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But the dems are bailing out the same businesses that you are protesting. So whats really going on? Its a dog and pony show to keep people from realizing the truth. The truth is that both parties are at fault. They are both taking away our constitutional rights and giving our tax dollars to mismanaged businesses while the country has a higher national debt during the oast 8 years than every other year of our existence combined.
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by Blaine91555
Inspired by is not the same as part of. They're trying hard to co-opt. Occupy has been doing it's own training. Will there be issues that unions and occupiers stand together on? Sure but just as the SEIU stood with Occupy DC a few months ago, it was made clear to them that ODC would not represent SEIU and the action had to pass ODC's GA and training took place before the action to ensure that all of ODC knew what to watch out for as far as co-opting.
For such smart people, you guys sure don't know how to read or research.
Originally posted by Kali74
Seriously does no one get that none of the linked articles in this thread or the other thread actually claims that they are going to "train occupy protesters"? The 99% Spring is something completely different...learn to read.
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the fight for workers in Madison, Wisconsin, the 99% will rise up this spring. In the span of just one week, from April 9-15, 100,000 people will be trained to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action on our own campaigns to win change.
From April 9-15 we will gather across America, 100,000 strong, in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets to join together in the work of reclaiming our country. We will organize trainings to:
Tell the story of our economy: how we got here, who’s responsible, what a different future could look like, and what we can do about it
Learn the history of non-violent direct action, and
Get into action on our own campaigns to win change.
History is calling, and it’s time to step up.
Employees at all of the 1,680 Darden Restaurants across America – such as Capital Grille, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden - deserve to be given equal opportunities, to be fully and fairly compensated for their efforts, and to enjoy a safe and healthy workplace. JOIN US – Live in the Windy City? The Big Apple? Visiting our esteemed nation’s capital? Chillin' i...
The Reverend Dr. James Coleman will speak at this rally. As a reminder of Trayvon's innocent behavior, wear a hoodie and bring Skittles to share. Everyone in our city, young and old alike, is invited to take action in Saturday's campaign to win change. So come and bring your family, friends, neighbors, and groups with you! Join us in defeating "Stand Your Ground" and restoring our civil liberties! Great change is possible today in America. A fair and just society depends upon our collective voices coming together.
Definition of the We the 1% - "We the 1%” can’t be defined by “Rich People”. It's short hand for those who deliberately & intentionally use their power & wealth to rig the economy & co-opt our democratic process."
Our country is at a crossroad. We have TO DECIDE WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WE WANT TO LIVE IN.
Do we want a country that works on behalf of “We the 1%” OR one that treats “We the People” the same way it treats “We the 1%?
Do we want a country that protects the status of the “We the 1%” OR one that gives EVERY American to real opportunity to reach the MIDDLE-CLASS?
Do we want a country that gives 150 thousand dollars in Tax breaks for “We the 1% and Tax INCREASES to “We the People” OR one where all citizens pay their FAIR SHARE?
Do we want a country where the government that can be bought by the “We the 1%” OR a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, & for the people.
Next month, activists and organizers across the country are planning to train 100,000 people in nonviolent direct action for what they call The 99% Spring. But despite borrowing one or two of the Occupy movement’s favorite slogans, The 99% Spring hasn’t been called for by any general assembly. Rather, this massive and controversial effort is coming from the institutional left — a diverse coalition of labor unions, environmental and economic justice groups, community organizations and trainers’ alliances. While some celebrate what appears to be a mainstreaming of resistance thanks to Occupy, others are crying co-option.
In a press call organized by The 99% Spring, Liz Butler of the Movement Strategy Center affirmed the effort’s solidarity with the Occupy movement. “The focus,” said Butler, “is to give additional amounts of people the tools to take direct action around these issues, complementary to what is happening in the Occupy movement.” On the same call, MoveOn.org’s Justin Ruben explained that his organization is promoting the training for nonviolent direct action to its more than five million members.
Joy Cushman, an organizer and trainer from the New Organizing Institute, insists that the intention of the project is not to compete with the Occupy movement. Rather, it’s a framework so that existing organizations can incorporate direct action into the work they’re already doing and capture some of the Occupy spirit. “The hope is that if people are not directly connected to campaigns, they will be able to take action locally for what is affecting them,” she told me.
Originally posted by jibeho
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by beezzer
As easily as Tea Party rallies...or any other rally...remember that.
Sure! However the occupy movement and all of its supporting organizations have been under the federal microscope and in the MSM spotlight since the Fall Protest Season. Unfortunately, for the well intentioned members of this movement, the fringe element and the black masked chaos crowd have cast a rather dark cloud over past events, current events in Oakland again and will continue on throughout this Spring and Summer.
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by DrNotforhire
I may disagree with Blaine about Occupy and take his remarks personally as insults but there's a huge difference between him and you. He's no troll and I'm sure would have no issues in an Occupy chat-room even if he's oppositional.
Last night, the two main organizational bodies of Occupy Wall Street were dissolved, and a new group running OWS’s finances is admitting to a lack of transparency, financial discrepancies and poor financial decisions by the previous custodians of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.
The movement is beset by a lack of funds, and much stiffer resistance from police and local authorities. A post a week ago from the New York City General Assembly website gives a good sense of the morale of some people in the Occupy movement:
OK now that OWS is ‘officially’ out of money.. and we’v seen our structures like THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SPOKES COUNCIL and nearly everything we hold near and dear fail maybe it’s high time we look at our VERY foundations and start asking ourselves the following questions:
*Is horizontalism real in OWS and if so is it functional ?
*Who’s accountable if this is a ‘leaderless’ movement?
*How can a General Assembly be effective if its membership don’t practice a HEALTHY consensus and aren’t educated on the issues in the first place?
*What the use of marches or even protests if we have no VISIONS. GOALS or demands?
*Are 500 people in Direct Action going to ‘liberate’ NYC through actions alone? ‘Is that even their goal?
Facilitation Working Group, the group that more or less acts as a neutral overseer to Occupy Wall Street meetings, has decided to defacto disband the Spokes Council and the General Assembly. Without official facilitators to be present at either Spokes or the General Assembly, any such gathering is not official according to occupy wall street rules. Apparently, no minutes takers or live streams will come to these meetings as well. Both Spokes and the General Assembly depending upon facilitation to post new proposals to www.nycga.net