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TACTICAL BRIEFING #32: MAY 12 – OCCUPY’S TURNING POINT

TACTICAL BRIEFING #32: MAY 12 – OCCUPY’S TURNING POINT

JESUS G. PASTOR

TACTICAL BRIEFING #32 – Occupy’s Turning Point

We innovate spontaneously – we play jazz

Hey you nimble dreamers, occupiers, believers,

Last May 15, a hundred thousand indignados in Spain seized the squares across their nation, held people’s assemblies and catalyzed a global tactical shift that birthed Occupy Wall Street four months later. Our movement outflanked governments everywhere with a thousand encampments in large part because no one was prepared for Occupy’s magic combination of Spain’s transparent consensus-based acampadas with the Tahrir-model of indefinite occupation of symbolic space. Now exactly a year later, a big question mark hangs over our movement because it is clear that the same tactics may never work again.

Spring re-occupations have largely failed here in North America. The May Day General Strike was stifled by aggressive, preemptive policing that neutralized Occupy’s signature moves. In light of these challenges, Saturday’s May 12 rebirth of the indignados could be a tactical turning point.

Across the world, authorities are using “lawfare” to piecemeal outlaw any tactic that we used last year. In Spain, there is an attempt to criminalize the use of the internet to catalyze nonviolent protests and occupations. The International Business Times reports that this is part of a larger European move to “punish those who use social media and instant messaging to organize and co-ordinate street protests.” Canada wants to ban wearing masks at “unlawful assemblies,” a legal designation often used to disperse nonviolent protesters. Meanwhile Germany is taking a more direct route: they have simply issued a decree “banning” the Blockupy anti-bank protest in Frankfurt. As in the U.S., when outlawing free speech and the right to assembly doesn’t work, authorities are increasingly using brutal, paramilitary force.

The power of Occupy lies in its ability to harness the collective intelligence of our leaderless movement to tactically innovate. We move at viral speed – always one step ahead. “Fight, fail, fight again, fail again, fight again… till victory.” When one tactical constellation fails, we innovate spontaneously – we play jazz.

Across the world, indignados are preparing for a big blast on Saturday, May 12. Some, like Occupy London, are planning to retake the squares and set up encampments. Others have totally new tactics in mind. Whatever happens, let’s learn from the indignados with an eye towards our Camp David inspired May 18 #LAUGHRIOT and the global convergence on Chicago to confront NATO …

Let’s be humble … let’s “fall in love with hard and patient work” – and keep in mind that this is all just the beginning.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #29#30#31 / Be present on May 12 and on May 18 spark the#LAUGHRIOT then swarm Chicago.

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May 11, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News, This is why we walk | Leave a comment

Eco Jive Interview of Jason Brock set to air Sunday night

Eco Jive Interview of Jason Brock set to air Sunday night

  • Just interviewed Jason from Occupy Walk USA ! They are walking across the country as an #Occupy protest. Tonight’s Eco Jive show is going to be strong. Lucky Episode 13!
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April 29, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News, Walking Blog | 2 Comments

Day 57 Occupy Walk USA April 15, 2012 Flagstaff, Arizona

Day 57 Occupy Walk USA April 15, 2012 Flagstaff, Arizona

 

 

April 15, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Occupy Walk USA is rumored to have two new mystery walkers?

Occupy Walk USA is rumored to have two new mystery walkers?  

 

There is a rumor going round…

 

April 14, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News | Leave a comment

Occupy Walk USA loves the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona!

Occupy Walk USA loves the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona!

The walkers are featured in the Newsletter of the Hualapai tribe!

Danielle Bravo DBravo@hualapai-nsn.gov
Apr 12

Good afternoon,

 I would like to thank you again DJ and the guys again for your time.

 I have attachment the latest issue of the Gamyu, meaning “How are you” in Hualapai, a full issue and the second attachment that just mentions the group. I wasn’t sure which one you wanted.

 The newsletter does gets mailed to different states for our out of town tribal members, also to high school/college libraries and even museums. I hope you enjoy it and again have a safe journey.

Thank you,

Danielle Bravo

Hualapai Tribe Planning & Economic Development

Administrative Clerk/Gamyu Newsletter

P.O. Box 179/887 W. Highway 66

Peach Springs, Arizona 86434

Phone: (928) 769-1310 Ext. 23

Fax: (928) 769-1377

www.hualapai-nsn.gov

April 13, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News, Thank you to road angels | Leave a comment

REPORTBACK: THE 99%SPRING TRAINING FOR TRAINERS AND THE PLOT TO COOPT #OCCUPY

REPORTBACK: THE 99%SPRING TRAINING FOR TRAINERS AND THE PLOT TO COOPT #OCCUPY

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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ALSO READ:

http://anarchistnews.org/content/crashing-moveon-party-call-you-show-99-percent-spring

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:

http://moveon.org/event/events/index.html?action_id=268&rc=99HP

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
The BLACK BAND
IBWF
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

Daily Tribute article published about Occupy Walk USA.

