On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 1:53 PM, shaista husain <firstname.lastname@example.org
> This is an excellent statement!
> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:52 AM, J Wedes <email@example.com
>> 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
>>> 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,