From:   Doug Singsen <>
Sent time:   Monday, September 19, 2011 11:37:34 PM
Subject:   SPAM-LOW: Re: [september17discuss] #OccupyWallStreet stays alive by becoming #WeAreThe99

I don't know if that's what happened in Spain, but it seems a little premature and grandiose to be drafting a constitution at this point, given that there are only a few hundred people occupying a small park in a single city. Rather than trying to create a new society on such a miniscule basis, our time might be better spent finding ways to connect with the everyday, practical concerns of people facing the loss of their jobs, health care, housing, retirement, quality education for their children, etc. In order to have any shot at creating a new society, we need a LOT more people on board than we have now (either in Zucotti Park specifically or in the movement as a whole), and raising demands that connect with peoples' daily lives is the best way to expand from a small, insular group of activists to a broad movement - and that's the spirit that I understood Luis's proposal to be made in.


On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 12:42 AM, NicolasMoselleAllen <> wrote:
If I arrive in time tomorrow I will try to propose it at the General
Assembly. When are they planning on holding the GA?

I also plan on making a proposal that I think would be compatible with
the image "rebranding" proposal: that we attempt to reframe our
communication with the world by drafting a Constitution, a set of
common values that could represent us and the society that we as a
movement are trying to model-forth, rather than proposing "Demands" as
we've been calling them. It's my understanding that this is what
happened in Spain, with considerable success.


On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 12:09 AM, Luis Moreno-Caballud
<> wrote:
> Yes, thanks! Let's make it #Wearethe99.
>  I'm in Philly working until Friday, would anyone propose this at the GA
> tomorrow?
> On Sep 19, 2011, at 11:59 PM, grimwomyn wrote:
> unfortunately, the % doesnt work as a proper hashtag, what about a slight
> edit to #wearethe99
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 11:47 PM, Luis Moreno-Caballud
> <> wrote:
>> Dear friends,
>> It looks like #OccupyWallStreet is in urgent need of a massive and
>> targeted outreach operation to stay alive. The key to the success of the
>> movement is to be inclusive. Right now the movement is too homogeneous, due
>> to the "activist" imaginary and language identified with it (example: the
>> word "occupy", the images of stereotypical activists used by Adbusters,
>> etc).
>> If we really want to start a massive movement like the ones in Egypt,
>> Iceland, Spain, Greece, etc, we should change those referents. If we don't
>> act quickly the movement will vanish, and it would have been just another
>> activist movement. I propose that we start today a fast and massive outreach
>> campaign with this idea: #WeAreThe99%.
>> This is the plan: we put all our energy and resources in outreaching for
>> the #WeAreThe99% Day which will happen next Saturday 23rd, at our space in
>> Zucotti/Liberty Park. We propose tomorrow at the assembly: everyone form
>> groups and march right now to different spots in the city (squares,
>> neighborhoods, universities, labor unions) with signs, fliers, and a clear
>> message:
>> "Political parties govern in the name of the 1% that control almost all
>> financial wealth. We are the 99%."
>> "We have taken a space at the heart of Wall Street to start changing this
>> situation. Join us at Zucotti/Liberty Park on Saturday September 23rd for
>> the We Are The 99% Day. Stay with us."
>> What do you think? We have a lot of attention in the internet and even
>> mainstream media, let's use it now before it's gone! Let's create a really
>> inclusive and massive movement, let's go beyond traditional identities,
>> let's become a real multitude!