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  •  What makes you think that? (1+ / 0-)
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    Ray Pensador

    The cops are having a party. This is fun for them.

    •  many of them yes (1+ / 0-)
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      bakeneko

      some -- however small a %age -- no.  You target those people publicly, especially ex-cops without a position to risk.. the Ray Kellys of the world, of which there must be several if not many.  You reach out to them in a very public way that accentuates the desire of this movement to de-escalate with police who get their 99%ness and don't like what's being done and what they are being ordered to do.  You utilize these police in a very public r'approchement that makes it harder for the mass media to cast this whole thing as "cops vs. protestors," which the whole world has seen before and by which it is easily turned off.  You work on changing that narrative any possible way you can, with creativity being of the essence and you work on innovating new strategies in non-violence that go beyond the old strictures.

      The statistical reality is that the police are just as in the 99% that doesn't control half the wealth as we are, and any way you set about illustrating this and writing it large and proactively across the coverage of this (right now stacked against OWS via old, rotten memes like "anarchists" and yes, "hippies") people's consciousness, the greater our success will be.

      "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

      by emperor nobody on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 09:34:27 PM PST

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      •  *in people's consciousness (0+ / 0-)

        "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

        by emperor nobody on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 09:35:38 PM PST

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      •  There could be several Ray Kellys (0+ / 0-)

        And they can/will come forward. I got other things to do besides talking to cops. Anyway, I spend too much time within baton's distance of a cop I'm gonna get hit.

        •  it's not just about you (0+ / 0-)

          it's about winning the PR war and you do that with unprecedented and public gestures of total non-violence, like the silence the UC Davis kids visited upon the Chancellor as she shame-walked to her car that's now a seminal piece of viral footage.  An all-out, proactive campaign to invite the Ray Kellys to come forward and join us could be a vital step in de-escalation with a lot of cops and a major public relations win for OWS if it's done loudly and sincerely.  Suddenly you change the tone of the coverage from a constant barrage of stuff about how it's OWS vs. the cops into something more complicated and make it harder for the facile and lazy mass media to paint this movement with the same old colors.

          Of course there will be more pepper-sprayings and beatings by the asshole cop majority, I get that.  With each one, the undecided public comes more over to our side. What we need to do is accelerate that process and make it not just about those cops but about other ones and especially ex-cops who are more sympathetic as well, and make a big bid in our messaging to accentuate that outreach and inoculate the public against filing us away with all the (sorry, but failed) protest movements of the past.

          "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

          by emperor nobody on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 10:40:08 PM PST

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