Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:00:10 +0000
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>; Info occupy<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Your thoughts on Cairo
Do u think by sending our media ppl we could monitor/expose this potential issue, that, "...as many of
us see it�its�election is just a means of legitimating the ruling
junta�s seizure of the revolutionary process."? See below
2. My project of the day/thought is instructional videos about spokes+ga+dir. dem. because the former consensus video on utube isn't precise enough for ppl to know what needs consensus! There must be as much time given for autonomous action, and empowerment, but people are proposing things that are really calls for networking, and then expect consensus to mean something at a disjunctured point in time. Anyone else agree/want to work on spokes/ga/dir dem videos all day all week? The people demand tools for intimacy knowledge and this is the root, radical.
3. Did anyone videotape the training at 16 beaver yesterday?
Thank you all, there like 150ppl subscribed to this list right?
P.s. Anyone for dancing at sway tonight? Its smiths/newwave/good shtuff night.
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From: Babak K <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 15:01:41 -0500
Subject: [OWS Educ] Message from Cairo Comrades about proposal of sending 20 OWS people there
This is a message from activists in Cairo, who (in my opinion) arerightfully concerned to learn that the OWS GA passed a proposal to designate$20,000 in funds for members of OWS to travel to Egypt to monitor elections�
that are the military junta's way of coopting their popular democracy.�
Babak- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -To our kindred occupiers in Zuccotti park,When we called out to you, requesting you join us on 12 November indefending our revolution�and in our campaign against the militarytrial of civilians in Egypt, your solidarity�pictures from�marches,videos, and statements of support�added to our strength.However, we recently received news that your General Assembly passed aproposal authorizing�$29,000 dollars to send twenty of your number toEgypt as election monitors. Truth be told, the�news rather shocked us;we spent the better part of the day simply trying to figure out whocould�have asked for such assistance on our behalf.We have some concerns with the idea, and we wanted to join your conversation.It seems to us that you have taken to the streets and occupied yourparks and cities out of a�dissatisfaction with the false promises ofthe game of electoral politics, and so did our comrades in�Spain,Greece and Britain. Regardless of how one stands on the efficacy ofelections or elected�representatives, the Occupy movement seemsoutside the scope this; your choice to occupy is, if�nothing else,bigger than any election. Why then, should our elections be any causefor�celebration, when even in the best of all possible worlds theywill be just another supposedly��representative� body ruling in theinterest of the 1% over the remaining 99% of us? This new�Egyptianparliament will have effectively no powers whatsoever, and�as many ofus see it�its�election is just a means of legitimating the rulingjunta�s seizure of the revolutionary process. Is this�something youwish to monitor?We have, all of us around the world, been learning new ways torepresent ourselves, to speak, to�live our politics directly andimmediately, and in Egypt we did not set out to the streets inrevolution simply to gain a parliament. Our struggle�which we think weshare with you�is greater�and grander than a neatly functioningparliamentary democracy; we demanded the fall of the�regime, wedemanded dignity, freedom and social justice, and we are stillfighting for these goals.�We do not see elections of a puppetparliament as the means to achieve them.But even though the idea of election monitoring doesn�t really do itfor us, we want your solidarity,�we want your support and your visits.We want to know you, talk with you, learn one another�s�lessons,compare strategies and share plans for the future. We think thatactivists or as people�committed to serious change in the systems welive in, there is so much more that we can do�together thanlegitimizing electoral processes (leave that boring job to the CarterFoundation)�that seem so impoverished next to the new forms ofdemocracy and social life we are building. It�should be neither ourjob nor our desire to play the game of elections; we are occupying andwe�should build our spaces and our networks because they themselvesare the basis on which we will�build the new. Let us deepen our linesof communication and process and discover out what�these new ways ofworking together and supporting one another could be.Any time you do want to come over, we�ve got plenty of comfy couchesavailable. It won�t be�fancy, but it will be fun.Yours, as always, in solidarity,Comrades from Cairo13 November, 2011P.S. We finally got an email address:�firstname.lastname@example.org