Battle for the Soul of Occupy

Jump, jump, jump over the dead body of the old left!

Alright you jammers, occupiers and Springtime dreamers,

First they silenced our uprising with a media blackout… then they smashed our encampments with midnight paramilitary raids… and now they’re threatening to neutralize our insurgency with an insidious campaign of donor money and co-optation. This counter-strategy worked to kill off the Tea Party’s outrage and turn it into a puppet of the Republican Party. Will the same happen with Occupy Wall Street? Will our insurgency turn into the Democrats’ Tea Party pet?

It’s up to you to decide if our movement goes the way of Paris ’68, the dust bin of could-have-been-insurrections, or something more daring, more inspiring, something not yet dreamed.

Will you allow Occupy to become a project of the old left, the same cabal of old world thinkers who have blunted the possibility of revolution for decades? Will you allow MoveOn, The Nation and Ben & Jerry to put the brakes on our Spring Offensive and turn our struggle into a “99% Spring” reelection campaign for President Obama?

We are now in a battle for the soul of Occupy… a fight to the finish between the impotent old left and the new vibrant, horizontal left who launched Occupy Wall Street from the bottom-up and who dreams of real democracy and another world.

Whatever you do, don’t allow our revolutionary struggle to fizzle out into another lefty whine and clicktivist campaign like has happened so many times in the past. Let’s Occupy the clicktivists and crash the MoveOn party. Let’s #DEFENDOCCUPY and stop the derailment of our movement that looms ahead.

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The big unions are letting the workers down. Supporting Democrats instead of organizing has led to a decline in union and non-union labor. The workers wont't make progress unless they orgaize themselves and drag big labor kicking an screaming into the future. This is a Wildcat MayDay for union and non-union workers to show that we are done with the old bargains.
John McG


Take their resources and co-occ them!
"Will you allow Occupy to become a project of the old left, the same cabal of old world thinkers who have blunted the possibility of revolution for decades? Will you allow MoveOn, The Nation and Ben & Jerry to put the brakes on our Spring Offensive and turn our struggle into a “99% Spring” reelection campaign for President Obama?" - All of this has effected even our lil ol' Duluth MN Occupy.. It has been a constant struggle to defend- and learn- and connect all at the same time. And dont get me wrong in any of the following- I see co-opting attemps and hear unabashed blatent talk of such first hand every day.. It's been the bee in my bonet all winter.
Honestly tho-
They say they want to work "together"-infact I have even been told SEIU, MNFair and TakeAction "aim to applify Occupy". OK, If we are the "99%" we had better learn how to act like a unit damnit! Fuck Obama re-election campaigns- but sure, you can pay some Occupiers money and networking opportunities to feed right back into a suscessful peoples uprising..
Dont let them drain you, take some and give some- plant radical new ideas right in the steps of the heirarchical ladder they love to climb, use 99% spring to meet members of your with them while you make it work for you- and when the inevitable happens and the foreseeable truth of the DFL comes oozing out of their every pore- just hope you gained a few new radical minds and liberated some hearts in the meantime. Being a member of say.. MoveOn.. gives me resources to radicalize fence sitters by utilizing mailing lists and watered down-approacable to the masses- semi radical materials that I can then build upon, and up the anti.. being in a smaller city is nice, all of the organizing MoveOn members are Occupiers.. So, for example, we look like we are bringing thier message to the OFA office while we really just use the pre-fab event BS as an approtiable in with local DFLers to spend the day tabling for radical local and systemic change sneakily off the map of an obama re-election campaign- just as they are sneakily running said campaign. The only way they can get us is if we loose focus on what drives us to revolt. Do we want real world revolution and change- or do we want our slice of the molding American pie? Personaly, I try to eat GF- I dont wan't their damn pie- I just want to use it to throw in the puppets faces and have a good laugh whille I do it!


I agree with fRITZ

None of us are an island, and some cross-pollination is bound to happen.

The American Revolution, the Women's Suffrage Movement, and the Civil Rights movements all took years/decades and each had overlapping phases of Networking, Education, and Actions.

Everyone should be continuously working to refine their knowledge and skills in all areas. We cannot isolate ourselves from one another.

Detach from the ad-water-and-stir mentality. This could take years. Use it to educate yourselves and and others. Prepare yourselves and others for the future you want to see.


the best thing that may happen from the occupy protests is it inspires others to unite and fight corporate interests that are running the United States.. don't bash MoveOn or other groups that are fighting on the same side-- use your energy more wisely


Right on. I both the 99% Spring and OWS and I have no love for Obama or any other corporate politician. Nor do I see what the 99% Spring foks are doing as trying to co-opt OWS. I support both movements and have given my time to both. It can be done with a little solidarity, folks.


Why is there no thrust towards the election, the gas prices, the price of food, the cost of insurance?

Aren't these the real big issues?

I hear of this talk against banks and big business and the wealthy. The only reason these groups exist is because of our government. Why not change the government, the institution that allows this not the actual business's and wealthy?


Sorry friend. You don't seem to understand that the only reason you have food is because of Mosanto, which is not of the Government, nor is your car's fuel (SHELL) or all of the material goods in your house of the Government.

Private Corporations, Banks, Insurance companies and Real Estate are responsible and must be held accountable for their actions.


Which is why we need to change the gov't - the really "big stick" that can hold them accountable. Gov't, properly constituted is the countervailing force to the corporate sector - as unions used to be the.arm that labor used to countervail capital. Both unions and gov't have become corrupted and weakened and need to be reconstituted if we are going to continue over the long haul - and we had better be in it for the long haul


We need to kiss and hug strangers. Random displays of affection for everyone. And Co-Occ everyone.


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