From:   jemcgloin@verizon.net
Sent time:   Sunday, October 09, 2011 6:51:27 AM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: Re: [september17discuss] Don't let their poison divide us.
 

 Thanks Shaista, feel free to use it if you like :)
 
 
On 10/08/11, shaista husain<shaistahusain@gmail.com> wrote:
"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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