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  •  I don't really see how camps (4+ / 0-)
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    Chitown Kev, bruh1, gramofsam1, Joieau

    specifically symbolize that. It may be clear to you, but it is not to me.

    However, I do agree with your general assessment of the political system.

    •  The encampments (0+ / 0-)

      did not become a potent symbol until the pigs started pigging out. Then all of a sudden people all over the place got pissed off by the fascistic spectacle they were seeing. The imagery of the authoritarian response to some hippies camping on the lawn (a municipal ticket/fine offense, not some kind of violent felony) has been incredibly powerful to recruit supporters and shape the message. Very important stuff.

      Millions of people are having trouble just getting by day to day. Tens of millions have lost their homes and millions more have lost their jobs and any hope of ever having another that's not occasional odd jobs off the books. Millions of those are hoping to make it to Social Security and Medicare, some aren't going to make it. The encampments gave visual impact. But even awakening to the fact that if things don't change drastically we'll be stepping over dead people just to get to the day labor check-in, who really wants to have to do that this winter just for the sake of street theater?

      People are waking up. The banks definitely 'noticed' our coordinated withdrawals, and now municipalities are divesting. Very soon we'll see Funds divesting as well, by demand of their participants ("shareholders"). Divesting the 99%'s money - meager though it may be on an individual basis - from Wall Street is terrifying the 1%. They know where this will lead.

      There are so many people now involved. I'd love to see the kitchen and food provisions of Occupy encampments be gifted with indoor space in those very neighborhoods to keep on feeding the homeless and hungry, march and rally participants (have 'em every Saturday), and even the public, with a donation box at the front desk labeled prominently. Long folding tables and chairs, find a seat and get to know who's sitting next to you...

      Activists and spokespersons have been born or reborn, the job is to keep the issues in front of the people and work on coordinated actions here and there (called strikes, big marches and rallies, things a lot like Move Your Money, etc.).

      There need not be encampments through the winter. There does need to be continued and expanded engagement.

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