Fertig and her boyfriend Chris Kovac intend to set up at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, June 19) in Church Street Park across from the library downtown, giving out free homemade apple crumb-top pie. "Donations of extra food to share, forks, paper plates, and plain old cash always welcome but not required," says the Facebook announcement.
It seems to boil down to a call for kindness and delicious pie, while stressing that each human being's accomplishments' are the product of many other other people's hard work and inspiration over the years. Fertig's manifesto says:
So even though I put the final product together, untold millions of people have helped to make this pie possible. That’s why I’m happy to share it with ANYONE who has less pie or no pie. And all I ask in return is that if I’m sharing the pie I made with you, please try to learn how to bake pies yourself, so that someday you too may share pie with someone who has less.
The OccuPIE manifesto cites U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's "factory speech" on the campaign trail two years ago as a major inspiration. "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody," Warren said. "Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
The speech made Warren a hero to many; she was denounced as a "crackpot socialist" by others. She won the election.
Pay it forward, pie it forward. Get it? If you wish to support OccuPIE (or just eat pie), check out the festivities tomorrow.