Forum Post: How and why Occupy is destined to TRANSFORM into A POSITIVE REVOLUTION that will restore our republic rather than trashing it.
Posted 4 years ago on Feb. 16, 2012, 7:56 p.m. EST by therising
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(NOTE: If the beginning of this post is too touchy feely for you, just skip to the end where 4 specific actions are discussed, including hundreds of thousands of people surrounding Congress and shutting down Capitol Hill with nonviolent direct action).
Some are built to provoke, cajole and push in some strategic and some not so strategic ways. Others are very solution oriented. This is the perfect combo. This seems clear. Some bring the tension and others do the really important part and give a place for people to run from the tension. They run into the arms of these elegant revolutionaries and those people show people a different way of life, a new approach.
One type of approach tends to be more pushy, more sweeping, less artful. I personally feel this is somewhat necessary. It's more like a rugby match only with nonviolence.
The other method is more elegant and is the perfect compliment to the pushiness. One group takes humpy dumpty apart. Another puts him back together again.
I want to be clear that I do not personally seek distruction of the system..... I think the founders of this nation were brilliant, despite their obvious flaws. Go to the Jefferson Memorial sometime at night and read the inscriptions inside. You'll be awestruck. All I want is to help in whatever small way I can to inspire a good kind of tension that gets Americans to feel an appropriate level of disgust with how this elegant system has been hijacked by narrow corporate interests, reducing citizens to consumers and laying waste to our environment and our humanity.
I feel we need a giant shrug right now... A massive shaking off .... We need to shake just like a wet dog and regain our vision, find our compass, remember our dream. It is a good dream, an authentic dream. And it will carry us and sustain us as we push back against plutocratic, corpolitical forces that have inserted themselves between us and our great country.
I won't stand for it. And I think there are millions and millions of Americans who feel the same.
We, the people, are starting to pay more attention to what we have in common rather than what separates us. In doing so, we grow ever closer to the day when we realize we, the 99%, had the power all along. We begin to realize instinctively that we can make decisions from a position of unified strength rather than demands from a position of divided weakness.
The people are rising. We are an unstoppable force.
As Breyton Breytonbach put it before being sentenced to prison in South Africa for engaging in nonviolent protest, "Whether we win or whether we die, freedom will rise like the sun through the morning clouds."
Damn straight. We shall overcome.
So, that's the why. Wondering about the how?
Here is the how.
When you have time, please take 10 minutes and go through all four of the actions at the link below. Don't miss the last one. Drill all the way down until you get to the part where hundreds of thousands of people shut down Capitol Hill.... http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/how-the-occupy-movement-can-grow-to-100-times-its-/