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Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:06 PM

Prediction: The May 1st "general strike" is going to be an enormous flop.

Yeah, yeah, I'm sure I'll get called a capitalist imperialist running dog lackey for this. But I'm right. There's a good reason that you can count the number of general strikes in the US in the last century on one hand and still have fingers left over--it's a practically nonexistant phenomenon, and pretending that you can summon one out of thin air would be funny if it weren't so egomaniacal.

And this is, pretty much, why I have so little tolerance for the fringe people, the third-partiers, the revolutionaries, the Naderites, etcetera, etcetera. If they had bothered to study history, they would know that what they want to try has been tried, and failed, and tried again, and failed again, ad nauseum. But every generation, somebody comes around with the idea that they really know better than every other person who's ever tried to make a difference in the history of the world.

There's a good reason that King said that the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice. It's because he knew that real, lasting change is accomplished the same way it always has been: with determination and a chisel, not outrage and a machete.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:11 PM

1. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revoluton inevitable” -JFK

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:45 PM

11. As true now as it was then, and the latter of the two is overdue. eom

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Response to tledford (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:53 PM

72. Those who seek violent revolution

rarely actually fight in that revolution. After it's over, they become the next batch of dictators. "Let's you and him fight!" is not a valid slogan.

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:39 PM

65. Those who are able to convince a majority that peaceful revolution

is either possible, effective or the only moral alternative, can delay that revolution indefinitely. Rulers will only cave to a peaceful revolution if they fear what the mob will do when it stops being peaceful. Our leaders aren't afraid of us; they have no reason to be. If we were going to revolt, it would have happened during the Dubya years.

I agree with the OP. This will likely make one news cycle and then be written off as a failure.

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Response to LadyHawkAZ (Reply #65)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:50 PM

70. Violent revolution is so messy..

And ends up so badly so often.

The Cheney regency could be written off as an aberration, seeing the same patterns continue on into a second Obama term is going to bring more and more anger..

Of course the M$M is going to downplay anything to do with OWS, they have their marching orders from the .001%..



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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:12 PM

2. Good points but I don't know that MLK was correct.

He may have been too optimistic.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #2)

Tue May 1, 2012, 07:28 PM

213. The statement that Martin Luther King made was distilled from ages of history.

Down through the ages, gross injustice has given way to justice and fairness. The universe is such that injustice can't prevail against time and the forces of change.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #213)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:27 PM

219. As a student of history I certainly don't agree with your analysis.

There is no evidence to back it up. Or at least just as much evidence on the other side.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #213)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:30 PM

226. That doesn't mean, though, that Dr. King was ok with gradualism

 

You do recall, I assume, that one of his most famous essays was entitled "Why We CAN'T Wait".

If the Civil Rights movement had acted the way the OP wants progressives to act now, we'd never have won the 1964 Civil Rights Act OR the Voting Rights Act-and NOTHING short of either of those could possibly have been worth a damn.

Gradualism is immoral when it comes to ending oppression. It's meaningless to lose your chains if they have to be cut off your skeleton by your great-great-great grandchildren.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:16 PM

3. I agree. If it gets 5 minutes on the evening news, I'll be amazed.

 

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:36 PM

8. I'll bet you $10K it will make the news :)

Marches and other actions are scheduled in more than 135 cities. In L.A. alone there will be a major rally downtown, an immigrants' rights march, an Occupy Our Homes rally, an evening rally, and more.

The annual immigrants' rights marches and protests alone always get media coverage.

(Just kidding about the bet. That was just my RMoney impression. )

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #3)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:15 AM

121. So what?

 

When did organizing turn into a game of 'attract the cameras'?

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Response to Marr (Reply #121)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:30 AM

157. It has to do with getting your message out

 

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #157)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:39 AM

175. Getting your message out is important.

 

But it's not everything. A lot of organizing is about building community, establishing ties and solidarity, etc. That's the bulk of it, in fact.

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #3)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:16 AM

141. So you agree with The Wraith and want us all to give up.

 

That's what politely lobbying legislators and settling for increments means...it means surrender.

Gradualism isn't change at all.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #141)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:11 AM

142. Turning OWS into an ideological purity test isn't going to change anything either.

looks like OWS supporters are just as happy attacking erstwhile supporters like 99% Spring as they are the real enemy.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #141)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:29 AM

156. How about defing some specific objectives?

 

How about orgainizing politically and running candidates for office? How about not protesting violently? How about defining an identity that goes beyond "We're against income inequality and political corruption"? OWS hasn't done any of those things and as a result, they've fallen off the radar screen and I doubt very many are paying attention. Worse, it appears that the movement is spliiting into factions as different agendas try to coopt the movement.

I'm against political corruption and unfair distribution of income as much as anyone. If you can't specifically identify the objectives that will fix those problems, the demonstrations are a waste of time. Assuming the objective were identified, without representation in Congress committed to the cause, they will not become a reality. Give the Teabaggers credit - they were effective. It will be interesting to see how their caucus does this time around.

From what I've seen so far, OWS has been an ineffective anomoly. When they were novel, people watched out of interest, but today seems like more of the same and IMO, the public is bored with them. Sorry, but I think OWS had an opportunity and blew it.

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #156)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:19 PM

228. Has "99% Spring" done any of those things?

 

BTW...Elizabeth Warren's Senate candidacy IS based on the ideas of Occupy.

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #3)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:15 AM

154. Not surprising since the corporate media's biased against us.

Half a million anti-war protesters hold a monster rally on the Washington Mall, and the media snoozes. We hold an event in 135 cities simultaneously, and the bobbleheads call it a failure.

Six teabaggers show up to say "Keep the government out of our Medicare" and the media's fawning over them and giving them a full news cycle.

We have to have our own media.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #154)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:21 AM

155. Then you'd just be preaching to the choir.

 

The press does not control us. OWS needs authentic, fearless leaders if it wants better screen time.

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Response to randome (Reply #155)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:20 PM

229. Once you get a "leader", you lose the radicalism.

 

It just becomes about the cult of the leader...personal charisma and all that useless bullshit. And then one bullet ends it.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:21 PM

4. Even if someone noticed the "strike" they won't know what they are striking for

 

OWS had no coherent message.

Income inequality was about all I got out of it but that is probably because that is what I wanted to hear.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:40 PM

9. Have you seen what it's like on the Occupy Underground forum?

 

It's internecine warfare! They shout down anyone who even HINTS at doing something that is not 100% associated with Occupy and that dares to have a coherent message.

Truly not intending to besmirch anyone. I will always welcome debate and information on DU, no matter what has gone before.

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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:45 PM

10. Let's see...

Tomorrow in San Francisco:
1) Occupiers will meet at 7:00 AM and walk the picket line with the Inlandboatmen’s Union who have been working more than a year without a contract.

2) At 11:00 AM, Occupiers will join in solidarity and picket with janitors and retail workers at the Westfield mall.

3) Then they will join SEIU 1021 non-profit workers, librarians, nurses, social workers, and janitors rally at City Hall.

4) And there is a march to the new commune.

5) Immigrant Community Rally and March to 16th Street BART at 10:00 AM

6) Occupy the Auction at City Hall at 2:00 PM



In New York (as well as numerous marches and other events:

99 Picket Lines Midtown Manhattan; Community groups, unions, affinity groups and OWS
8am - Chase Building (NYCC) - 270 Park Ave (@48th St)
8am - New York Times Building (UAW) - 620 8th Ave (@41st St)
8am - Sotheby's (Teamsters) - 1334 York Ave (@72nd St)
8am-10am - US Post Office (Community-Labor Alliance) - 421 8th Ave (@W31st St)
8:30am-9am - NYU Bobst Library (NYU for OWS) - 70 Washington Square South (@University Pl)
9am - Paulson & Co (Strong Economy for All) - 1251 6th Ave (@50th St)
10am - Chase Branch (NYCC) - 401 Madison Ave (@48th St)
11am - ABC Studios (NABET-CWA) - 66th Street (@Columbus)
12pm-1:30pm - Investment Banker Stephen Berger (CSEA AFSCME) - 46th St @ Park Ave
12pm-2pm - Immigration Court (NMASS) - 26 Federal Plaza (Worth & Lafeyette)
1:30pm - Capital Grille (ROC-NY) - 155 E 42nd St (@3rd Ave)
2pm - Chase and Citibank (Occupy Sunset Park) - 5th Ave & 54th St (BROOKLYN)
3pm - Strand Bookstore (Strand workers) - 828 Broadway (@12th St)
3pm - Beth Israel Hospital (Workers United) - 10 Union Square East (14th St & Park Ave)
8pm - Washington Square Park Arch (Musicians 802) - Washington Square North @ 5th Ave


Looks like their actions convey a coherent message.



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Response to banned from Kos (Reply #4)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:17 AM

144. Doomed I tell ya!

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:23 PM

5. I don't think that the organizers believe it is going to be a huge deal media wise.

From what they say, it is going to be a time to re-think things in our society today. If nothing else, they will be saying "Look at what you have and couldn't it be better?" And what is wrong with that?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:51 PM

14. That is pretty much correct. It is an opportunity to support other actions beign called by allies..

unions, labor, immigrant communities, the homeless, etc. San Francisco and Oakland's Occupy activities seem focused on those issues... New York seems to keep targeting the banks (which is good, because not much has changed).

And it is an opportunity to re-connect with other Occupiers and engage with new ones. There are a lot of teach-ins scheduled.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:58 PM

20. We shouldn't forget the impact of the teach ins by college professors about Vietnam that

helped end the Vietnam War. They were the only ones left to speak about the realities of Vietnam and what that divided country (done by French colonialists) had done to it(as David Halberstam pointed out, the State Dept. had been "cleansed" of its leftist experts). It was pretty radical at the time and not a lot of people were listening.

But then people woke up! They listened and acted and eventually the war was over.

Today, Vietnam is one country again and they are open for tourism!. We've gone full circle.

Things change. They always do...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #20)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:00 PM

23. Yes, things change.

 

That's why this is no longer the 60s and 70s.

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Response to randome (Reply #23)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:50 AM

146. "There is nothing new under the sun" as the saying goes.

The 60s and 70s weren't the 30s. And the people rising up is the story of mankind.

I say, expect it. And make the most of it. "If not me, who? If not now, when?"

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #146)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:16 PM

287. And once the Civil Rights movement was absorbed in to the Democratic Party in the early Seventies

 

it ceased to exist. There was no more independent antiracist organizing from the Democratic-allied groups-there was just apathy and a few press conferences with a few old preachers.

Also, I'm old enough to remember the Eighties, when Paul Kirk ordered all the progressive groups(caucuses)in the Democratic Party to be disbanded...the result was that the Democratic Party stopped supporting anything progressive and we ended up with Bill Clinton, who governed as Eisenhower with hair.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:31 PM

6. Whoa. I was thinking of posting something along those lines, too.

 

What do you think will become of Occupiers if M1GS fizzles? Will they evolve into embittered future Republicans? I wonder, sometimes.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:34 PM

7. Bold prediction, lol

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:46 PM

12. That depends entirely on what you're expecting........

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Will it be like Europe? Not a chance. Will ther be participation? Probably a fair amount in various events.

In this country it's a way to highlight the differences in class. IOW, it's a chance to START building class consciousness for the working class.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:48 PM

13. The same Dr. King who called for a general strike in support of the Memphis Sanitation workers?

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Response to Morning Dew (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:54 PM

15. I think it is both hilarious and depressing that a general strike

is being characterized as "a machete".

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:58 PM

19. I'd say the 'machete' part is more about the 'in-your-face' attitudes of many Occupiers.

 

That kind of attitude does not change laws for the better. Like it or not, our legislators are the ones who change the laws and that is where the focus always needed to be.

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Response to randome (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:06 PM

30. Yes because kissing the asses of the owners is working SO

well for the 99%. How much do the top 400 families own now - is it 40+% of the country? Keeping puckering up.

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Response to TBF (Reply #30)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:09 PM

38. I didn't say kiss their asses.

 

You think I'm not aware of how economically unjust this country has become? It's not going to change unless the laws change. Who makes the laws? Legislators. Either campaign against the idiots and campaign for those who will stand up to entrenched interests or camp out in public parks and call it 'protesting'.

Work to make things happen.

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Response to randome (Reply #38)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:13 PM

43. There are several methods - and they can happen simultaneously

the civil rights legislation came about after many years of protesting, walks, strikes - and it did follow. We work locally to get the most progressive folks we can on the ballot, and we march in the streets so the owners remember who exactly we are when they are looking at that legislation. Both are needed in my view.

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Response to TBF (Reply #43)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:15 PM

47. According to many Occupy reps, they can't happen simultaneously.

 

Have you seen the warfare that is Occupy versus 99% Spring organizations? An organization that says it is not affiliated with Occupy and Occupy reps go out of their way to denigrate it because it is not Occupy.

People are in denial and it's going to get worse before it gets better when more Occupiers realize they aren't getting the traction they claimed.

