Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 3, 2012, 11:58 a.m. EST by XenuLives
from Charlotte, NC
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
In regards to the lack of a press release or other condemnation from the GAs about the recent violence that a few have used to paint this original movement with, I think it is time for the sensible, moderate voices among us and start a new movement.
Here's what I would do if I would start such a movement:
Nominate 5 people from each city that has protestors to act as the "directors" for that local movement. These five people will be nominated and elected at the GA by every participant in the group. The "directors" could be rotated out every 3 months or after whatever period that the group decides is reasonable. The main point is to have a small group that can moderate the GAs, lead the discussions, provide liasons and professional communications for the police and media, and in general be the "face" of the movement.
Institute a dress code on certain "outreach" or "PR" days. I suggest having participants come to protest in "business casual" attire on one day each week. That way, they can't be called "unwashed hippies" and the public who only use the mainsteam media for news would see that, yes, we are just like you.
Adopt a no-tolerance policy towards violence. Create a PR on day one that stresses this point, and recite this rule at the beginning of every march. Stipulate that any person caught vandalizing or being violent during a march will be subject to a citizens' arrest. Notify the local PD of this policy.
Create a dedicated outreach/marketing group that produces results. Streamline the timeliness of marketing materials by having approvals brought to the group of directors, where the directors can opt to vote yes or no on each marketing piece, or they can move a controversial piece to a GA vote.
In order to circumvent police violence towards protestors and all of the issues that correspond with maintaining a singular space for an extended period, change tactics to perform "flash occupations" instead or one pro-longed occupation. This will allow the group to gain the maximum amount of media and public attention while keeping individual participants safe, due to the time that it will take for police to arrive. Right now the Occupy movements have been sitting ducks for police to move in and assault their members. By protesting at random times in random locations the new movement can adopt a "picket and run" strategy that will subvert the police response that will respond in the same way every time. Examples of what I'm thinking about would be that on a day that foreclosure auctions are taking place, for protestors to pick one of auction houses at random, get in, disrupt the auction for 10-15 minutes, and then get out. Then, the protestors could move to a home that is being foreclosed on, protest there for an hour or so, and then leave.
We should hold a regularly scheduled protest at least once per month, say, on the first Saturday of each month. This protest would be publicized and promoted with flyers, etc. These protests should be "business casual," have a set agenda, and be setup to bring new participants up to speed. If done correctly the public will know that each month there is "Occupy day" which also makes it incredibly easy for new people to come by and join the movement.