Ides of March walk 2013

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING


May Day General Strike May 1, 2012 #STOPWHATYOUAREDOING

Not everyone who supports the Occupy Movement is going to be able to skip work or school for the General Strike on Tuesday.  Some might not be able to avoid shopping.  Others are going to need to use an ATM or wash the dishes.  Life isn’t stopping on May Day, but the key to a successful action is avoiding an all-or-nothing attitude.  Anything you can not do on May Day counts, so don’t let working get in the way of your strike.

Here’s some ideas on how worker bees can make the most of the day…

1. GO AFTER WORK – The simplest solution to not being able to get out of work for the General Strike is to join the action as soon as you can after work, or before if you work nights.  Same goes for school.  Check the schedule in your town and in most cases you’ll find that events are going on all day long.  No need to explain your absence during the day for you are better later than never.

2. SPREAD THE WORD – Know someone with the day off?  Make sure they know what’s going on.  Post it on Facebook.  Text it, tweet it, reddit it, digg it, pin it, whatever.  Scream it out the window.  Work the word ‘occupy’ into any conversation you can and then speaking of ask, “Did you hear about the General Strike today?

3. INVITE YOUR CO-WORKERS – If you detect any interest as you spread the word, let them know you are dropping by after work and invite them along.  Not everyone knows what going to a march or rally is like and might be interested but anxious.  More will make it merrier.

4. OCCUPY YOUR CUBE – Print out a few posters from Occuprint, crank up a live stream and your striking day can begin at 9am.  Looks like you’ve got eight hours to brainstorm the perfect sign and a captive audience to test them out on.  Hello, supply closet!

5. OCCUPY THE WATER COOLER – Everyone loves a good office joke and it’s the perfect cover for turning your office into the next encampment.  Start with a funny little sign for your water cooler or coffee machine.  If it’s well received, spend the day seeing how far you can go with it.  You know, for fun.

6. INTER-OFFICE MARCH – Go big with signs, chants and a consensus-established parade route or orchestrate a coincidental moment in time where everyone just happened to want coffee at once.

7. LUNCH HOUR OCCUPATION – If you work close to the action, get yourself and your crew out into it for a long lunch.  If you don’t, eat outside the nearest bank.  Bring lunch from home for bonus points.

8. THE IT’S OCCUPIED – For all those whose workplaces won’t tolerate monkey business nor talk of strikes, you’ve still got options.  The bathroom is humanity’s most tried-and-true refuge.  You could go old school and write something on the wall or just hang out for a while with the paper.  Oh yeah, it’s occupied.

9. OCCUPY THE COPIER – To add a little mystery to the day, take your favorite poster from Occuprint and leave it in the copy machine for someone else to find.  Also good for printers though be mindful if everyone on the network will know it was you.

10. THE PRE-OCCUPY – If you really had your heart set on striking and can’t let it go, try distracting yourself and your colleagues with links to the most draining websites you’ve ever found.  Nothing torpedoes a work day like addictive games such as Desktop Tower Defense or cool Tumblrs likeAwesomePeopleHangingOutTogether.

11. DONATE – Since you’re spending the day earning, consider giving a bit to your local Occupy or any Occupy you hear about having trouble with the police. Legal funds are being raised to help folks who get arrested and you’ll sleep like a champ at night knowing you helped someone get out of a holding cell quicker.

Got other ideas?  Please share your own in the comments.
Got something going in your office?  Please share that too.

Still got questions about May Day?  Check out Every Thing You Need To Know About May Day * But Were Afraid To Ask.



April 30, 2012 Posted by | Events, This is why we walk | 3 Comments

A very special Happy Birthday to Occupy Walk Team Member Adam Peck

A very special Happy Birthday to Occupy Walk Team Member Adam Peck

We are so proud of you and would like to buy you a digital beer to celebrate this special day~

April 18, 2012 Posted by | Events, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

99% Spring On Line Trainings — This is for everyone!

99% Spring On Line Trainings — This is for everyone!