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Response to randome (Reply #47)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:25 PM

55. Well my perspective is that we can do both -

But I do understand that Occupy does not want the movement itself to be co-opted by any of the parties (and that includes the idiot Paulites). I think it's smart for them to do that. Should they also be voting - yes of course. Should they combine the two and have buttons at their marches? I would say no, but this year we'll probably see a lot of that sort of thing.

I do agree with you that folks are in denial - I only have to page through my friends/family on Facebook to see that. Low income, low information voters working against themselves because they have decided it is "cool" to be republican or their churches tell them so ... that is a real problem and it may take more than Occupy, a bourgeoisie movement at present, to get through to them. I agree with you 100% on that.

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Response to TBF (Reply #55)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:37 PM

62. If we get the government we deserve...

 

...then what did we do to deserve our current circle of hell?

I do not understand, either, why it is so incredibly difficult to get people to vote Democratic. It seems like a no-brainer to me. None of the elections in the past decade or so should have ever been close.

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Response to randome (Reply #62)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:58 PM

75. why?

 

Why don't people vote for the Democrats more?

Because for some reason Democrats like to piss on fellow Democrats.

Just like in this thread where some are pissing on the justice and fairness seeking people who are going to strike tomorrow.

Can you believe that someone here would piss down on anyone who is doing anything to stand up for what is right? Huh, can you believe that shit?

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #75)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:03 PM

81. Like the way Occupy pisses on 99% Spring?

 

It's the arrogance of many in the Occupy movement that makes many of us wonder if the group really knows what it's doing.

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Response to randome (Reply #81)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:08 PM

88. And what about you

 

Are you not arrogant? Yup. You're pissing on folks who are doing something.

And that is the answer to your question,. Because we have too many arrogant assholes in the Democratic party. Not all arrogants are assholes but some on this thread are assholes.

Do they not know what they are doing? I think they do know waht they are doing. They are being assholes.

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #88)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:59 PM

108. I think this is a good article that details a few of the tensions.

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #88)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:55 PM

199. Bravo RobertEarl!

Well said.

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Response to randome (Reply #81)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:59 PM

207. Everybody in 99% Spring should just have joined Occupy

 

There was no good reason to split the movement and form a rival group.

And there's no good reason for anything claiming to represent the 99% to even look like it's allied with a political party.

Why did 99% Spring even come into existence....it has nothing to offer that Occupy WASN'T doing and it can't be more effective by working in opposition to Occupy.

It if ends up being more moderate than Occupy, 99% Spring will automatically be worthless.

Why the hell did MoveOn do this?

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Response to randome (Reply #81)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:47 PM

227. 99% Spring pisses on OWS and the people by even existing

 

There was no good reason to form it as a separate group at all. Clearly 99% Spring's existence has been purely destructive as of now and that if it isn't constructive and radical at the start it can't be worthwhile later.

99% Spring was formed solely so that MoveOn could kill the movement. It was never about working for change at all.

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Response to randome (Reply #81)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:38 PM

269. Does the 99% Spring have ANY workers or poor people in its ranks? Does it HAVE ranks?

 

Has the group done anything anybody has even NOTICED yet? Has it ever taken any risk or left the middle-class comfort zone?

I doubt that anybody in Van Jones group has ever slept rough or been laid off. People who have never choose moderation.

All I've seen of them is the slick ads with the tv stars. No walk has been walked yet.

Simply endorsing the Democratic Party is NOT fighting for the 99%. It takes independent action involving the dispossessed as well. And it takes the willingness to spend time in a jail cell.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #269)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:42 PM

271. Be a leader.

 

Start a dialog with 99% Spring and see if you can answer the questions you pose.

Find common ground.

Agree to disagree.

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Response to randome (Reply #271)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:55 PM

275. I'm willing to do that.

 

The big problem I have with all of this is the idea that OWS was somehow persecuting anybody who endorsed Democratic candidates. It wasn't and it couldn't. Those who say that it was seem to have OWS confused with the Korean Workers' Party or the Khmer Rouge. Groups run on anarchist principles can't oppress ANYBODY.

I hope the 99% Spring can be effective without being a tool for the Democratic Party to wipe out OWS. Whatever happens, the ONLY way we can advance an economic and social justice agenda is to preserve independent organizations who aren't beholden to any particular party. My nightmare is that 99% Spring absorbs the OWS people and then disbands on command from the party like the "Obama movement" essentially did. Is there a reason why I SHOULDN'T see that as a real possibility?

One thing that 99% Spring could do that would help a lot would be to publicly state"we don't WANT to replace Occupy". As far as I know, they haven't said that. Nor have they said, from what I've seen, that they won't let the Democratic leadership tell them what to do.

Publicly saying those two things would stop a lot of the rancor.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #275)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:59 PM

277. If OWS is so powerful, then I would think they'd absorb 99% Spring.

 

OWS doesn't persecute people. But its spokespeople here on DU sure know how to piss people off by deriding their suggestions on messaging and tactics.

So go on and do what you're doing. You shouldn't have any reason to complain.

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Response to randome (Reply #277)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:03 PM

278. I was trying to take a less-confrontational tone in that last post.

 

Do you disagree with anything I actually said within it?

It's important for the 99% Spring to make it clear that they will never be the agents of co-optation...that they won't try to bring the Occupy crowd "in line". What's wrong with expecting them to say that?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #278)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:06 PM

279. It doesn't make sense, that's what is wrong with it.

 

Why would any organization make promises that can't even be defined? How would you define 'co-opting'? Do you think people in OWS should not be allowed to associate with any organization they choose?

What if someone in OWS decided to join 99% Spring? Their choice would mean what, exactly?

Any organization that advocates for change is going to want more people behind it. Again, if OWS is as powerful as you say, it should not be a problem for them to associate with other like-minded groups.

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Response to randome (Reply #279)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:13 PM

283. I doubt it would mean anything.

 

OWS isn't a vanguardist group run on "democratic centralist" lines. All any of their members have done is to express their views...and it's reasonable for many of them to fear that the 99% Spring, in setting up as what appears to be a rival group, is a threat to the growth of the movement.

The honus is on 99% Spring to make it clear that they don't want to take over...that they JUST want to use different tactics-and, especially, that they aren't working on behalf of the Democratic Party leadership to neutralize OWS.
If they can do that, then I wish them well. If they won't do that, why should anybody in OWS trust them?

The question is...will we have the long-term survival and growth of a culture of resistance? Such a culture can ONLY grow if it isn't tied to any particular political party. The past shows us that, once any group allies to a particular party, at some point that party ends up ordering them to shut down. Once they have shut down, nothing of the resistance culture survives and the political/ideological spectrum always ends up sliding to the Right.

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Response to randome (Reply #271)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:17 PM

288. I'll start that dialogue...but need a link.

 

Does 99% Spring actually have discussion forums? Or is it just what Van Jones says it is(nothing personal about Van, but we all know that single-leader groups have limited programs).

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #288)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:26 PM

291. No idea what 99% Spring has going for it, if anything.

 

I'm sure not saying they are even preferable to OWS because I don't know much about them.

But ANY group that wants change badly enough will find common ground with like-minded groups. If OWS wants to be exclusionary and distrustful of the people around it, then how can it ever capture the popular imagination? 99% Spring is part of the 99%.

The only suggestion I would have for OWS is to consider alternatives to no leaders at all. Maybe a triad of leaders. Maybe a triad of leaders chosen monthly. Anything but the current leaderless environment would be preferable.

In my opinion.

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Response to randome (Reply #291)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:31 PM

293. Perhaps the German Green party notion of rotating spokespersons might work.

 

I do understand the reluctance to have particular leaders, though: It's about making sure that the movement isn't disbanded with a single bullet.

No movement ever recovers from losing its leader through assassination.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #293)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:36 PM

295. I honestly don't think anyone hates OWS enough to assassinate someone.

 

The 1% are not afraid of OWS. You think they care if cops get into a fight with 'commoners' over public parks or protests?

Even 'Bank Day' was just a blip on the radar for them. If they lost a few millions, they have billions more.

Without leaders of some sort, I don't see OWS being as effective as its members want it to be.

On edit: MLK was assassinated and civil rights went forward.

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Response to randome (Reply #295)

Wed May 2, 2012, 09:12 PM

302. The problem is, anytime a "leader" emerges, even if OWS didn't have one now

 

That has ANY courage, that leader DOES end up getting killed...leaving only the weaklings, the sellouts, and the bland in their place. The result is, you get reduced to what the SCLC was in the Seventies...that is, press conferences and total irrelevance. Or you get somebody giving up and disbanding his own group, like Jesse Jackson did with the Rainbow in the early Nineties, leaving us with no activism at all. That's what "leader-based" organization does. The Nineties showed us what happens when we have a Democratic president and no grass-roots at all-we end up with a political dead zone where no gains are realized for the people at all.

I'd prefer a model in which the movement survives the loss of one person-where the leadership is from below and can't be wiped out.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #302)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:14 PM

311. Since you like to look at history as an example...

 

...can you point me to a leaderless movement in the past that was successful?

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Response to randome (Reply #62)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:45 PM

205. It's partly due to the fact that the Democrats had become as pro-corporate as the GOP

 

The only issue we can ever break working-class white folks away from the Right on is the issue of corporate power. And our party has been so focused on getting big donors that it has mostly given up on even trying to use that issue.

We need to get all Dem candidates to admit that the corporate sector is always right-wing and is always going to try to crush any REAL alternatives to what we have now. The tiny increments this administration has been permitted to achieve are all the corporate sector will tolerate without a full capital strike.

Therefore, the only way our party can build a permanent electoral majority is to stand up for those left on the outside since 1981. That means that the idea of being a "pro-business Democrat" must become as extinct as the brontesaurus.

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Response to TBF (Reply #55)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:58 AM

131. Is it not possible in smaller occupies especially that they have been co-opted by anti-Obama

types, hence all of the divisiveness and lack of focus, TTE, "Wouldn't want to feed the Beast, you know".

You're right about it being bourgeoisie mostly. Lower economic classes just simply don't usually have the interpersonal and communication skills needed to acquire position in such a group.

Let me be clear, there are serious issues to criticize the President on; I just have to ask questions of those engaged in the criticism that I am hearing about HOW they think their solutions are to be achieved with anyone, even 3rd Party, but perhaps even most especially with 3rd partiers, other than the President. This makes me wonder if anger, destruction and defeat don't rank higher than solutions now do amongst some occupying factions and my concerns have been confirmed by hearing that saving __________________ (Earth, the Constitution, America's military, states' rights ...) will be worth the pain of destroying America's political system.

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Response to randome (Reply #38)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:42 AM

136. Nobody on the inside is ever on OUR side.

 

The legislators only make change when their forced to from below.

We'd still HAVE Jim Crow if the process had been left to the insiders. And we'd still be in Vietnam, or something like it.

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Response to randome (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:02 PM

79. wrong

 

legislatures only respond to the people when the people demand it by being in the streets en-mass.

otherwise the elite are armed to the hilt in order to maintain the status-quo, the machete line is just that, a BS line.

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Response to randome (Reply #19)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:31 AM

127. "In-your-face" like the 504 protests

Those protests were exactly about changing laws for the better, in that case about "They were demanding enforcement of the first major law to bar discrimination against the disabled."

Very much in-your-face and they won.

http://www.npr.org/programs/wesun/features/2002/504/
But in San Francisco at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, protesters didn't give up. One day turned into a second day and then a third. More than 100 disabled demonstrators stayed in the building for weeks, refusing to leave until the regulations were signed.

On April 28, nearly four weeks into the sit-in, HEW Secretary Joseph Califano endorsed the regulations. The protesters had won.


Much, much more at link.



Photographer HolLynn D'Lil wrote a poem about the image:

Through the Glass

Those who wouldn't go outside
Those who couldn't go inside
Shattered the walls.


Edited to add:
Good piece here with retrospective on the above protest and the power of people joining together to effect change:

http://www.raggededgemagazine.com/departments/reflections/000499.html#bio

The San Francisco 504 sit-in did not succeed because of a brilliant strategy by a few disability leaders. It succeeded because the Deaf people set up a communication system from the 4th floor windows inside the building to the plaza down below; because the Black Panther Party brought a hot dinner to all 150 participants every single night; because people from community organizing backgrounds taught us how to make collaborative decisions; because friends came and washed our hair in the janitor's closet sink.

The people doing disability rights work in the 1970s rarely agreed on policies, or even on approaches. The successes came because people viewed each other as invaluable resources working towards a common goal.

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Response to Morning Dew (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:54 PM

16. But they had a coherent focused message and leader

 

Occupy doesn't and so it tends to flounder and not produce legislative change.

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Response to mythology (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:01 PM

25. It's way too early for legislative change. The Tea Party has recently changed its focus from

local organizing to running for office. It's the way these movements morph. Occupy will do the same. Just you wait and see. They have lots of smart, savvy people just waiting in the wings. It ill happen. then we'll see...

