Occupy Wall Street, Early Saturday
From Adbusters, #OCCUPYWALLSTREET This Saturday:
This Saturday at Noon, let's escalate #OCCUPYWALLSTREET into a nationwide peaceful demand for economic justice.
Their messaging seems just right to me.
Meanwhile, quietly, a group of several hundred mainly young activists, artists and students started gathering as a "General Assembly" (GA) - a leaderless, consensus-based decision-making process. They met weekly in public parks, starting on August 2 and continuing until the occupation began, with the intention of building an organizational and tactical framework for the action. It grew out of New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts, which had recently held a three-week occupation near City Hall called "Bloombergville" to protest against austerity measures. They had learned a lot from that and were ready to try something bigger.
This is right in line with something we've been batting around here (starting with the best article ever) about how the nonviolent occupation movement is still in its infancy - and its participants/leaders are still getting their feet wet with organizing. Movements like we've seen elsewhere don't just appear no matter how suddenly they explode into national/global consciousness. It's a long and (usually) slow learning curve. This means the MSM blackout may not be so bad - folks can gain expertise and make their mistakes out of the unforgiving light of saturation coverage. And it drives those interested to alternative outlets - building them up. Win/win!
Facebook has a car pool page. Anyone tried it out?
The fuelNYC photo page is here. Updated daily.
Amazing 9/11 first responder video:
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