From:   shaista husain <>
Sent time:   Friday, October 07, 2011 1:11:38 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Welcome to the #OWS 99% Movement “We Will NOT Be Co-Opted” Working Group

This is really great, i think you have to differentiate between groups

who are attempting to "co-opt" this movement. Disempowered people,

without leadership are also looking to "co-opt' this movement--not

exactly co-opt it, but to find their voice, gain empowerment and claim

this movement as their own. This should be encouraged. Perhaps

describing how we include people into direct democracy--- that would

help. less ranting against, and more speaking to disenfranchised



Co-option/ Reification by state apparatus 1% and the mainstream media

is going to be attempted on all fronts as well as by people within our

movement who believe this capitalist democracy can be reformed. Then

there is the problem of the revolutionaries who don't believe in

reform, they are further split along how this revolution is best

waged. There is not going to be consensus on this and there shouldn't

be, we have to fight on multi-fronts.


The more people of color enter the movement, the less "white middle

class" character it will take. The more immigrants enter this

movement, the less it will be about maintaining the status quo with

small demands for congress to legislate to bring the economy back to

middle class equilibrium.


So lets keep it open for those who have not yet arrived en masse.




On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM, David DeGraw <> wrote:

> we just posted this, have sent out yet, will be back at park later today to

> discuss:


> Welcome to the #OWS 99% Movement “We Will NOT Be Co-Opted” Working Group


> This is not an official statement from the #OWS 99% Movement. As a

> decentralized leaderless movement, in our opinion, there is no one group,

> organization, website or individual who can speak for the movement as a

> whole. We, a working group of people currently occupying Liberty Park and

> many other locations throughout the US, are growing increasingly concerned

> about divide and conquer attempts being made to co-opt the movement. In the

> following message, we are issuing our first proposed statement. ... Read

> More >>




> Please give your input