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Response to mythology (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:03 PM

26. Jeeeeeeesus. Do you know how many decades it took to produce lasting legislative change?

The 1st Civil Rights Act was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1883!

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #26)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:05 PM

28. So legislative change was tried early on, then.

 

What's Occupy's excuse for not starting the process now?

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Response to randome (Reply #28)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:15 PM

46. That doesn't even make sense. Congresscritters in 1875 or 76 introduced the 1st Civil Rights Act...

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it passed. The Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. 100 years of activism, lawsuits, public awareness, etc., by citizen activists set the stage for the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Hell, even though the NAACP, AFTER a 30 YEAR campaign, managed to get an anti-lynching bill in passed in the House in 1919 but the Senate defeated it.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #46)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:18 PM

93. Not to mention 100 years of VIOLENCE, state violence and organized private violence, to

 

hold the "legislative changes" that created the US apartheid/segregation system in place. *That* was a successful "movement" for you.

Jesus christ, these posters can't be for real.

"Oooh, they're doing it all wrong! They need *leaders*! They need a clear message! They need to use a chisel and sponsor legislation like Dr King!"

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Response to randome (Reply #28)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:10 PM

89. what a joke.

 

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Response to randome (Reply #28)

Wed May 2, 2012, 11:03 PM

320. What's the point in introducing legislation

 

That can't ever get through a corporate-owned Congress?

No good comes from introducing bills that get bottled up in committee or killed with the mere threat of a filibuster.

You have to build the pressure from below first.

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Response to mythology (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:04 PM

27. Just because you don't understand flat leadership

doesn't mean it isn't working.

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Response to TBF (Reply #27)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:06 PM

31. No, 'flat leadership' means no one is in charge.

 

I think that's pretty well understood by everyone.

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Response to randome (Reply #31)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:08 PM

35. It means that there is a democratic method to making decisions -

I thought you free-market types LOOOVVVVEEEE democracy. Well, as long as you can buy the votes ...

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Response to TBF (Reply #35)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:11 PM

41. Here we go.

 

You assume because I'm not in lock-step with Occupy that I'm 'one of those'.

I'm not. Keep denigrating people who believe in the same things you do. It's worked so well up to now.

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Response to randome (Reply #41)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:14 PM

44. I can only discern from your comments -

I would love for you to prove me wrong.

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Response to TBF (Reply #44)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:19 PM

49. Not sure how I can prove that.

 

And I probably wouldn't, even if I could -just out of principle.

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Response to randome (Reply #41)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:30 AM

126. does the existence of occupy prevent you from your work toward legislative change? i don't think

 

so.

but the only legislative change i've seen for the past 40 years is tax cuts, privatization of the public sphere, free trade agreements and the slow dismantlement of the new deal legacy.

the legacy of the sell-out of the 60s 'left'.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #126)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:54 AM

152. Of course Occupy is not preventing anyone from taking other approaches.

 

But those other approaches, instead of being met with optimism and support, are often derided by hard-core Occupiers. How often do we hear that we MUST support Occupy because...just BECAUSE!

I support changing the system. I do not support what Occupy chose to do at the start, which was to camp out in public parks and get into fights with local police. That was a waste of everybody's time.

I could even support a general strike but I don't see anyone stepping up to inspire people to do so. Without leadership, few will pay attention.

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Response to randome (Reply #152)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:18 PM

191. "...are often derided..." = *sob*

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #191)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:32 PM

193. Go to the Occupy Underground forum in Activism and you'll see what I mean.

 

The hard-core Occupiers absolutely HATE 99% Spring, even though 99% Spring has said it is not affiliated with Occupy.

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Response to randome (Reply #152)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:21 PM

266. They did those tactics because the kind YOU would favor

 

I.E., bland, polite, suit-wearing, law-abiding demonstrations and mundane voter registration...don't work anymore. Everyone everywhere just ignores them.

Reducing the whole thing to electoral politics means giving up. That's why people joined Occupy, because they realized that electoral politics, by itself, achieves nothing-that the construction of a culture of resistance, and then a culture of victory, is what really matters.

If electoral politics by itself was of any value, Bill Clinton would have created Utopia by January 1994. See what I'm saying?

Conventional politics will always favor the wealthy and will always be pointless for the majority. Elections alone NEVER change anything.

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Response to randome (Reply #41)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:32 AM

170. You appear to be guilty of the very thing you indict others for...

"Keep denigrating people who believe in the same things you do.."

You appear to be guilty of the very thing you indict others for...

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Response to randome (Reply #31)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:17 PM

262. Once any Left group has a specific leader

 

That group always ends up diluting its agenda and making the leader's personal charisma the only thing that matters.
And it always ends up meaning that the organization dies when the leader gets killed.

Why stay with a model that doesn't work?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #262)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:19 PM

264. The current model OWS has is also not working.

 

Having no leaders in a group of, say, thirty people means you have, in effect, thirty leaders. Talk about dilution.

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Response to randome (Reply #264)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:58 PM

276. Depends on the group dynamic.

 

In most groups, the "leader" is the person who mostly keeps saying "we can't do THAT"-and if they don't do that, the police end up killing them

The SCLC had a single-person leadership under MLK. When the regime killed him, SCLC basically died.

The Rainbow Coalition had a single-person leadership under Jesse Jackson. When he said disband, the Rainbow died.

...that's why I don't trust single-person leadership structures.

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Response to Morning Dew (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:59 PM

21. Wins the thread.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #21)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:08 PM

36. +99%




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Response to Morning Dew (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:04 PM

83. +1. now that king is dead he's the saint of the bourgies, most of whom reviled him when he was

 

alive.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #83)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:19 AM

122. Yep-- they promote people like MLK and Ghandi as icons of passivity and

 

endless patience. It's utter horseshit.

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Response to Morning Dew (Reply #13)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:44 AM

118. The same Dr. King who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott?

After all, a boycott is a consumer strike, rather than worker strike. Geesh. There's a reason why King was a community organizer, and not directly involved with party politics. OP picked the wrong leader to quote if he's rallying against grassroots uprisings.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:56 PM

17. Define "enormous flop".

Numbers? The fact that people show at all? Press?

I dunno. Unions have been decimated in this country, and I do think the effort to build them (perhaps in service professions) would be necessary in order to accomplish the types of crowds we see in Greece or Europe for example. Still, the gap between rich and poor is growing quite wide as the last remnants of the New Deal are being destroyed. Has it deteriorated enough for folks to strike en masse? We'll see.

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Response to TBF (Reply #17)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:55 AM

181. Union weakness isn't an excuse...

...yes, Unions have joined Occupy in supporting the protests, and yes, there are protests around the Country, but the the call was for a "General Strike", both from work and from the economy. That in my opinion was the overreach. Coming in to work today, the trains were packed, and the lines at corporatist Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts were as long as ever. If I walk down the street to Best Buy, I have no illusions that it won't be as crowded as usual. The media reporting will be that there were protests ( and probably some police conflicts), but if the goal was to send the "1%" a message that the "99%" could withdraw its economic involvement, and was therefore a force to be reckoned with, I would have to agree that "flop" is an appropriate phrase. A key rule in politics is: don't promise what you can't deliver.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #181)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:00 PM

184. The fact that we have anyone protesting in this police state

is music to my ears. Folks can call if a "flop" but if so why did the FBI and NYPD officers attempt to coerce organizers? http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/fbi-nypd-made-visited-occupy-activists-in-advance

They wouldn't have bothered if they (and by "they" I mean our ruling class) didn't feel threatened.

As far as I'm concerned that's a big WIN.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 07:56 PM

18. I've been offline. What general strike? thanks.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:00 PM

22. LINK: May Day Directory: Occupy General Strike In Over 135 Cities

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #22)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:06 PM

33. Thank you, off to read it

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #24)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:06 PM

32. Thanks, off to read

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:05 PM

29. I can't do it. I need the money.

I know that's not what the organizers want to hear, but for those of us who are hourly workers (I'm a long-term substitute teacher), it's really hard to take a day off.

My students need me there, and I need the money.

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Response to knitter4democracy (Reply #29)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:27 PM

57. we understand that

 

we will stand for you when you can't and hopefully you will represent for us when you can.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #57)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:30 PM

60. Really, your situation is understood and Occupiers certainly are sympathetic...

Many people cannot afford the loss of a day's pay. And also, many people work in caretaking jobs that would pose a danger or hardship the people they are taking care of.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #60)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:33 PM

100. Thank you.

My seniors need me there for their research projects, we're steaming ahead in Shakespeare with the juniors and freshmen, and honestly, I can't take the day off.

I'm hoping to get involved with the stuff in Lansing this summer, though.

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Response to knitter4democracy (Reply #29)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:35 AM

158. Do what you can.

Wear a red shirt to work for solidarity.

Or show up to a rally after work or during your lunch break.

We understand. So just do what you can. We're not saying "YOU MUST GET FIRED FOR THE CAUSE!"

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Response to knitter4democracy (Reply #29)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:01 PM

185. Occupiers understand that better than most -

wear a red shirt, refrain from spending $$$ (which isn't hard considering the 1% is hoarding most of it). Take care and solidarity.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:07 PM

34. So now striking is like wielding a machete?

 

Ummmm.....

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #34)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:42 PM

204. So you think a strike is like wielding a machete? Well then civil disobedience must be like

 

wielding a nuke.

Wait, I think I hear a drone flying over{#`%${%&`+'${`%&NO CARRIER"

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:08 PM

37. What would it take..

What would you need to see in order to say it has not been an "enormous flop" after all? Every strike that has ever been called for, large or small, has had a peanut gallery of naysayers declaring that it cant be done and cant possibly work, ad nauseum. Please do keep tapping with that chisel, but there are more roles to be played than the one you've decided is comfortable.

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Response to Triloon (Reply #37)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:11 PM

39. +1

welcome to DU and solidarity

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Response to Triloon (Reply #37)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:23 PM

52. +2 and welcome to DU, Triloon!








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Response to Triloon (Reply #37)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:26 PM

96. ...

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:11 PM

40. i think they know it is not going to a an actual general

 

strike. the unions are not ready for that and it wont happen without them. i think they are just meaning this "strike" to be more of a large protest with the supporters withholding as much of their patronage to the large corporations as possible. More of a "see us" than a total shutdown of the country. They are probably hoping to shut a few tunings down on a temp basis but I don't think they are actually expecting a general strike.

Hoping for a strong turnout I think. I don't think it has been well enough promoted for the turn out I hope for but I'm good no matter how it goes.

Maybe a google would tell.

you can try to say occupy is dead but occupy has already accomplished more than anyone or any group in decades. I suspect they will do much more.











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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #40)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:14 PM

45. I agree

 

and any protest has a chance of getting attention, which is the point.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:13 PM

42. so no point in even bothering to protest, eh?

 

no wonder it'll flop, when people like you have this attitude.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:17 PM

48. I'm retired so I have an excuse!

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Response to MoonRiver (Reply #48)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:20 PM

50. Um, excuse, me, retired?

 

That makes you one of the new and improved 1%!!!

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Response to randome (Reply #50)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:22 PM

51. Why did you try to insult MoonRiver?

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #51)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:24 PM

54. It was a joke.

 

Since more people these days have little to no hope of ever retiring.

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Response to randome (Reply #54)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:25 PM

56. Sorry about misinterpreting.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #56)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:27 PM

58. Never a problem.

 

I would like to be retired right now so I'm just jealous!

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:24 PM

53. It's Amazing to Me....that you are Predicting! Why is this "Flop" so imortant to you?

Why would you post a FAILURE of an ACTION...before the ACTION has even begun?



Why would you do that? Why would ANYONE do that? Unless...they are looking for "failure" and want to get the "Kudo's" for the pre-announcement.

Is it about EGO? Being Correct? Some Vision you have that is WISER than the rest?

What's with that?

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Response to KoKo (Reply #53)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:34 PM

61. My guess is that since Occupy claims to represent damned near everyone...

 

...then everyone has the right to voice an opinion about tactics and objectives.

To me, Occupy has been an educational experience. I'm not pulling your leg, I think it's been fascinating! I think many people are in denial about the prospect of affecting real change by public sit-ins. I think many people try to equate the protests of the 60s and 70s with today and I think, well I know, that today is nothing like then.

I still don't understand why more pressure is not brought to bear on the legislators who make our laws. Instead, too much effort has been expended trying to shame corporations into behaving better.

That tactic will never work. Corporations are not people and they have no shame.

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Response to randome (Reply #61)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:42 PM

67. Bunch of Gobbledygook

I still don't understand why more pressure is not brought to bear on the legislators who make our laws. Instead, too much effort has been expended trying to shame corporations into behaving better.


Voters elect the legislators and operate the corporations. Everything happens for a reason, someone wanted it to be that way! Targeting the legislators is important, but targeting the voters is even more important, and moreover, the the former is not effective without the latter.

