From:   Luis Moreno-Caballud <>
Sent time:   Tuesday, September 20, 2011 6:41:44 AM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] #OccupyWallStreet stays alive by becoming #WeAreThe99

@Dough: thanks for your comments, I agree that links with communities and organizations is the way to make the movement more inclusive. That's the way it all began in Spain: a new platform called "Democracia Real Ya!" spent months preparing the May 15th demonstration by contacting many organizations and communities affected by the economical "crisis" (housing, students, unemployed, etc...). They succeeded because everyone felt welcome in that new and open platform.

@Nico: thanks! please let me know if you're able to mention it at the assembly and what are the reactions. I think we should incorporate Doug's idea, and instead of proposing street fliers propose contact with organizations and communities (still don't discard that this contact happens by physically going to places)

@Ryan: I agree with you, I don't think inequality can be changed just by taxing. But I don't see why "We the 99%" has to imply that necessarily...

On Sep 20, 2011, at 7:38 AM, Ryan David Acuff wrote:

I don't fully get the 99% bit. 99% of what?  Is the implication that the people making $250,000 a year are somehow exploited by those who make $350,000 a year?   If that's the central message, I think it majorly lacks a class analysis.    It's certainly useful to give percentages to demonstrate massive inequality, but it seems to also imply that the solution is to redistribute the wealth, not change system that creates the inequalities in the first place. I don't think you can tax away capitalism.  I believe we need to democratize the economy.  I think the 99% piece sounds inclusive, but weak as THE central message.  but if I'm missing something let me know. 

As for rewriting the constitution, perhaps the group could draft a principles of unity that would be general enough and on still on target enough to be adopted by the GA. 


On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 2:03 AM, NicolasMoselleAllen <> wrote:
yeah, agreed. perhaps it was a bit overreaching, the constitution bit.
i still stand behind luis's idea though, and I hope someone will be
able to raise it at the GA tomorrow.

On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 1:37 AM, Doug Singsen <> wrote:
> 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.
> Doug
> 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.
>> OK!
>> 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!
>> >>
>> >
>> >
>> >