This is an idea a friend and I were discussing onlline. Here it is in its raw form-
Beat the DINOs and the rethugs at their own game. Instead of playing THEIR game, going into cities armed to the teeth like they're preparing for an invasion of zombies, with bloodlust in their heart for Occupiers, the Occupy movement should hold its own ANTI-CONVENTIONS! One on each coast in a major city, and cities that have been relative Occupy friendly should be chosen. At these conventions, the reasons for Occcupys opposition to politics as usual could be expounded, as well as a platform for exposing the fail of the two party system. Imagine the chagrin of mainstream pols having to compete for media attention with the "rabble"! And believe me, if enough people show up, that is what they will be forced to do.
i remember a call at the Oakland GA in Oct/Sept when they called for another constitutional convention. At the moment I didn't get what that meant (it was late, I'd been glued to the livestream for hours...) and i thought this meant having our OWN 99% convention...
personally, I like it, i think it's brilliant!
god, what kind of playing field would that create?
what if we had delegations from all cities gathering in regional hubs...
what if our goal was to hold larger scale committees and GA's, livestream them to each other, and come up with our own NEW rules/demands/etc?
what if we created national committees of our own, or regional ones to take on certain social ills head on, on the ground in our own cities, and really made things happen...without having to use "their" system to create such change...
hehe, ya, me likey
Mark My Words
Occupys message will NOT be heard at either convention. And all that will be accomplished by giving tptb an excuse to bust heads will be the death (perhaps literally) of Occupy. The tactic I describe will ensure Occupys message is heard loud and clear. Occupy has the power to make it happen. It may even force regular pols to comment on Occupys message! That would be a masterstroke. "Attack what is not defended". - Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"
Political struggles are not won by playing your opponents game. Sending peaceful protesters into the teeth of heavily armed, bloodthirsty forces isn't only cruel, it is a waste of resources and just plain poor strategy. The Occupy conventions should be held the same time as the two party failures hold theirs, forcing them to compete for publicity. Just an idea.