To me, Occupy has been an educational experience. I'm not pulling your leg, I think it's been fascinating! I think many people are in denial about the prospect of affecting real change by public sit-ins. I think many people try to equate the protests of the 60s and 70s with today and I think, well I know, that today is nothing like then.


Yes, we should all shut up because it's pointless anyways. Back to the couch for more Hansens soda and Pirate Booty!

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #67)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:47 PM

69. Ewww. Soda?

 

That stuff's poison.

I'm not saying to shut up at all. I would like to see more mass protests. But I have to recognize reality, too. There should be millions of people in the streets demanding single-payer health coverage. There should be millions more demanding an end to Citizens United.

But they aren't. I'm not sure why they aren't but until something like that is good to go, I don't see any substantial changes coming our way.

Maybe, just maybe, if we can turn the House and keep the Senate, we'll have our foot in the door.

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Response to randome (Reply #69)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:55 PM

73. Umm...?

There should be millions of people in the streets demanding single-payer health coverage. There should be millions more demanding an end to Citizens United.


There are...

Maybe, just maybe, if we can turn the House and keep the Senate, we'll have our foot in the door.


And Occupy in no way formally objects to that goal...it's not a partisan movement, it's a popular movement.

I'm not saying to shut up at all.


In short, you have no point in this thread other than to crap on Occupy. What have you done for democracy lately? I'll tell you one thing having knocked on thousands of doors canvassing. What matters is not what you have to bring to say at the door, what matters is the impression the voter has already. I don't see how Occupy hurts that goal and I have not seen a good argument against Occupy other than "shut up you're ruining it for us" so nice try, but you're transparent in your bias.

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Response to randome (Reply #69)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:13 PM

90. fail

 

"turn the House and keep the Senate, we'll have our foot in the door"

we had that in 08, and what did they do?

see subject line.

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Response to randome (Reply #61)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:05 PM

84. aim at the problem, not the symptom

 

and the 60s/70s have nothing to do with sit-ins or public protest, it just another example of how having people in the streets en-mass works, no matter the time.

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Response to randome (Reply #61)

Wed May 2, 2012, 11:10 PM

323. But we have no hope of getting a progressive government

 

BEFORE corporate power is broken. As long as we have the current situation in which the 1% effectively get to set the limits on what we can choose democratically, it's futile to expect anything from Congress.

No one in politics ever defies the commands of their corporate donors. Once you get big checks from the corporate Super PAC's, you check your soul at the door. Why expect anything else?

It's the corporate sector that has to be brought down first.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #53)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:50 PM

71. It's a typical hit and run post.

Check the archives.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:27 PM

59. T

 

ool n/t

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:39 PM

63. There is a general strike planned?

 

I read a lot and follow the news here, but I hadnt heard there was a strike planned. If I (someone who follow the news) didnt know about this, then it is very likely that others (who dont follow the news) will not know about it.

end result = strike will fail.

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Response to Taylor Smite (Reply #63)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:07 PM

86. LINK: May Day Directory: Occupy General Strike In Over 135 Cities

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #86)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:14 PM

92. Thanks

 

very much!

cheers!

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:39 PM

64. I believe a time will come when such actions will be successful...

but I agree with you but for different reasons - at the moment the American people still don't understand who their oppressors are much less what to do about it. It may be soon that they begin to awaken. The empire is dying and it isn't going to be pretty.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:41 PM

66. Couldn't agree more- Register to vote, occupy the polls. Simple solution. nt

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:46 PM

68. If the MSM ignores it then how would most people know?

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 08:57 PM

74. not surprised you'd say so. but painting king in some kind of opposition to occupy = the

 

silliest thing i've seen all day.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #74)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:03 PM

82. it is just another absurdity in the OP

 

As if M.L. King would be against the idea of protests and strikes to push for economic justice.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #74)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:32 PM

104. Oh my LORD.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #74)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:07 PM

110. Well, you know, "some say" that King was really a Republican.

An anti-war, pro-union, pro-guaranteed income kind of Republican that are so numerous these days that you can't help tripping over one on the way to the Mercedes dealership.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #74)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:01 AM

115. Obviously, MLK would have counseled caution, do not go into the streets to protest...

...because that would be dangerous, and we should never put our safety and our lives on the line for our principles.

Pardon me if my reaction to the OP is...

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:00 PM

76. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

 

you are making a very big stretch to say that they are summoning something out of thin air considering all the people in the streets the past few years, and not just here, but globally.

MLK lead people into the streets to get justice, and change. And those people were more than ready, in fact they had been in the streets first.

change is in the air, and it is not due to some slick marketing campaign exploiting that grassroots desire, it is because the people are more than ready, again, to FORCE the elite to change. and so far the elite hasn't been able to co-opt this movement.

to not recognize that the pump has been primed for over 6 decades says more about you than the facts on the ground.

BTW: One day does not make or break a movement, time is on the peoples side.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:01 PM

77. a strike is not a violent action and is protected by our constitution

 

Your OP is a gigantic logic fail because of this distortion. Sounds like you would rather want to be in countries where they crack down on protests like China or something.

Also, the real power always lies with the people, there have been many many revolutions in history where "real" change is very sudden and abrupt, check your history.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #77)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:06 PM

85. to the new world order it is

 

but they always say that.

time to wake them the fuck up again.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #77)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:01 PM

103. Where are strikes mentioned in the Constitution, and how .....

 

... are they protected by same? The PATCO union members would also probably like to know.

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Response to oldhippie (Reply #103)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:38 AM

129. They aren't protected in the Constitution...

but they are a recognized right by law in the U.S.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:02 PM

78. ...and you'll be here uncontrollably cheering on it's demise the entire day!

With such contempt at what they are attempting to do, it's failure seems inevitable to you!

Congrats!

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:03 PM

80. How is a general strike "outrage and a machete" ?

WTFF?

More hit-and-run stridency.






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Response to marmar (Reply #80)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:07 PM

87. yeah, it's slander by folks parroting the memes of the elite

 

some are so easily misled.

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Response to marmar (Reply #80)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:24 PM

95. general strike = rwandan massacre. isn't it clear? don't you agree?

 

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Response to marmar (Reply #80)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:24 AM

123. That's the sort of rhetoric you get

from wolves pretending to be elk.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014110123

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:14 PM

91. I'm with ya. If you want change history shows the best thing

is to sit back and wait for it to happen. I mean, really. What has ever been accomplished by a small, grass roots phenomenon? Probably just things that angered the practical people of that time frame.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:20 PM

94. I predict if they are arrested for nothing and die in jail cells

 

you'll argue fascism had nothing to do with it.

I'll also predict that all of these events planned will likely occur http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2012/04/30/occupy-wall-street-may-day-general-strike-called-in-us-other-workers-actions-worldwide/ because of the non-existent determination behind them, and that unless that "liberal" http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/media-coverage-favored-romney-over-ob http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/04/23/469075/obama-has-received-least-favorable-news-coverage-so-far-during-2012-election-cycle/?mobile=nc http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/03/09-5 media gives them the attention capitalist/imperialist lackeys and swine (gives them adequate enough coverage, like that's some kinda real barometer) need to shut their yappers, that it will remain an example of their non-existent determination and lack of chisels.

I'll aslo predict that if they are still around doing such 2-5 years from now, they will become synonmous with a lack of determination by those that need a dictionary.

3a : the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also : the result of such an act of decision b : firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end <a woman of great courage and determination>
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/determination

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:28 PM

97. We are expecting minimal impact on our campus

There may be some rallies and such, but classes are going forward.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #97)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:29 PM

98. which campus?

 

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:33 PM

99. Agreed.

 

Very few will be participating. A third of the people side with those being struck, a third is completely oblivious and of the third that do care, a minimal amount will participate. Many people simply cannot afford to take a day off and those like me have no job to take off from and no money to spend anyway.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:36 PM

101. This thread is the first I've heard of it (nt)

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:58 PM

102. You Damn Hippies, Get off my Lawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nt

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:44 PM

105. Since you fail to define your terms ("flop" vs. "success"), this

 

OP is one big GIANT FAIL.

How dare you call me and my Occupy brothers and sisters 'fringe people'? We are the salt of the earth, you dumbass.

I wish we had 'Unrec' functionality back.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:45 PM

106. So what. I'm getting together and meeting up with some cool like-minded people.

That's a success in my book. We'll be bigger next year, and bigger still the year after that.



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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:51 PM

107. This is the first I've heard of it

And I haven't been in a cave. It does not sound well planned.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:06 PM

109. And It Is Obvious,That That, Is EXACTLY What You Want...

 

Prove me wrong.



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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:09 PM

111. So, in your opinion, rather than getting out in the streets, what should we do?

 

Work within the system? Like that's really been successful.

You know, it is people with attitudes like yours that have held up social and political progress at every turn. That you paraphrase King is outrageous, considering that King led general strikes. What have you done? Oh, yeah, opposed any movement for real change and scolding people on an anonymous internet chat board.

You just continue to amaze me more and more as the years go by.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:20 PM

112. And I predict you would call it an enormous flop no matter what.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:34 PM

113. Bwaahaahaa! Thanks for that, totally made my night as I plan for tomorrow.

I'm really ready now.

The whole country, the whole planet, has been totally fucked up by a bunch of greedy conservative assholes and they're making it worse every single day, and I can't believe I'm reading this Third Way bullshit here.

"If they had bothered to study history, they would know that what they want to try has been tried, and failed, and tried again, and failed again, ad nauseum."

"It's because he knew that real, lasting change is accomplished the same way it always has been: with determination and, etc a chisel, not outrage and a machete."

Really?

Um, I wouldn't be calling anyone ignorant of history if I were you. You'd still be singing God save the King if it weren't for radical revolutionaries (gasp, egad!) like Franklin. Jefferson, Paine, and all rest of the dedicated people that stood up against tyranny. Anyway, you ever hear of them? They're in many history books. Smart, determined BRAVE group of folks, they was, guvnuh. Occupied the whole country back in the day. Totally trashed the status quo, and improved the world quite a bit with that new fangled idea they called democracy.

Who knew?

How dare we challenge authority? Fringe people! Blah, blah, blah."

Maybe the Strike won't change the world overnight, but there's no possible way it can be more of a flop than the US Government has been over the past 32 years.

Have a great day Mayday.

I surely will.

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Response to Zorra (Reply #113)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 11:49 PM

114. +99%. Many of us here will also be with you in the streets for MayDay, Zorra

Other DUers and I will join together in Occupy L.A. actions downtown for M1GS.

The pathetic attempts to undermine us only strengthens our resolve.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #114)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:07 AM

116. And for that reason alone, I will kick this thread!

 

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Response to Zorra (Reply #113)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:09 AM

117. That is a great post, Zorra...

The "guvnah" was a nice touch!

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #117)

Wed May 2, 2012, 03:13 AM

237. Glad you think so, LA. Some things are just so very....

wrong...



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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:55 AM

119. I'm running across a pretty high incidence of "Don't feed the beast. Let it ALL crash & burn." BUT

it's not coming from General Strikers.

The fringe, the third-partiers, the "revolutionaries", the Naderites, "Anarchists", Libertarians, Anonymousites, etc. etc. etc. are sitting on the sidelines egging any and all factionalism on and on and on . . . .

You are right, Wraith, whatever pretty ideology they're selling, they're really nothing much more than "Meet the 'new' boss; same as the old boss" and I have that from the horse's mouth itself on several occasions, TTE: " _____________________ is so bad, so hopeless, so dire that it justifies destruction of the whole system. Hopefully, if we don't support or if we go (ANY) 3rd party, the system will fail so utterly soon enough that we can start over before __________________ destroys us."

I. kid. you. not.

Have you heard anything so naive in your entire life?

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Response to patrice (Reply #119)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:40 AM

135. What's the alternative

 

No meaningful change has ever come from telling the left to fuck off. Incrementalism ISN'T meaningful change and it only worked in the past. We're past the day when bad bills can be slowly improved. That simply doesn't happen anymore.

And none of the insiders care about the people.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:05 AM

120. Please, don't try to claim King as some kind of moderate milquetoast.

 

He supported-- and was actually present for-- tons of labor strikes.

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Response to Marr (Reply #120)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:25 AM

124. I don't think OP is saying that. That long arc that King told us about requires MUCH more

than being moderate does. Heck, it can even require more than being an extremist hero does.

Pretty sure that TheWraith would agree with both of these statements and with you.

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Response to patrice (Reply #124)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:33 AM

128. Considering he/she flatly stated that strikes don't work,

 

suggested that anyone who believes otherwise is some kind of fringe communist/lunatic, and went on to suggest that King wouldn't have been involved in a strike, I'm afraid I can't agree with you.

It seems more like an urging to shut-up, eat those brussel sprouts, and channel our energies into the same old political channels that are specifically designed to redirect them. And the urging is coming from someone who apparently knows jack shit about the people and ideas they're talking about.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:29 AM

125. Occupy Denver

http://huff.to/Jzpife

Occupy Wall Street activists are preparing for a nationwide series of demonstrations and are calling for a "general strike" on Tuesday, May 1st--also known as "May Day" or "International Workers' Day"--and Occupy Denver has just released its own schedule of events for the day of protest in Denver. The demonstrations could wind up being the largest seen from the OWS activists in 2012.

