More supportive? Damn right.
(CNN) – “As Americans learn more about Occupy Wall Street, they are becoming more supportive of the movement's positions, according to a new poll from ORC International.”
While more people are inclined to support Occupy Wall Street protesters, more are also finding ways to participate in the growth of the Occupation Movement. Some have taken to the streets (see video). Others have taken the time to attend a General Assembly. And we have seen a conversation about issues that affect all Americans occurring here and elsewhere that never occurred prior to September 17th when Occupy Wall Street began their siege on the financial district in New York.
Now the media is obliged to post global accounts like this one:
Things are changing rapidly, but only because politicians have been forced to reckon with the pent-up dissent that has spilled onto the streets. But the same politicians, especially mayors, are beginning to get the message:
“So the mayor (Ed Lee of San Francisco) has not only ‘softened’ his stance on Occupy San Francisco’s encampment, as The San Francisco Examiner reported, he’s all but reversed it.”
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/11/occupy-oakland-drama-takes-spotlight-grateful-ed-lee#ixzz1ce9vUe00
Here’s another account of the Oakland march:
And the quote of the day:
“Occupy Wall Street began with a simple act of civil disobedience, but Occupy Oakland's success in disrupting commerce on such a large scale represented an escalation of that tactic.”
All of this means that the Occupation Movement is showing no signs of weakening or dissolving as Wall Street and the dominant political parties had hoped. On the contrary, more people are joining the movement in sometimes-subtle ways like the effort by a few restaurateurs to decline credit card purchases or Men’s Wearhouse closing its doors in support of the Occupy Oakland general strike.
Everyone can contribute in their own way. There is no membership fee, no commitment of any kind. Unlike some other organizations that have used the movement to fatten their coffers, the Occupation Movement has made no concerted effort to solicit funds, only donations to keep us powered-up and fed. (And many thanks to those who have contributed).
There will be lots of post-strike reporting and commentary today. Much of it will be critical. But as the movement inches towards a framework for an organizational structure, keep in mind that the 99% are beginning to become more cohesive on their own, without the help of the media or any apparatus for recruiting members or soliciting donations.
The Occupation Movement is spontaneous and remains fluid, an amorphous work in progress; a phenomenon that defies explanation and traditional reporting. (And you can’t help but enjoy the confusion caused when marchers suddenly change course and decide to march to a different location). Where are they going now? Nobody knows. But wherever it may be, we will continue to be fascinated by the magnitude, the drama and the spontaneity of these actions.
Please note that the Farmer's Market is directly across the street, and as of this morning, no hard feelings about the move. All the more reason to visit our compatriots.