From:   Martyna Starosta <martynastarosta@yahoo.de>
Sent time:   Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:40:59 AM
To:   Global Revolution Media <globalrevolutionmedia@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   SPAM-MED: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: we the people have found our voice
 

Hello there,

 

This is Martyna. Iva and I made the video WE THE PEOPLE HAVE FOUND OUR

VOICE

which is beig discussed in this email.

 

I am glad that the video provoked such a rich discussion in which

people bring in very different points of view.

And, I strongly believe that this wide range of conflicting

perspectives should be represented on the main website.

 

There has been a lot of talk about creating a movement that is as

inclusive as possible.

It was also said that "our" relationship with the NYPD is complex, and

that "we" are fighting for them too.

Personally, I didn't join the OWS movement to fight for the pensions

of the NYPD, on the contrary, I joined it to fight a whole system of

oppression

which converges in the prison industrial-complex (Cornel West brought

this aspect up too).

There are different opinions within OWS about positioning ourselves

toward individual NYPD officers.

Mine is that the "working class officers" have also options, they can,

for instance, collectively decide to stop arresting people, go on

strike, find another job etc.

And I feel that OWS is risking to loose a lot of people who share my

perspective - if it tries to converge the multiplicity of voices into

one "all inclusive" entity.

 

It is interesting that the whole discussion sparked around the

representation of the police.

Filtering out the voices which are the most "representative," and

silencing other, seems like "self-policing" to me.

I believe that mixed tactics form the strength of the movement.

 

Our video is not sexist, racist, antisemtic - This would be against

the principles of solidarity which were declared by OWS.

 

It gives voice to the anger against the NYPD which forms part of a

larger system of oppression.

To me, this anger is legitimate for obvious reasons - even though it's

not "contextualized" within the video.

There's is already enough diversity in the general coverage of OWS -

and I agree with the person who said that

the different voices will balance each other our in an organic way -

if we allow them to be heard.

 

WE THE PEOPLE HAVE FOUND OUR VOICE - doesn't imply that we speak with

one voice,

but that we create a political space in which conflicting opinions

encounter each other.

 

I suggest, to post the video with a short comment saying:

"This video articulates a particular point of view which is not

representative for the whole movement."

(You can also include more specific objections)

 

What are your thoughts?

Martyna

 

On Oct 11, 12:15 pm, Marisa Holmes <marisahol...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone!

>

> The filmmakers who brought us Nobody can predict the moment of Revolution

> have made a longer film, and they'd like to post it on the nycga and

> occupywallstreet websites.

> Can we make this happen?

>

> Marisa

>

> It's posted here:http://vimeo.com/30241489

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