Forum Post: To those who think Occupy Wall Street needs official demands right now.... Think again.....
Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 18, 2011, 4:22 p.m. EST by therising
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Dear sir or madame:
If you are part of the ever present group of very good people who understandably clamor for official demands and leaders, this post may be for you. You, of course, realize there are many specific lists of demands on this forum and elsewhere and there are many people with leadership skills who are utilizing those skills in support of the OWS movement. It's just that none of them are identified as "official".
That probably drives some folks, including you, nuts. Whether you support the movement oppose it, many of you seem frustrated. It seems to be the contention of many of you that, if only there were official demands that were driven hard, we could accomplish something.
It kind of makes me laugh because this method you describe is a tired old model for change which has rarely worked. If this is done early in a movement, opponents pigeon hole, mischaracterize official lists and leaders. In fact, such divisiveness ("we know better" is the attitude) is exactly what has gotten us where we are. John Stewart pointed this out early on when he single-handedly brought down the hugely profitable "Crossfire" show with one appearance. He took the hosts to task (rather colorfully) for creating divisiveness and making it seem as though all Americans were in one of two polarized camps. That simplistic viewpoint drove ratings but it falsely divided us.
Think about this: In four short weeks, the conversation has changed around the country (at moments even the world). That's a pretty big deal. People (citizens of all backgrounds) are have discussions that would have been unthinkable a little over a month ago.
But there's something else you may be missing as you cry out for demands. There is a specific tone to much of the healthy dialogue that's going on around the country. The enduring theme seems to be "finding common ground." We, the 99%, who have been a group by definition for a long time (unbeknownst to us) are now waking up to realize that we have many more things in common than we have in conflict.
This terrifies the 1%. Why? Because it has been preposterous that we, the 99%, have put up with being ruled by and exploited by the 1% for so long. It's also preposterous that the 99% would allow the 1% to destroy parts of the environment and create pollution that makes it difficult to breathe. Many in the 1% will admit that they can't believe we sat still for so long.
But no more. We are realizing now that together we are greater than the sum of our parts. Once we fully comprehend that we actually have the power, we can make decisions from a position of unified strength rather than demands from a position of weakness.
We don't want to make demands. We want to make decisions. That's why we're growing. That's why the president and the vice president and head of the FED, executives of large corporations, construction workers, dentists, lawyers, househusbands and housewives, students, retired people, citizens from aroundthe world etc. have all expressed sympathy for the OWS movement. They see the power of it. And it is for this same reason that the 1% are terrified of this movement. Because they know that if the 99% ever stopped squabbling the jig would be up.
Well, guess what folks? The jig is up.
This lack of blessing a list as official is intentional. Watch the democratic process about to unfold with General Assemblies across the country. Watch as a National General Assembly forms. Watch as elected leaders begin to respond to this powerful block of citizens, the 99%. Stay carefully tuned. This is going exactly the way it should. Soon we will be making decisions from a position of unified strength instead of demands from a position of divided weakness.
Please see this post that gives a bit of info on the upcoming NATIONAL CONVENTION and learn about what will happen if demands aren't met. http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/316-20/7903-occupy-wall-streets-plans-for-a-national-convention