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Flash Encampments

Occupy morphs into a new model!

PETER LEEMAN

Hey all you wild cats, do-gooders and steadfast rebels out there,

Our movement is living through a painful rebirth… “There has been a unfortunate consolidation of power in #OWS,” writes one founding Zuccotti. “This translates into ideological dominance and recurring lines of thought. We are facing a nauseating poverty of ideas.” Burned out, out of money, out of ideas… seduced by salaries, comfy offices, book deals, old lefty cash and minor celebrity status, some of the most prominent early heroes of our leaderless uprising are losing the edge that catalyzed last year’s one thousand encampments. Bit by bit, Occupy’s first generation is succumbing to an insidious institutionalization and ossification that could be fatal to our young spiritual insurrection unless we leap over it right now. Putting our movement back on track will take nothing short of a revolution within Occupy.

The new tone was set on Earth Day, April 22, in a suburb bordering Berkeley, California when a dozen occupiers quietly marched a small crowd to a tract of endangered urban agricultural land, cut through the locked fence and set up tents, kitchens and a people’s assembly. Acting autonomously under the banner of Occupy, without waiting for approval from any preexisting General Assembly, Occupy The Farm was notable for its sophisticated preplanning and careful execution — they even brought chickens — that offered a positive vision for the future and engendered broad community support. While encampments across the world were unable to re-establish themselves on May Day, this small cadre of farm occupiers boldly maintained their inspiring occupation for nearly four weeks.

In Minneapolis, a core of occupiers have launched an Occupy Homes campaign that is unique for its edgy tenacity. “What is unusual, in fact utterly unprecedented, is the level of aggression and defiance of the law by these activists,” a spokesperson for Freddie Mac, a U.S. corporation that trades in mortgages, told a local paper. “Over the past week … the city has tossed out protesters and boarded up the house, only to see the demonstrators peel back the boards and use chains, concrete-filled barrels and other obstacles to make it more difficult to carry them away,” the article reports. Last Friday, police were so desperate to prevent a re-occupation of the foreclosed home that they surrounded the house with “30 Minneapolis police officers with batons” and “over two dozen marked and undercover squad cars and a paddy wagon.” Occupiers responded by laughing and signing songs… joyous in their struggle to elevate the home into an symbol of democratic resistance to the banks.

In its own sweet way, our movement is now moving beyond the Zuccotti model and developing a tactical imperative of its own: Small groups of fired up second generation occupiers acting independently, swiftly and tenaciously pulling off myriad visceral local actions, disrupting capitalist business-as-usual across the globe.

The next big bang to capture the world’s imagination could come not from a thousand encampments but from a hundred thousand ephemeral jams… a global cascade of flash encampments may well be what this hot Summer will look like.

Meanwhile, tents are up once again in Tahrir Square and youth from Quebec to Auckland to Moscow to Oakland are rising up against a future that does not compute.

Stay loose, play jazz, keep the faith … Capitalism is crashing and our movement has just begun.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #34

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Anonymous

Such devastating news about Wisconsin recall loss.

There has been no draw down in Iraq nor Afghanistan.

The corporations are putting civilians in theater
to replace the removed soldiers.

There is no draw down in Iraq nor Afghanistan.
THE PUBLIC DOES NOT KNOW THIS.

Tens of thousands and thousands of civilian deployees
every year continuing to go to Iraq and Afghanistan
is such a fraud; waste; and abuse of our taxes.

Corporations rule our entire government now.

Wisconsin;s loss is devastating.

When the queen poisons the hive…
all die
including the queen.

The 1%
forget they need the hive
and the worker bees.
In their obsession they forget.

If it be civil revolt
we will look like Syria.

Anonymous

Check out the story of a "A Gay Girl in Damascus".

Check out why the BBC News uses an Iraq photo to illustrate the Syrian massacre?

Check out why nearly all Syrian stories - on the main news stations - use second-hand accounts?

Check the a number of stories that, as with Iraq & Libya, turn out to be fake or misleading.

Check TV & internet news outlets for a range of reports on Syria.

Anonymous

Given kind of dis-information they used against Occupy, what is preventing them from doing the same against Syria? For, ahead of any armed conflict, is the Information War.

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