Post this on a reply section of http://www.occupytogether.org. See:
i’ve added a few things since posting that, tho..
Why aren’t challengers going into the neighborhoods of the middle managers and elites and exposing realities there? (I.e. when policy implementers/cops come to deny our rights, etc.) Most of the elites and they who trust the status-quo do not read our media and only rely on the corporate media. If we brought our message (not only of reaction, but of meaningful, organic community!) into their privileged spaces, we could really turn some heads, i think!
So why are we NOT doing this already? Why are we staying only within the same old tactics (i.e. “of speaking truth to power”–those who already know what they are doing!). I think because many of us have not thought through our tactics thoroughly enough! It’s time we spoke truths to people, informally, not when they are at their most formal (i.e. in downtowns everywhere). And not only speak “to” them, but “with” them, in organic solidarities IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.
And, yes, i did say solidarity. i guess that’s where my seeing seems to diverge (??) from many occupy folks (who i think are getting trapped in reactionaryisms, and basically shooting themselves in the feet when they apply necessary consciousness about corporate alienation to the unwitting soldiers of that alienation). But maybe i’m wrong about my assumption (and limited experience) on this? i hope so! (maybe those who feel similarly should work on speaking up more publicly??)
i think it’s crucial to hold bridges of community potential open to ALL, while still sticking with a systematic critical consciousness about how corporate and colonial/neo-colonial structures tool human beings. Across the spectrum!
i advocated this to some of the Eureka, CA occupiers, but i don’t know if anyone really could hear it, flooded as they were with the overwhelm of trying to keep their basic space together.
i also promoted the idea that we could stop in all kinds of places (for a week!) around cities. That is, strike up our 24-hour vigils EVERYWHERE, while still maintaining the communities we’re building. Why not do this kind of demo-action??? It would sustain the movement, and would also be able to reach more diversity! Cover more bases!! And not get stuck in what the Left has always gotten stuck in (i think, as a post-Left critical thinker, part of the recuperative meta game of the Left/Right/Center of neo-colonization).
Oh, and as far as the offishal push to render “anti-camping” policies, the homeless amongst us need to begin articulating that we are in our tent HOMES. This is not “camping”! Someone articulated that camping is recreational, but didn’t go far enough!
Hope some of you will pass this on!