Beginning at 12:00 p.m. and continuing on through 9:30 p.m., the Denver occupiers have rolling teach-ins, rallies, marches, live music, performance art, spoken word poetry and much more throughout the day at Civic Center Park.

More at link.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:47 AM

130. Thanks for the opportunity to post this link to MayDay events around the country :)

May Day Directory: Occupy General Strike In Over 135 Cities:

http://occupywallst.org/article/may-day/






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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #130)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:05 AM

132. Oh, and my prediction: Come MayDay, this OP will be proved to be an enormous flop

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #132)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:45 AM

162. This OP was right on the money....

 

it would appear.....Occupy died a long time ago.

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Response to Joe the Revelator (Reply #162)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:40 PM

203. You wish

 

Occupy will endure much to the chagrin of the haters.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #203)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:08 AM

239. It has not endured in the slightest....during the winter when it died....

 

....everyone said 'just wait for the spring!".

Spring has come and almost gone, and Occupy did not come with it.

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Response to Joe the Revelator (Reply #239)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:44 PM

273. You must live in a cave somewhere

 

or just cannot admit to being wrong!

Either way it is funny as hell!

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Response to Rex (Reply #273)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:46 PM

274. What's 'funny' is you laughing at people who want to be on your side.

 

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Response to randome (Reply #274)

Wed May 2, 2012, 09:53 PM

307. Oh are you sure...those OWS people could turn

 

into bitter Republicans.

Go sell it somewhere else.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #132)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:21 PM

313. And you were proven to be correct, Pinboy. You are a far better predictor than the OP. I'll put

my money on your predictions any day!

Great photo from Canada yesterday, h/t to Girl Gone Mad:



And your photos were fantastic. Are you going to put up an OP? If so, PM me so I do not miss it!

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:36 AM

133. Look, you've always had your cards on the table.

 

Your entire agenda here is to silence the left and to get everyone to settle for victory in name...to accept the defeatist strategy that tiny changes matter.

And you KNOW perfectly well that Dr. King would be supporting Occupy if he still walked the earth. King never told the progressive majority to settle for incrementalism.

And the alternatives to what people like Occupy call for haven't been worth anything. Slight change is just the status quo with different wording.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:38 AM

134. Why don't you just admit your're essentially a conservative and be done with it?

 

There's no real difference between conservatism and incrementalism. Both are about stopping change in its tracks.

Slight change isn't change at all. Half-a-loaf victories aren't really victories at all. They just get washed away in the backlash tide and never lead to anything else.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #134)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:14 AM

143. So not supporting OWS = RW? Really? nt

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Response to hack89 (Reply #143)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:06 AM

153. Trashing OWS is what the RW does.

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Response to bahrbearian (Reply #153)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:40 AM

159. "Trashing" is in the eye of the beholder

sometimes it appears that any criticism of OWS, no matter how constructive, is considered "trashing". Not everyone is comfortable being forced into lockstep conformity with no room for dissent, no matter how minor.

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Response to bahrbearian (Reply #153)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:42 AM

161. Following ineffectual stupidity is what the RW does....thinking for ourselves is what the left is

 

known for. OWS is a complete joke.

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Response to Joe the Revelator (Reply #161)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:13 AM

164. So how left are you? Obama left, Pelosi,left. Not really left are they.

Wars , Banks , Extending tax cuts, For profit Health Ins. , those are right wing Ideas, thats not really thinking.

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Response to bahrbearian (Reply #164)

Wed May 2, 2012, 12:10 AM

232. This is a question our "relativistic" leftists NEVER answer.......

Where they stand on POSITIONS. Some folks THINK they're "left" when they vote for Obama. Or Pelosi. Because the MSM TELLS them that they're "left" for voting for those guys. And that's all they have. And that's giving them the benefit of the doubt of no other nefarious motives.

I'm a fucking fundamentalist Bolshevik. I'm left. Compare yourself with me before you consider yourself "left".

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #232)

Wed May 2, 2012, 12:26 AM

233. Does Marxist count?

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #232)

Wed May 2, 2012, 01:35 AM

236. Half the people on this forum who call themselves leftists...

are really right-wingers, they just don't realize it.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #143)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:28 AM

169. Dissing OWS is...telling people that OWS isn't worth shit is.

 

Because those that do that aren't doing anything to work for change on their own. None of the people who diss OWS are interested in real change, because change ISN'T incrementalism or gradualism. Slight change isn't change at all.

OWS people recognize that the work may take years-it's just that the also recognize that half-loaves aren't victories and that half-loaves now can't be made into full loaves later.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #169)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:37 AM

172. I believe Hack89 has done a lot in Wisconsin during the current 'difficulties'.

 

So I wouldn't use such a broad brush if I were you. Criticism is part of a discussion forum.

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Response to randome (Reply #172)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:36 PM

201. criticism, yes...dismissal, not so much.

 

The criticism needs to be about making the movement better...not saying that the whole thing is pointless.

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Response to randome (Reply #172)

Tue May 1, 2012, 07:48 PM

216. The ones that want war are neocons that ran for deferments when the time to fight

was at hand. DU has neo-progs that are ready to burn anyone that don't agree with them at a stake, regardless of how much those people contribute to real progressive causes, no matter how many concrete results those people accomplish.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #169)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:11 PM

186. Is 99% Spring right wing? nt

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Response to hack89 (Reply #186)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:39 PM

202. Those who built the 99% Spring should just have joined Occupy

 

It isn't pursuing a radically different strategy from Occupy, as far as I know.

Why did they have to choose a name that confused the issue and at least made it look like they were trying to coopt Occupy's agenda? Clearly, an Occupy-like group that is tied to the Democratic Party(and I say this AS a Democrat)can't possibly be credible.

The ads they did look great...but those should have been Occupy ads. That's why there's the blowback from OWS...not because the 99% Spring ideas are bad(they're Occupy's ideas, after all)but because it looks like MoveOn created it to KILL Occupy.

Would you at least agree that there was no good reason to split the movement this way?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #202)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:15 PM

245. There does not appear to be a place in OWS for those of us that

support partisan politics. I won't leave the Democratic Party to support OWS.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #245)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:35 PM

247. There are a lot of people who support specific parties within Occupy

 

But Occupy doesn't impose a line on that on everyone in the group...and, since Occupy is basically run on nonviolent anarchist principles, they can't give impose such a line.

Occupy can't actually force anyone within its ranks to do anything. They can't MAKE you quit the Democratic Party.

Those that want to work for the party can still do so. Just not in the name OF Occupy. Isn't that enough?

I suspect that your real grievance here is that Occupy won't make working FOR the Democratic Party their exclusive focus. IF they did that, they would have no reason to exist as a distinct group, they'd never make any worthwhile proposals, and they'd never work for anything OTHER than the Obama platform. Occupy HAS to be independent as a group to matter. As a formally pro-Democratic group, they'd have to stop talking about inequality at all. They'd have to stop talking about corporate power at all. They'd be forced to toe the Bernanke-Geithner-Summers line.

Only groups not specifically tied to the Dems or any OTHER party can truly work for the economically dispossessed. If you don't believe me, look at what happened to the "Obama movement"...you know, the one that no longer exists because the admin basically ordered it to disband. That's what will happen to the 99% Spring if it puts re-electing Obama first and expects everyone in the group to focus ON re-electing Obama.

And the problem with the 99% Spring, well intentioned as many of those who work within it may be, is that it looks like MoveOn and the Dems formed it to REPLACE Occupy. If Occupy is replaced by a group that's obedient to the party(and alliance with the party equals obedience), the movement dies.

Look at the 1960's Civil Rights movement-if the Kennedy/Johnson Administration had had its way, the Freedom Rides, the mass protests, and Mississippi Summer would NEVER have happened. Bobby Kennedy was demanding that the Civil Rights activists stop all activities and "wait until after the election"-which would have meant giving up, forever. Waiting until after the election ALWAYS means giving up. And if they had done what the Dem insiders wanted, we'd still HAVE Jim Crow...because all our party leaders cared about was not pissing off the South. Thank god the movement was independent. If it weren't, it would have been forced to settle for nothing.











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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #247)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:40 PM

249. Well, you just put your finger on why OWS has some competition.

pissing all over those of us that support the Democratic Party and work hard to elect Democrats is a great way to grow OWS.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #249)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:49 PM

251. I support the Democratic Party and I wasn't pissing on you.

 

That doesn't mean I think Occupy should. We both know that Occupy would become irrelevant if it did, that it couldn't speak about inequality and social justice if it was formally aligned with the party.

There's a difference between saying "it's fine for individuals to work for progressive Dem candidates" and saying "Occupy should endorse the Obama-Biden ticket". Obviously, Occupy couldn't have any principles of its own if it formally endorsed the Democratic Party. You know that as well as I do.

Clearly no group can formally endorse a party and still work for its OWN principles. That's what endorsement means-toeing the line and doing what you're told.

Can you understand the distinction I'm making here?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #169)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:55 PM

195. Is this contradictory?

 

Hi Ken

I'm sure you see my low post count - but I am asking for clarification of your points rather than trying to be an ass.

When you say slight change is not change, are you saying that OWS wants an "all or nothing" solution? That there are no incremental goals or targets? I do not follow OWS as closely as some here, so I am not familiar if this thinking is shared by most of OWS

When you talk about the work possibly taking years, but at the same time say slight change is not change, it sounds like OWS is expecting that one day, everything will all of a sudden be different, rather than trying to move opinions gradually.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #143)

Tue May 1, 2012, 06:26 PM

210. What else would you call supporting a totally unjustified splinter group

 

(99% Spring)whose only reason for existence was to co-opt OWS?

A OWS-like movement that isn't totally independent of MoveOn and the Dems can't be of any value-and it can't work for any real change.

99% Spring will never host a single civil disobedience workshop. And it won't do any form of organizing other than those commercials with the tv stars.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #210)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:33 PM

246. So you reject members of the Democratic Pary

and then whine because they have the nerve to actively support many of the same progressive ideals that OWS holds? OK.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #246)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:38 PM

248. What an utterly nonsensical claim. Where did you get the idea that OWS doesn't want democrats? Do

you know anything at all about OWS? Many ELECTED Democrats are members of OWS.

Why do people expound on subjects before learning anything at all about them?

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #248)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:43 PM

250. Why don't you read the post that I am replying to.

read Ken's other posts.

He specifically say that anyone associated with the Democratic Party cannot effectively work for the economic dispossessed.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #246)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:57 PM

254. I AM a member of the Democratic Party and a supporter of Occupy

 

They haven't done a purge of registered Democrats or anything. Occupy isn't a Stalinist organization with rigid pseudo-party discipline.

I've never heard of anyone being attacked by Occupy simply because they were personally campaigning for Democrats.

All that Occupy is saying, as I understand it, is that they won't formally ENDORSE the Democratic Party. What's so terrible about that? They couldn't formally endorse and still work for their OWN agenda. They'd be expected to just toe the line.

Occupy, as a group, has to be independent of ANY party to matter.

It's like the early 60's Civil Rights movement. Had that movement simply backed JFK from the start, it would have folded its tents and not even tried to end Jim Crow. There would have been no Freedom Rides, no civil disobedience, no public calls to end segregation at all. It would have been just "wait 'til after the '64 election", which would have meant giving up on EVER ending Jim Crow.

The same was the case with the labor movement prior to 1935...with suffragists at the turn of the century...and with the LGBT movement. Formally endorsing and allying with a party means accepting that party's discipline and stopping when that party tells you to stop. It means settling for nothing.

That's what Occupy is trying to avoid. And that's where I fear the 99% Spring, like the now-extinct "Organizing For America" group that was the post-election version of the "Obama movement", will end up...that it will absorb Occupy's followers, then disband them. Why should a true activist want such a thing?

Doing what a political party's leaders tell you to do always means slowing down and, eventually, giving up. That's what "moderation" is code for:surrender.

I will be supporting Occupy AND working for the Obama-Biden ticket(as well as other Democrats). But I will always do that with the understanding that the two things must be kept separate.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #254)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:01 PM

256. So then 99% Spring is for those of us that do endorse Democrats

we can work side by side with OWS and make the world a better place.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #256)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:10 PM

260. You weren't forbidden to individually work for Dems as a member of OWS.

 

Why is it so important to you to get the ORGANIZATION to endorse Dems? You do realize that that means 99% Spring can't have its own agenda.

You know I'm right, for example, about what formal endorsement of the Democrats would have meant to the early 60's Civil Rights movement. Even with the connections there were to the two things, you ended up with unacceptable practices like Kennedy Administration officials EDITING the speeches given at the March on Washington in '63-edits that made the speeches they were applied to meaningless(they did know better than to do that to MLK, but they did it to others).

