Sent time:   Sunday, October 02, 2011 8:03:56 AM
Subject:   [september17discuss] The Union for Radical Political Economists (URPE)

Others there can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think we had an excellent panel on Occupy Wall St at URPE yesterday.  Chris Rude, Grimwomyn, Jackie DiSalvo, Vlad, and I (John McG), explained where we came from what we are doing, and where we hope to be going.  We descibed our history and how the general assembly funtions.  As is common in our horizontal democracy we didn't always agree on details, but we were warmly greeted and most people in the room seemed very excited about what we were doing.  Grimwomyn had multimedia going, and showed them, among other things, shots from the wearethe99% page which has really taken off, and the live feed--so that while Vlad was describing how he and the media team had set up a worldwide broadcasting network from the park, they were watching the protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge.  (I think the arrests came after.) 
We got some suggestions fom the audience.  The first was that the movement was too white and too male.  We assured them that the general assembly was aware of the demographics and that we wanted to include EVERYONE, incuding more New Yorkers, and that we were working to bring more groups in as fast as possible.
Another suggestion was that we organize a national or worldwide halt to the economy.  We said that this is too big for us right now, but that it is on the agenda.
My favorite suggestion was that we start suggesting to The People that they move their money from big banks to credit unions.  This is something that could start small and grow real big real fast, and empower individuals to really hurt the big banks.
Please add any thing important that I left out.
Thank you for your patience, and impatience, John
On 10/02/11, wrote:
I am wondering if you guys ever met on the demands thing, and if you did what you talked about.
On 10/01/11, Doug Singsen<> wrote:

Where is the meeting?

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On Oct 1, 2011 9:25 AM, "Amin Husain" <> wrote:
Sounds good.  1:30

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM, Doug Singsen <> wrote:
that would be great. can we make the meeting at 1:30?

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:21 AM, Amin Husain <> wrote:
I am not sure.  We can meet today in the afternoon before the march after 12, if you and others are free.  I could also explain how this fits into the demands discussion that is on-going and how it's evolving.

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM, Doug Singsen <> wrote:
when is the group's next meeting?

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:15 AM, Amin Husain <> wrote:
The working group on principles of solidarity has the document printed to be put before the GA to discuss and reach consensus.  If time permits, that may be today.

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:04 AM, Doug Singsen <> wrote:
I'd love to. When and where is the group that is working on demands and points of solidarity meeting?

On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 8:59 AM, Winter Siroco <> wrote:

We should be able to modify our documents, and it would be wise to do so at this early stage. Indeed the points that you are raising are very important. I urge you to team with those interested and elaborate a modification that addresses the issues raised. 

On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM, Doug Singsen <> wrote:
I'm very glad that we have this, and overall it's very good, but it's missing one big thing: there is no mention of how Wall Street created the economic crisis that destroyed millions of jobs, and how Wall Street was bailed out of its crisis by cutting vital public services! Any chance we can get that added? I realize that this list is not meant to include every grievance, but this is incredibly important and central to the damage done by Wall Street specifically, as opposed to capitalism as a whole. Frankly, we would not be occupying Liberty Park now if it weren't for the economic crisis - that's what set all this in motion. To not include it here seems like a major omission, and may make it harder to do outreach to the public sector unions that have started supporting us.


On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM, gail zawacki <> wrote:
Love it!

On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 9:08 AM, Cesar <> wrote:
Hi Drew, perhaps a link to the live stream take of the GA discussion could be posted in the Web page together with the declaration. I am very glad about finally starting to have some definition. It was a great work, and we should continue to improve the process of elaborating our documents.

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On Sep 30, 2011, at 5:30 AM, Drew <> wrote: