From:   shaista husain <>
Sent time:   Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:08:24 AM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Advice to #occupywallstreet from Matt Taibbi

This kind of vulgar economistic and narrow conceptualization of

protest is hierarchical bureaucratic and silly.

The disconnect in, for example, the July 14th rent and tent movement

in Israel is typical of the same kind of disconnect that silences

people of color. How can you even think of discussing housing rent

increases while ignoring the wholescale eviction of Palestinians and

GENOCIDE by a military apartheid regime. Do you really think this

protest is just about some narrow 1% conspiracy as if we could just

remove the handful of culprits, we could address some middle class

woes and all live happily ever after? This naive liberal idea silences

the majority of people who comprise this city, histories of oppression

and struggles. I agree we need unity, but how about you do your part

to stand in solidarity with people's struggle and try to learn from

them. You can't impose some one liner and the sun don't rise when you

wake up.


On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM, grimwomyn <> wrote:

> He hits on a lot of great points here. I am of the opinion that we tighten

> up quick abt being here for economic issues, as that is what is bringing the

> 99% here. If we get muddied into the many layers of politics, we are gonna

> be as bad as congress and not get anything done.


> We started a class war and we better be ready to bring it home and finish

> it. If we get divided over cultural, ethnic, gender politics we are gonna be

> too busy fighting each other to pay attention to the monstrous banking and

> corporate system that wants us to fail. They want us to give up, they want

> us to go away. The fastest way to do that is to start fighting each other on

> the micropolitic level when all of those things, intolerance of others,

> misogyny, bigotry, and hatred will be a lot easier to fight once we get

> resources back into our communities.


> We break the current unjust economic system the road will be clear for us to

> take on everything else.