|From:||David DeGraw <David@AmpedStatus.com>|
|Sent time:||Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:55:10 AM|
|Subject:||Re: [september17discuss] the next phase OccupyBronx|
think we need to go into a deeply impoverished area in the Bronx. The
bronx has the highest poverty rate in NYC, about 30%. we go there, the
media comes with us. forces coverage, major spark OccupyBronx
On 10/11/2011 8:02 AM, Carwil Bjork-James wrote:
> A couple thoughts on next steps:
> 1. A twin space, soon. Zuccotti Park is just plain crowded, and
> doesn't have a ton of room for new campers. A second, stable-ish,
> perhaps POPS, location in Lower Manhattan could provide additional
> room for people to be near Wall Street. This would facilitate mass
> actions in the financial district while growing the movement.
> 2. Mass actions in the financial district. Use your own imagination.
> 3. Holding a space that is more a place of gathering than a launchpad
> for confrontation. Weekly (for now) use of Washington Square could
> build to that. So could some kind of plaza occupation across Brooklyn,
> Harlem, Washington Heights, and the rest of the outer boroughs. It's
> yet to be seen how intense the police response will be in such places.
> In all cases, an easy flow between regular events, continuous
> presence, and full-on occupation and transformation can be played
> 3a. At some point, one location will be the first public park (as
> opposed to POPS) to be held. We should focus as much OWS energy as
> possible on maintaining it and setting the kind of "new normal" Beka
> is talking about. My guess is the first possibility will take the form
> of #3, not the form of #1, but I'd love to be surprised at Battery
> Park or Foley Square.
> 4. The constant circulation of people through Zuccotti is accumulating
> projects (greywater, printing, a spiritual gathering place). I'd love
> to see this also happening in a permanently held place: a warehouse,
> public space of a park, a student center, a union hall, etc. As winter
> comes, the need for physically warm spaces shouldn't mean a retreat to
> less space transformation, but to the hive-for-occupation conversion
> of friendly or occupied buildings.
> 4a. For those of us with access to buildings, but not control over
> them (I'm thinking universities for the moment), we can start by
> turning these places into hives of activity for occupiers and only
> later initiate formal occupations. I'm thinking about numerous ongoing
> "conferences" that actually have "workshops" that do work for the
> movement: printing, designing, building, training, and by-the-by
> keeping people warm. As always, a critical mass at such a place could
> hope to hold the building. But the priority (from my perspective) is
> not to make demands with a closed occupation, but to do collective
> work with an open one.
> 5. Assuming a critical mass and a regional convergence on NYC,
> occupying symbolically powerful public spaces. Do people know that
> 1,000+ artists occupied the Met during the 1970 "student" strike
> against the invasion of Cambodia? Federal Hall, the site of the first
> US Congress is on Wall Street. Wall Street itself. Downtown. Midtown.
> Just some thoughts,
> On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 7:38 PM, beka economopoulos
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> 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
>> 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.
>> New: http://blog.art21.org/2011/05/19/5-questions-for-contemporary-practice-with-not-an-alternative/
>> Not An Alternative
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