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#SpringTraining on Friday: Dress To Blend

Posted 11 years ago on March 29, 2012, 5:06 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

spring training civilians

Start Training for May Day and Join the Spring Resistance! Marches Every Friday, 2pm in Liberty Square! Trainings, skill shares, games, and theatrics from 2:00-3:30pm followed by a march to disrupt the 4:00pm NYSE closing bell with The Peoples’ Gong.

This week we march as "Civilians." Participants are encouraged to Dress-To-Blend and use street tactics discussed prior to the march.



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[-] 3 points by Demian (497) from San Francisco, CA 11 years ago

I'm glad to see this happening.I have often thought that those on the left(me included) hurt themselves by wearing unconventional clothes.

I am from TN but I live in San Francisco. Once during an anti war protest I noticed that many of the people in the crowd looked....how should I say this? well like freaks. Or at least they look like freaks to people from the middle of the country, sure there was a large perponderence of people from all walks of life but the people that were dressed funny and looked the strangest stuck out to me. I thought to myself people where I come from would never take these people seriously or they may even be frightened by them. I think its a kind of a problem. I mean there came a certain point for me in my life when i realized that if i wanted other adults to take me seriously I would need to start dressing like an adult. It really hurts the image of protesters in middle america when people go to these protests dressed in bikinis with top hats and mustasches painted on there faces, which is quite often in the bay area. People back home would discount anything they have to say based on apperences alone.

I'm not saying that people should be excluded from the protests because they dont have a conventional appearence but I do think its something we need to think about if we want to reach people in more conservitive areas of the country like the south.These people are often hurt the worst by the policies dictated by big corporate intrests. I think its in our best intrests attract as many people as possible to the cause.

[-] 2 points by RobODC (2) 11 years ago

This is absolutely brilliant!

Urban Activism Guerrilla Warfare

It's a beautiful thing

[-] 2 points by bigbangbilly (594) 11 years ago

Unfortunately I have been yelling about it for some time. The proof is somewhere there: http://occupywallst.org/users/bigbangbilly/ and http://occupywallst.org/forum/flash-protesting-an-idea-to-consider/

[-] 2 points by dman12 (22) 11 years ago

I went to wallst yesterday in hopes I could join but it was empty, business as usual. I'll be there for this - God willing

[-] 2 points by jph (2652) 11 years ago

Some times it is best to lay-low in plain-sight, and wait till the moment is right, to have a larger effect.

[-] 1 points by bigbangbilly (594) 11 years ago

DO THIS EVERY DAY. i am not interested in getting recognition for my suggestion I am glad that it is being implemented at all http://occupywallst.org/users/bigbangbilly/ and http://occupywallst.org/forum/flash-protesting-an-idea-to-consider/


[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

I think May 1st is an important marker for the movements against corruption.

I pray for a huge turn-out all across the country.

I know going forward towards this. I see the need for communications and planning like never before.

So that when we hit the streets we will be carrying a coherent message of unity.

We can make a huge impression and make a great start for follow-up action through-out the rest of the year.

This may well be one of the most key gatherings that will ever happen.

Unite in common cause.

Talk issues not parties.

Money out of politics.

End ear-marking.

Remove conflict of interest from elected officials.

One subject at a time legislation - OSTA

Corporations are not people.

Fracking to be included in the EPA clean drinking water mandate.

No Tar sands pipeline.

Regulate fossil fuel speculation.

Implement green power generation - Wind Solar Geo-thermal Hydrogen Cold fusion etc.

Present information on things that need fixing and any petitions in existence that are already being used to lobby for change.

This is how we move forward together by sharing this information to the public and by sharing petitions concerning them hand out information at demonstrations. Publish leaflets for internet dispersal as well. Communicate clearly above all else.

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 11 years ago

Not to get off topic, but on the green power generation thing, thorium reactors, an infrastructure for electric cars in large cities, and mass production of alcohol fuels, we could be a fairly green, almost clean, energy independent machine, in 5 or 10 years (maybe slightly sooner if we treated this like a Manhattan Project). Stuff like geothermal can be highly disruptive to the environment (unless you have hot springs nearby, you'd have to drill deep into the earth to access that heat), and fusion is a "long" way off (thorium is the way to go for electricity). But, with regard to moving large cargo trucks and buses, our choices are either dirty diesel or natural gas. Also, even with all that we'll still need to use gasoline for at least another two decades (but if we reduce our use of it enough, we can lower CO2 emissions "sufficiently" ... and not need any "external" sources of petroleum, save Canadian oil, by far our largest foreign oil supplier, but a very reliable supplier).

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Look at that power plant that opened in orange county. Fuel cell power plant. Can run off of sewage gas (methane) plenty of sources for that. The power plant generates electricity and produces Hydrogen. Heat is also a by product and possible power source. You can also get electrical power from solar and wind for supplementary use. Hydrogen is useful for power cells as in for automotive use.

Geo-thermal is not necessarily dependent on tectonic heat. There are stand alone systems that can be used for heating and cooling that can be installed for single family homes as well as for larger buildings. These are also already on the market. Cargo trucks and buses can be run on a hybrid system. There are city buses right now that operate on gas/electric motors just like the Honda Insight. Now consider a hydrogen/electric Bus or Truck.

Our oil consumption has already reduced to the point that we are exporting oil and gasoline and natural gas.

There will be a market for oil and petroleum byproducts it just does not need to be Fuel. We will use it so for a while but it need not be a prolonged thing if the tech we have is pushed forward.