Our party doesn't tolerate groups with their own agendas. It should, but it doesn't.

I still remember the humiliation Dennis Kucinich was subjected to at the 2004 Dem convention, when he was required to clear his convention speech with the Kerry campaign...an requirement that meant he wasn't allowed to say anything that mattered.

This is what I DON'T want to happen to the groups fighting for the 99%-any tempering of what those groups are working for ends up being dilution of the agenda into nothing.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #260)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:20 PM

265. You have all these established organizations with many of the same goals of OWS

it is foolish and insulting to expect them to bow before OWS and put aside their long held beliefs to meet some ideological purity test. OWS has no right to tell socially involved citizens what to believe or who to support. It makes them look like spoiled brats stomping their feet because "they were first".

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Response to hack89 (Reply #265)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:31 PM

267. Then the 99% Spring shouldn't have come in with the attitude that "we can do it and OWS can't"

 

If they'd treated OWS people(especially the young who joined it because the Democratic Party had no place for them and their dreams, and because that party's Beltway leaders don't care about anything the kids are fighting for)with respect, it might be different. Instead, all the 99% Spring types seem to have the "shut up and leave it to the grown-ups, because you young whippersnappers don't know your place" attitude(I.e., do what Rahm Emmanuel would have told them). I doubt that you see anybody under 45 at a 99% Spring meeting. Or anyone who's personally known poverty or unemployment. People who have NEVER take the centrist path.

You have ascribed an almost dictatorial character to OWS. WHY? What did they actually ever say to you that was so terrible?

And what did you, personally, say to OWS people?

Did you say "I work for Democratic candidates from the progressive wing of the party, and I'm not going to stop doing that"? Or did you say "You guys should just obey the Democratic Party leadership, do what it tells you, stop when it says you should stop, and campaign for Blue Dogs when the president says you should"?. There is a large difference between those to statements.

It sounds to me like you came in with the attitude that OWS should just defer to YOUR superior wisdom and totally give up its independence as an organization. Am I wrong about that?

And can you point to any situations in which it would actually HELP anything Occupy is fighting for to formally endorse the Obama-Biden ticket and follow its line? To a lot of OWS types, that strategy is the same as surrender and you need to make the case for why it isn't.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #267)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:36 PM

296. OWS should not defer to anyone. I certainly don't defer to them.

I just laugh at your belief that groups that align themselves with the Democratic Party are unable of "true" change.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #296)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:48 PM

298. There has to be SOME independence

 

The problem is, once you align with a party, you let that party, to at least some degree, tell you what to do. Can't you see that?

If the Civil Rights movement had formally allied itself with the Dems in 1961, it would have ended up disbanding, because the Democratic Party, at that time, didn't want the Civil Rights movement to exist.

It didn't want the antiwar movement to exist in the late Sixties.

It didn't want the LGBT movement to exist in the Seventies.

It didn't want the Rainbow Coalition to exist in the Eighties. And Jesse Jackson ended up disbanding the Rainbow on party command.

See the pattern?

It's the question of group alliance.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #298)

Wed May 2, 2012, 11:05 PM

322. And yet there was no progress on those issues

until politicians belonging to political parties passed legislation. Laws are what cement changes in place - not attitudes, not anger, not outrage. Those are fickle and temporary emotions. At the end of the day it all comes down to laws and the legislative process.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #322)

Wed May 2, 2012, 11:19 PM

324. It comes down to giving the "leaders" no alternative but to do what's right.

 

And deferring to a party leadership can never make THAT happen. All "leaders" ever do is to tell us what CAN'T be done, and make sure it can't be done-unless it's ugly, like a free trade pact, an austerity budget, or a war-then they make sure it IS done.

The result of what our "leaders" did to the Democratic party in the post-McGovern period was to, by excluding activists and caucus groups, make our party stand for less and less. You'd have to concede that it was a tragedy for Paul Kirk to dissolve all the cause groups at the DNC, and that the result was a party that stood for nothing in the Nineties. Yes, that party "elected a president"...but so fucking what? Bill Clinton was NOT on our side. He treated the base as if it was nothing and the only things he did that were progressive were too tiny to matter to anyone at all.

That's what leaders are about...breaking our hearts and crushing our dreams. No good comes of following them.

Can you understand from that why I don't trust leaders like you do?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #324)

Thu May 3, 2012, 08:33 AM

326. The only leverage you have over these leaders is the ballot.

you still eventually come back to the political process. The American people want change but they fully expect the present political system to bring about that change. The public is not crying to tear down and rebuild our political and economic systems - they want jobs and security. That's what is behind the angst that is driving OWS - and there is a danger to them if they forget that simple fact and decide that somehow they have a mandate to tear everything down and start all over.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #265)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:35 PM

268. Which organizations are those?

 

"Organizing for America" had none of the goals of OWS. Neither do the leaders of OUR party. It's only a few good souls at the lower ranks of the Dems, like you and I, who do.

Obama's refusal to back the Wisconsin revolt proved that.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #268)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:33 PM

294. MoveOn.org, Rebuild The Dream, AFL-CIO, United Auto Workers, CODEPINK: Women for Peace,

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Response to hack89 (Reply #294)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:58 PM

300. And Occupy wasn't dissing those groups-nor was I,actually.

 

Many union people and Code Pink people and members of the other groups JOINED Occupy, or supported it from without. It was what brought everybody together at that point. There was never a question of Occupy OR the old groups.

The problem was that, in the fall of 2010 and winter of 2011, when OWS emerged(and when the Wisconsin uprising happened), there had been near-collapse in activism. Had OWS and the Wisconsin rebels not emerged(partly as a result, nothing it was talking about would be in the public discourse today.

Remember, at the time, our "Democratic" president was abandoning everything and doing all he could to get activism brought to a halt. He pretty much ordered his OWN "movement", Organizing for America, to go out of existence(that movement no longer has much of any supporters or any goals...it's dead).

Virtually everybody who joined OWS had backed what was happening in Wisconsin, btw...and had done so while the national leadership of our party was hoping the Wisconsin revolt would die(as Obama proved by refusing to support it).

The need was for an independent force...because the leadership of the Democratic party, a party I've supported most of my adult life, was not defending its core supporters, and was gaining nothing fore REFUSING to defend them. It was pursuing a "center" that everyone knew didn't exist.

I'd see this all much more differently if our party, at its top levels, was a fighting populist party. But it stopped being that when it focused on being "pro-business" and "fiscally responsible"-when our leaders, in short, joined the other side.

It's only the outsider groups, only the rebels, that can really effectively work for change...allying with any part of the establishment forces you to obey the establishment. I wish it weren't so, but that's the reality we work within, my friend.
The way the party congressional leadership treats the Congressional Black, Populist, and Progressive caucuses(I.E., fighting against them at every turn) and heroes like Dennis Kucinich bears me out on this.


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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #134)

Tue May 1, 2012, 07:40 PM

215. Wraith seems to be a moderate, with some progressive tendencies.,

Why don't you admit that you have no idea of what a conservative is?

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #215)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:23 PM

224. You can't have progressive tendencies and devote ALL your posts here to bashing the Left

 

Wraith wants us all to settle for just re-electing Obama and otherwise giving up. He isn't on the side of the 99%...never has been...if he was, he'd back Occupy or at least come up with a constructive alternative...something Wraith has NEVER EVER done on DU.

Conservatism is opposition to change. Pissing on OWS automatically means you oppose change, because there's nothing else out there. As far as I know, Wraith doesn't even support the centrist puppet "99% Spring" group...the group that stole the 99% label and is using it to work against the building of a movement.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:44 AM

137. You've never offered a good alternative-in fact, you've never offered a POSITIVE message at all

 

Unquestioningly accepting whatever Obama gives us, as you do, wouldn't be progressive. It's just defeatist. You want everyone to give up like you've given up.

Please stop being such a total drag. It doesn't help anything.

It would be a waste of time to ever lobby Congress again or to ever be polite to legislators. None of them respond to anything but mass pressure. Flattery never did work with any of them.

And accepting massive compromise has never given us real change.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:57 AM

138. You use YOUR chisel on the people, not the oppressors

 

Why don't you ever call out the wealthy, the militarists, and the arrogant?
WHY is ALL your rage directed at the powerless and the principled? Why don't you EVER speak out against the people on the OTHER side?

We'd be facing a certain Republican landslide in 2012 if it weren't for Occupy. Your response to the rise of the Tea Party was to tell people that we should be happy with post-1994 Clinton until 2016.

Why are you still telling people to settle for increments when we will never see the first increment added to in the future anymore?

You had no right to cite Dr. King to back your defeatist politics.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:28 AM

139. Bookmarked.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:14 AM

140. slow change ISN'T change

 

and neither is slight change...NEITHER can ever be worth settling for.

In the Sixties, your attitude would have meant telling black people to just settle for the 1957 Civil Rights Act and give up trying for anything better. That's what gradualism means...it means surrender and defeat. Change isn't change unless it's obvious and quick. If you don't notice it, it isn't of any value and didn't do any good.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #140)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:58 AM

149. Gradualism doesn't mean surrender and defeat.

It just means gradualism. Why have we become a nation of Veruca Salts?

Change is slow, it is painful, and often, parts of this country have to be dragged kicking and screaming into it. We did it with the South in the 1860s with slavery and again in the 1950s and 60s with civil rights--and I have a feeling we're gonna have to do it again with gay rights too.

But if you think every powerful bigot in the world is suddenly going to wake up one morning and abruptly change their minds, I honestly don't know what to tell you. Gradualism wouldn't have meant telling blacks in the 50s and 60s to settle--it would have meant telling them that it wasn't going to happen in 24 hours.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #149)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:26 AM

168. There's a huge difference between gradualism and expecting a long struggle

 

Occupy people understand a long struggle will be necessary. That doesn't mean settling for half-loaves, quarter-loaves or half-slices,which is what gradualism REALLY means.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #149)

Tue May 1, 2012, 06:05 PM

208. The only victories that mattered in the Civil Rights movement were the 1964 and 1965 bills

 

Tiny interim gains short of emancipation are always meaningless. No one is ever inspired to keep fighting by small victories. It's only the prize at the end that keeps people going.

It was the same with the labor movement and the LGBT movement.

And I didn't say that the struggle wouldn't be long. It's just that there are some things that matter on the long path and some that don't. Quarter-loaves or less(like the 1957 Civil Rights Act) don't contribute in any meaningful way. It's the big wins at the end that matter.

It sounds like you'd have told black folks that they should be happy if they got to use the Whites Only drinking fountain on Tuesdays between 2 and 4 am.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #208)

Tue May 1, 2012, 07:58 PM

217. No other claim you made in this thread shows how blind you are.

The civil rights struggle was being waged long before 64. Have you ever heard of Brown versus Topeka Board of Education? Have you ever heard of the ERA that came after 65? Have you ever heard of the struggle for right for gays to live like everyone else? I have written before until I turn blue in the face, my political and social DNA is infinitely closer to that of Progressives than any philosophy outside of my plain vanilla moderate base, but blind claims like you made make me want to fucking rip my hair out strand, by strand. The sheer insult that you launched against rights fighters before, during and after the mere two years you listed is stunning in it's fucking ineptitude.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #217)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:17 PM

223. I salute all those who struggled for justice

 

And you know perfectly well that I wasn't saying the Civil Rights movement didn't EXIST before then. Of course it did. But it had standards.

But NONE of them ever thought that small gains mattered. No one in the entire Civil Rights movement celebrated the passage of the useless 1957 act(the one that didn't even stop lynching).

It's only radical pressure from below that EVER works. Nothing would ever have been done to fight AIDS if it hadn't been for ACT UP. Every LGBT activist who worked within the system in the Eighties was a failure.

No gay person ever celebrated a partial victory. Nor any worker. What would there have been to celebrate.

It wasn't victory to end segregation in just ONE town. Or to end discrimination against gays in just ONE town. Or to legalize unions in just ONE town. Do you understand?

The only interim victories that are of value are the creation of liberated zones-places where ALL the oppression is wiped out within the boundaries. No moderate approach ever created that.

And Brown V. Board wasn't a partial victory. It was just a victory that was disregarded by those who fought against it at the time. For years, in terms of actually causing school desgregation, Brown was meaningless. It would only have been of real value if it actually led to quick desegregation. I do salute Thurgood Marshall and Roy Wilkins for sort of trying...but they were wrong to denounce the Civil Rights movement when it did the only thing that could have worked and moved to massive civil disobedience. If the struggle had stayed purely legal, like YOU would have liked, we'd still be at least half Jim Crow today. In the Sixties, virtually every black person in the U.S. thought the NAACP and it's "keep it legal" prissiness was a total joke.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #149)

Wed May 2, 2012, 11:04 PM

321. We don't even have gradualism.

We are going in the WRONG direction. Corporate Democrats have been complicit in enacting the economic agenda of the one percent, impoverishing the rest of us, and increasingly building a police/surveillance state. And it will continue until we get the money out of politics and rein in Wall Street.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:31 AM

145. The failure is not to try.

At least morally.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:51 AM

147. The Status Quo: You're one of the "fringe people" if you don't go with the flow! nt

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:53 AM

148. Lmao.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:58 AM

150. Whatever

And who wields the chisel?

