From:   Justine <justine@occupywallst.org>
Sent time:   Friday, September 23, 2011 3:33:25 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] On nonviolence and technology
 

Thanks for bringing these to our attention, they're very well written and include a lot of information.

I also just left you a voicemail so hopefully you can get back to me whenever you get a chance.

On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 4:33 PM, Nathan Schneider <nathan@wagingnonviolence.org> wrote:
Dear occupiers,

Having taken a break from the plaza for a night and a day, I've been doing some more reflective thinking about this magnificent movement and certain aspects of it and its tactics. I'd like to share with you the two articles I've published since leaving the plaza late last night (and what a night it was!).

The first, which appeared this morning on the website Truthout, takes a look at the role that technology has played in the movement—and the ways that it has often misled those trying to understand what it's really all about. Basically, it's a reminder (which we all should already know) that one cannot build a revolution on Twitter alone:
http://www.truth-out.org/occupywallstreet-more-hashtag-its-revolution-formation/1316784846
http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/09/occupywallstreet-is-more-than-a-hashtag/

The second, which is perhaps a bit more critical, is about the way that we've been responding to incursions by the police. I take as a jumping-off point some things said by Ivan Marovic of Otpor last night, who helped lead the student movement that brought down Milosevic. I argue here that the occupation should make more of a priority of teaching nonviolent discipline and tactics—which isn't to say, of course, that there has been violence on its part:
http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/09/the-whole-world-is-watching-nonviolence-at-liberty-plaza/

I hope these are in some way useful to some of you, or to someone you know.

Yours,
Nathan

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Nathan Schneider
Editor, Waging Nonviolence
http://wagingnonviolence.org


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