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#OCCUPYWALLSTREET Update

Can we on the left learn some new tricks?
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET update

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Hey you rebels, radicals and utopian dreamers out there,

We are living through a rare crisis and moment of opportunity. Western industrialized nations are now being masticated by the financial monster they themselves created. This is triggering a mood that alternates between angry denial and sudden panic. It looks like something is about to break, opening the space for a necessary transformation and a total rethink of global economic affairs. Events are playing perfectly into our September 17 occupation of Wall Street.

So … can we on the left learn some new tricks? Can we head off to lower Manhattan with a fresh mindset and a powerful new demand?

Strategically speaking, there is a very real danger that if we naively put our cards on the table and rally around the "overthrow of capitalism" or some equally outworn utopian slogan, then our Tahrir moment will quickly fizzle into another inconsequential ultra-lefty spectacle soon forgotten. But if we have the cunning to come up with a deceptively simple Trojan Horse demand … something profound, yet so specific and doable that it is impossible for President Obama to ignore … something that spotlights Wall Street's financial capture of the US political system and confronts it with a pragmatic solution … like the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act … or a 1% tax on financial transactions … or an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the corporate corruption of our representatives in Washington … or another equally creative but downright practical demand that will emerge from the people's assemblies held during the occupation … and if we then put our asses on the line, screw up our courage and hang in there day after day, week after week, until a large swath of Americans start rooting for us and President Obama is forced to respond … then we just might have a crack at creating a decisive moment of truth for America, a first concrete step towards achieving the radical changes we all dream about unencumbered by commitments to existing power structures.

So, let's learn the strategic lessons of Tahrir (nonviolence), Syntagma (tenacity), Puerta del Sol (people's assemblies) and lay aside adherence to political parties and worn-out lefty dogmas. On September 17, let's sow the seeds of a new culture of resistance in America that fires up a permanent democratic awakening.

See you on Wall St. Sept 17. Bring Tent.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

Read the original listserv that got #OCCUPYWALLSTREET rolling.



Bulletin from New York:

A second General Assembly (GA) was held Tuesday, August 9. About 175-200 people attended. The main things that were discussed were why people wanted to participate in #OCCUPYWALLSTREET, how the GAs should be organized, and what the message or demands of the occupation should be. Additional committees were formed and either met after the GA or scheduled future meetings, including website, media and culture committees. One problem we are wrestling with in all these areas is how to set up some kind of framework for 9/17 ahead of time so that we can provide food for people, convene the first GA smoothly, and begin thinking about why we are there, while leaving the process open so that everyone who participates on 9/17 can have a voice in shaping what this action will be about. The other big issue is, unsurprisingly, how to deal with the police. This is one area where some kind of pre-established framework is definitely going to be necessary, because if we don't have a plan for avoiding mass arrests the occupation will not survive its first day. There's still lots of work to be done, but we're off to a good start and we've got over four weeks to get everything ready.

Thanks to Doug S. from New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts for this update.

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Anonymous

A week after the anniversary of 9-11 you're going to piss off the NYPD in the most sensitive area of NYC?
Good luck with all that... bring bactine.

Anonymous

A week after the anniversary of 9-11 you're going to piss off the NYPD in the most sensitive area of NYC?
Good luck with all that... bring bactine.

Annyofus???

The true terrorists will reveal themselves with their impulse to violence and need for 'order' at the price of peace and liberty: the need to dominate and exhibit personal power concealed in the phalanx and hidden behind masks and armour. Their violent impulse feeds the steroidal freak pussies all their ego stroking righteousness- Proved correct fracturing a kids skull with a club, she was sitting in a public space after all, and infringing on the mental environment of the stooge-monkeys that work for the power brokers. They get paid for this, but its really the thrill of power and control, of sanctioned abuse of the citizenry. Private mercenary kill squads wont be too far off post collapse. They are just 'right' don't argue with them or they will beat and possibly torture and kill you. They are the good guys, they are right. We have to trust them, because if they suspect otherwise, your under surveillance and your friends disappear into makeshift processing wearhouses, without lawyers or charges. Face the nations state and see its reptilian enforcers, gods soldiers here to bring righteousness to those who do not get it. Their level of violence reflects their personal fears, and need to dominate and control in vain. They wont know until after they put some girl in a hospital with brain damage.

Reflecting at home after the melee in early october, Bouncing his own daughter on his knee, a momentary flash of reason - That could have been my little girls head I bashed in with a baton as she screamed and withered on the ground. Hitting her again, my hands shaking and the adrenaline pumping domination and hatred into my heart, but dammit I wear the badge and do my duty to... HEY YOU JUST DON'T FUCK WITH THE NYPD... the flash of reason clouds over with the impetus to collective ape mentality and alpha male sanctioned abuse and brutality. Whats behind the badge? Cold autumn mourning. No justice.

Annyofus???

The true terrorists will reveal themselves with their impulse to violence and need for 'order' at the price of peace and liberty: the need to dominate and exhibit personal power concealed in the phalanx and hidden behind masks and armour. Their violent impulse feeds the steroidal freak pussies all their ego stroking righteousness- Proved correct fracturing a kids skull with a club, she was sitting in a public space after all, and infringing on the mental environment of the stooge-monkeys that work for the power brokers. They get paid for this, but its really the thrill of power and control, of sanctioned abuse of the citizenry. Private mercenary kill squads wont be too far off post collapse. They are just 'right' don't argue with them or they will beat and possibly torture and kill you. They are the good guys, they are right. We have to trust them, because if they suspect otherwise, your under surveillance and your friends disappear into makeshift processing wearhouses, without lawyers or charges. Face the nations state and see its reptilian enforcers, gods soldiers here to bring righteousness to those who do not get it. Their level of violence reflects their personal fears, and need to dominate and control in vain. They wont know until after they put some girl in a hospital with brain damage.

Reflecting at home after the melee in early october, Bouncing his own daughter on his knee, a momentary flash of reason - That could have been my little girls head I bashed in with a baton as she screamed and withered on the ground. Hitting her again, my hands shaking and the adrenaline pumping domination and hatred into my heart, but dammit I wear the badge and do my duty to... HEY YOU JUST DON'T FUCK WITH THE NYPD... the flash of reason clouds over with the impetus to collective ape mentality and alpha male sanctioned abuse and brutality. Whats behind the badge? Cold autumn mourning. No justice.

Anonymous

And that's why it often fails, yielding results that are sometimes worse that the status quo.

Take a page from the tea party playbook. They have successfully shifted the nation's priorities and politics without morons bashing out windows and stealing iPads.

What they did was planned. Cool calculation. You need to be cooler. Have a plan first, then fire up the torches and pitchforks.

Anonymous

And that's why it often fails, yielding results that are sometimes worse that the status quo.

Take a page from the tea party playbook. They have successfully shifted the nation's priorities and politics without morons bashing out windows and stealing iPads.

What they did was planned. Cool calculation. You need to be cooler. Have a plan first, then fire up the torches and pitchforks.

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