We are here to give the majority a voice. Those that would twist our message to benefit the 1% I would define as co-opters.
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 <David@ampedstatus.com
> we just posted this, have sent out yet, will be back at park later today to
> 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
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> Please give your input