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Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:03 AM

Occupy The Vote!!! What does this mean to you?

No, this is not a poll.

It is just an honest question.

I care about your answer very much,
because I've been here at DU for nearly a decade,
waiting for it.

Waiting for this moment,
for this particularly unique niche in Time,
where everything really is possible.

And so here we are.

So tell me true, if you dare.

What does "OCCUPY THE VOTE" mean, or look like, to you?

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Reply Occupy The Vote!!! What does this mean to you? (Original post)
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 OP
pintobean Dec 2011 #1
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #4
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2011 #9
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #17
pintobean Dec 2011 #22
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #24
lamp_shade Dec 2011 #2
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #5
Downwinder Dec 2011 #3
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #6
Downwinder Dec 2011 #7
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #8
2pooped2pop Dec 2011 #10
2pooped2pop Dec 2011 #11
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #23
greytdemocrat Dec 2011 #12
Bluenorthwest Dec 2011 #13
Downwinder Dec 2011 #14
Bluenorthwest Dec 2011 #15
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #18
TheKentuckian Dec 2011 #16
99th_Monkey Dec 2011 #19
Luminous Animal Dec 2011 #20
MilesColtrane Dec 2011 #21
Brockm92 Jan 2012 #25
99th_Monkey Jan 2012 #26
99th_Monkey Jan 2012 #27
Brockm92 Jan 2012 #28
T S Justly Jan 2012 #29

Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:10 AM

1. A gimmick

Another way of saying GOTV.

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Response to pintobean (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:32 AM

4. Huh?

Does not compute.

Please try again.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:29 AM

9. You weren't actually looking for opinions, then?

You just wanted confirmation of what you already felt?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:10 PM

17. I was asking for opinions that are coherent and intelligible.

And I should probably make a practice of just ignoring the ones that aren't,
because when I do ask for clarity, I get snarky replies. My bad.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:44 PM

22. Direct and to the point

is what it is. Would it help if I told you that I drooled all over my keyboard. That seems to be what you're looking for.

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Response to pintobean (Reply #22)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:45 PM

24. Attidude much? nt

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:13 AM

2. To me it means Occupy the State Houses where voter suppression laws have been passed.

It means identifying and finding those thousands of registered voters who suddenly do not have the required ID's. It means finding a way to get proper ID's for those voters. There must be a way.

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Response to lamp_shade (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:35 AM

5. Wow. Nice.

I totally am down with everything you said, in so few words too. thank you.

I"ll be working along those lines in Portland OR.

Solidarity.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:26 AM

3. Flood the polls.

Claim the country and the election for the 99%. Solidarity.

At least that is what I hope it means.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:41 AM

6. Me too.

I like the watery image of "flooding the polls".

You didn't hear this from me,
but word has it on the street that "fluidity"
may well become THE prevalent theme,
w/Occupy2.0


shhhh.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:48 AM

7. I need to find

an old hospital bed. One of the old pipe frame ones with manual hand cranks and the big gurney type wheels. Then I can get someone to push me down the street to an Occupy site. I figure that is the only way I'll make it.

Not very fluid, but high maintenance.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:13 AM

8. That's a great image

I say go for it Downwinder.

You'd at least get on local TV, if not CNN.

You and Scott

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 08:51 AM

10. I suggested a melt away resisitance

to the OWS group. I knew they were coming for the tents. I told them, but they were sure they were going to be ok. I suggested that when they did break up the camp, which did happen the following night,(I left the night before grrr) that they could still occupy by being there until police showed up, then scattering, then regrouping when they left. And that in this way, the police would not be able to keep up with them, there would also not be any trouble with the "guest" that the police dropped off in an attempt to start trouble.

The police should have left them where they were. At least then they knew where they were and basically what they planned. Now, while the groups visability is down, they are simply indoors where they are safe, making plans and more plans. Yah!

My husband told the police that they should not poke the bee hive, but they had to poke and forced the new tactics, which are actually better than the old ones.

at the time I left, some people were setting up hidden tents in Central Park just for this type of thing. I don't know if they are still there or not. They were asking who would be willing to occupy vacant buildings when I left and I know they have done some of that.

I love them all.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 08:55 AM

11. Occupy the vote

I would say that this first means vote.
Participate
Mic check assholes
support the few good candidates
hopefully run pro OWS / pro people candidates
become active vote observers

work to get rid of corporate personhood,
work to get rid of election laws aimed at cutting down on the poor and elderly voting ability.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:44 PM

23. Nice. My city (Portland) is signing onto undoing Corporate Personhood.

In my wildest dreams

I'd love to see a mic check at the Democratic Nat'l Convention, to draft
Bernie Sanders as Dem Prez candidate.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 09:14 AM

12. If...

You "Occupy" my vote, I hope the cops haul your butt to jail.

I don't need annyone bothering me at a polling place.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 09:49 AM

13. Well, that's not what it means at all. For example, the OP and I are residents of Oregon

We don't do polling places. We cast ours from home. Each of us has a set of votes to cast, and each of us occupy our own.
Those of you with 'polling places' and lines to stand in and such, that's your own decision, as each State sets election laws for their elections. Why do you want a polling place?

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 10:18 AM

14. Have to have a place to show my nonexistent state ID.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 11:00 AM

15. How does that help you?

Just saying. The other poster expresses fear of polling place hassles. We don't do that at all, no polling place, no 'polling police' no nothing. So 'occupy the elections' here will as always, not include polling places.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:13 PM

18. my my

testy much?

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 12:02 PM

16. I'm not sure what it means in the present context as the vote has little to do with advancing the

99%. There are too few candidates that do not first serve the 1% for a cohesive campaign.

Mostly, it sounds like an establishment effort to blunt the Occupy movement by folding it into the existing political parties to maintain the status quo to me.

It won't always be as it is now but 2012 is mostly baked into the cake now as a 1% election.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:19 PM

19. I have day dreams of a mic check at Democratic Convention

to draft Bernie Sanders into being our candidate in 2012,
but I'm certainly not expecting that to be the case.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:19 PM

20. It is impossible to "Occupy the Vote" when the option are so limited.

In most cases, the choices are between two 1%ers.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 04:32 PM

21. It means vote for Democrats.

The more liberal, the better, but vote for the best choice that has a hope in hell of winning.

This keeps the GOP and libertarians out of control.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 01:40 AM

25. OccupytheVote website

What "Occupying the Vote" means to me: It means a massive statement made at the voting booth -- a statement made by those who cannot afford to buy a politician. The statement: START WORKING FOR US OR WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT. We need to return our government to the people and end the corrupt collusion between our elected officials and corporate America. I've started a site dedicated to this topic. It's up and running now and I have a few things I still want to add and tweak. Feel free to visit OccupytheVote.com if you are interested in learning, adding and debating ideas in a constructive manner.

Solidarity,
Brock

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Response to Brockm92 (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 02:04 AM

26. Wow. Thank you.

I am definitely checking it out ...

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Response to Brockm92 (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 3, 2012, 06:16 PM

27. Obama gets Occupied

Brock - I thought you'd maybe like to add this cool article to your website somehow;
as it seems to get to what we both like to see happen i.e. Occupy the Vote 2012.

http://www.thenation.com/article/165157/obama-gets-occupied

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 02:20 AM

28. Monkey

Thanks Monkey, Checking it out now.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 03:45 AM

29. K&R (nt)

 

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