Subject: [NYCGA Internet] Re: [Interocc] National Unity
From: Larry Swetman
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:44:48 -0400
To: Stephan Said
CC: interocc@occupyeverywhere.org, Douglas Gault <dougdg@cox.net>

Greetings brothers and sisters,

My name is Larry. I am with the facilitation working group at Occupy Philly. First off, I want to say that everyone is doing an incredible job. For us to be able to communicate with each other after such a short time is nothing short of a miracle. With this communication I think it is important to keep in mind the goals of communication: transparency, cooperation, and strategizing. Occupy Philly has sent out a letter to all the occupations we have contact with suggesting regional GAs. National action must organically grow out of the direct communication we have available to us. Therefore, instead of trying to get people from California, Seattle, Portland, and Denver to the East Coast why don't we organize on a smaller scale? Philly can host the East Coast assembly. In the south the most direct access routes would lead to Tennessee. In the midwest Chicago would be good. Additionally, I think Denver, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, and Seattle would be reasonable fits. If we can specify our grievances in a regional setting a national synthesis should be pretty straight forward. These assemblies should be multi-day events primarily honed in on the people's concerns and the democratic process. Our occupations are modern marvels of organization but we need to make the movement itself our direct action. After we have established ourselves and develop open lines of communication with each occupation then organizing a national march should be relatively easy: pick a day, use our collective funds to get buses for the occupiers, meet up, march on the capitol and occupy.

This is it. This is the time when we come together and effect change. Each occupation has its own issues and concerns but we all have one goal: change. We need to start this dialogue, open lines of communication, and become a national force. Let's get this stone rolling.

Solidarity,
Larry
Occupy Philly Facilitation

On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM, Stephan Said <universalhobo@gmail.com> wrote:
if we do attempt a major DC Convention, we've got to get our message beyond Wall Street, beyond the US, and into the realm of an international civil rights movement, a non-violent international movement for a more equitable society. We have to elevate the discussion to that point where dignity and universality are implicit, so that all the local demands (wall street, financial regulation, medical coverage, education, etc...) have their place. Can we do this? This is what the global movement is calling for.

Just as the bus boycott was a 1 issue protest necessary to spawn the civil rights movement, OWS, the Arab Spring etc. were necessary to bring us to the point to make the history no generation before us has been able to achieve.





On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 2:11 PM, Counseling Skills Training <collegemhc@gmail.com> wrote:
Maybe organize to meet at the Lincoln monument or Capitol building in Washington. Millions would show up.


On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 7:03 AM, Douglas Gault <dougdg@cox.net> wrote:
We need to have a National Unity Convention so that we can grow even larger and become and effective voice in America, so that things do not happen like in Oakland. We all need to stand together and be taken seriously. Just look how the Tea Part fell apart because they all chose to remain Autonomous while they all milked there 527's for political donations. We cannot let this Happen to This Movement.

Douglas Gault
3527 Barrel Bronco Ct.
N. Las Vegas, NV 89032
702.376.1356
email= dougdg@cox.net
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