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Forum Post: My human rights class...

Posted 6 years ago on March 6, 2012, 8:34 a.m. EST by KofAV (29) from Muenster, TX
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...is awesome. We are studying how people have struggled against different organizations for freedom, equal representation, and individual rights.

We have talked about OWS on several occasions, and why it isn't progressing as a movement.

Besides lacking representation, organization, and accountable leadership...OWS doesn't have any good music. Where are the protest songs telling the tale of the middle and lower class abused and downtrodden?

Our class looks at human rights fights through Art, Literature, Music, and two other aspects we haven't covered yet. I wanted to cover OWS as my project human rights organization, that I was to table for. My professor said OWS didn't qualify, citing deficiencies I've already named.

So, if OWS wishes to succeed, pick up a history book, and look at what has worked in the past, and then replicate what others have done, to your own end. You've got plenty of Literature, and I've seen some compelling Artwork. You just need to unite these efforts, and starting creating nationally recognizable logos. *I recommend the image from the Oregonian with the female protester getting fa face full of pepper spray.

However, what you really need is good Music...

Organize and lead people to create empathetic tunes.

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[-] 5 points by over9000 (20) 6 years ago

Sounds like you all smoke reefer in your class. Just, due to the cleverness of your ideas, bro.

[-] 1 points by KofAV (29) from Muenster, TX 6 years ago


We haven't discussed legalization, yet. I hope we do. I'd be interested in hearing what my professor has to say on the matter.

[-] 1 points by over9000 (20) 6 years ago

I dunno man. The fact that weed is illegal seems pretty dumb compared to every other drug that's being kept on the market without restriction (esp. compared to tobacco/nicotine cigarettes). I vape to avoid (some of) the carcinogens.

But everybody who argues for legalization is a hippie, so you can't take them seriously either...

[-] 1 points by KofAV (29) from Muenster, TX 6 years ago

We haven't brought it up yet.

[-] 1 points by KofAV (29) from Muenster, TX 6 years ago

Do you have a DIRECT link to OWS 'music'?

[-] 1 points by badlimey (48) 6 years ago

Would you please read the following article and respond with your comments either privately or via this forum.

The time to facilitate change is now and we are running out of time. If we have not created massive exposure for this cause before the war with Iran takes place we have lost. Thanks,

Barrie Featherstone, Houston, TX. http://mrphister.blogspot.com/2012/03/occupy-wall-street-save-it-now.html

[-] 1 points by KofAV (29) from Muenster, TX 6 years ago

FIrst, I'd like to say, "Thank You" for taking the time to write that piece, and for taking the time to read and respond to my post.

That said, I don't like hypotheticals or elongated speculations. However, your plan or proposals hold much merit, in describing the needs of OWS.

I was once far more active within the movement, but unresponsiveness, disorganization, and indeed corruption has driven me away. (http://occupywallst.org/forum/ows-makes-me-sad/) I simply have more important things to do with my life, than waste my time with people more interested in steadfast opposition rather than reaching consensus. My professor is a Human Rights EXPERT, a PhD in her field and has tons of experience both as an advocate and activist. Occupy Dallas found her talents and insights of no use to them...

The one thing that is or has become THE most clear to me is that OWS shows little sign of the ability to grow, change, or become more than a sum of its parts. Unaccountable leadership bent on keeping it that way is holding this movement back.

[-] 1 points by badlimey (48) 6 years ago

Hi there, as fate would have it and at no surprise to me, my thoughts are not unique. At the end of this I am going to suggest a link that you will find of great interest. I have decided that I am not going to continue in the movement, I only a see a violent and unpredictable future for it.

What I am going to do is in try and unite all the people who like me, think that you can only facilitate change of a system by using the very same system against them. Before we can tackle the many social injustices that are apparent on a Global Scale we must first rally the people of all persuasions behind a common cause.

When the evidence is presented in a manner that the General Public will understand we can force our elected officials to yield to the will of the people or face impeachment. One at a time we can remove the bad apples and begin the process of building a future that truly embodies the values of our founding Fathers.

There are 3 immediate actions:

  1. The immediate repeal of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913
  2. Sweeping campaign financing reform
  3. Introduction of legislation that ends Politics as a career path and restores it to a civic duty by setting strict term limits.

I would be interested in working with or at least having a dialog with your Professor.

I am the leader of nothing and nobody. I do not seek political office. I refuse to hide behind the anonymity of the Internet (An exercise in futility).

My name is Barrie Featherstone I am 53 years old, a veteran and I reside in Houston, TX.


[-] 1 points by KofAV (29) from Muenster, TX 6 years ago

I am attending NCTC in Gainesville- TX, and I'd like to recommend EVERYONE within OWS take: "Introduction to Humanities 1301: Human Wrongs/Human Rights"

Nice to meet you Barrie. My name is A.J., a 35 year old disabled winemaker, and I reside in Muenster TX. I decided to go back to school to become a paralegal.

I left OWS because the train never moved... I was packed, onboard, and ready to do SOMETHING, but it was all just a bunch of naval gazing, obstructionists who want revolution. No one wanted to stoke the boiler, or put this damn thing in gear.

[-] 0 points by Newspeak1 (39) from Mt Shasta, CA 6 years ago

I've always wondered who exactly decides what is a "human right". How do they get the job?

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

how do they get money

[-] 1 points by KofAV (29) from Muenster, TX 6 years ago

Human 'Rights' are things 'We' have universally decided to bestow upon all people, from the moment they are born.

Rights aren't something 'one' person decides you have.