|From:||shaista husain <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent time:||Tuesday, October 04, 2011 11:53:55 AM|
|Subject:||Re: [september17discuss] Tactical Suggestion|
This is an excellent statement!
On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:52 AM, J Wedes <email@example.com> wrote:
> I love this statement!
> I think individuals should still be allowed to donate, anonymously and/or
> with no expectation of reciprocation or branding though.
> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Micah White <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> We all know the saying: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
>> then they fight you, then you win."
>> Well, we are in the "they fight you" stage, but it is looking a lot
>> different than expected. Instead of hitting us head on, the corporations are
>> trying to co-opt us. They are using a "trojan horse" tactic: once they can
>> get themselves into a trusted position to speak on behalf of #OWS then they
>> can blunt and/or destroy any of our revolutionary possibility.
>> Never forget that Vodafone tried to claim credit for the Egyptian
>> And Coca-Cola put up special advertising to align themselves with the
>> revolutionaries of Tahrir Square as well.
>> Some advertising agencies specialize in launching seemingly
>> counter-cultural movements. And they are watching everything we do:
>> Another example from something I wrote last year: "The collapsing
>> distinction between marketing and activism is revealed in the cautionary
>> tale of TckTckTck, a purported climate change organisation with 17 million
>> members. Widely hailed as an innovator of digital activism, TckTckTck is a
>> project of Havas Worldwide, the world's sixth-largest advertising company. A
>> corporation that uses advertising to foment ecologically unsustainable
>> overconsumption, Havas bears significant responsibility for the climate
>> change TckTckTck decries."
>> Now, it is more important than ever to be on our guard against those who
>> wish to "speak for us" or "help us". They have an agenda.. they are fighting
>> by playing nice.
>> I propose that GA discuss the following proposal:
>> Proposal: "We believe that corporate money should not be allowed to
>> influence democracy. Therefore, the General Assembly will not accept
>> donations, financial or otherwise, from corporations. Furthermore, we will
>> not allow corporate advertising to be placed on websites affiliated with our
>> occupation. We will resist efforts by corporations to co-opt our movement
>> towards real democracy in America."
>> Stay strong... don't fall for their tricks,
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