I write this from my many years of experience in protest involvement, as an organizer, a participant, as one of the first media activists, and as a lawyer. I have helped a couple people who have been victimized by agents provocateurs – that is, goaded into activity they would not normally do and arrested for it.
I do think some thought should be given to this....
A few areas:
Limit Exec Compensation - pressure shareholders and boards - No bonuses for Execs that fail - the stock that is given to them should be conditional - Executive Compensation is a rigged game and this is where the discrepency is maintained. CEO and Senior Execs making 500-1000% more than mid level manager to lowest level salary
While I was running around town today getting supplies I would ask every small business I went into if they have heard about OccupyLA and what we're doing. Out of ten businesses, three had an general idea of what we were doing and were nice enough to donate the things we needed or offer them to me for fifty percent off. I took a little time to inform the other seven business owners that what we are doing directly effects both their commercial interests and their families. Three out of ten at this stage of the game isn't bad! Day 5! You can feel something is changing.
Really excited about making it down to Occupy LA events tomorrow. Wanted to share the following:
1) Despite almost entirely mocking coverage (or none at all) in the press, more Americans already have a favorable view of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement than have a negative one (33% to 27%, the rest undecided/no opinion). One way of looking at it is that OWS is now twice as popular as the US Congress.
There is an issue pending regarding the budget for the USPS, which will have serious ramifications on those employed there -- which represent some of the last workers with benefits, and relatively strong unions in the entire country. Like many public services, it's been the whipping boy for conservatives looking to "cut back" on the same marginal group of real, working government-run systems, in favor of some nebulously "efficient" indeterminate private company, which is politico-code for "the guys who paid for my boat."