Two Years Ago Today
Two years ago the first people were at Liberty Plaza (aka Zuccoti Park) and they were protesting against wall street. Some people are back at it, but I am here to ask a survey question(s).
What was it that repelled you to OWS?
What was it that attracted you to OWS?
If YOU had a social movement, let's say you were the LEADER, of this so-called "leaderless" movement, what would you instruct your fellow activists to do?
For my two cents:
I was displeased (repelled) by OWS's lack of a concise message. I know all too well how easily people mishear something or misunderstand it. The general rule from writing college essays applies to political slogans too: Don't write so you can be understood, write so that you CANNOT be MISunderstood.
OWS was very bad at making itself understood; partly cause it had an assorted host of spokespeople which had no unified message. Partly it was because the corporate media did a TERRIBLE job at covering them. Some people got it, but does anyone recall Fox News covering the Tony Bologna pepper-spray incident? They asked *IF PEPPER SPRAY REALLY HURT*. They called pepper spray a "food product". I've come to expect crap from Fox, but sweet jumping jehosaphat.
I was attracted to it cause there was a good message. Wall Street IS causing trouble for the vast majority of Americans. Ok, maybe not 99% of em, maybe only 80% or 85%, but lots and lots and lots. I will cede that the 98% percentile is doing pretty good and probably does not need a social movement to fight for it's well being. The bottom 80% however, not in the same boat as the top 1% or top 5% or top 10%.
And lastly, if I was the leader, and I had all the people ready to follow me, I'd engage in a serious disruption campaign to the banks. People would need to dress nice and act serious, but basically do the black-faxing of olden days, but with people. Organize 100 people to go to various bank branches on the same day and take AS LONG AS POSSIBLE to decide about opening an account. Again, it'd need to look legit, so at the end of the day when you DONT give business to Chase or BoA or Wells Fargo or whoever, they don't realize that you were deliberately wasting their time.
Ideally I would also insist upon a re-encampment where people bring their children and grandparents.
Oh, you wanna pepper spray some 7 year olds? Let's see how that plays out in the press.
Which side are you on, boys [and girls]?
Don't scab for the bosses,
Don't listen to their lies.
Us poor folks haven't got a chance
Unless we organize.