Forum Post: OCCUPY 2013: Our philosophies, ideologies or epistemologies do not have to be homogeneous to be ubiquitous.
Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 13, 2013, 3:38 a.m. EST by TrendEvolution
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OCCUPY: The analogy of swallows flocking. Many individuals reacting intuitively through consensus based action. Sometimes they partition into fractions and factions, facets that reform unto the collective whole. My only personal suggestion would be that all actions are peaceful and harm no-one. Onwards into 2013...
Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? By Michael Moore November 22nd, 2011
'Here is what we ended up proposing as the movement's "vision statement" to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:
We Envision:  a truly free, democratic, and just society;  where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus;  where people are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making;  where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;  where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces and unjust governments;  where political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just the privileged few;  where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings;  where we value human needs over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living without which effective democracy is impossible;  where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.'
Naomi Wolf's Suggestions for Occupy Protests:
'BE PEACEFUL no violence, no property destruction VIDEOTAPE police and post their images on a website esp if there is violence HAVE lawyers observing and representing; memorize the lawyers’ numbers. DON’T resist arrest. Lie down if it looks as if you are being charged by police. DON’T taunt or yell at or insult police. NON-VIOLENT PEACEFUL DISRUPTION of business as usual is the way to go Carry the UK flag or some other patriotic symbol that makes it a BAD visual for you to be beaten. DON’T think short, sharp, militaristic strategy — think in terms of modelling a way of life. SIT don’t march SING don’t chant DON’T cover your faces'
Noam Chomsky: What next for Occupy? The Guardian, April 30, 2012 (Extracted from Occupy by Noam Chomsky, published May 2012.)
'Q: How best do you think the Occupy movement should go about engaging in these, what methods should be employed, and do you think it would be prudent to actually have space to decentralise bases of operation?
A: It would certainly make sense to have spaces, whether they should be open public spaces or not. To what extent they should be is a kind of a tactical decision that has to be made on the basis of a close evaluation of circumstances, the degree of support, the degree of opposition. They're different for different places, and I don't know of any general statement.
As for methods, people in this country have problems and concerns, and if they can be helped to feel that these problems and concerns are part of a broader movement of people who support them and who they support, well then it can take off. There is no single way of doing it. There is no one answer.'