Forum Post: THE ONE SINGLE DEMAND THAT WILL TIP THE DOMINOS AND PROVEN TACTICS THAT WILL RESULT IN THAT DEMAND BEING MET
Posted 3 years ago on Sept. 28, 2011, 1:45 p.m. EST by GandhiKingMindset
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(Note: IF YOU THINK WE SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN ONE DEMAND, please visit the list of 9 suggested demands here: https://occupywallst.org/forum/detailed-list-of-demands-overview-of-tactics-for-d/ )
----- BELOW THIS BRIEF INTRODUCTION is what I and countless others firmly believe should be "THE ONE DEMAND" we would make in DC (if we're going to make just one). This would not be an empty demand. It would be made in the context of engaging in non-violent direct action / peaceful non-resistance, proven tactics that produce real results. Clearly the language would need to be edited and certainly grow more specific (hoping you'll help with that), but you get the idea.
TACTICS: WHY DIRECT NON-VIOLENT ACTION?
It's pretty simple. It works. It's worked for MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. Non-violent direct action is what made the civil rights movement and Indian independence from the British possilble. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation."
We should make the demand below very publicly at a press conference a few days after arriving in DC. When doing so, we should give a clear deadline of 3 days for a firm written and signed commitment from at least 60% of members of House and 60% of the members of the Senate to pass this bill by the end of the year. If this commitment is not met by midnight on the 3rd day (which it won't be) we should be prepared to non-violently block access to all or part of the Capitol complex the next morning by traditional proven non-violent tactics. The purpose is to bring the leaders of the House and Senate to the negotiating table.
NOTE: There are always entrances because there is always a point where people who work there have to leave the public street and enter secure space. We should focus our non-violent direct action and civil disobedience on those entrances no matter where they move them because these are, by definition, always accessible.
----- THE ONE PROPOSED DEMAND -----
WE DEMAND THAT CONGRESS PASS HR 1489 REINSTATING GLASS-STEAGALL ACT. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act --- Wiki entry summary: The repeal of provisions of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in 1999 effectively removed the separation that previously existed between investment banking which issued securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The deregulation also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between investment bankers serving as officers of commercial banks. Most economists believe this repeal directly contributed to the severity of the Financial crisis of 2007–2011 by allowing Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their depositors' money that was held in commercial banks owned or created by the investment firms. Here's detail on repeal in 1999 and how it happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act#Repeal . If we wanted to have a BIG IMPACT and we were able to have only one slogan that we could paint on signs and chant during marches within earshot of press, it would be "PASS HR 1489. REINSTATE GLASS-STEAGALL" or "RE-IN-STATE the ACT GLASS-STEAGALL. IT MAKES THE WALL STREET GAMES ILLEGAL"
The best part is the bill is already teed up and ready to go!!! "Reinstate the act GLASS-STEAGALL." "It makes the Wall Street games illegal."
"Reinstate the act GLASS-STEAGALL." "It makes the Wall Street games illegal."
Most people are beginning to conclude that this is the A #1 thing we can do. I had this confirmed earlier when I received a message this evening from someone I know on the inside at one of the big investment banking firms we all know. Here's what he said:
"If you really want to drive the higher ups in my office and others absolutely nuts, start speaking relentlessly about reinstating Glass-Steagall and Congress passing H.R. 1489."
He said if we put this on a ton of signs, talk about it relentlessly to the press, chant it like a mantra, we'll "give the guys on the top floors in the corner offices of these giant investment banking firms a coronary."
IF YOU THINK WE SHOULD HAVE MORE THAN ONE DEMAND, please visit the list of 11 suggested demands here: https://occupywallst.org/forum/detailed-list-of-demands-overview-of-tactics-for-d/