Daily Tribute article published about Occupy Walk USA.

 

http://www.peoplestribune.org/PT.2012.04/PT.2012.04.04.shtml#two

Planting the Seeds of Occupy

By Chuck Parker

Like modern day Johnny Appleseeds, seven members of Occupy San Diego and Occupy L.A. have launched OCCUPYWALKUSA to walk across America talking up their message of social and economic justice. They are walking all the way from San Diego, California to Zucotti Park in New York City spreading the word and organizing local protests and Occupy groups. The idea first sprouted in discussions at Occupy San Diego in November, and they held their first meeting on January 11. They made contact with members of Occupy L.A., and the walkers set out on February 18.

Their plan is to arrive in New York by December, but they are going to stop along the way for discussions and consciousness raising events, so they are not tied to any fixed schedule of so many miles per day. When they reached the edge of the California desert on March 6, they were greeted by supporters from the local Occupy groups. There were social gatherings, and the walkers spent an entire day passing out leaflets and introducing Occupy Walk to the people of Yucca Valley, many of whom had never heard of Occupy Wall Street before.

When I talked with them at the home of a member of Occupy Coachella Valley who put them up for two nights, there were eight walkers: Jason, Eugene and William from Occupy San Diego, and Mike, D.J., Adam, Richie, and Britton from Occupy L.A.. Even though they had just been buffeted by high winds in the Banning Pass, their spirits were high as witnessed by their official anthem, “I Whistle Because I Can’t Sing.” It was composed by Adam and played by Jason on his trumpet. They wanted to express their thanks to everyone who has offered their generous support so far. They are encouraging others to join them as they go along. Everyone can follow their progress live online at: USTREAM.TV/USER/OCCUPYWALKUSA, or on Twitter @ OCCUPYWALK, or on Facebook : OCCUPYWALKUSA, or email OCCUPYWALK@gmail.com.

One of the walkers, William, explained his commitment this way, “Occupy is about getting your voice back. Before joining Occupy I didn’t have a voice. When we were camped out in our tents we found ways to get along and to communicate with each other because we had to. Now that our encampment has been broken up by the police, we have to find other ways to keep the group alive. Some people have told us that we have a great idea, but it can’t be done. Why does it have to be that way? The way I see it, if we keep going we will get our voice back. Once we have our voice back then we can decide what we want to do with this country.”

page imageFrom left to right, Adam, D.J. and Mike. Some of the walkers
on Day 32 of the Occupy Walk from California to New York.
Photo/Homer Klinefelter

April 11, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News | Leave a comment

New article about Occupy Walk USA in the Kingman Daily Miner

http://www.kingmandailyminer.com/m/Articles.aspx?ArticleID=50106
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Kingman Photo: Joining Forces


4/9/2012 6:00:00 AM

By JC Amberlyn

Occupy Kingman was joined recently at Locomotive Park by Occupy Walk USA, a group of people walking from San Diego, Calif., to New York City seeking to raise awareness for social and economic justice. They stayed in Kingman for several days, before heading up Route 66 towards Seligman and Flagstaff. Each day they walk about 15-20 miles, carrying signs, and they plan to arrive in Union Square in New York in November.

According to Bill Terzin, one of the walkers (on right in the photo), the walk is meant to “unite everyone and let them know that it is OK to speak out. Every community has its own issues and (it) needs to come together to solve these issues. That’s what Occupy is about.”

He also said, “We want to reach small towns. The only news is what they see on TV. They’ve never met anyone with the Occupy movement. We keep walking, (and try to) unite everyone.”

Terzin stated that he has felt disillusioned with society, but the level of support and encouragement he has encountered while on this walk has been amazing. “People are good,” he said.

The walk is a part of the nationwide “Occupy Wall Street” movement. According to the group’s website, http://www.occupywalkusa.org, “The Occupy Wall Street Movement is a leaderless revolution seeking to regenerate democracy in the United States of America by exercising our civil rights, and asserting our demand that elected representatives responsibly represent their constituents rather than the special interests of wealthy corporations and the elite one percent. Presenting the positive side of the Occupy Movement is one important quest of Occupy Walk USA. We hope to dispel common myths created by mainstream media about who occupiers are and allow the nation to see that we are representing the interests of all American citizens. We are champions of the 99 percent.”

The Occupy Kingman group meets at Locomotive Park every Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

April 11, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News | Leave a comment

Goodbye to Mike Peacewalker Oren

Goodbye to Mike Peacewalker Oren

    Thanks Mike for sharing with us all of your stories and advice gathered from the vast amount of experience from two previous treks across this nation. We won’t forget you and we wish you every good thing in life.  Blessings for a bright and wonderful future!

  —  Occupy Walk USA team

April 4, 2012 Posted by | Occupy Walk News, Walking Blog | 1 Comment