SignStorm San Jose

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Hi, I'm Leah Jay, the creator of SignStorm San Jose.  I'm raising funds to help cover insurance and permit fees for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, so that I can legally do the project in the Circle of Palms plaza.  It is a financial hardship for me to take this on myself, so if you have an extra $10 - $30 to contribute, you can help me make this happen.

What is SignStorm?
"You walk down the street in downtown, heading by the Fairmont and the San Jose Museum of Art. Suddenly, you notice protest signs covering the concrete like a layer of snow.  Silently, without a human presence, they still proclaim loudly the hurt, the fear, the anger, the defiance, and the hope to the sky.  The language of cardboard and marker is captured in photography and in the media - forever."
We hope to gather approximately 200 signs (flats only) from protests and rallies, and will be accepting new signage as well at pickup points around town. Happening between 1 and 4 pm on #NotMyPresident's day weekend (2/19/2017, with rain-out dates of 2/20,  2/21).  This public art installation is associated with Not My President's Day 2017, a Bad Hombres/Nasty Women production.

How much are the fees?  What are they for?
1. Insurance (required by City) - $85
2. Permit Fees (required by City ) - $275
3. Website (contains a press release and publicly available documents, required) - $100
Total = $460
*any amount over $460 will be added to help offset required marketing, advertising and travel costs - plus offset the 5% GoFundMe cut.

Your donation would have a greater impact before January 15, 2017, so I have an opportunity to file and pay all fees in time.

For assisting me in helping to give the citizens of San Jose a way to speak out without saying a word - Thank you!
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WE DID IT! SignStorm happened on 2/18/2017. Photos and Videos are being collected as we speak, at Come and visit!

If you were involved and want to stay involved in future plans, please join us on Facebook: *Sign makers!  If you would like your sign returned, I will be posting about this sometime in the first week of March on the Facebook page.

THANK YOU TEAM SIGNSTORM!!!! I cannot thank you all enough, but this is my best attempt:  Thank you firstly, to everyone who made a sign.  The hours of cutting, drawing, painting, gluing, stapling and laminating led to this collection by all of you and for everyone to read and be inspired by.  Keep on making and marching...
"Official"Team SignStorm thank-yous go out to John for photography, Chuck for all your hard work carrying signs and being there the longest, Mike for the intended/unused tech, Cordelia for being prime organizer/stacker as well as sponsor, Lisa for so much spirit and last-dash cash, Kira, Chris, Brooke, and many others for sign wrangling!  (Darn that wind!) Thanks to husband Laszlo for covering things in plastic and putting up with one less living room... And all of my generous sponsors for donating where it counts:  Catherine, Jim, Derek, Shannon, Lynn, and Lisa (and you anonymous-types, you know who you are!) 

Thank you San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and the San Jose Museum of Art!  I couldn't have done it without your acceptance.  Y'all do your city proud.

Thank you for being a part of this with me.

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Good news: I'm only $85 away from covering all immediate expenses for SignStorm. (City permits, insurance, documentation) Awesome!!! Grateful hugs to everyone who's thrown in, and please share my project with others, thank you!
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Friends, I worked on the SignStorm website ( last night. It's not quite ready for prime time yet, but let me know what you think. "Home" and "About" are the most finished. I'd be interested in how readable the media release is on the "About" page - merging a printable release and About page is tricky, but I'd love to simplify by having one link serve many purposes.

Thanks for your input!
More later,

P.S. This webpage cost me $100. It's a free WIX page but the domain, customized .com, and ad removal are all separate charges. I had predicted I'd need $500 and I was correct. Hmm, age and wisdom are good for something! ;) I'm hoping to share this gofundme with other like-minded individuals - the most effective way is through word of mouth, so please feel free to pass it on.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks to a few recent contributions, we are now up to $315! This is just $45 away from the first phase which is to cover the existing permit fees. I'm really grateful and hopeful looking forward. Here's what's brewing as of now:
1. Working with the City. I am settling a number of open invoices and trying to understand and fulfill their community outreach requirements. However, I do have a "conditional permit" as of December 18.
2. Website. Over Christmas I've been working on a website. So far so good - I've got the design and the pages (with no words on them just yet, that comes next) and I am paying for a .com. It will link directly to a Facebook Event and vice versa. As soon as it's up, I will let everyone know.

Although I'm more hopeful than before, everything is still very scary and up in the air, due to the stringent Community Outreach requirements which include a couple of City-arranged meetings with various local business district heads as well as all businesses that border the area. These include the Fairmont, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the KQED building tenants. At any point, any of these businesses might request to deny the project. However, a lot has been done and obviously my hope is that my project poses no threat or harm to anyone.

I'm on the edge of my seat, and vastly uncomfortable, but I'm also getting comfortable with being uncomfortable! It might just mean I'm on the right track. More news as things develop.

Thanks again for all of your generous support! <3

P.S. San Jose Locals! Please share this message with any businesses that might be aligned with this cause. I'm currently looking for additional drop-off points in the City. Flat signage is easy to store, there are no additional requirements (no driving, bundling, marking) and the additional foot traffic can be a boon :) University Art in San Jose is the only drop-off point right now. Thanks so much!
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Raised by 12 people in 23 months
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Jim B
22 months ago

Looking forward to seeing the process and result.

Lynn Davy
23 months ago

I may be on the other side of the Atlantic but I'm right behind you in this!

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