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:42 AM

151. My, aren't we concerned today? n/t

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #151)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:46 AM

163. No, actually I'm not.

3 cars left in the apartment complex where I live. 1 car belongs to an elderly couple. The other 2 people work 2nd shift. Garbage and recycling both picked up.

Grocery store was opened for business as usual.

Don't bother with your usual 'concern is duly noted' crap, nor your 'you're part of the probem' crap either.

I read somewhere that 70% of the occupy people have jobs. So the corps are paying them, then go stand around protesting their what..? paychecks? Talking out of both sides of their mouths.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 10:42 AM

160. You're not characterizing "general strike" properly.

If you redefine "general strike" to mean "neighborhood barbecue" then this thing is a winner already.

Besides, IWD is way cooler than US Labor Day. Ours doesn't even have a "u" in it, for cryin' out loud.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:17 AM

165. Social Security was originally a third party idea

and the Republicans started out as a third party.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #165)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:19 AM

166. The country was younger then.

 

I don't think third parties have a chance now. I don't think that's defeatist of me, I simply think it's the reality of a country that's more than 230 years old.

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Response to randome (Reply #166)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:37 AM

171. Um, most European countries have at least three parties and they're a lot more than 230 years old.

Doesn't matter to me, because I'm a Democrat. Just pointing out though.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #171)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:40 AM

176. Good point.

 

But I don't care much for comparisons with Europe. We're a much larger and unwieldy country. Europe is composed of much smaller nations and I think that results in the opposite of what you might expect. Smaller countries can afford to have multiple parties. Larger ones are more difficult to manage.

I wish we DID have a half dozen or more parties to choose from. I just don't see that happening.

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Response to randome (Reply #166)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:39 AM

174. What then is the precise and relevant cultural modifier ?

What then is the precise and relevant cultural modifier based on the age of a country (as you directly implied) which denies the progressive change?

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #174)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:42 AM

177. Hell, I don't know.

 

I just know that we're a lot different from Europe. I think our country's size has something to do with it. It's harder to manage with multiple parties, which is probably the opposite of what one would expect.

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Response to randome (Reply #177)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:56 AM

182. The large-and-unwieldy argument

is the one people pull out to squelch conversation over what needs to get done. Example: "Of course Sweden can have a great socialized health program; they're so small and homogeneous!"

I'm really tired of that attitude. It's an excuse to do nothing, and it's weak.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #182)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:43 PM

188. Didn't realize it was an 'attitude'.

 

Thought it was my own opinion. Oh well, learn something new every day. And hey, I'm all for single payer health care! I think it can be done. I don't see much prospect for alternative parties, though. No one seems organized enough or well-known enough.

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Response to randome (Reply #188)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:29 PM

194. Well, after you hear it from enough people it feels like an attitude.

But I'll meet you halfway: I agree that alternative parties are almost impossible here -- not because of our size, but because of the corporate money that drives the current system.

Public financing of campaigns is what's needed, and that is gonna be damn near impossible to get.

Which is not to say that we shouldn't try.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #194)

Tue May 1, 2012, 04:59 PM

200. I think the people can do damned near anything if they are organized and determined.

 

Corporate money be damned!

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Response to randome (Reply #200)

Tue May 1, 2012, 07:14 PM

211. Well, that would be cool!

And I do think there have been signs of life all over the place, lately.

ETA: Which is why this OP kinda got on my nerves.

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Response to randome (Reply #177)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:58 AM

183. Premise built from little more than a post hoc ergo prompter hoc foundation , then.

Premise built from little more than a post hoc ergo prompter hoc foundation , then... :shrug"

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:22 AM

167. Okay, Nostradamus.

If you're right, you can have a little party. I guess. Whatever.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:38 AM

173. What strike?

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #173)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:49 AM

178. Yeah, really... been off DU for a few days and this is the first I've heard of a "General Strike"

 

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING has been out of the ordinary today. My bet is that for people not actively following OWS on the net that they'll have no idea there was going to be a strike or some sort of thing today.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:53 AM

179. Well, this is true to form.

The OP just drops shit and runs. Not one reply from the OP.

"But every generation, somebody comes around with the idea that they really know better than every other person who's ever tried to make a difference in the history of the world."

Hmmm. And those brave people have to listen to people like you tell them that they will never make a difference, ad nauseum. It makes me wonder what it is that some people like about the status quo that makes them feel such a need to protect and perpetuate it.

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Response to TriMera (Reply #179)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:08 PM

190. I've never met other dems that hated their fellow dems

 

as much as some of the posters here in this thread. It is really disgusting. The OP was just a dog whistle.

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Response to Rex (Reply #190)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:25 PM

192. Yep. n/t

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Response to Rex (Reply #190)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:19 PM

196. I can't imagine why anyone responds to this OP...ever.

He never engages. Just a quick OP and gone. What a colossal waste of time.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:54 AM

180. Based on your expectations or that of the strikers themselves?

Based on your own personal expectations, or the expectation of the strikers themselves? Seems to me that were my expectations much greater than what social and cultural reality allowed, I too could boast a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, should I base my expectations on that of the strikers, I could, at best, only guess...

(But alas, as I don't pretend to be very clever-- fortune tellers are rather better at it than I, so I of course allow them their little guessing games-- I can only observe.)


Additionally, might I suggest Paul Kennedy's Rise and Fall of the great Powers for a better insight on the myriad of different catalysts of both dramatic and progressive change which (still) exists? You appear be to be stuck on the premise that regardless of time, culture, society, level of industrialism, etc, each attempt will mirror the one before it. I think Will & Ariel Durant (indeed, Kant, Hobbes & Rousseau also) kind of blew your little hypothesis out of the water many years ago-- even though we can rest assured that you did indeed, "bother to study history"

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 12:32 PM

187. What strike?

I just asked a group of about a dozen people where I work what they thought of the general strike. No one had any idea at all what I was talking about.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 01:07 PM

189. This thread is so phuny

 

it did let those that hate the common man vent, so if that was your purpose it succeeded very well.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:32 PM

198. Prediction:

You will one day go too far and get a pizza.

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Response to whatchamacallit (Reply #198)

Tue May 1, 2012, 05:51 PM

206. But he really loves Obama.

Another one who spends his time passive-aggressively insulting liberals then hides behind the impenetrable shield of "I support the President."

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Response to girl gone mad (Reply #206)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:05 PM

218. Oh!!!

And liberals here on DU aren't passive-agressive insulting moderates and other liberals that dare disagree with them? We have an important election ahead of us. Can people of your ilk not agree to set aside of differences and unite behind our President and democrats in Congress that win their primaries?

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #218)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:51 PM

222. He may own my vote due to lack of choice

but he'll never own my conscience, values, and principles.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 06:16 PM

209. Occupy Is The Top Headline On Bloomberg At 6 p.m.

"Enormous flop"? You decide.

Occupy Starts U.S. May Day Protests With Chants, Waltzes

By Henry Goldman and Pham-Duy Nguyen - May 1, 2012 5:15 PM ET

Demonstrators took to the streets in May Day protests across the U.S., sending a singing “Guitarmy” to Manhattan’s Union Square and smashing windows in Seattle.

Organizers said the events marked a springtime resurgence of Occupy Wall Street, and they punctuated their message with trombones, hand-held drums, a San Francisco kayak flotilla and a crowd a half-mile long moving down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Calls for a global general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping were heard in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney.

In Oakland, California, police used gas to end a confrontation with demonstrators. In New York, a crowd of thousands gathered at Union Square in anticipation of marches on Wall Street and officers made several arrests.

“Occupy gives people a world to step into when they feel they don’t belong anywhere else,” said Ina Bransome, 68, a Brooklyn resident who joined demonstrators in Manhattan’s Bryant Park.

Occupy groups across the U.S. have protested economic disparity and high foreclosure and unemployment rates that hurt average Americans while bankers and financial executives received bonuses and taxpayer-funded bailouts. In the past six months, similar groups, using social media and other tools, have arisen in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

more

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-01/occupy-wall-street-starts-may-day-protests-amid-soaking-rain.html

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Response to Tace (Reply #209)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:34 PM

221. A general strike is sucessful if it is sucessful.

Smashing some windows in Seattle and getting some tear gas in Oakland not so much. Were any schools shut down? Any business shut down because no employees showed? Any cut down in shopping? Those are the measures of success.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #221)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:12 PM

261. How dare you!

 

The measure of success is whatever OWS says it is, not some mushy numbers and statistics!

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Response to randome (Reply #261)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:07 PM

280. That neither of you have either mushy numbers or statistics is not lost on anyone.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #280)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:10 PM

282. That would be proving a negative.

 

Honestly, I don't see that OWS was that effective Tuesday. That's my honest opinion.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 07:24 PM

212. I too favor persistence and patience.

Dr. King and changers of social order before him understood that battles for change against an entrenched mindset are long, several generations long, but the rightness of those fights make the long fights worthwhile. The concepts behind general strikes are noble and right. But the best way to accomplish those goals is open to debate.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 07:34 PM

214. Huge turnout for OWS May Day march

Marchers spanned over 30 blocks, were still leaving Union Square as of a few minutes ago.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/111611972

TheWraith: It is your prediction that has turned out to be "an enormous flop."

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Response to Tace (Reply #214)

Wed May 2, 2012, 12:04 AM

231. +1. Hate to kick this hit and run POS, but... n/t

 

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 08:34 PM

220. Prediction: May Day marches that have been going on for years will now become OWS May Day Marches...

And will be held up as proof of the success of the movement.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #220)

Wed May 2, 2012, 01:07 AM

234. !!!




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Response to SidDithers (Reply #220)

Thu May 3, 2012, 09:38 AM

327. Said the guy who probably never marched on May Day in his life

 

unless he was in the "Support Your Local Police" countermarch.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #327)

Thu May 3, 2012, 09:40 AM

328. ...



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #328)

Thu May 3, 2012, 09:47 AM

329. Yeah right, Sid...like you were EVER on the Left.

 

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #329)

Thu May 3, 2012, 09:49 AM

330. ...



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #330)

Thu May 3, 2012, 09:55 AM

332. Go ahead...you're just laughing at the truth.

 

Nobody could post like you do here on DU and have any genuine radical feelings about anything. Radicals don't spend more of their time baiting the Left than they do fighting the Right.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #332)

Thu May 3, 2012, 11:12 AM

333. I'll stop laughing when you stop posting personal attacks...

I'm not going to reply in kind. I'm not going to question your alleged progressive credentials, or your motives for posting here.

What I am going to do is laugh at every personal attack you make.

"Said the guy who probably never marched on May Day in his life unless he was in the "Support Your Local Police" countermarch."

"Yeah right, Sid...like you were EVER on the Left."

"Go ahead...you're just laughing at the truth. Nobody could post like you do here on DU and have any genuine radical feelings about anything. Radicals don't spend more of their time baiting the Left than they do fighting the Right."



The truth is that May Day marches, and International Workers Day rallies have been happening around the world for years. To somehow claim that these are Occupy inspired marches, as many posters in this and other threads have done, is pure nonsense. Posting pictures of a May Day rally in Indonesia, or Tienanmen Square to bolster the argument that the "General Strike" on May 1 was a success is ridiculous.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #333)

Thu May 3, 2012, 05:47 PM

335. Nobody claimed that Occupy was the inventor of May Day, or anything remotely like that.

 

n/t.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 09:24 PM

225. Wildcat strikes are illegal thanks to efforts by FDR.

You don't have them because people value their jobs. If they did it they'd be fired. Labor has no recourse if the people have a wildcat strike. Labor would likely push back against it if it got any traction. You look at big labor like the AFL-CIO, they are not calling for a general strike.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Tue May 1, 2012, 11:13 PM

230. Not the flop many had hoped....

 

And the best is yet to come.

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Response to Zax2me (Reply #230)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:13 AM

241. LOL

 

Funniest post yet.

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Response to Zax2me (Reply #230)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:18 PM

263. The best was yet to come 8 months ago, too.

 

It's still a-comin'.

Look, everyone here wishes OWS had been more of an incontrovertible success months ago. We all want to belong to something that can change the system.

That's the truth.

But without leaders or a coherent message other than 'the system stinks', OWS is not the vehicle to accomplish the changes we need.

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2012, 01:11 AM

235. Not a flop at all

 

Another prognosticator (oh well)

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2012, 03:29 AM

238. Lol! A hilarious thread! I hope you didn't bet money on this! Flop! Lol!

A spectacular success, from coast to coast, from all over the world, hundreds of thousands, millions of people celebrating and demanding rights, united with one another.