  • Welcome to the 99% Spring Online Training

    You are about to join 100,000 of us gathering in homes, places of worship, on campuses and in the streets to train and prepare ourselves for non-violent direct action.
    This spring we are joining together to reclaim our country through action, one neighborhood at a time.

    This training takes less than 2 hours to complete – and you don’t have to finish it all at once. You’ll tell the story of how you’ve been impacted by the 1% economy, learn how we got here, and get the tools you need to plan an action in your own community this spring.

    1Meet the Trainers 4 Min

  • This quick video will introduce you to Mehrdad, Linda, Sam, and Keron; explain what the 99% Spring is all about; and introduce you to the content of our training. In short: how to stand up for yourself and how to get into action this spring to bring about change for you and our country.

  • 2We Are the 99% 12 Min

    Who are the 99% and how are we affected by our 1% economy? Leadership requires that we tell our own stories and build relationships with others so that we are stronger when we move to action together.

  • 3What Happened to Our Economy? 28 Min

    Let’s take a look at the history of the American economy over the last 40 years to understand the of our current economy. The economy we live in now was created by a series of individual and institutional choices. What choices were made and by whom? What choices could we make differently now to create an economy that works for all of us?

  • 4Intro to Non-Violent Direct Action 13 Min

    Ok, we all know what the 1% economy looks like. But what would an economy look like that works for all of us? We can’t just fight against the past, we have to fight for the future! What would your ideal community look like? And how would you defend it against attack?

  • 5Power of Non-Violent Direct Action 17 Min

    The 99% Spring is only the latest chapter in the book non-violent direct action in the United States. Our history is one where the promise of democracy and the challenge of inequality have been consistently in tension. Learn from what others have done before us when they faced unfathomable odds. The next chapter is ours to write!

  • 6Preparing Ourselves for Action 12 Min

    The first step of preparing for action is preparing ourselves individually. non-violent direct action surfaces deep underlying tensions so we can all see what’s going on. But surfacing those tensions can create conflict. Responding to conflict with non-violent discipline is an emotional and physical skill set we can each learn and practice. This lesson provides an introduction to that skill set.

  • 7Planning for Action 9 Min

    This spring tens of thousands of us will plan for and engage in non-violent direct action to challenge the status quo where a few in the 1% control both our economy and our democracy. We’re counting on you to step up and help lead or participate in actions this spring. That requires planning and practice, so we’ll give you some tips and tools here for building a strategic, effective action.

  • 8Moving to Action 2 Min

    This is not a training just for training’s sake – let’s get ready for action! Together, we the 99% can take back our country so our economy and our democracy work for all of us!

April 17, 2012 Posted by | Events, Walking Blog | 7 Comments



This past weekend I attended the Training for Trainers (T4T) of the 99% Spring . This is being organized by a very large and powerful coalition in which MoveOn is one of the larger partners, as is the AFL-CIO. The 99% Spring action plan is fairly straightforward: train 100,000 people in non-violent direct action (NVDA).

On the one hand, this is obviously a progressive agenda that most occupiers would agree with. On the other, occupiers have struggled with the fear of cooptation to an exhausting degree.  I’ve participated in online and in person conversations about the 99%Spring, and the critiques fall into three main arguments:

  • MoveOn and the DC based labor movement bureaucracy can’t be trusted as they are committed to working within the system and for Democratic candidates.
  • The 99%Spring uses occupy inspired themes and memes (“the 99%”) but without doing the hard work of actually working with Occupy Wall Street.
  • The overall effort seems utterly disconnected from the nationwide May First plans that many (most?) occupiers are actively working towards, which are also referenced with “spring” language.

This isn’t it’s own thing, but rather me making fun of how the nervous nellies respond to larger forces in the political world: “Halp! We’re being coopted! The Democratic Party is both capable and interested in implementing a well thought out plan to make us serve their interests!

“Speaking as an occupier most active in the Tech Ops Working Group of the NYC General Assembly, my first response to the 99% Spring was envy. Why aren’t we initiating, leading or participating in this kind of serious coalition work? But that’s unfair. We are working on May First actions , which in New York include a march carried out together with labor and the immigrants’ rights movements. What we aren’t doing is training 100,000 activists and organizers in nonviolent direct action. So why not welcome an effort that is doing that?”

