Forum Post: Is there an example of a single OWS action that has arisen as the result of a conversation on this forum?
Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 28, 2012, 7:59 p.m. EST by RedJazz43
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When I first signed on to this forum several weeks after the occupation of Zuccotti Park began, I looked forward to having a place where I could learn where the movement was going during the time when I was unable to physically be at an occupation. I was frankly quite disappointed as about have the contributors to this forum seemed openly hostile to OWS and most of the other half, while claiming sympathy, didn't really seem to know very much at all in terms of what was going on at the occupations and in the various local GAs, which to me are the organizational heart of the movement.
I've been challenged in this view by people who insist that this forum has made very significant contributions to the movement. I have learned that what appears to me a handful of individuals have been motivated to action and to joining an occupation or GA as a consequence of participating in this forum, but it does seem like a rather inconsequential number of people who might have learned about the movement in several other ways.
I've also seen many, many suggestions regarding what direction the movement should take, what policies it should adopt, etc. Some of these I've agreed with and some not, but virtually never have I seen a strategy advanced for how to get the movement to actually adopt any of the suggested ideas, which is one of the reasons I have tended to conclude that most of the people who contribute to this list have only the most tenuous of connections to the movement.
I consider myself a loyal OWS activist, part time to be sure, but an activist nonetheless. I would love to see this forum have an impact on the movement that to me it does not seem to possess, but I don't see myself or any individual being able to have the influence on this forum to be able to do that. I do think that what might change it is that if people who were more active at occupations or local GAs participated more regularly in this forum, there would be more concrete suggestions regarding how to get the various ideas presented here actually implemented, but I suspect that most people who are very active in the movement don't have much time to participate in a forum like this.
I'm excited about many aspects of OWS and frustrated by some things about it, but in either case I don't feel like I as an individual, or any individual for that matter can have much impact on the direction of the movement so for the most part I feel like I'm along for the ride and a very exciting ride it is!