From:   diane sare <>
Sent time:   Monday, October 10, 2011 6:16:20 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Democratic Party's Attempted Co-Option of OWS

I totally agree.  Most people (myself included, and I am a Democrat, nominally) are disgusted by the opportunism of both parties.  I brought up the East German candlelight vigil process because, as far as I know, there was no leader in that, there were no demands except "Wir sind das Volk" (We are the people) -- and that was sufficient along with the economic collapse to bring down the Berlin Wall.  What happened in the aftermath is another story -- and quite relevant, but we haven't bankrupted Wall Street just yet.

I think everyone who wants to should be allowed to voice support of the occupation, and express their opinion -- ironically by being open to all views in this way, no one ends up taking over.  As soon as we become exclusive, SOMEONE is making a decision to exclude someone else, and that is the beginning of a takeover.

On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM, David DeGraw <> wrote:
i'm sure most of us will agree with the statements the DCCC is making on behalf of the OWS 99% movement in this online campaign, and it's nice to have support, BUT, imo Democratic Party campaigns like this are very dangerous to our long term growth: 

See this:

The corporate media is already building a solid narrative labelling us as the Democrat's Tea Party.  While some people may not mind that label, this is a divide and conquer propaganda strategy that we must avoid.  Some people say that our movement is so diverse that we don't have to worry about co-option, and there is solid evidence that this may be true - certainly hope it is.  However, as someone who has intensively studied propaganda and psychological operations, and has also invented the 99% meme, i am incredibly sensitive to divide and conquer propa issues. I worked with over 20 people in coming up with this statement proposal, please consider it:

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

Diane Sare
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