The T4T Training

I’m just back from two days of training for trainers, and this is my verdict: the Training for Trainers was fantastic. Hundreds of people in attended the same training as me in New York, and thousands more took part across the country.

The folks attending the training represented a cross section of our country’s progressive, 99% movement. I met community organizers, peace activists, union members, occupiers, and many more. The group was inter-generational, racially diverse, gender balanced, and included folks from all NYC boroughs, Long Island, CT, NJ, and upstate. My impression is that most are experienced organizers, but from many different traditions and organizational homes.

The curriculum had three parts:

  • The first is your basic Marshall Ganz story of self/us . This is training delivered for years now at countless political and organizational homes, including my old synagogue. For those who don’t know, Ganz started his career at the United Farm Workers , working with Cesar Chavez.
  • The second is your basic nonviolent direct action training, with roots in Gene Sharp, Training for Change , and the Direct Action Network that emerged post-Seattle in the anti-globalization movement. It wasn’t out of step with anything that say, Starhawk or Lisa Fithian or the Ruckus society would have done.
  • The third part was the story of the 1% vs. the 99%. It’s basic training in understanding the economic crisis and our collective crisis as a country. This is more or less the kind of training being used by unions and community organizing groups around the country for the last 2-3 years.

There was zero, none, nada discussion of the Obama campaign, electoral politics, the Democratic Party, or MoveOn. To sum up then, the critiques against the 99% Spring are false. Those who lobbed uninformed critiques are now in a position of having to apologize and take back their words or lose credibility. They ‘proved’ that MoveOn provided support for an amazing, collaborative effort resting on teachings used widely inside the Occupy movement.

The Larger Context

Questions might still be asked about the ultimate purpose of MoveOn, unions, and the long list of community organizing groups that make up the 99%Spring effort. One of the most important is: Where is this coming from? What might it be going?

The information I have is based in part on conversations with folks who know better than me. Sorry about no sources, but here goes:

Liz Butler of the Movement Strategy Center is one of the prime movers and shakers of this effort. (And the New Organizing Institute.)
The overall strategy seems to be similar or based on what Stephen Lerner (formerly of SEIU) was articulating in a series of talks about “creating a crisis for the rich .” In a nutshell, it proposes mass direct action aimed broadly at the 1% in order to force them to make concessions.
When we talk about ‘demands’ or ‘goals’ there are laundry lists galore. Winning strikes, raising taxes, winning elections, targeting specific corporations, etc. But behind all those disparate goals lies a framework: increasing the share of wealth that flows to the 99% and reducing the portion controlled by the 1%. That’s the prize. And large parts of the power structure (i.e., Democrats and even some corporations) think it’s a good thing too.
Getting MoveOn to be part of this coalition isn’t as simple as it looks. MoveOn is large enough to do whatever it wants without local partners, and for a long time that’s what it did. But the last few years have seen greater efforts to partner, with Van Jones’ Rebuild the Dream representing a real break with past practice. But the 99% Spring is an example of a large powerful organization placing resources in the service of a fairly radical agenda and allowing others to take the lead.
Like who? Like Domestic Workers United, a labor rights organization representing working class women of color. One of their staff members, Harmony Goldberg , was a lead trainer this weekend. If you think Goldberg is a MoveOn/DemParty dupe, please shoot yourself right now. Whew! You’re still here! Thank god.
Where Does That Leave Us?
Based on my experiences this weekend, all I can say is – sign up for the trainings to take place on April 9-16. Help organize more trainings . Invite as many occupiers to attend as possible. Consider the advantage of influencing all those moderate, not radical enough people likely to attend and how our superior political praxis will surely attract them to let go of their electoral illusions.

And then, after considering such a vision, let it go, because it’s bullshit. The training is quite good. Go because it’s great to be on the same page for a moment with eager, enthusiastic 99 percenters who want to make this great land of ours a better one. Drop your defenses (if you have any) and rest assured no one is talking about elections. Let’s focus on the original OWS vision: mass, creative, effective direct action against the banks, Wall Streeters and political forces that drove our economy off a cliff and want to charge us for getting back on the precipice again.

