As winter fades, the Occupy Wall Street movement is heating up again. But don't expect the same focus on physical encampments and rowdy protests. While the blood of the 99 percent is still boiling at the injustice of growing inequality, in organizing meetings and workgroups, cooler heads are prevailing. This is Occupy 2.0 - the mainstreaming of momentum.
How does one learn nonviolent resistance? The same way that Martin Luther King Jr. did by study, reading and interrogating seasoned tutors. King would eventually become the person most responsible for advancing and popularizing Gandhi s ideas in the United States, by persuading black Americans to adapt the strategies used against British imperialism in India to their own struggles. Yet he was not the first to bring this knowledge from the subcontinent.
Our Sustainable Profit Sharing Occupy Communities could save your life in event of economic collapse, marshal law, new world order, etc. Occupy Communities are a partial cashless system that take "The 99%" away from consumer slavery by making you a PROPRIETOR of everything within your own Community (home, jobs, businesses, profits, infrastructure, foods, financing, commodities), and includes organic farms, natural springs, rivers, creeks, water falls, wildlife, ocean, resort & business amenities, communications, utilities, medical, dental, etc, and enjoy the added benefit of living peacefully among like minded occupy brethren to brainstorm in paradise, overlooking pristine ocean!
In order for change to happen it is not enough to be against greed or even for stricter government regulation and corporate accountability, you have to have a program, a plan to make this change. And this program has to be well thought out, rooted in a deep understanding of the present system and a high but also practical vision of the changes that have to be made. The whole systems economics paradigm of the Omnius Manifesto is that vision and is a true plan of action to change the system that forms not only our economy, but also our very consciousness.
Elect one man and one woman from each of the 435 congressional districts in March 2012 plus six delegates from Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories. Voting will be online, possibly telephone and at local polling places.
If hermeneutics can become the philosophy of our protesters it is not only because it shares a discredited condition, revolutionary goals or ethical resistance, but also because it suggests that human coexistence is possible without imposed truth, that is, a single global financial system.
If you come into contact with pepper spray, experts say the best thing to do is first, calm down. Then, find some water to rinse your eyes out with. "It's quite painful and the [intense burning] can last a while," said Robert J. Kaminski, an associate professor in the department of criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina.
No movement should be beholden to a limited set of tactics. The colonial Americans didn't just keep throwing boxes of tea into bodies of water. The civil rights protesters didn't stop at sit-ins and bus boycotts. Similar to the "Move Your Money" campaign calling on the 99% to divest their checking and savings accounts from the top job-killing banks on Wall Street, I think we'll start to see more experimental tactics that draw on mass action and public engagement without necessarily being rooted in outdoor sleepovers.
We have fertilized the future with our revolutionary spirit - and a thousand flowers will surely bloom in the coming Spring. But as winter approaches an ominous mood could set in - hope thwarted is in danger of turning sour, patience exhausted becoming anger, militant nonviolence losing its allure. It isn't just the mainstream media that says things could get ugly. What shall we do to keep the magic alive? Here are a couple of emerging ideas:
The recent police raid on Occupy Oakland shows how Web 3.0 technology can make a crowd a smart crowd. The image before shows a large demonstration before the 15 of November police raid. Several hours later the police raided the area and cleared the tents and arrest a number of people. The crowd dispersed but as you can see below via social network technology like Twitter the group can remain in contain, tweeting to each other, using txt messages, streaming and making phone calls.
We asked @CynthiaBoaz, a proponent of Mahatma Gandhi's satyagraha (nonviolent) activism methods, for a set of principles to help guide #OccupyAmerica. She gave us back this series of seven direct messages.