Nancy Bordier and Joseph M. Firestone
As the Occupy Wall Street movement grows, OWS members are weighing their options for obtaining redress of their grievances.
Holding and expanding the ground they occupy is an obvious priority. It draws worldwide attention to their grievances and increasing numbers. It gives them a place to meet, build relationships, discuss and debate their issues, and plan. Read more about A System-Changing Solution for the OWS Movement?
Arundhati Roy spoke this week in New York and her remarks are in The Guardian. "We are All Occupiers".
In case you don't think OWS is effective listen to Roy:
Few of us dreamed that we would see you, the people of the United States on our side, trying to do this in the heart of Empire. I don't know how to communicate the enormity of what this means.
Now for some killer notes:
Not one mentioned amending the constitution.
Not one mentioned Barack Obama/The President. That's 0. None. Zero. Nil. Zip. 0 for 40 on left leaning activists in #OWS. He's invisible.
Only 2 mentioned working within the Democratic Party.
via Andy Borowitz:
Up until now, Goldman Sachs has been silent on the subject of the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street. That does not mean, however, that it has not been very much on our minds. As thousands have gathered in Lower Manhattan, passionately expressing their deep discontent with the status quo, we have taken note of these protests. And we have asked ourselves this question:
How can we make money off them?
Report, #ows: My Midnight Run to Zuccotti Park (to the REAL Sons & Daughters of Liberty) [Part 1 of 2]
Less than 24 hours ago, sitting in a NYC Barnes & Noble cafe, a message popped up on my laptop from one of my brothers in California alerting me that there was a crisis with the Occupy Wall Street protest. Mayor Bloomberg was demanding the park be evacuated at 7am Friday morning for cleaning and some “NEW RULES” to be applied to the occupiers thereafter.
My mailbox began to fill up with alerts from a number of political organizations whose mailing lists I had somehow made it onto.
I checked the correntewire website and a headline urged anyone who could to get to Zuccotti Park by midnight. One of its links warned about possible arrest and advised bringing something to help recover from pepper spraying. Read more about Report, #ows: My Midnight Run to Zuccotti Park (to the REAL Sons & Daughters of Liberty) [Part 1 of 2]
I'm going to quote a great slab of what I believe is a famous text, "The Tyranny of Structurelessness." (I'd give a hat tip to whoever I got the link from, if I could remember. Thought it was Violet, but looking there, I think not.) I think the author would say their text is relevant not only to the workings of our sociopathic stupid and/or evil top 1%, but to all groups everywhere, including the General Assemblies. Read the whole thing, but here's my excerpt: Read more about On the nature of "elites"
... don't do this, mkay? And don't mumble! Read more about And speaking of reinforcing the "dirty hippie" narrative...
Just wondering, but how many of the OWS folk are brown and/or speak say, Spanish?
This is important, and will define the "movement." I bet a lot of you are like me (and color isn't important, in this sense) but if you are, you're too broke to pitch a tent in Manhattan. Because if you leave your job, you'll lose your house or apartment, and other stuff you need to live. Read more about For Moe: #ows and Reality
No, the Occupations are not about Obama's jobs bill. If Obama were serious about jobs, he would have done something about that when he had the power. This is just kabuki for the rubes.
No, the Occupations are very much not about electoral politics in any form. And considering the scope of Obama's bait-and-switch etrayal of "hope and change" in 2008, I am entirely skeptical of that critique, especially since so many youth took that bait, and then were used and discarded.
No, the Occupations are not about Democracy Now! We know where that site is, please stop RTing! Read more about D shills infest #ows tweets
So what are those protesters fighting for? The same thing Elizabeth Warren will fight for when elected to the Senate.
If you still don’t understand, then you’re probably part of the problem.
Oh, really? From the first official declaration of Occupy Wall Street: Read more about If Markos can feel shame, he should feel it now