Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 18, 2012, 3:46 a.m. EST by GypsyKing
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Several weeks ago I created a post to solicit input from people on this forum, to create a list of practical actions that forum visitors can take to support this movement. Many, many great suggestions were provided there, and I thank each and everyone of you who contributed! This post is my effort to follow-up and form a list from those recommendations, and so again, to all those who participated: Thank You!
In this post I don't speak officially for OWS, nor for anyone but myself, and any who wish to sign their usernames here.
The purpose, as stated above, is simply to give those who wish to take action a conscise way to do so, without having to engage in the complexities of the dialogue that goes on here.
I know that many will disagree with some, or all, of these recomendations and all I can say is that I have done my best, in good faith, to represent the views of those whose interests lie legitimately with this movement. I also know that many will ask, who am I to take such an action independently? To that all I have to say is, who are any of us to do so? This is a grass-roots movement, a confederation of individuals!
Those who do not agree, of course, need not sign, and they are welcome to come up with a list of their own recommendations.
Before I post these recommendations, I would like to say a word about the difficulty in arriving at a list of concrete actions. The leaderless, bottom-up structure of this movement forces us to do just that, work from the bottom-up, and this inherently forces upon us rigourous discipline, and active involvement, to make change. We cannot delegate authority because we are all acting as individuals. This is an important condition of this movement that must be understood.
And so, my first and foremost recommedation is to get active in your local chapter of Occupy, and to form or attend a local Occupy General Assembly. This seems a necessity, as this movement is currently structured, and it makes apathy our central opponent.
Of all the input given here, much of it fell into the form of abstract reccomendations - of ideas dissociated from means - and I think that is our greatest challenge as a movement. Many of us know what needs to be done, but few have clearly confronted the question of HOW those means are to be achieved. Therefore, sadly, I will leave these suggestions out . . . but because I don't want so many good recomendations go to waste, I will ask that you read my initial post, "What Is Our Plan Of Action?" where there are many ideas I think are valid to the spirit of this movement.
Finally - there are two distinct branches of action here - one direct protest action, and the other political action. I believe this movement is inherently political, and therefore I have incorporated recommendations for political activity.
If no one besides myself choses to sign these recommendations than there is no one to blame but myself, and I would like to solicit onging ideas as this movement progresses. Here is that list:
Become active in your local Occupy General Assembly.
Improve coordination of protest activities (in concrete terms I think one person on this forum should be chosen to coordinate protest activity on this forum.)
Sign web petitions. This is a very effective way of cutting through partisan politics to address specific issues of concern.
Run cantidates in local level elections, at the City Council level, the School Board level, and the State Legislature.
Film controversial votes in these bodies, so that politicians will KNOW that they are on record.
Become an enformed voter. Learn the voting records of your current representatives, and vote accordingly.
Donate funds to this movement, or to causes alligned with this movement. Support other nations with your purchasing power (such as Iceland and Greece) that are on the cutting edge of action.
Withdraw all funds from offending financial institutions, and put them in credit unions. Work to create an Occupy financial institution modelled upon non-profit small lending institutions so effective in raising nations like India out of economic despair.
Do not buy from corporations that have a bad track record.
Participate in voter registration drives.
Excentuate the essentially patriotic nature of this movement, by embracing the American flag during protests.
Do whatever you are able to reduce fossil fuel consumption, and to shift to alternative energy sources.
Create alternative media outlets of every kind, to counter the media's efforts to shape the movement in the public eye.
Do not vote for the Republican Party, or any of it's candidates. The Republican Party is the political arm of the oligarchs, with a firmly established record of supporting their interests over those of the people.