What Does Occupy Atlanta Do Now?

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 28, 2011

Juan Cole published a commentary, Top 10 ways OWS can Excel: Counsel from Iran’s Green Movement. The Atlanta section of the occupy movement is at a crossroads now. It gets good marks for working as well as it did, but to this date has not really achieved anything. There were mistakes made … renaming Woodruff Park for Troy Davis is a terrible idea, and would not help economic fairness.
The firefight over a hip hop festival seems to be what ended the initial occupation. There seems to be confusion as to exactly what was going on. (And how does having a hip hop festival help the overall goal of a better life for the 99%?) When you have this leaderless entity, it is possible for a red herring, like generators at a hip hop festival, to bring down the house of cards.
As for the next step, this reporter does not have a clue. The right wing can make lots of hippy (spell check suggestions:chippy, happy, nippy, hippo, lippy) jokes now, which will be a handy distraction for the one percent. The tea party is getting in on the fun. Crying victim is always a crowd pleaser.
Pictures today are from The Library of Congress Here are ten suggestions from the Green revolution in Iran. Remember, the status quo in Iran was not changed by this revolution. While these ideas my help the occupation movement, they are not a guaranteed path to success.
1) Pick a color to represent your movement and wear it daily in public places (work, restaurant, etc.). Remember, this is a numbers game. You want maximum visibility, and to bring your movement into everyday life.
2) Have an all-inclusive strategy. Accept people with different views who are willing to join you in protest. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to know what you want as a movement yet. The goal at this stage is to point to your opponents and say that they have been lying to you; that the show they have constructed is false and that you are sick of it.
3) Demonstrate peacefully. Committing violence during demonstrations leads to ruptures within your movement, diminishes public sympathy, and gives the security forces a reason to violently suppress your protest.
4) Be rigorous. Security forces, dressed as civilians, may commit public acts of violence in order to have an excuse to squash protests. Find footage of those that police accuses of acting violently. Make sure they are legitimate protestors. Expose them if they are not.
5) Be creative. During demonstrations in Iran, security forces dressed a male protester in female attire in a bid to embarrass him. The next day, hundreds of male protesters came out in female attire.
6) Record protests with your mobile phones and send to television stations. Many broadcasters are owned by the very people who are in the 1%. But every now and then, there are producers and news workers who are willing to get in trouble for showing the truth. This happened in Iran on many occasions. News websites have an e-mail address and they generally ask you to send them footage.
7) Send your footage of acts of violence committed by the police to foreign television broadcasters like Al Jazeera, RT, etc. When they show the footage, it puts pressure on American broadcasters to do the same. (Iranian protestors used BBC very effectively, even though it is a British outlet).
8) Write, “I am 99%” or “OWS” on all dollar bills that you circulate. Remember, you are fighting on the plane of the symbolic, and cash circulates widely and quickly.
9) Do not let politicians co-opt your movement. Many politicians, domestic or not, may hope to use your movement to their advantage. Allow them to join your movement, but DO NOT let them lead or act as spokesperson.
10) Write arguments and op-eds that aim at the logic of the system that has robbed you of opportunities and comfort. Do not aim at a particular person. People can be replaced; it is the system that is hurting you.

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