Forum Post: We can fight back using NON-violent direct action and WIN. Or we can remain silent about those that are violent and lose. Now is the time we must speak loudly and clearly. If you support Occupy Wall Street, please read this post and comment...
Posted 7 years ago on Jan. 30, 2012, 6:49 a.m. EST by therising
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NON-violence dirext action brings powerful change. Violence, on the other hand, plays right into the hands of the 1% and their minions. Get practical! Get tactical! It's important that occupy wall street speak up to remind everyone (middle America, the press, supporters --everyone -- that the movement is nonviolent and those who are violent or destroy property are not part of the movement.
Otherwise, we play right into the hands of the 1% who know exactly how to deal with violence. Nonviolent direct action brings real change. They have no play book for nonviolence. It befuddles them.
The more we push with nonviolent direct action, the more clear and consistent we are about our nonviolent stance in theory and in practice, the more we look like middle America when we're protesting, the more people will join the movement and the greater our chance of success. This is how real change will occur.
We do NOT need to tear down the whole system. The real revolution here is keeping the system we have intact. It is a beautiful and elegant system designed by our founders.
The problem is that has been high jacked by corporate interests and citizens up until now haven't had the inclination to rise up against such a high jacking. If we rise up NON-violently, we can help give voice to the out rage that is felt by millions of Americans. The Occupy Wall Street movement will swell in numbers this spring -- exponentially -- if we stay true to nonviolence. It is then that we will reinvigorate the electorate and, working together, extricate money from politics. It is then that we will make decisions from a position of united power rather than demands from a position of divided weakness.
Therefore, violence weakens the movement. Nonviolent direct action STRENTHENS the movement. We must speak up now on this. This is a crucial moment.