From:   gail zawacki <witsendnj@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Friday, October 21, 2011 8:32:37 PM
To:   the99declaration@yahoogroups.com; september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   [september17discuss] a comment about the legitimacy of the declaration
 

this comment is one that was left on an Alaska blog (the Immoral Minority) which had enthusiastically posted and endorsed the text of the (draft, proposed) Declaration:

"Just to reiterate what someone said a few comments before me. This Declaration was not made in collaboration with the NYCGA or Occupy Wallstreet. It was never brought before our general assembly and no one had a chance to voice their opinions on it in person. This "working group" was announced at a nycga on october 15th. The workshopping of this declaration is ensuing online. It does not represent a collaborative effort with the NYCGA or OWS. It is an online group whose only affiliation is one announcement that took maybe all of five minutes at an actual general assembly. Many people in the nycga disagree with this document. 
We were never given a choice to consent to it before it was published as if it were our voice."

I'd like to reply to this rather peevish comment, line by line, in red to make it easy to follow:

"Just to reiterate what someone said a few comments before me. This Declaration was not made in collaboration with the NYCGA or Occupy Wallstreet. It was never brought before our general assembly and no one had a chance to voice their opinions on it in person. This "working group" was announced at a nycga on october 15th. The workshopping of this declaration is ensuing online. It does not represent a collaborative effort with the NYCGA or OWS. It is an online group whose only affiliation is one announcement that took maybe all of five minutes at an actual general assembly." None of the above representations were promulgated in the Declaration.  It was initially presented as a proposal, a working draft, and that is still what it remans.  Anyone who wants to engage in discussions to amend can do so.  Many people in the nycga disagree with this document. 
We were never given a choice to consent to it before it was published as if it were our voice.  
It was never published as if it was Your Voice...and who are "you"??

Everyone who wants to be is OWS.  Nobody owns OWS, in fact, lest we forget, OWS was started by Adbusters, initially (in Canada!) and even they were building on earlier calls to action.  The NYCGA has NO MORE CLAIM to any legitimacy, hegemony, voice or influence than any other occupation in any other location, including the independently created occupytogether - which has done a fabulous job of unifying the disparate factions spread out geographically.

The NYCGA egos need to get out of the way of the national - international - movement.  We love you, we support you, even more..we NEED you.  You are the focus, the hotspot, the epicenter of the occupy movement in the US.

BUT, you don't own it.  Let this organic, fluid, rocking movement take flight.  Everyone should contribute and stop getting bent out of shape when their personal grievance doesn't move instantly to the top of the list, just because they read and wrote a few emails!

You've heard of armchair warriors?  Those old farts that urged our country to sacrifice young men in Vietnam, and later in the midEast?  Well, let's not be a generation of laptop warriors!  Get off the internet and go to your local occupation.

Fondest regards to all of you!

Gail
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