From:   shaista husain <shaistahusain@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 08, 2011 9:46:53 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Don't let their poison divide us.
 

"fiercely inclusive" i like that! John!

 

On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 11:35 PM, <jemcgloin@verizon.net> wrote:

> Hello All,

>

>

> Divide and Conquer is the most effective technique used by the 1% over the

> centuries.  Don’t let their poison divide us.  Accusing each other of bias

> will doom us to failure.

>

>

>

> I have been working with the GA on OWS since August 2, and I have been

> working with many of the occupiers since before that.  We are the most

> fiercely inclusive group I have ever met.  We want to include all of the

> 99%.  We all came together because we are trying to save the world, and we

> know we need everyone to do it.  I have never seen anyone in all of these

> months exclude or talk about excluding anyone based on race, ethnicity,

> religion, gender, gender preference or any of the other divisions (except

> maybe for being capitalists, which I think is a mistake).

>

>

>

> We are building a new structure from scratch, without the comforts of

> leadership and hierarchy to keep everything flowing smoothly.

> Communications can be a problem.  Working groups can be hard to find.

> Sometimes when I find them they already have their own ideas and don’t want

> to change easily.  They are human.

>

>

>

> I am a middle aged white male.  I hate saying that.  I was raised to

> interact with people as individuals and to judge their actions and not their

> identities.  I am not a socialist or an anarchist, so I am under represented

> at OWS, but I am trying to save the world, so I keep putting forth my

> opinions even though many of my opinions are not popular, and doing outreach

> to everyone I know, even though many of my friends are not socialists or

> anarchists.  I do not judge my colleages at OWS based on their labels, but

> on their commitment and perserverence.  I love the energy and bravery and

> ideas brought to the GA by all of the different groups represented here.

>

>

>

> I am trying to build a world that does not concentrate on our differences

> but our similarities.  We all bleed.  We all cry.  We all love.  We all need

> each other.

>

>

>

> I understand that the centuries of oppression are real, and ongoing.  I am

> not saying that we should be blind to bias.  But our reaction to it must be

> proactive and not divisive.  I have no problem with progressive stack.  I

> have no problem with affirmative action.  If you feel someone is under

> represented.  Go out and drag them to the GA.  If you feel they voices are

> not being heard, beg them to raise their hands and make their opinions

> heard.  We are listening.

>

>

>

> Our message should not exclude anyone except those that want to divide and

> conquer us.  We are all outreach.  OUTREACH TO EVERYONE.

>

>

> Thank you again for your patience, and impatience, John McGloin

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