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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 12:24 PM
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37. I am sometimes a bit reluctant to pop my head up on this issue.
I have gotten some major shit here for saying stuff like this, everything from the "concern troll" accusation to much worse.

However, I want to see Elizabeth Warren in the Senate, and every time there is a "camping confrontation" with police getting overtime in cities that are short of money to begin with, it does not help her.

Time to go back to basics while streamlining and professionalizing the organizational dynamic of the movement. Every protest should be focused; themed, if you will. A dull blade is only good for smearing butter on toast. A sharp blade can pierce the heart. No hearts will be reached with a bunch of complaining about libraries, medical tents, kitchens and crap like that. It's time for a more adult and serious approach, which might not be as much fun as the whole camping thing--but nothing comes easy.

I'd love to see OWS jump on the STOCK ACT passage effort. Why? Because Gillibrand et. al. have gotten twenty cosponsors in the Senate already, and Louise Slaughter has fired that thing up enough over the last five years to organize for it as well. Congress IS feeling heat about this issue. All that would be needed is focused demonstrations in front of district offices of reps, and I think we'd see movement. Also, since CBS was the one who broke the story, they, and their pals over at CNN, would be happy to air footage of the demonstrations--it's a natural fit.

OWS could then "own" the credit for tipping the scales towards passage of the act. It would be a huge "get" for them and further solidify the legitimacy of the movement.
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