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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

Just a few questions. How are you going to pay for the universal education, jobs, retirement and health when its the Chinese that owns your debt and that debt is in the trillions? What are you going to do when you disband your nukes but find that the UK, China, Israel, Pakistan, India and Russia refuse to do the same? How are you going to convince the other half of the US that's conservative republicans (they're 99% citizens too) who are fiercely against abortion and gay rights? I think you could find more conservative support for the latter than the former. But I'm curious how you would work around these realities.

Anonymous

are you prepared to give up on the idea of "america?"

and accept that empires fall, and the sooner "america" leaves the stage of history, the less bloody it's demise will be?

will you kill your neighbors to "save" america for the banks and corporations that own it?

Anonymous

Rename the GOP the Exxon Mobile party or the party of big oil.

In my opinion what is good for big oil will lead to nuclear war. A sensible state would nationalize oil to remove the profit and promptly get off of it. But the nuclear war party or the party of Exxon mobile is in the way. Think of their logic. Right now under their guidance the US state is attacking the citizens of another nuclear armed state, while chastizing another nuclear state about huan rights. Of course the Exxon Mobile party helped make one of those states a nuclear state by trading nukes for mangos. Its time we see that its not just oil that is a threat to national security but the big oil party itself and big oil profit in particular- is there any greater threat.

Think of terrorism, that's just an excuse for the 1% to make war directly on 99%, that's a way for rent seeking elites to make war on the worlds citizens without attacking states because attacking states can be bad for trade. But its a lunatic idea. What are the drone strikes really about? Is it about keeping people who are being displaced native american style from their lands by oil and gas infrastructure?

Montana the red state is directly challenging the Citizens Unitied decision by declaring it void in their state. The same bought and paid for SC is going to try to attack this decision. Lets hope Montana the Red says: paid for members of your court declared the right to censor the people in Bush v Gore and then in Citizens United paid for members of your court tried to give elites the power to censor us directly. We therefore reinterpret all law issued from your Kangroo courts minus the opinnions and votes of the bought and paid for members who try to censor us we do this retroactively back to the year 2000 where the first real attempt at censorshp occured and we strike Buckley v Valejo as well. We also scrap the exxon mobile electoral college and the exxon mobile redistricting lines. We ban natural gas fracking in Montana and will redirect all oil subsidies to carbon free energy. Even Montana could come around.

Your rights have been sold to oil interests by the oil party.

Anonymous

There's more drilling under Obama than the previous administration. This isn't about parties. Both parties are owned by the oil industry, banks, defense industry, etc. This is much bigger than any party or any president. The parties exist to give you the illusion that one party represents you, therefore in theory, the parties are in opposition, but in actuality, the parties serve the same master - corporate America.

Anonymous

what HE said!

i blog about current events a lot and have grown accustomed to denouncing obama - though i cringed at first, over condemning the first black american president.

if obama's election didn't wake people up to the futility of voting, i don't know what would...the bush family's coup didn't...voters are insane...

occupy should denounce voting enough to change the conversation in the mass media.

and give up that idiotic notion of the 99 percent - it doesn't even work for the people who identify with it. let's see - the 99 percent -

minus the people who like to attack banks
minus the communists
minus the new left-overs
minus people who support politicians

that's a fairly big chunk out of the 99 percent - that would maybe leave the 99 percent with something like 30 percent of the population? maybe as much as 40 percent?

c'mon - having a coherent message is important when people start paying attention!

here's a couple of steps in the right direction:

Abenaki Leader Calls for Tribal Forests and New Popular Front!
http://cascadiasolidarity.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/the-anti-terrorist-witch-hunt-and-the-future-of-america/

and this:

Bolivia Leads: Recognizes the Earth's Status Is Equal to Humans

In response to the industrialized world's depradations of their land, Bolivia is taking the lead by recognizing that our own survival exists in tandem with the health of Gaia. An early draft of the law states:

,She is sacred, fertile and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings, and their self-organisation.

http://www.gaia-health.com/articles401/000444-bolivia-earth-rights.shtml

Anonymous

Yes, environmental issues are the crux. They're key to creating solutions to starvation, disease, poverty, war, crime and other solvable issues. We all need clean water and air, a safe food chain, and an eco-system capable of supporting and sustaining a growing population. These are basic human needs that require careful stewarding of our land, seas and waterways. Our economy should be built on the concept of conserving and sharing resources instead of excess consumption for the sake of monetary gain.

Anonymous

ows tactical discussion?

under Alexandre's re-occupation thread:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/212650592182918/permalink/219886368126007/?comment_id=220155688099075&notif_t=like

Anonymous

yup - posting to facebook is just the same as posting directly to the fbi...at some point, some of us will no longer be able to speak with facebook/twit-ers. the internet is a great tool for gathering intelligence. we can be smarter about how we use it, though.

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