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There is a MoT diary up in which he lists a long laundry list of "issues", all valid in and of themselves, but this individual issue and that individual issue all add up to being right back where we were before all this started.  If the experiences of the past two months tell us anything, it is that what it's really time for is independent self-organization for POWER.  our power, people's power, by We the People, we the 99%.  And it's time to have the will to place our power squarely in opposition to the powers that have led us down this path, whatever they may call themselves, however they may try to delude us with mealy-mouthed platitudes and slogans.  It's time to stop justifying the power over us, and the use of our own power against us in the name of some delusional "pragmatism", of a "compromise" that is unfailingly a capitulation. It's time to stop taking their shit, rolling over and dying, time to stop taking a moldy stale crust and nodding like puppydogs when the Dems call it "half a loaf" because it isn't and it never was.  Most of all, it's time to stop lying to ourselves and start admitting, acknowledging and start acting on the knowledge that if we don't stand up for ourselves there is no fucking reason on god's green earth that anyone else will do so for us.

It's time to extend the "assembly" process out of the occupations and into the neighborhoods, the small towns, the schools and campuses and workplaces.  It's time to move the occupations out of the public parks and into the abandoned factories, the shuttered schools, boarded up storefronts, and the foreclosed homes.  It's time to not only shake the system, but to do so for so long, so widely, so ubiquitously and so relentlessly that our smug overlords stop trying to force us to submit and begin to submit to us.  Then and only then can justice prevail.  And that begins by building our own power, each of us, by finding each other and instead of pulling each other back into the boiling pot, but by joining together to lift each other out of it.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    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 08:13:13 AM PST

  •  Yeah, what you said! (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama would do well to understand that while democracy depends on intelligent compromise, it also depends on the ill-tempered gripers and groaners out in the street. -- Ta-Nehisi Coates

    by Colorado is the Shiznit on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 08:16:27 AM PST

  •  I agree (4+ / 0-)
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    It's time to extend the "assembly" process out of the occupations and into the neighborhoods, the small towns, the schools and campuses and workplaces.  It's time to move the occupations out of the public parks and into the abandoned factories and the foreclosed homes.  It's time to not only shake the system, but to do so for so long, so widely, so ubiquitously and so relentlessly that our smug overlords stop trying to force us to submit and begin to submit to us.

    And while I agree with those that think that voting is important, I seriously don't think that now is the time to talk about voting for this candidate or that candidate with the exception of those politicians that endorse OWS FIRST. Both by their rhetoric and by their actions and votes while in office.

    Organize and continue to educate the public so that people can make informed decisions needs to be a bigtime goal of Phase 2

  •  This position is being acted on as we write. It (3+ / 0-)

    will be interesting to see how it evolves.  Now having resided at occupy LA for 37 days, our group has been invited to occupy private property publicly and we are being furnished with a regular office in a building for 150 a month which is being communally paid for by a small group.

    People have been invited after proving their dedication and committment to the movement.  It is people empowering other people.

  •  It's said that our power is in the vote. Does (2+ / 0-)
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    anyone have any ideas on how to use that power next election season?  I'm talking outside the box use of the vote.  

  •  Definitely more assembly process. (1+ / 0-)
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    If the assembly process has shown anything, it's that the movement against the 1% is badly divided against itself, and needs to learn to "stand aside" so that its constituent parts can learn more about the relation between politics and the real world.  I don't think it's about "unity" so much as "standing aside."  We need to get used to diversity, especially diversity of opinion.  "Unity" will be the Obama '12's primary cattle prod.

    I've tried to express this relationship in terms of one word: postcapitalism.  If there's one overriding reason why the 1% has shut down the option of returning to the old consensus around populist Keynesianism, it's because the system isn't as robust as they imagined it to be.  Thus at some point it must break, and the various parts need to avoid distracting each other in their learning processes.

    What's that lyric now?  "We got to get together sooner or later..."

    "But it ain't about who ya love, see it's all about do ya love," -Michael Franti

    by Cassiodorus on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 10:08:25 AM PST

    •  Could you explain that first paragraph again? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not quite getting you, but it seems really important.

      Poverty = politics.

      by Renee on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 11:13:22 AM PST

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      •  The problem is in differences of opinion (2+ / 0-)
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        as regards "what we need to do."  Consensus process will show the way forward; it might be difficult, though, if we're not allowed to camp at the spot where we hold the meetings.  It's going to take a long time to get a really good consensus.

        "But it ain't about who ya love, see it's all about do ya love," -Michael Franti

        by Cassiodorus on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 11:55:38 AM PST

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        •  Ok, but what about standing aside? Do you mean to (2+ / 0-)
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          let the various camps try what they think is best and learn from the effort as a way for consensus to be reached?

          Poverty = politics.

          by Renee on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 12:06:41 PM PST

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          •  Yes. (2+ / 0-)
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            I'm open to suggestion though.

            "But it ain't about who ya love, see it's all about do ya love," -Michael Franti

            by Cassiodorus on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 01:01:08 PM PST

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            •  I think you are right. I just wanted to make sure (1+ / 0-)
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              I understood what you are saying. I think we are in a deep learning cycle that has nothing to do with certifications and everything to do with the structure our lives and our children's lives will take.

              The best way to get what we want is to make our mistakes and move forward with greater understanding.

              Poverty = politics.

              by Renee on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 02:08:13 PM PST

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