We all know that as representatives of the 99%, we adhere to no political ideology, and welcome people of all political backgrounds who want to fight against corporate opression. We also know though that we are being unfairly represented as a more liberal or leftist movement. This is making it difficult to draw people that are on the more right-side of the political spectrum into our movement. Therefore I propose either we have a subcommittee specifically focused on reaching out to people of that political persuasion, or one of the subcommittees (such as PR) have as part of their priorities this outreach.
Below is a couple articles that really highlight the importance of this
This one shows that there is is strong support from conservatives to overturn Citizen's United and reject corporate personhood.
While the protests are proudly decentralized and leaderless, the unifying theme is "revoking corporate personhood" and "campaign finance reform" that would reverse the January 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision that lifted the flood gates to unlimited corporate money in elections.
Some call the protests a progressive response to the Tea Party movement, and play right into the hands of the corporate juggernaut, whose proxies -- along with a compliant media -- have mastered the art of turning ordinary Americans against each other instead of the real problem.
This is a right-left issue if there ever was one, and the potential to build an unstoppable movement is unprecedented.Just last weekend, liberal and Tea Party activists joined together for an unusual conference about the feasibility of a constitutional amendment to check undue corporate power in elections and government.
The right-leaning Daily Caller wrote, "Tea party activists made common cause with anti-corporate liberals this weekend at a venue quite unlike the firebrand populist movement: Harvard Law School. The improbable allies met to discuss the possibility of a new constitutional convention to address what they see as fundamental failures in the American system of government."...
76% of Republicans and 85% of Democrats opposed the Citizens United decision. A long-running Gallup poll shows that Americans politically self-identify 40% conservative, 35% moderate and just 21% progressive.
Just look at the numbers. The way we win is by rallying around a democracy reform agenda, being thoughtful about how we talk about it, and building the kind of broad-based political movement that cannot be stopped.
This one is from one of the earliest participants in the Tea Party movement, who realized that we both are fighting a common enemy
If we could build a right-left coalition against Corporate Personhood through the Occupy movement, not only would we transform the image people have of our movement, but we would transform the entire political landscape and make huge strides to healing the divisions that have plagued this country and have impeded us from uniting and fighting for common causes.
Also, this is why it is IMPERATIVE that any demands we make do not turn off potential allies who agree with our larger, overarching goal.
If people want to help in this outreach, or believe this proposal should be announced at the GA, let me know.