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Forum Post: Open Letter Incl Founders re Endorsing Election Boycott/Gender Parity

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 12, 2012, 2:21 p.m. EST by occupiersboycottelection (3)
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We are continuing the Open Letter: If we are breaking any posting rules, on behalf of half the human race, and indeed all of it, we are REvolutionary enough to break them!

This is a continuation from http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/open-letter-to-all-occupy-incl-foundersfamilies-re/

also available at http://5050whatoccupyowestowomen.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/open-letter-to-occupy-women-and-men-on-election-boycott-and-gender-parity-declarations/

The US Corporate Media television reaches into the homes of 300 million people for many hours every day, and is the chief agent of $elling the P$eudoelection, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Corporate Patriarchy (until recently when Google also suddenly went into the business of selling pseudoelections – see Open Letter to Google https://googlesmissingwomenandmengoodorevil.wordpress.com)

In all its marches and actions, OWS has never had any let alone a large scale action at a Corporate Media headquarters. We think it is time, necessary for September 17th and overdue. There are many media headquarters located in New York City, The Black Rock Building of CBS (aptly named for CBS’s one (gender) eyed Cyclopic monster’s black deeds regarding all issue of democracy and particularly the representation of women) http://openletterstochiefevilofficerss.wordpress.com/, and NBC Universal (we will soon have Open Letters for All Media CEOs0 are both excellent, appropriate and overdue targets for the March which carries banners that Say Boycott the Pseudoelection and Signs that Say 5050 NOW on September 17th. Many Media CEOs also serve on the Boards of the very Banks that Occupy has protested. It is time overdue to connect the dots, and focus on the Corporate Media, particularly television and radio, which is literally daily brainwashing the American people to permanently (as as long as it can last before it destroys the Planet) accept a Corporate Dictatorship via this Pseudoelection.

The Occupy Wall St website says it is based on the Arab Spring: “We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.” The Egyptian Revolution included an active boycott of the Presidential pseudoelection, and a Woman’s Charter for representation. Why is US Occupy, in the country that puts the whole World at Stake, ignoring the model of, and not learning from both the mistakes and the successes of the Revolution of Tahrir Square?

In Egypt, a poor and backward country compared to the US and Canada, a country where many women still wear the Islamic veil (deprived of their ancient Goddess tradition) and are subject to marriage at age 14, 500,000 women and men signed petitions for the Egyptian Women’s Charter demanding 40% women in office. US Media and even US Occupy ignored that. Like the women of Rwanda did, Egyptian women should have asked for 5050, what women all over the world really want and the minimum they deserve after Millennia of abuse and sanctions that kept them out of official decision-making. If they had had enough self esteem and insisted on 5050, change would have happened. We are now demanding this for them, for North American and for all women all around the world (We are copying this to International Occupies, most of which have far more women in office than the US, already.)

Partly because Corporate media suppressed News of the Egyptian Women’s Charter which would have received support from so many in North America had they known about it, and partly because some of the so-called Revolutionaries were not grasping its importance, the Egyptian Arab Spring Revolution failed for the moment, and a pseudoelection was held and a male religious dominator was elected who is a puppet controlled by even more dominating military men.

But, in part because of the 49% of the people who boycotted the Egyptian pseudoelection travesty, the Tahrir Revolution started up again on August 24th, but will succeed this time only if North American Occupiers do the necessary soul-searching on gender hierarchy, and focus on this gender aspect of Revolution, telling the women of Egypt that by the action of Women of Occupy in America, they now have the right to 5050. They must listen to the words of women and men in Egypt who wanted gender representation and to include a woman President:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/trudy-rubin/Egyptian-revolution-has-failed-women.html “Women are now being marginalized not just by the SCAF ( the transitional military council ruling Egypt) or by the Muslim Brotherhood, but by the patriarchal mindset of our society,” says Dalia Ziada”

http://blog.enterplanet360.com/2012/05/why-i-boycotted-the-egyptian-presidential-elections/ A man states his reasons for boycott, including the failure to have woman candidate Bothaina Kamel on the Presidential tickets.

But, as some level, US Occupy has not been listening to the full picture, which includes gender as a primary focus:

http://interoccupy.org/egypts-elections-under-military-rule-join-our-resistance-to-the-counter-revolution-by-comrades-from-cairo/ “the discourse of the political classes and the infrastructure of the elites, including both state and private media, continues to privilege discussions” But even this article from Occupy makes no mention of gender. Treating it like the Elephant in the Living Room that cannot be seen or discussed. US Occupy reveals the same “patriarchal mindset of our society” by its sin of omission from including gender hierarchy in the analysis of way the Revolution did not quite make it, (but still can). to be continued in next Open Letter post (the forum only allows one post per every 2 hours. We'll come back . You can also read this at ://5050whatoccupyowestowomen.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/open-letter-to-occupy-women-and-men-on-election-boycott-and-gender-parity-declarations/ Election Boycott, gender parity and focus on Corporate Media are key to whether or not Occupy succeeds as a True Revolution.



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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Opting out brought us to the mess that is our government today. We need to get involved and stay involved if we are going to ever have a government of the people.

[-] 2 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 11 years ago

Boycott elections? MLK and Ghandi and millions of others were willing to die for the right you are willing to throw away.

Our apathy in voting has been the fuel that has stoked the flames of political and economic injustice. Don't listen to the media and vote your conscience instead of feeding the fire.

[-] 0 points by occupiersboycottelection (3) 11 years ago

We feel sure that MLK and Ghandi would warn everyone NOT to vote in a sham election, but to have the non-violent revolution necessary to hold real elections. A boycott is not apathy; it is a very active choice, with the plan to hold the necessary Constitutional Convention that would establish true elections that result in the representation of all the people, Boycotting this pseudoelection is an act of conscience.

[-] 2 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 11 years ago

MLK and Ghandi used tactics that forced the hands of injustice to lose their grip. Boycotting bus service or salt were tangible objects of boycott. The bus company felt the boycott in the loss of revenue. The salt companies felt the boycott in the loss of revenue.What possible force will the process of not voting be felt when boycotted?

Will the powers in charge be hurt by this boycott?

An article V convention requires 2/3rds of our states representatives to call for a convention. How can we have favorable representatives in place when you choose not to elect them?

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 11 years ago

This OP was written by paul weyrich's ghost

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 11 years ago

Boycott elections???

Dumb, stupid, ignorant. exactly the opposite of what should be done.

To boot, it falls "right" in line with the desires of the Koch's, Heritage, Cato, etc. and the life long dream of ALEC's founder, Paul Weyrich.

Did I mention dumb?

In light of all that, it's even dumber.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 11 years ago

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[-] 1 points by podman73 (-652) 11 years ago

Is that same spring that just killed 4 people? Not a good comp. to make

[-] 0 points by occupiersboycottelection (3) 11 years ago

Read https://boycotttheelection.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/boycott-the-election-to-save-the-earth/

and all the links included. Boycott is not opting out at all. It is a very active process. It differentiates between a real election and a sham.