Sign up already.

Written by Charles Lenchner Posted in Activism, Opinion

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Crashing The MoveOn Party — A Call For You To Show Up To The 99 Percent Spring

anon – Mon, 2012-04-09 22:12
A few things first. This is NOT about “saving Occupy from the Democrats,” we already accomplished that months ago. This is also not about convincing the reader that the 99 percent spring has motives that do not jive with the sort of society we all want to help create. Look at the endorser list, we know the kind of society they want, Democrats in control of congress, blah. And lastly, this is not asking the reader to save the liberals from their own misguided ways.It does require radicals to move a bit out of their comfort zone…..into the homes, offices and meeting places of your local MoveOn chaper. Why?

The MoveOn plethora of organizations has redefined the 1 percent to include a “small portion” of the 1 percent. Along with this they have redefined direct action to include only nonviolent civil disobedience that is only somewhat disruptive within the confines of state power. It is all in their training manual for the 99 percent spring teach ins they are holding over the next two weeks, that you can participate in. The exact details for your location are below, most events are on April 14th and 15th:


We should go for a couple of reasons:

They are on the defensive. Why the hell else would they care about the definition of direct action and class composition?

People are going to show up. They did the legwork, lets assume 10% percent of them go to May Day, a few donate some money to your local radical shop and a handful are trolled. Worth it.

Moving away from the keyboard to stop writing/reading a self defeating argument about why this is a bad idea will give your skin the sunlight that it so desperately needs.

Lets not pass up this opportunity to make enemies with the Obama re election team and make friends with folks looking for the alternative.

With Love,
MoveOn.org Revolutionary Communist Sector
DGR Obama 2012 – Antarctica

April 13, 2012 Posted by | Events, Occupy Walk News, This is why we walk, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Flagstaff Outreach April 13-15, 2012

Flagstaff Outreach April 13-15, 2012

Saturday April 14th, 2012

General Assembly

@ 66th and Humphreys –

Nav. Union Center @ CITY HALL

1pm to 4pm

Sunday April 15th

Occupy Teach-In @ City Hall

1pm to 4pm

April 12, 2012 Posted by | Events, Occupy Walk News, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Guess who is having a Birthday???

Guess who is having a Birthday???



April 9, 2012 Posted by | Events, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

DAY 43 Occupy Walk USA and Occupy Kingman prostesting at Railroad Park today

DAY 43 Occupy Walk USA and Occupy Kingman prostesting at Railroad Park today

March 31, 2012 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment

Occupy Walk USA @ Lake Havasu Spring Break

Corrected Dates for Occupy Walk USA @ Lake Havasu Spring Break are March 24, 25 2012


Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu is home to the second London Bridge and the closest Arizona will ever get in having a beach. With the soft sands and little waves, Windsor Beach is the perfect place for a dreamy experience without having to travel miles away. Take a swim or relax in the warm sun and tan in pure bliss. The water is not only deep enough for swimming, but even for scuba diving and snorkeling. You can also embark on a little sailing adventure to find and explore the coves around the lake.


March 22, 2012 Posted by | Events, Occupy Walk News, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Roundup of long-distance Occupy marches

From the Democratic Underground — Very Cool!

I love following these marches — they’re part Johnny Appleseed and part Dungeons & Dragons adventuring party. And where there were only a few people marching over the winter, as the weather warms they’re proliferating and it’s getting harder to keep track of them all. Here’s a list of the ones I know about.1. Walkupy, now redubbed Walkupy May Day. They started out from Zuccotti Park last fall, walked to Washington, DC, then set out again in December with Martin Luther King’s gravesite in Atlanta as their goal. Now they’re headed back north and are halfway across Kentucky, on their way to the festivities scheduled for Chicago this May. (Hence the current name.)

Walkupy May DayRoute

2. Occupy Walk started off from San Diego a couple of weeks ago on a 4000 mile trek to New York City and then Washington, DC. At the moment they’re still in California, and the last I checked they were about to head into a hundred-mile stretch of desert.












