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OCCUPY MOVEMENT should change its name to the “99% MOVEMENT”.

“The 99% Movement” sounds more inclusive; it broadens the pool of potential participants and makes it easier for those who are not comfortable with protest to join. “OCCUPY” has come to represent “showdown with police” and the message of the 99% is lost due to all the negative coverage of those trying to sleep in parks. This turns off a great deal of people who would like to get involved but don’t want the clash with the police. The sleeping over in parks should end. The “99% Movement” can conduct a huge VOTER INFORMATION CAMPAIGN to occupy the polls and vote on Election Day. Since many groups are feeling apprehensive about conducting voter registration drives the “99% Movement” can be a way for progressive organizations to come together under one umbrella and have “voter information drives” all over the country just handing out registration applications encouraging self-registration and helping people get the required identification to vote on election day. Just an idea.

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  •  in my opinion, it should focus mostly on the medai (1+ / 0-)
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    the Pollitikat

    Occupy the Media - just relentlessly go after these lying cable news pundit freaks and hammer home the Presiden't remarks yesterday about 'false equivalence'. It's the best way to make an electoral impact.

    Come a Willing Servant, Go an Able Culprit.

    by Bin Bin on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 08:21:17 AM PDT

  •  Nothing like antagonizing the 99% (1+ / 0-)
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    SquirrelWhisperer

    to destroy your movement.

  •  And the police are part of the 99%. (1+ / 0-)
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    mookins

    In most big cities, the police are all union members. The 1% have been trying to slash their pay and pensions, and bash them for having the ability to retire after 20 or 25 years. (Would they dare bash the US military for having a similar benefit? We NEED young healthy public safety forces!)

  •  I thought OWS didn't support a candidate? (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, FG

    They would be registering people to vote for whom?
    I agree about the end of sleeping in parks.

    OWS criticizes both President Obama and the GOP, so I'm not sure that I want them on either side. Just stay independent and do whatever you gotta do.

    When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

    by YoungArizonaLiberal on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 08:35:58 AM PDT

    •  Any reputable voter registration drive doesn't (0+ / 0-)

      register anyone to vote for a specific person. They just register votes so they can vote.

      If you're aware of a group who registers people to vote for someone, rather than anyone, then they should be suspect.

      If I wanted government in my uterus, I'd fuck a senator

      by second gen on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:32:16 AM PDT

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      •  Obama's in trouble then... (1+ / 0-)
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        the Pollitikat

        When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

        by YoungArizonaLiberal on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:27:25 AM PDT

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        •  How do you figure? (0+ / 0-)

          If I wanted government in my uterus, I'd fuck a senator

          by second gen on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:26:44 PM PDT

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          •  In AZ we register voters in the hopes that they (0+ / 0-)

            vote for Obama. We also talk about upcoming events in Tucson (like when the Journey We've Traveled was playing at the Student Theatre).
            We were told that the point was to get AZ Blue so that means getting Democrats registered. We've been pretty successful, I didn't know what we were doing was wrong; especially since this is directly working with the Obama Campaign.

            When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

            by YoungArizonaLiberal on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 12:00:58 AM PDT

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            •  But, do you refuse to register someone (1+ / 0-)
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              YoungArizonaLiberal

              if they say they are Republican? Do you throw away their registration after they leave? Those are things that shouldn't be done.

              Most people, if they see signs and such that it's an opposing candidate sponsored registration drive will shy away from it, but they are still allowed to register if they choose. Often, opposing supporters do register with an opposing campaign to be sure that they follow the rules and submit their registration, regardless of what party they are affiliated with.

              If I wanted government in my uterus, I'd fuck a senator

              by second gen on Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 08:00:51 AM PDT

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  •  The camping part of Occupy has ended (0+ / 0-)

    Some of the Occupy groups may receive camping permits for limited stays in city parks and some Occupy groups may receive permission from property owners to camp or use private buildings for Occupy events. However, the long Occupy stays in city parks has ended. Mayors and city police chiefs now understand that they have their strongest legal position when they evict campers on the first night of an Occupy event. Cities have beefed up their anti-camping rules and tightened their permit process, where necessary. You will see the local police act swiftly in the future.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 08:38:00 AM PDT

  •  prediction: (3+ / 0-)
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    bubbanomics, jrooth, FG

    Telling anyone, perhaps most of all Occupy Wall Street protesters, that they "MUST" do something is not going to have the desired effect.  

  •  Occupy does not want to be in electoral politics. (3+ / 0-)
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    jrooth, chipmo, brae70

    If you want a group to register people, then you should create one.   This is almost like the fallacy of expecting Obama to fix everything, except it is now Occupy.  They can't, even if they were so inclined.   There are real forces aligned against working people.  Occupy can do somethings, but not everything.

    In the end, only we the people can make change.  It won't be done for us.

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 08:51:12 AM PDT

  •  And you bring this up here (0+ / 0-)

    instead of at a General Assembly meeting?

    Why is that?

    The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me, all throughout this so called nation. We don't want your filthy money, we don't need your innocent bloodshed, we just want to end your world. ~H.R.

    by chipmo on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:38:24 AM PDT

  •  An anti-partisan movement (0+ / 0-)

    is needed to vote out incumbents who will not pledge to pass the necessary comprehensive legislation getting money out of politics. But this does not involve Occupy or the right of assembly, just volunteers online to manage the pledges. Voters would promise to vote on the basis of this single issue against candidates who haven't pledged and for candidates who have pledged. Occupy doesn't need to be transformed and should keep on doing what it is doing. Any questions are referred to moneyouttapolitics.org which is developing the proposed legislation, the Delores "Granny D." Haddock Act which abolishes private funding of political campaigns, regulates the media, overturns Buckley v. Valeo and its progeny and strips the Supreme Court of pretended jurisdiction to review the legislation, among other provisions.

  •  Occupy Has Already Impacted the 2012 Elections (1+ / 0-)
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    mookins

    Last year at this time the defining political discourse was "debt-and-deficit". Now it's "income inequality" and "99% vs 1%".

    By changing the narrative, OWS has created an environment in which progressive messaging is now more acceptable than at anytime since the dawn of Reaganomics.

    Now that's IMPACT!

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

    by OnlyWords on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:42:36 AM PDT

  •  IIRC, when the regime fell in Poland (1+ / 0-)
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    the Pollitikat

    it happened smoothly because by then, most of its members had already signed on to Solidarity.

    I'd like to see a manifesto, worked out by occupy all over the world. Living wage, green standards, equal rights, etc- I think we're all on the same page here.

    Then, people could co-operate, or not, with those who meet the standards or don't.

     It'd take a monitor to verify, but we've got lots of those- Greenpeace, Amnesty, etc- they too could work out a co-operation, I think they're all on the same page here too.

    So then, individuals could work together as fellow members,  meet through a Facebook-type thing, a 99% Facebook. Businesses could too, they could find customers that way.

    If it went that far, then political Parties, even Governments, might find it in their interest to swing with the 99%'s program, so as not to lose the 99%'s support.

    I think things have matured- NGO's are well established, internet access makes us connected across borders, Capitalism has taken our prosperity, our environment, and even our full scope as humans, reduced us to consumers worshiping the 'Prosperity Gospel'.

    Working outside the constraints of current politics shouldn't mean ignoring it, quite the opposite:

    Occupy should come out foursquare for Obama, since he's one hell of a damn sight better for the 99% than his opponent.  

  •  Here we go again. (0+ / 0-)

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 11:12:40 AM PDT

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