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Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Tactical Suggestion


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From: shaista husain <>


Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 13:53:55

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Subject: Re: [september17discuss] Tactical Suggestion


This is an excellent statement!


On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:52 AM, J Wedes <> 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.


> justin


> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Micah White <> 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

>> Revolution:


>> 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,


>> Micah