problem, while corporations and CEOs enjoy ever-larger profits and income at our expense. Please, can we join together for this one, small outcry? For a few hours in the middle of this holiday season we can make a statement that could reverberate around the country and begin to show our true strength.