From:   Ashley Anderson <>
Sent time:   Tuesday, September 20, 2011 4:38:15 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] #OccupyWallStreet stays alive by becoming #WeAreThe99%

It's important to recognize that OWS is the first of a wave of actions. There are plans to occupy Freedom Plaza in DC starting Oct. 6th, (I'll be there) and a "People's Congress" convening in the spring (a chance to pass our own laws, based on the good work being done in the GA as well as Oct 6th) Don't worry, the uprising isn't going to stop in NYC, but it will certainly be known as the beautiful beginning. 

I hope that the activists on the ground there embrace the amazing work that is being done, and learn to recognize the doubt and fear of failing for what it is: a symptom of a life of insidious cultural trauma. 

The idea of the other 99%, to me, just adds to the value of the action! It's a strong message and it doesn't devalue the occupation. But don't underestimate the outrage of the average citizen. They may be couch potatoes, but they aren't dead. . And they are under a spell and/or just trying to concentrate on keeping their lives from "falling apart." They can't hold out forever--our civilization is in mid-collapse. The masses might not be in NYC yet, but they will eventually hear the call to take the streets. The only way you'll ever reach and ignite that part of them that is ready to reclaim their power is by being authentic in your actions at this moment. Our culture is oppressed by a deeply planted assumption that we need to appeal to as many people as we can, all the time. In a culture this perverted, playing to the middle is still playing to crazy. "Radicals" are the reasonable, responsible people in a country where corruption and greed are literally killing our neighbors. And you are proving it. Radical pride. 

You are showing that common goals are worthy of real action, regardless of how it will play in the media, and because of that, there is a far greater chance that it will reach that magic viral threshold and inspire millions of others to action. In short, when in doubt, go big and honest. Don't be afraid that the OWS action will fail. Failure would be doing nothing. You're winning. 

Keep going, goodpeople. By God, the Entire World is pulling for you. 


On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 3:59 PM, <> wrote:
 I love all of us radicals that have the balls to show up at this thing and demand change, but I have to agree with Luis that a lot of that radical language is hurting our ultimate goal of attracting most of the 99% to join us.  (I do like the 99% message.)  There is a fine line between getting attention and scaring people and we have to be very careful how we tightwalk on it.  We also have to  be willing to achieve our goals in steps and not all at once.  A majority of Americans or even citizens of Earth are not ready for wholesale change.  They want to see improvements not massive experiments.  I could be wrong, but this is how I read the situation.
 Thanks, John McG
On 09/19/11, 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!