|Sent time:||Sunday, September 25, 2011 7:49:12 AM|
|Subject:||Re: [september17discuss] dangers of not having a clear message, NY Times article Sept 24, Metropolitan section, pg 1|
The NY Times, which had previously published mainly a large picture of women dancing bare breasted, now printed a Sunday article by Gina Bellafante which trivializes our movement. One problem with not having demands (or goals? messages?) or spokespersons is that journalists who want to put down our movement and discourage people from joining will get away with quoting only people who make us look unserious. (There is another Times article by Colin Moynihan almost entirely about the arrests which, however, does sum up the purpose of Occupy Wall Street in 1 sentence which says we are against “a financial system that participants say favors the rich and powerful over ordinary citizens.”)
I know the bourgeois media will always attack us, but are we doing enough to inhibit their distortions?
Here she quotes a “half naked” woman dancing on Bway who is said to be time traveling back to 1968 and says “I’ve been waiting for this all my life,” but the context makes dubious what she’s been waiting for; someone else says she just came “to create spectacles,” another wants “to get rid of the combustion engine (not a bad idea, but hardly our critique of the domination by the 1%); another is a right wing supporter of Milton Friedman and Ron Paul who just wants “to get rid of the Federal Reserve.” Similarly the only sign quoted says “Even if the world were to end tomorrow, I’d still plant a tree” and in this context underlines its unconcern for real political change (“clamoring for nothing in particular to happen,”), not its positive commitment.
With only such messages as evidence, she gets away with implying that we are ignorant about the economy, and mocks our having no demands and our “wish to pantomime progressivism rather than practice it knowledgably.”
We need to make incontestably clear what our message is.
From: email@example.com On Behalf Of Winter Siroco
“ Five demands from the NYCGA: how to link the struggle for democracy to the struggle for social and economic justice”
After a lot of talking and consulting some of us agree with 4 points that everybody may endorse. Of course, everybody should seriously think about specific strategies to accomplish these goals.
Our goals are:
· Making the banks, corporations, and the rich pay,
· Creating a real participatory democracy,
· Ending the oppression of all marginalized groups, and
· Promoting peace, solidarity, and economic justice.
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