Psssst, can you make a prediction for the next big event that is coming up soon? Flop??

Oh and btw, you don't seem to have knowledge of this movement, it will be here for years, just like the Civil Rights movement, because the issues at stake are as important, life and death important. If you think the people in this movement do not know what will be necessary to effect change, then you should not be writing about this topic as you do not understand it, at all.

Trust me, they will be involved in the electoral system. And when they are hopefully THEY not any professional, political party operatives, will choose the candidates and the strategy to get them elected.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #238)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:09 AM

240. What world do you live in?

 

This was the definition of 'flop'

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #238)

Wed May 2, 2012, 12:52 PM

243. What was accomplished?

 

Yes - protesters were out - but where was the "strike"? And most of the news out here (Bay Area) is about the violence in Oakland. From the looks of it - is not Occupy but another group that is causing the violence.

But, when you have a leaderless organization, with little to no hierarchy, no communications infrastructure, your message will not be the one that's remembered - it will be the violence that's remembered.

And the unfortunate part is - it's all fixable - Occupy just refuses to do it

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Response to WinniSkipper (Reply #243)

Wed May 2, 2012, 02:39 PM

244. 'What did they accomplish'? What they set out to accomplish.

That is called 'success'.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #244)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:55 PM

253. Pinboy's flyer

 

that has been posted here is about a general strike. Did that happen?

I am not saying they didn't get some press - they did. However - here in the Bay Area - where Occupy should have a lot of support - the focus in on the vandalism. If Occupy had set themselves up correctly, they could manage the fallout from vandals. If they had set themselves up correctly, they could do a better job of separating themselves from the vandals in the eyes of the public. They have not done that, and it is hurting their reputation

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Response to WinniSkipper (Reply #253)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:14 PM

284. Hurting them with whom? The OPD -- who is under threat of sanctions?

With the Chronicle -- which is conservative on local issues?

With CNN? Who? This seems to be a case of "some say".

I'm in the Bay Area and that isn't my impression at all. YMMV.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #284)

Wed May 2, 2012, 09:12 PM

301. No, not the OPD

 

I am not sure they are trying to impress the OPD

Chron, Merc, TV - all of the press focuses on the negative. And the impression that is left is negative. Whether the vandals are part of Occupy or not - that is the impression that is left.

And it is left there because of the organization of Occupy. Not the ideals of Occupy.

If you want to play on the big stage, you need to have control of your message. Control of your message also means that a spokesman for Occupy is front and center - saying "this is not what we are about".

I think what pro-Occupy people fail to realize is that those of us who are critical of Occupy are not against the message. I am not opposed to a linear structure like Occupy has, if that is what they want. I would't want it for a group I was part of, because it is ineffectual. But if you have it - you live with the consequences.

But it can't be both ways. If you have a linear structure, and no public leaders, don't be surprised when you message is lost (due to Black Bloc) or a rival organization pops up (99% Spring)

And I always love the "some say" line. How about this - it is my opinion that the coverage of Occupy has been anything less than flattering, even here in the Bay Area. "Joe Average" is not going to be jumping on their bandwagon

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Response to WinniSkipper (Reply #301)

Wed May 2, 2012, 09:24 PM

303. Wait, let me get this straight.

Occupy Wall Street is supposed to have taken back our media from its right wing slant in a year when the Democrats haven't been able to do that in 30 years?

That's hilarious.

And you may want to do some research on horizontality because it has been very successful and in this hemisphere at that.

Next time you talk to Joe Average, tell him I said "Hi".

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #303)

Wed May 2, 2012, 09:39 PM

304. No, that's not right

 

People on DU seem to thing the rest of the world has the same critical thinking abilities that seem to be displayed here. I read here, a lot, and it is usually by people who I disagree with. I enjoy seeing other sides, and possibly changing my opinions on some issues.

That's not the rest of the world. That is not your average voter. That's not "Joe Average". Let me ask you this - who is Occupy trying to reach? Who are they trying to convince?

Horizontal organizations work when qualified people are empowered in the right way. That's not Occupy.

And you sort of make my point for me. If the media is an issue - be prepared to deal with it. Occupy is not prepared, has not been prepared, and does't look like they will ever be prepared for that. That in my mind is very unfortunate. They have a good message, they have passion, and they have/had backing. They just don't know what to do with it.

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Response to WinniSkipper (Reply #304)

Wed May 2, 2012, 09:50 PM

305. Um, if there's no "Joe Average", why do you invoke him?

And, no, horizontal organizations are not for some elite. That's wrong.

And in fact, you make your own counter-argument. Occupy has done more about the media in this last year than either political party has in years. Than both have done in decades.

Your critique is uninformed and unconvincing.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #305)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:06 PM

308. Let's start with Joe

 

What I am saying is - this 'Joe' does not take the same interest in politics, or social justice, that the people on DU do.

People on DU are not the norm. They are not the audience that Occupy needs to reach. When Occupy cannot control it's message - it will be lost on your average voter.

And I asked - who do you think Occupy is trying to reach?

And you absolutely missed the point on horizontal organizations. Where you get "elite" from qualified mystifies me.

Your second paragraph - what does "has done more about the media" even mean?

If you are trying to say Occupy has had a bigger effect on the media than Dems or Reps, I would have to respectfully disagree

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Response to WinniSkipper (Reply #308)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:14 PM

310. I think you need to put some time in reading

because Occupy has mustered labor, the peace movement, the immigrants rights movement, the backbone of social justice.

A better question would be, who are they not reaching.

And you can disagree all you want about Occupy's effect on the media but they changed the conversation without kissing up to anyone, something that neither party does on most days.

So, yeah, your critique is uninformed and unpersuasive. Sorry.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #310)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:48 PM

314. And I respect your

 

about my opinion.

In my opinion, I would not call yesterday a great show of strength of Occupy's mustering of those movements. You may.

OK - on the who are they reaching. I think they are reaching everyone - POORLY. I don't think they are reaching everyone with their message. And that is because of the way they are set up. And that is because yes, the media will glom on to the violence. It's a better story for the media. So how do you fight it? Occupy has to make it a non-story. They are not doing that.

Yes - they will get some headlines. I would like to see what kind of headlines they pull on their own when not tied to an event like May Day.

And again you make my point. Occupy will not succeed because they convince you, or me, or most anyone writing on these boards. They will succeed when their message reaches, and is accepted by, the mythical "joe average". Like it or not - that is how you succeed in our system.

And let's be honest with ourselves. If the Tea Party (and of course they wouldn't - this is hypothetical) put out message about the events of yesterday talked about in Pinboys flyer, like a General Strike, No Work, No School, No House Work, No Buying we would be laughing our asses off at them.

The first think Occupy needs to learn is to frame the discussion so that you don't over promise and under deliver. Especially in such a spectacular fashion. When you have told everyone all winter "wait till what you see in the Spring!".

You might not like my opinion, but it is anything but uniformed or unqualified.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #244)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:58 PM

255. The accomplishment was 'success'?

 

So...what was 'success'?

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Response to randome (Reply #255)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:07 PM

258. They set out to accomplish success and they succeeded!

 

Yeah I'm not sure what he meant either.

If it was to effect any real changes then they failed. If it was to get people on their side who weren't before it failed. If it was to frighten politicians and the lobbyists it failed.

So I'm not sure what the definition for success was.

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Response to randome (Reply #255)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:15 PM

285. Um, the action went global. That's success.

Try searching yesterday in pix.

Good grief.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #238)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:05 PM

257. Yeah, you may want to reassess that

 

a lot of protesters in the street doesn't = a successful general strike.

For that you need workers to well not work.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #238)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:43 PM

272. Sad thread really, hating on ordinary people

 

is sad sad sad. And now they will act like they are 'in the dark' about how well Occupy is doing!

You were right in your thread...they do nothing but continue to embarrass themselves.

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Response to Rex (Reply #272)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:16 PM

286. Very revealing thread. n/t

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2012, 11:39 AM

242. 241 replies and nobody has stepped up yet

 

to fulfill your prediction....you capitalist imperialist running dog lackey!

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Wed May 2, 2012, 06:53 PM

252. Typical hit-and-run concern troll bullshit

But at least it's a little more proof of your worthlessness to the cause, or any progressive cause actually.

Plus it brings all your troll friends to the yard.



RL

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Response to RetroLounge (Reply #252)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:09 PM

259. Pointing out that something is likely to fail doesn't mean you necessarily oppose . . .

 

. . . whatever it was they were trying to accomplish.

Hoffman claimed he would levitate the Pentagon to end the war in vietnam. Not everyone who doubted his ability to do this opposed ending the war.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #259)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:08 PM

281. With the OP, though, it is.

 

That person has never done anything here but piss on people who want to make life better. That's what "moderates" do...tell everyone to give up their dreams and know their place.

I'd feel differently if that poster had EVER posted anything here that was a positive suggestion for change. Telling people to settle for increments and wait for things to eventually get slightly better isn't positive.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #281)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:20 PM

289. Let it go. My 80 year old Mom didn't bank or buy yesterday.

Occupy is having an impact that makes a lot of people uncomfortable -- precisely because it is mainstream.

That's cool. They'll either get it or they won't. At the moment, it doesn't matter because millions of people all around the world are firmly on board for the duration.

Yesterday I was reading tweets from Egypt, Bahrain, London, New York, Chicago, Sacramento, L.A. and on out into the Pacific. There were even protests in East flaming Timor.

We're good.



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Response to EFerrari (Reply #289)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:22 PM

290. Glad to hear that. La Lucha Continua!

 

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #290)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:57 PM

299. No one can stop this.

The usual suspects are doing their best but, they're years too late.

Btw, there was an academic on Amy's show today that is doing some interesting work on policing and slavery. Ruthie Wilson Gilmore at CUNY. She may be onto something we can use.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #289)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:29 PM

292. Sorry but May 1st was May Day, not Occupy Day.

 

OWS may have been part of the process but they did not invent May Day.

Just want to keep it real.

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Response to randome (Reply #292)

Wed May 2, 2012, 08:46 PM

297. OWS has global support. Sorry.

Lmao.

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Response to EFerrari (Reply #297)

Wed May 2, 2012, 09:52 PM

306. "keep it real"

 

Let us see how sad this will get.

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Response to randome (Reply #292)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:52 PM

316. Nobody SAID Occupy invented May Day.

 

It was invented, in the late 19th Century, by the anarchist movement in the U.S., to commemorate the killing of the Haymarket Martyrs...a group of activists(in a large, leaderless movement)who were murdered by the State of Illinois.

It wasn't invented by a party.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #316)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:55 PM

318. Post #289 implies that Occupy is the driving force behind May Day.

 

At least that's how I read it.

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Response to randome (Reply #292)

Thu May 3, 2012, 11:18 AM

334. Shhh...

you're not allowed to say that here. All the good things that happened around the world on May 1 were entirely due to Occupy. And all the bad things that happened around the world on May 1 were caused by agents provocateurs.

Sid

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Response to RetroLounge (Reply #252)

Wed May 2, 2012, 07:41 PM

270. It is sad ain't it?

 

Now they are all 'in the dark' about how successful Occupy was!

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Response to Rex (Reply #270)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:11 PM

309. How about some candle light to counter the dark?

http://www.startribune.com/printarticle/?id=149529085

The Occupy movement is planning to stage a protest at a home in south Minneapolis to prevent an eviction following a foreclosure that they say is due to a bank error.

The lender, Freddie Mac, counters that the family never responded to offers for a loan modification. Freddie Mac said that PNC Bank serviced the loan.

The demonstrators plan to rally at the home at 4044 Cedar Ave. S. at 2 p.m., then hold a candle light vigil, starting at 8:30 p.m. After that they plan to "occupy" the house to keep sheriff's deputies from evicting the family. Occupy Homes MN,

The campaign to halt eviction-related foreclosures has become a centerpiece of the Occupy movement in Minnesota since last fall. Over the winter, protesters staged a series of neighborhood events in support of Bobby Hull, an ex-Marine who was about to lose his south Minneapolis home. The effort led a bank to renegotiate his mortgage, allowing him to stay in his home.

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Response to suffragette (Reply #309)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:17 PM

312. So did the family not respond to offers for modification?

 

Or is the bank making shit up because they like saddling themselves with the expense of foreclosure and the resulting bad PR?

Which is more likely?

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Response to randome (Reply #312)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:49 PM

315. Looks like the last person they helped was able to renegotiate and stay in his home

I would hope for a similar outcome here.

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Response to suffragette (Reply #315)

Wed May 2, 2012, 10:53 PM

317. I would always hope for that, as well.

 

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Response to RetroLounge (Reply #252)

Wed May 2, 2012, 11:01 PM

319. +1

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 02:26 AM

325. to quote Nelson.."ha-ha!!!"

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 09:51 AM

331. Has it started yet?

 

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 12:26 AM

336. bump for the laughs

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Response to TheWraith (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 05:38 AM

337. Capitalist imperialist running dog lackey.

 

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