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Stay leaderless and anonymous. It appeared at first that not having a leader, a single face people could relate to, would be your fatal flaw. Now it seems to be the mark of your collective genius. The media would pounce on a leader, or leaders, and reduce your entire movement to a life story, a personality. Now they have nothing to grasp but your ideas, and your outrage. Then, too, leaders can be flattered, rewarded, ego-gratified and tamed. Once someone who speaks for you appears (gulp) on the cover of a national magazine, you’re done for.
Don’t give them any kind of story. They’re waiting for it. They’re waiting for the guy who throws the rock, the girl who overdoses, the person who dies suddenly, mysteriously while camping out. Stay controlled. If the unfortunate or tragic thing happens, move on quickly with something dramatic and serious.
Be inclusive. Protest the government’s indifference to the physical and mental health problems and the often-vulnerable financial circumstances of returning veterans. Cry out against the callousness toward the first responders to the Twin Towers on 9/11. Embrace everyone hurt by the greedheads and their political enablers.
Keep your nature mercurial. Drop leaflets off the top of Trump Tower. March (I love you for wanting to do this) on the millionaires’ (billionaires is more like it) homes. Have some real people with real stories—perhaps their faces covered with black hoods as though they were in government custody; you get the idea—tell their heartbreaking tales of losing their homes, their jobs, their uninsured loved ones to illness. Go faster than the nanosecond news cycle. You will drive the News Brain insane.
Come up with a slogan a day. Something like (forgive my forwardness) “No representation without taxation.” Increase and diversify the velocity of your messages to a maddening pace.
- That’s Lee Siegel, writing on the Beast, with a handful of advice for how Occupy Wall Street can avoid cooptation.
The full video has emerged depicting the scene earlier this morning when a Legal Aid Society observer was photographed getting run over by an NYPD scooter.
What we can tell from this: not much, in terms of the claim that he purposely put his foot under the scooter (“I saw him sticking his legs under the bike to make it appear he was run over,” per the Daily News’s photographer who was there.).
It’s pretty clear he was arrested—albeit quite violently, he gets rag-dolled a bit—for kicking over the scooter. The question, then, is did the cop get up and leave the scooter parked on this man’s foot? Or did the man overreact—putting his foot under the scooter and kicking it to cause a scene?
FORCE A New York City police officer on a motor scooter runs over a Legal Aid Society observer as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march through the streets near Wall Street, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. (Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP via WCBS 880 AM)
Today in “Photos The NYPD Would Rather You Didn’t See.”
Apparently this protester was arrested for kicking the scooter over to free his foot.
If that’s true, that’s pretty terrible. Fact that he’s not just a protester but a Legal Aid Society observer means this isn’t the last time we’ll hear of this incident.
Mother Jones put together an interactive map of Zuccotti Park, aka Liberty Park, aka “home” to hundreds of protesters taking part in Occupy Wall Street. This element of city planning is quite impressive. However, the one thing that may hold them back from implementing such a plan is the vacate order that’s been given for this Friday, as the city hopes to send in sanitation workers to clear the park of trash—and people.
The revolution will be Tumblrized
OCTOPI WALL STREET (via)
What do we want? Clean oceans!
(Photo: Justina Kochansky/articulatematter.com)
Andrew Sullivan argues for “a big infrastructure package with full-scale tax reform to raise revenues and reduce rates”—or else.
Some might see a crass corporate attempt to latch onto a movement that fits well with the company’s branding. We see a progressive company showing its pre-corporate roots. (via Percolate)
Why don’t these companies set up a job fair at each one of the Occupy sites?
So will Ben & Jerry’s put their money where their mouth is and hire the 99%? That’s the question. Related: We’ll go ahead and call it. B&J’s should release a 99%-ers flavor of ice cream! Broken dreams, endless debt, and peanuts. Lots and lots of peanuts.
[I’ve worked in the Customer Service industry all of my adult life. Health insurance and Care seems like a luxury. A savings account is a luxury. Taking time off of work when I’m sick is a luxury. And I’m lucky. Is this the American Dream? I am the 99%]
Still rolling in: these. wearethe99percent is collecting stories of the 99%-ers.