Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 2, 2012, 9:29 a.m. EST by therising
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We definitely have a serious PR problem right now. This is unfortunate because the press has latched onto a tiny amount of violence and property damage and has portrayed it as representative of the movement. But there is good news: as easily as the damage was done, it can be "easily" repaired, relatively speaking.
I think that the way to change public perception now is to have three or four smaller direct non-violent actions in different cities: New York, Chicago and DC perhaps. These would need to be well organized, peaceful and speak to the "money out of politics" and "income inequality" issues. This will get the broad support moving back our way. I would hope we could have large numbers of people who look like middle America so that when this hits news middle America sees their kids out there fighting for real things that matter and getting arrested for it. I think it's vital they see the willingness by people they consider mainstream to get arrested for what they believe in.
The beauty is that "get the money out of politics" and "address severe income inequality" are two causes that about 70% of Americans can get behind. To tell you the truth, as a result of that, I think this shouldn't be hard at all to repair the PR damage. We Americans have short attention spans and our national press is hungry for the next story