Posted 6 years ago on Dec. 2, 2014, 2:35 a.m. EST by donOld
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The occupy movement is not dissolving, it is hibernating. It’s been a terrific fight so far, but even a bear needs to rest. With winter fast approaching, who wouldn’t want to come in from the cold?
Now is the time to get smart. The public’s attention around the world has been startled. That in itself is a historically significant feat. So how do we broaden our appeal and focus our messages while building public knowledge and awareness of the truth about this artificial nightmare that the 1% calls “reality”?
How bout starting a network of locally-run OccuCentres (for lack of a better word) that are warm and friendly for the winter. They could be cafes, bars (I’m not sure about how well alcohol and politics mix), bistros, cinemas or any combination of the above. They could also function as social meeting & discussion places, seminar & conference spaces and organizing centres. If set-up properly, they might even make some money to support local activists.
Here’s a description I’ve been using locally to feel out the idea.
I am currently investigating the feasibility of opening a film cafe that is focused solely on our most pressing social issues. The intent of the cafe is to reach people who would not be motivated to seek out this information on their own. By making it publicly available, as part of the background ambience of an attractive, social destination and discussion space, it will draw new people into the issues.
The revenue of the cafe will be generated entirely from the menu. Nothing will ever be charged for the movies. If after seeing a film, a customer wishes to purchase a dvd copy of their own, we would have a supply on hand to sell to them on your behalf.
I envision the cafe to be a totally engaging, community level experience. With a continuous rotation of films playing all day long, there will be time enough in between the films for a discussion period for those who wish to participate. We may also designate certain days of the week for certain subjects, thereby allowing our customers to plan ahead for the topics that interest them the most.
My hope is to transform the inspiration the films generate into positive local action. The cafe would become a public gathering place to harness the voices of the concerned and spread the word to a wider audience. These cafe's could also be used as a meeting place and base for local community activists. Perhaps a larger backroom cinema/ conference room could also be included.
what do you think?