So we've had a few visitors from OWS join us in the last few weeks, and I was lucky enough to hang out with one of them, Kris from Harlem. It was pretty interesting hearing what he had to say about Occupy LA. You're friendly, you have a great community, your struggles to improve the General Assembly and figure out 'the process' of consensus and participatory democracy directly mirror a similar stage OWS went through...
I've spent a lot of time in the past week attending Facilitation Committee meetings. The Facilitation Committee is the committee which organizes our General Assembly - the core of our democratic process, and the reason why we're here. And I've also spent a good degree of time simply mooching around Tent City, talking to people, hanging with the "Keepin' It Real" peeps, and listening to the gripes and complaints of the people. Those who are living and working in Tent City are under unbelievable stress at the moment.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you. Erin Burnett on CNN declared Occupy Wall Street protesters were all ignorant, Bongo-drumming circus acts who do “not know what they want,” and then featured a video clip of herself triumphantly outwitting an apparently clueless protestor - by actually misrepresenting the facts concerning TARP and the American taxpayer. Burnett’s twitter response to a journalist’s question ‘What’s the purpose of Occupy Wall Street?’ was ‘Bang on the Bongos, smoke weed!’.
So I usually blog over here. In my time, my blog had a pretty big following, got profiled in the New York Times, got me a book deal, a few Bloggie nomination and a LOT of hate mail. I consider the hate mail the pinnacle of my success.