3. The March to Untax Groceries is a relatively short one that started in Mobile 12 days ago and has just reached the state capitol of Montgomery. It’s protesting the fact that Alabama and Mississippi are the two poorest states in the nation and also the only two with a tax on food, which disproportionately affects their poorest citizens. There’s a rally scheduled in Montgomery tomorrow.

Occupy Mobile in front of Alabama State Capitol

4. A West Coast march scheduled to start in Olympia, Washington later in the spring and wind up in Sacramento.

5. A trans-Canada march from British Columbia to Ottowa, supposed to take place this summer. I’ve seen mentions of it but don’t have a link.

6. It’s not specifically Occupy, but there’s an anti-nuclear march specifically protesting nuclear plants with a dangerous Fukushima-like design that started at Oyster Creek in New Jersey on March 2 and is due to arrive at Vermont Yankee on March 21.

Kristen Hanuman (white sign) and Christian Collins (beard) were part of a group of protesters that started their expedition  at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Ocean County on their way to Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in southern Vermont on the week of the one year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.

7. It’s not a march, but Occupy Caravan is planning a mass cross-country drive from Los Angeles to New York between April 2 and April 8.

8. A truly epic march across Europe that started in Spain in October and has just crossed the Adriatic Sea to Greece, with a final destination of Athens.

9. A series of marches from various cities in France that are due to reach Paris next month. They just put up a marvelous zombie-themed video, with a YouTuibe description (in French) that says something like, “They are contaminated by hope. … Their insanity spreads. … They converge on Paris. The invasion is near.”

March 20, 2012 Posted by | Events, Occupy Walk News, This is why we walk, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Occupy Walk @ Joshua Tree March 9, 10, 11 Southern California General Assembly

Occupy Walk USA at Joshua Tree

#occupywalk — the adventure begins:

Come to Joshua Tree this coming weekend to see what it’s about.

Day 20, 21 Joshua Tree Outreach

March 9, 10, 11, 2012



Check out Joshua Tree National Park

For a first-time visitor the desert may appear bleak and drab. Viewed from the road, the desert only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals. A rich cultural history and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.

Two deserts, two large ecosystems whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation, come together at Joshua Tree National Park. Below 3,000 feet, the Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and features natural gardens of creosote bush, ocotillo, and cholla cactus. The higher, moister, and slightly cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua tree. In addition to Joshua tree forests, the western part of the park also includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts. Five fan palm oases also dot
the park, indicating those few areas where water occurs naturally and wildlife abounds.

Hexagram 45, Gathering

Key Questions

What is asked of you?
What are you investing in?


‘Gathering, creating success.
The king enters his temple.
Fruitful to see great people, creating success.
Constancy bears fruit.
Using great sacrificial animals: good fortune.
Fruitful to have a direction to go.’

The old character in Chinese for ‘Gathering’ shows people gathered like grass, or perhaps gathered to bring in the harvest: they have a shared identity, and invest together for a purpose, looking for what will bear fruit. Sometimes this is an external gathering, sometimes an internal one – collecting yourself and integrating your many roles and strengths, getting yourself together. Many people, roles, energies and issues are concentrated in this single focal point.

The king enters his temple to connect his people with the ancestral spirits. This is a time to strengthen shared roots, and understand mundane daily activities as part of a larger story and identity that gives them meaning.With this connection made, it is time to see great people. Originally this might have meant consulting with diviners, to make sure your offerings were in harmony with the spirits of nature. Seeing “great people” (whether in the flesh or with your inner vision) gives you longer- term guidance to align your efforts with your purpose. Then a steady persistence will bear fruit. And you are making great efforts – and an act of faith – investing the best you have in this gathering. You need those good, deep roots, and clear-sighted guidance, and you need to know where you are going with it all.


‘Lake higher than the earth: Gathering.
A noble one sets aside weapons and tools, and warns against the unexpected.’

We should be careful not to let anything get out of hand and we should try to foresee possible misfortune in advance.

Joshua Tree map

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March 7, 2012 Posted by | Events, General Assembly, Occupy Walk News, Walking Blog | 1 Comment