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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 11:22 AM
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10. Only 33 percent are supportive of the goals because the goals are being perceived as
yelling at the police in the dark of the night as they take away tents.

OWS needs a paradigm shift. Same goals, different way of getting the word out.

I think they should take the money they have gotten (half a million in NYC, for example) and rent out space where they can coordinate strategy, arrange for virtual general assemblies, have a phone bank for info/fundraising, and a small TV studio where they can create/edit material for livestream and YOUTUBE.

Otherwise, despite the scorn and snickering of the echo chamber, this will be a failure, and it will cost Elizabeth Warren an election we badly need and she deserves.

For weeks now, I haven't heard shit about the shrinking middle class, jobs, economic parity, greedy Wall Street, usurious bankers, corrupt corporations in bed with Congress through their lobbyist pals, or any of that social justice stuff. All I hear about is kitchens and libraries and tents and "Ewwwww, those evil police!" Enough, already. Time to grow up and get down to business. Attention was paid as a consequence of the whole camping schtick because it was NEW. After a few weeks, it just looks like a poorly constructed favela.

And despite the protestations that "our" encampment is peaceful, there have been enough incidents in enough places to suggest that many of them are fraught with thievery and other public safety issues.

It IS a problem, the media is covering just the problems, that is all the media will cover, so OWS needs daytime demonstrations that are large and meaningful and have a focused purpose--and they need to go home at night. If they don't have a home, those that do need to offer up their couches, guest rooms and floors, or come to some arrangement with a church or other social service agency to rent space where people can sleep. This camping stuff has jumped the shark--it did that a couple of weeks ago.

Flame away.
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