From:   beka economopoulos <beka@notanalternative.net>
Sent time:   Monday, October 10, 2011 5:38:08 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   [september17discuss] the next phase
 

Today Bloomberg announced that we could stay in Zuccotti Park indefinitely: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/10/10/bloomberg-occupy-wall-street-can-stay-indefinitely/

And so we went from being an occupation to becoming a picnic.  

Just yesterday Zizek warned “The only thing I’m afraid of is that we will someday just go home and then we will meet once a year drinking beer and nostalgically remembering what a nice time we had here. Promise ourselves that this will not be the case.” 

Of course, it's nice to have some breathing room, but we're in this for the long haul.  There are no "solutions" that can be presented quickly to make us go away. And so there will be moments where our presence is no longer an uncomfortable and unknown variable, but rather is normalized and integrated. 

It's in those moments that we have to push the envelop, pry open the space of possibility even farther. We go as far as we can to destabalize but maintain support and momentum. And when that's the new "normal" then we do it again, we push further.  

That's how change happens, how we shift the terrain and the terms of the game.  I hope that we can get information out as soon as possible about ways to plug into the international day of action, this Saturday October 15.  And that we continue to expand and take new space and spread and lead the way.

xob


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