Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 12, 2012, 8:08 p.m. EST by occupiersboycottelection
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NOW, US Occupy must learn from the Egyptian Election Boycott and follow that good example. Every Occupier, female and male should reach out to familycommunity, friends and neighbors, and over the Internet, and be able to say: Occupiers are recommending the Boycott of the Election, just as the Egyptians did, and achieve even better than 49%, and we know we can do it, given that 90 million Americans who have had no knowledge of the call to boycott are already saying spontaneously that they will not vote in this pseyudoelection because it is too corrupt. http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-08-15/non-voters-obama-romney/57055184/1
But just not voting alone is not enough for a Revolution. There must be a plan for a new Constitution, just as there was in Egypt, and a TV Media boycott (via not watching, and buy nothing that is not a necessity) of the ad-money mad democracy-destroying Media (and if Google does not respond and Yahoo News do not cover both the gender declarations and minority/majority balance aspect of the pseudoelection, the Internet corporations as well) that are $elling it, and a general strike, as Occupy accomplished in Oakland. But all the work must include attention to the lack of representation for women, and other related oppressions occurring in the US, which will very likely be intensified many times over by this pseudoelection no matter which Presidential Candidate "wins". More details about Why and How to Boycott, and women as well as men (most of whom have written on the gender issues involved in this pseudoelection) whose links are calling for boycottt, is available at: https://boycotttheelection.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/boycott-the-election-to-save-the-earth/ https://boycotttheelection.wordpress.com
We urge that all Occupy General Assemblies discuss these ideas and suggested actions, and adopt them, and more, now. (Note: We have noticed that for weeks the above website comes up on the Google Search Engine when you Google the search term Boycott the Election to Save the Earth, but does not show up when you Google Boycott the Election, which is obviously part of the title, is repeated throughout the website, and it should come up. Is is possible that because it particularly targets women who are 66% of voters, and minorities, who are another about 25%, who the Dempublicans are particularly herding into the ballot booth to give this pseudoelecton the look of legitimacy, it is being held out of the url cue Google? We have an Open Letter to Google about this, and Google's Evil and clearly not net neutral decision to suddenly go into politics, and display banners on their Search Page with links to videos of Romney's and Obama's nomination, something they clearly did not do for Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein when they were nominated, and more https://googlesmissingwomenandmengoodorevil.wordpress.comThe 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 p$eudoelections - 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/God 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 balance 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
An election boycott will help both Occupy and the regressed US society gain the time it needs to get its house in order on gender hierarchy and other hierarchies that are associated with it, affecting representation, the core issue of a large democracy. To fail to do this now, will simply result in the destruction of society and Nature, both, and destroy the Earth. (even the 1% itself).
continued in upcoming post