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The Future of #OCCUPY

What's next for the movement?

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The initial phase of the #OCCUPY movement was marked by several weeks of viral growth that peaked on October 15 with a global day of action. In the next phase, there will be a turn towards addressing the deep philosophical and strategic questions of how to escalate this democracy moment into a revolutionary people's movement. Across the nation there are clear signs that the #OCCUPY movement is simultaneously maturing and growing more militant.

Of the many questions swirling around #OCCUPY, the most challenging is how to gel into a global movement without sacrificing the decentralized, leaderless model. There is a widespread acknowledgment that there are challenges that can only be dealt with on a global scale, such as a climate change accord and overturning international casino capitalism, and that we must therefore forge a globally united people's movement. However, there is also a growing recognition that the general assembly model that has worked beautifully thus far may be fundamentally limited on a structural level.

A breakthrough came on Friday from the New York City General Assembly where the structure working group has proposed, and the general assembly has accepted, the adoption of a modified spokes council model that will work in conjunction with the general assembly. This lays the foundation for a regional, national and potentially international spokes council, something that both #OCCUPYPHILLY and The 99 Percent Declaration have been pushing for. We are beginning to see how the #OCCUPY movement will elevate itself into an international force.

Meanwhile, the power center of the movement is shifting away from the East Coast towards the West. On Wednesday, #OCCUPYOAKLAND is organizing a General Strike that is already finding support within the local community. Solidarity actions are planned in occupations nationwide. Within the movement, there is a sense that this may be a turning point as militant tactics come to the fore and direct confrontation with the structures of the corporate-state becomes the norm.

Other sparks on the horizon include the November 5 Transition Day/Bank Transfer Day, the November 25 Buy Nothing Day kick off to #OCCUPYXMAS and the December 10 Global Day of Action which was proposed this week by the international network behind the blast on October 15.

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Anonymous

I just want my fellow conservatives who agree with this movement to know that as a 99% conservative I am very proud of you for breaking through the mold. There is a lot of pressure on us to conform and do what the high priests in our party tell us. If you are afraid of being attacked by your conservative friends for agreeing with Occupy, you are not alone and you have nothing to fear. Don't just attack people, go down and meet them and see who you meet. You aren't going to be attacked by anyone. The police aren't all psychotic, everywhere.

Anonymous

I just want my fellow conservatives who agree with this movement to know that as a 99% conservative I am very proud of you for breaking through the mold. There is a lot of pressure on us to conform and do what the high priests in our party tell us. If you are afraid of being attacked by your conservative friends for agreeing with Occupy, you are not alone and you have nothing to fear. Don't just attack people, go down and meet them and see who you meet. You aren't going to be attacked by anyone. The police aren't all psychotic, everywhere.

belindaesq

You are 100% correct!! We have a LOT of common concerns! Both sides ought to recognize the danger of all this money in our political process. We should all get behind getting rid of a rigged financial system that has brought down our country. The overwhelming majority of people think we ought to tax the top 1%. we agree on much. Let's join forces.

belindaesq

You are 100% correct!! We have a LOT of common concerns! Both sides ought to recognize the danger of all this money in our political process. We should all get behind getting rid of a rigged financial system that has brought down our country. The overwhelming majority of people think we ought to tax the top 1%. we agree on much. Let's join forces.

Anonymous

There should be a march against government corruption on Nov 5th (this saturday). It is Guy Fawks day!

Remember, remember
The 5th of November
The gun powder treason and plot
I know of no reason
Why the gun powder treason
Should ever be forgot

Anonymous

There should be a march against government corruption on Nov 5th (this saturday). It is Guy Fawks day!

Remember, remember
The 5th of November
The gun powder treason and plot
I know of no reason
Why the gun powder treason
Should ever be forgot

Anonymous

Great movie, V for Vendetta...but that's besides the point. The point is pople that want to make a change are branded "TERRORISTS!" -.-

Anonymous

Great movie, V for Vendetta...but that's besides the point. The point is pople that want to make a change are branded "TERRORISTS!" -.-

Anonymous

I appreciate this statement greatly, I was beginning to wonder where this was all going. I'm watching it all from a cabin in the woods, spending my time theorizing alternatives and solutions to the grievances expressed by the masses in protest. I've participated in buy nothing day for many years now and I am so incredibly pleased that this year the ears of many more people are open to the idea. Cheers to those of you who put out this communique, I believe it was greatly needed. Indeed we are at the threshold, we will persevere. Ya Basta.

Anonymous

I appreciate this statement greatly, I was beginning to wonder where this was all going. I'm watching it all from a cabin in the woods, spending my time theorizing alternatives and solutions to the grievances expressed by the masses in protest. I've participated in buy nothing day for many years now and I am so incredibly pleased that this year the ears of many more people are open to the idea. Cheers to those of you who put out this communique, I believe it was greatly needed. Indeed we are at the threshold, we will persevere. Ya Basta.

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