I think calling Mayor 1% to step down will not hurt the movement. At the same time I agree with RJ that we should focus our energies elsewhere--i.e. on a structural transformation of the system rooted in an alternative vision of society.
FYI, Empowerment&Education is working on the call for the Forum on the Commons.
On 11/16/11 3:20 PM, rob hollander wrote:
It could be an effective strategy. He's vulnerable, and he now has a long record of ineffectual arrests, excessive barricades and confrontations, all of which he had to back off from.
The difficulty of targeting Bloomberg is that you may force him to defend himself, and he can speak for himself, and he speaks calmly and rationally. If you keep the target the corporate world, you don't force any one person who will come out of the woodwork to defend himself.
Targeting Bloomberg, you end up in a dialogue between OWS and Bloomberg's equanimity. Such a contest will draw people onto either side, and many people are sympathetic to the obligations of authority to keep the peace and protect the residents and all those red herrings he'll trot out.
If you focus on corporate control, you are more likely to garner wider support, since corporations only have obligations to their shareholders, not the rest of the community, so there's less for people to endorse or support.
The persistence of the movement is the most significant rebuke to the mayor, and the most effective means of OWS looking heroic. The NLG should appeal the judge's decision, as Jesse LaGreca has suggested, on the basis of right to assembly. Win or lose, it's an issue worth keeping alive.
On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 2:44 PM, Harry Waisbren <email@example.com>
It'd be impossible to have a better comic book villain antagonist more apt than Bloomberg.
'Bloombergville' by its nature focused on him as a symbol. However which way we act now, I could see targeting him for embodying the Wall Street control of our society being a very valuable strategy.
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