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 11 years ago

Sure, but heating and cooling systems in homes that use (loosely speaking) geopower, still require drilling into the earth (but true, it's a very "small" hole, or two holes really, water down water up, the water remains at a constant 50(something) degrees year round), but you still need some heating and cooling beyond that (meaning, conventional--external sources of energy).

Thorium reactors, on the other hand, provides all the advantages of conventional nuclear power, with NONE of the drawbacks. Wind is also a good resource, but to generate the power you could generate with a single thorium reactor, you'd need to use hundreds of square miles of land. Maybe if everyone had their own giant windmill in their yard (assuming you have a yard), but wind (realistically), maybe 10 or 15% of our energy needs (at most, but at a great cost in terms of acreage). Why should we waste so much land that could be put to other uses (like housing humans or growing food), when much more efficient, perfectly clean, and perfectly safe alternatives (like thorium) are available?

As for buses, yeah, I mean if good hybrid technology is available, we should certainly consider it (is it more efficient than methane fuel, I'm not completely sure, but I doubt it). But, we still import plenty of oil (mostly because the northeast uses so much oil, and produces virtually zero). Hydrogen fuel cells are also a great (but further in the future) idea. I mean, producing hydrogen (at that scale) won't be easy (it will need a very expensive infrastructure to support, and it will take a long time to build).

[-] 1 points by littlebiggygirl (26) from Hesperia, CA 11 years ago

While the occupy movement has sharpened public discourse about income inequality, and the seemingly arbitrary nature of taxation, little change has been made to the system. Most Americans want and need to see changes now. taxKilla is a free protest tool which limits the amount of money given to the government via income tax. There is no better way to protest in plain sight. www.taxkilla.com

[-] 1 points by Fez (20) 11 years ago

So is this particular march an honest effort to behave like normal people, or is it just to mock them by acting as tourist/New Yorker caricatures?

[-] 0 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 11 years ago

Probably to avoid police surveillance/violence/harassment.

This is a great tactic. The police will not be able to assault anyone, because if they do then they risk hitting someone who isn't part of the protest and creating a media shit storm. You also get to show average Americans that are watching that you are not just "a bunch of hippies" but normal people like everyone else. Take lots of pictures and make sure that they are available to counter all of the "hippies" comments in the future.

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 11 years ago

Well, I'm sure (since this is published on the world wide web) that police will also read this stuff. They'll try to come up with some way to corral (and segregate) protesters. They probably have computer engineers, mathematicians, etc. on their staff, who will probably generate pretty sophisticated tactics to accomplish this. I imagine (or hope) whatever group of people is responsible for organizing this, is smart enough to understand this. So I don't think it's merely for tactical advantage. Remember, the NYPD can handle crowds that size in the millions (e.g. Yankee, Giants parades, New Years Eve, etc.), and anyone who lives in or near NYC should know this.

[-] 1 points by bigbangbilly (594) 11 years ago

You are pretty much partialy paraphrasing me. Don't worry we are on the same sides. In fighting would divide us. Thank you very much.


[-] 1 points by jimmycrackerson (940) from Blackfoot, ID 11 years ago

Normal people? What constitutes normal people? Is it the way they busily drone from their homes to their workplace then to the store and back to their homes to watch some t.v., go to bed and repeat the process the next day. I'd rather be called a hippie than act in such a foolish manner my whole life.

[-] 2 points by bigbangbilly (594) 11 years ago

Look, we fight for them. To awake them. We make sacrifices for them. This is one of our sacrifices.

[-] 2 points by hmmm (52) 11 years ago

Although no one thinks they are, themselves, normal. To some, you may even appear normal.

[-] 1 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 11 years ago

I agree. For better or worse, a lot of those 'drones' as I'll call them need to be reached or else we will not be able to change anything. They are the true silent majority, and if they wake up, we win.









[-] -3 points by blabworthy (-2) 11 years ago

. .. ...

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. She considered herself to be very liberal, but her father was a staunch Conservative. One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to high taxes and welfare programs. He stopped her and asked how she was doing in school.

She answered that she had a 4.0 GPA, but it was really tough. She had to study all the time and never had time to go out and party. She didn't have time for a boyfriend and didn't really have many college friends because of spending all her time studying. On top of that, the part-time job her father insisted she keep left absolutely no time for anything else.

He asked, 'How is your friend Mary?' She replied that Mary was barely getting by. She had a 2.0 GPA, never studied, but was very popular on campus, didn't have a job, and went to all the parties. She was always complaining about not having any money, but didn't want to work. Why, she often didn't show up for classes because she was hung over.

Dad then asked his daughter why she didn't go to the Dean's office and request that 1.0 be taken off her 4.0 and given it to her friend who only had a 2.0. That way they would both have a respectable 3.0 GPA. Then, she could also give her friend half the money she'd earned from her job so that her friend would no longer be broke.

The daughter angrily fired back, 'That wouldn't be fair. I worked really hard for my grades and money, and Mary just loafs. Why should her laziness and irresponsibility be rewarded with half of what I've worked for?'

'Welcome to Conservatism, dear." said the father. . .. ...

[-] 1 points by bigbangbilly (594) 11 years ago

Actually rather than giving half of the money find a way of getting the friend's charisma as a method of income and using that same charisma to get friends that would help her increase her grades instead of excessive partying. Give something that last long term rather than short term everyday.