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  •  This is a key point. (9+ / 0-)

    I agree that continuing to put energy into fighting police isn't well-placed energy. Once it becomes clear that public space is no longer public, you decide how you want to deal with that, or if it is in fact your main gripe.

    I personally don't think that perpetually contesting public space as the sole issue is fruitful for a lot of reasons.

    But I DO believe that occupying public space is very important and I have made it a part of my current activism (Overpass Light Brigade). We have conflicts with police, but because we legally occupy public space for a very short time, we can come to consensus with the law about it. The Solidarity Sing Along in the WI Capitol is also about temporarily occupying public space and they get a lot of legal hassles about it. But their movement is NOT about confronting the police.

    However, I will say that the Occupy movement made just how clear it is that we live in a police state and how much of our so-called public space is not public at all. That is extremely valuable, particularly to groups of people who generally have no interaction, or positive interactions, with law enforcement. When middle-aged middle-class white people have problems with the police (ie: me), it changes how they view structures of power very personally.

    •  Thumbs up to Overpass Light Brigade (1+ / 0-)
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      It is one more excellent manifestation of the OWS spirit in raising awareness.

      "...you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

      by Catte Nappe on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:57:12 AM PST

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