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  •  A while back (6+ / 0-)

    I was wondering where is the music, where is the poetry . . . then this week I heard the "We are the Many  by Makana and now this Poem.

    Both very very good and very very powerful.

    Somehow art makes the message stick to your bones.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.  I appreciate it.

    •  It's only been two months (5+ / 0-)

      Hard to imagine, right?  So the fact we're already getting stuff like this and the Makana song  is really quite quick, quite early in the day.  Of course the poster art has been top-notch from day one, but that is expected to be the first area of  creative expression to flourish because of its immediate practical value to organizing.

      If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. ~Malcolm X

      by ActivistGuy on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 08:52:21 PM PST

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      •  Hadn't (4+ / 0-)
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        really thought of it like that . . . it only being 2 months.

        It seems like things have been brewing for so long, or at least many of us have been seeing it coming that it is easy to forget that OWS has only been 'on the ground' for a short period of time.

        I was pretty young during the Vietnam war protests and the civil rights activities, and I really only know about them through the music (with a few minor exceptions like Kent State).  Or it may have been growing up in a very small town in the midwest.  We were pretty isolated from any major activities.

        Thanks for putting this in perspective.

      •  here in the UC system (4+ / 0-)

        it's been two years. things really started getting moving back in 2009 with the protests and occupations (and police brutality in response) against the regents jacking up tuition and getting raises.

        •  Occupy Regents. It worked before, this is why (4+ / 0-)

          they freaked out and canceled their meeting.

          Cowards all.

          We locked them in their meeting room in the early 80s with bicycle chains from the inside and read our list of demands before the cops could get in. They were seriously scared shitless. It got the necessary attention to outline how out of touch they were. It got us a trip to Santa Rita. But the point was made. We were willing to risk injury and arrest over $150 per quarter reg fee increases. They did not raise them for 2 more years. This shit has been going on for a long time. The only solution is to scrap the current appointment system for the Patricians they call Regents and start appointing "real people" instead of this bulllshit 12 year appointment. The ex officio members from the Legislature and Lt Gov and Gov rarely show up. The student regent has no power at all. Its absurd and its destroying the U.C. System.

          post hoc, ergo propter hoc

          by RvgAqs on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 12:46:34 AM PST

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        •  Piggybacking on existing struggles (1+ / 0-)
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          That is not unlike the situation in Greece.  There had already been a year or so of militant struggle by Athens students over police violence when the economic issues hit the fan.  There was already this highly energized, experienced militant core that was ready to  play a leading role in the anti-austerity struggle.  It's made sense to me immediately that Occupy Oakland would be more advanced in a militant direction than many other locations because I'd have to think that at least some of the core group have already been through the struggles around the murder of Oscar Grant.  In a political movement as distributed and locally-rooted as Occupy, those sort of community specific factors will play huge roles in shaping how the movement manifests in different communities.

          If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. ~Malcolm X

          by ActivistGuy on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 07:14:17 AM PST

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