Kickstarter Tuesdays: The Teddy Bear That Never Stops Singing Happy Birthday / 104.1 Workers Dignity Radio


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This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays, let’s talk about one project from Georgia and one project from Tennessee that needs your support!

The Teddy Bear That Never Stops Singing Happy Birthday

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How does this work? Your teddy bear will be delivered in safe mode so that you can play with him before you deliver it. The safe mode for the Teddy Bear will not allow you to test the song.  They are working with our manufacture to enable a testing feature. Before you give the gift to your recipient, pull the tab from the back of the bear so that it is ready to annoy when the play button is pressed. If you order the Jester Greeting Card, the safe mode will allow you to start and stop the song as much as you want. After you sign the card, pull the activation tab inside the card which will activate the card.

They need Kickstarter so that we can raise enough money to bring this teddy bear to homes around the world at an affordable cost. They have selected a manufacture in China that can produce 50,000 bears a month that they have been in discussions with since July 2015.  This is a collaborative effort between my 8-year old daughter and him.  They love to play jokes on people and thought what an awesome idea it would be to ship a musical teddy bear to someone that would not stop singing. This will be a learning experience for her in business and she will assist with packaging the items.  He started business in elementary school, so why not her too?

As of October 27th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $5,200 of the $7,500 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 23 days left to raise the $7,500 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get one Christmas annoying teddy bear.  For a pledge of $15, you will get one birthday annoying teddy bear.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1105805708/the-best-prank-birthday-gift-ever

104.1 Workers Dignity Radio

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Most of Nashville’s airwaves are owned by Clear Channel and other big corporate conglomerates. That means they end up listening to repetitive music, instead of plugging into a new culture that they can create theirselves. Backing worker-controlled media isn’t just part of the fight for economic justice; it’s a way to reshape our everyday reality by cultivating the creative working-class roots that brought us hip-hop, blues, reggaeton, soul, samba, jarocho, jazz, trova, bluegrass, and more. With your backing, they can retake and remake our own Music City and broadcast some contagious truth from the middle of the South.

Now is the time! Workers’ Dignity is launching WDYO, a low-power FM station that you’ll be able to listen to almost anywhere in the city. The nuts and bolts will be run by the members of Nashville’s first worker-center, the people who built and run our city and who know its ins and outs better than anyone.  Their working-class DJ’s — the same people who have fought some of the city’s most epic battles for social justice over the last decade — are bringing their revolutionary energy to spin new music from all over the world, intermingled with news and analysis reflecting the reality of a new, increasingly-diverse Nashville.

The members of the first worker-center in Nashville have fought for five years to make life better for everyone in our city. Starting from strategy sessions, justice schools, and art-builds at the worker-center, Workers’ Dignity members have recovered over $300,000 in stolen wages, fought racial discrimination and sexual harassment on the job, and built power to demand that our bosses treat all of us with respect and dignity.  Art, music, and celebration have always been a part of our strategy at Workers’ Dignity – maybe you’ve been to one of their stencil-making parties, puppet builds, street parades, movie nights, drumming practices, or movement concerts and dance parties.

They need to raise $10,000 to cover the startup cost of buying and some basic radio equipment.  They need a reliable transmitter, recording and broadcast equipment, a federally-required emergency alert system (BEEP BEEP BEEP), cables, microphones, a workhorse console, a specialized antenna, and more!  Their volunteers will be building out their studio, raising an antenna, and testing their signal. Their projected yearly budget for running the station is close to $30.000, including licensing, equipment maintenance, and staff time. Any equipment or money donations beyond their initial $10,000 goal will help them jumpstart studio construction and programming for 2016, and help them get on the air before their February 1st goal.

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As of October 27th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $5,700 of the $10,000 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 29 days left to raise the $10,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get a waterproof sticker.  For a pledge of $15, you will get a Workers Dignity zine and sticker.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/workersdignity/1041-workers-dignity-radio-hear-people-power-in-na?

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