From:   gail zawacki <>
Sent time:   Sunday, September 25, 2011 10:23:11 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] DEMANDS

Agreed.  I am in contact with very long-time activists and this is at the core of their criticism.

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 12:18 AM, Chuck Schumer <> wrote:
As I have noted publicly in a number of GA's, I am downright sick, tired and embarrassed of the lack of concrete demands. Without specific demands, this is nothing but a glorified camping trip. All the negative press critiques this occupation for its lack of specific demands. With concrete, reasonable, well-explained and well-researched demands, we will be taken far more seriously and have more legitimacy with which to respond to attacks and police brutality.

I understand that there is a process and that that process is slow. However, I have heard so many other unimportant things addressed at the GA, and Saturday night (when the energy from the march was so high!) there were two concerts going on at either end of the plaza but no productive work being done. At the very least, we must publish an explanation of WHY there are no demands yet and HOW those demands are being formulated.

I'm writing this in part to relieve and express my frustration, but also to make it extremely clear that I consider this issue enough to consider implementing a block on my very involvement in this occupation. I can't keep justifying the work and money I am putting in to this movement, however beautiful and inspiring and joyous and necessary it is if there is no clear goal.

That's all I have to say about that, I suppose. I know everyone is working so hard, and I love and support all of you. Nonetheless, this issue needs to be addressed immediately.