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OWS GUT CHECK

Three challenges Occupy must overcome.

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Hey you nimble dreamers, believers and jammer tacticians out there,

Our movement has reemerged from winter hibernation to find that this spring we are different but so too is the political and tactical situation. Occupy now faces a series of existential challenges that will define the month of May and set the tone for our long-term future.

#1 challenge: Jump over the corporate media

It took the New York Times two weeks last year to wake up to the insurrection percolating in their own backyard. This May Day, we saw an insidious attempt to ignore and discredit us right across the mainstream media. Time to jam the corpo-commercial lie machine and shift the way information flows and meaning is produced. Here is occupier Charles Young’s take on the blackout:

“I know. It’s just a coincidence. Or conspiracy theory. The .01% who rule the United States would never stoop to such stunts to knock Occupy Wall Street off the front page and surround it with mentions of terrorism… But Occupy wasn’t on the Times’ front page, online or in print, either.”

Read more at Counterpunch.

#2 challenge: Block the co-optation of our movement

Last September, the old left didn’t want to touch us. Then Occupy captured the world’s imagination and now they are jumping in to channel our energy into electoral politics and symbolic actions. Founding Zuccotti Marisa Holmes warns that the co-opters are a deep threat to our movement:

“This is an election year. Everything is at stake. There will be many more attempts like The 99% Spring to come. The 1% have no intention of funding a movement that actually poses a threat to their power. They seek to manage social movements via foundations thru resource allocation, top-down structures, and co-opting language. In the past this strategy has proven effective at dividing, conquering, and integrating movements into respectable forms of activism, and it’s starting to take hold… We have realized our collective power, and we must not be pacified!”

Read more in the Occupy! Gazette #4.

#3 challenge: Occupy the future

Our most difficult task of all is to describe, build and sustain the post-capitalist future we want to live in. Here is Slavoj Žižek’s stab to get your juices flowing:

“It is not enough to reject the depoliticized expert rule as the most ruthless form of ideology; one should also begin to think seriously about what to propose instead of the predominant economic organization, to imagine and experiment with alternate forms of organization, to search for the germs of the New. Communism is not just or predominantly the carnival of the mass protest when the system is brought to a halt; Communism is also, above all, a new form of organization, discipline, hard work.”

Read more at the Guardian.

Hey occupiers: the old world has no future; their leaders have no solutions. Now everything from how we live to how we love and how the world is governed is up for grabs. Can we rise to the challenge? Let the tactical brainstorm begin.

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OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #29 and #30 / On May 12, retake the squares and on May 18, spark the #LAUGHRIOT then join the movement in Chicago

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Anonymous

to hell with markets and politicians and anyone who believes in them.

just so you uneducated nitwits know - the anarchist movement in the u.s. was born and still resides out of the working people's neighborhoods.

hats off to the punk movement - it has not become just another commodity. it's become an entire culture of people with a do-it-yourself mentality, and no illusion of fitting into "society."

you know why occupy has been operating like an anarchist organization? because that's the only way to prevent it from being hijacked by opportunists!

you people who think that there are wealthy elites behind everything humans do are a waste of resources and time. it doesn't matter who started occupy - what's important is that it continues to grow as a people's movement.

and to think that there are wealthy elites backing occupy is naive and paranoid. no one is getting rich off occupy.

Anonymous

people emulate those who have what they aspire to have. and they aspire to have houses, cars, and families ... not filthy clothes, cardboard signs, and lofty rhetoric.

Anonymous

He probably was shopping and just wanted to stop and have a "look down his nose at the riff raff " break.

Anonymous

Metaphor is a constant feature of somebody's postings that's for sure.

With the pigs swinging like the sixties - there's a nice metaphor for you - don't you think more precise
language is necessary in our daily communications with each other and those we hope to reach?

Anonymous

Outreach by meeting the needs of our communities.

Creating Cel Groups that can be autonmous, learning self defense, sustainable living, living underground.

We need lawyers who will challenge this system.

Support the Whistleblowers (and anyone who tells the truth)

In short, step up the progress of becoming self sustaining as communities, including tactical defense, peaceful whenever possible.

Expand from the issue of Economic Inequality to cover ALL our issues, since all that is wrong w/ this present system is based on the greed of those who control this system.

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