Dreaming in Public

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  • Copyright: 2012-06-12
  • Publisher: World Changing

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A collection of materials, from public statements to engaged reportage, essays focused on analysis and strategy, and documentation of the visual culture of the movement. Neither a narrative of the events nor an observer analysis but an assembly of the 'raw materials' that developed within the movement. This is an account of the thinking to help others in future.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 8
Forewordp. 10
Anonymousp. 14
Introductionp. 15
Amy Schrager Lang & Daniel Lang/Levitsky: The Politics of the Impossible
Information Deskp. 26
The Audacity of Occupy Wall Streetp. 27
Darth Vader and Occupy Wall Street: A Twitter Essayp. 31
The Most Important Thing in the Worldp. 43
Mediap. 47
Declaration of the Occupation of New York Cityp. 49
Occupy Student Debt Campaign Pledges & Principlesp. 52
The Mortville Declaration of Independencep. 54
Occupy Wall Street Statement of Solidarityp. 56
UAW Local 2865 Resolution in Support of Occupy Oakland General Strikep. 58
American Library Association Occupy Wall Street Library Resolution & Press Statementp. 61
Jóvenes en resistencia alternativa Solidarity Statement: We walk by asking, we reclaim by Occupyingp. 63
Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq Message of Solidarity to Occupy Wall Streetp. 67
Response to OWS Egypt Delegation Proposalp. 70
Libraryp. 72
Another American Wayp. 73
What I Saw at #Occupy WallStreet Last Night, and What I Saw When I Leftp. 75
Adrienne Maree Brown from liberty plaza; let it breathep. 79
One Step in Building the 'Occupy/Unify' Movement in Detroitp. 85
Occupy DC (Hasty Notes)p. 88
Occupy Oakland Day Four: Wherein I speak to some folks, and the General Assembly debates MoveOn's move inp. 92
Facilitationp. 99
Heirs to the Autonomenp. 100
Statementp. 104
On Occupy Wall Streetp. 108
The Bureaucracies of Anarchy (Parts 1 &2)p. 112
Occupying Process, Processing Occupy: Spokes Council musings by one POCp. 121
Safer Spacesp. 125
Occupy Oakland: Hugs Are Also an Optionp. 126
Occupy Boston Women's Caucus Statementp. 128
A Bunch of Trans Women Occupiers OWS Must Resist Cis-Supremacy and Trans-Misogynyp. 129
Society Must Be Defended From Ratsp. 133
Occupy Wall Street Safer Spaces Working Group Transforming Harm & Building Safety: Confronting sexual violence at Occupy Wall Street and beyondp. 138
People of Colorp. 141
Bruce A Dixon Occupy Where? What's In It For Black and Brown People?p. 143
Forget Diversity, It's About 'Occupying' Racial Inequityp. 147
American Indian Movement of Colorado An Indigenous Platform Proposal for 'Occupy Denver'p. 150
So Real It Hurts: Notes on Occupy Wall Streetp. 154
Race-ing Occupy Wall Streetp. 161
Letter to Occupy Together Movementp. 164
low end theory the last thing we needp. 171
Arts & Culturep. 175
Percentagesp. 176
Octopi Everywherep. 177
Pepper Spray Copp. 178
Tentsp. 180
Postersp. 181
Eat the Richp. 184
The Empire Strikes Backp. 185
We Are Legionp. 186
We Are Everywherep. 187
Jaime Omar Yassin (& Chris Kendrick) 'I'm on a Boat!': Occupy Oakland navigates in unknown watersp. 188
Puppets & Projectionsp. 192
Memory Is Solidarity: Ogawa-Grant Plaza as Opportunityp. 194
Sustainabilityp. 197
Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distancep. 199
In the Name Itselfp. 201
Occupying the Imagination, Cultivating a New Politics (Part 5)p. 203
The Oakland Communep. 206
the class implications of 'know your history'p. 213
Arriving at Occupy LA - cops and dogs have more of a place than people with disabilities!p. 216
change comes from connection across difference not by erasing differencep. 221
Stop the Tether Ballp. 223
Direct Actionp. 225
A Letter to Other Occupiersp. 227
The Coming General Strikep. 234
UC Davis Bicycle Barricade No Cops, No Bossesp. 245
Occupy Oakland Port Blockade Working Group Clarification on Nature of Call for West Coast Port Blockadep. 248
The Sword and the Shield: Occupy Foreclosuresp. 250
Town Planningp. 253
Occupy Wall Street Prepares for Crackdown - Will Bloomberg try to tear it all down?p. 254
The People's Microphonep. 260
C-SPAN for Radicalsp. 263
Occupy Oakland, Day 8: Solving global problems in a downtown microcosmp. 267
Room for the Poorp. 270
Elsewherep. 277
Occupying Everywhere: A Global Movement?p. 278
Occupy the Northp. 280
Voices from the Occupation: The homeless & the hungry - modern-day outlawsp. 283
We Need Caveats On Inclusivityp. 289
Disguising, Mythologising and Protestp. 291
Past Tents: A brief history of protest campingp. 295
No Parties, No Banners: The Spanish experiment with direct democracyp. 298
See, The Nigerian Revolution Has Begunp. 305
Is This The End of The Nigerian Revolution?p. 307
Onwardp. 309
The Flow Chart of the Declaration of the Occupation of NYCp. 309
Occupy, Definedp. 310
Indexp. 312
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Occupy Wall Street took everyone by surprise! That surprise was felt by those who initiated the action as well as by others who, like myself, joined in later.
No doubt like other observant participants, in trying to understand what was happening I used previous experience as a template. The experience that came to my mind was that of the New Left of the early 1960s.
From 1960 to 1967 or 1968, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) professed belief in nonviolence and in what we called ‘participatory democracy’. We believed that we are all leaders, and, although we did not use the term, our practice expressed horizontalism. We sought to influence each other by exemplary action rather than by ideological harangue. History, it seemed to us, might come about because Rosa Parks refused to go to the back of a bus, because four young men ‘sat in’ at a segregated lunch counter, or because David Mitchell refused
to be drafted for a war in Vietnam that he considered a war crime.
The Occupy movement exhibits these same characteristics to an astonishing degree. Who would have believed that this ‘structure of feeling’ could reappear after SNCC and SDS crashed and burned in the late Sixties? It is as if beneath the charred surface of the forest floor all manner of seeds, sprouts, networks of green and growing things, somehow survived and now have reappeared.
Thus SNCC and SDS on the one hand, and Occupy on the other, are alike in their commitment to certain values. There are particular problems that we in the Sixties failed to resolve and must therefore pass on, in that unhappy state, to protagonists of Occupy.
The first has to do with demands. We had demands in the Sixties: Yes to the right to vote in the Deep South, No to military service in Vietnam. We knew that behind these problems stood an economic system, capitalism. We did not know how to make specific demands that, if acted on, could change capitalism into something better. We passed on this conundrum to those who came after us, who turned out to be Occupy.
We failed in creating an appropriate process of representative government within our Movement as its numbers grew.
We did not know, and proved unable to learn, how to deal with an intransigent minority in the course of Movement decision-making.
This is a formidable collection of unresolved matters!
Sorry about that, brothers and sisters.
But in effect, history has given all of us a second chance. There is excitement in recognizing that the activists in Movements all around the world, gathered, as we have, in downtown public squares (Wenceslas Square in Prague, Tahrir Square in Cairo), are struggling with the same problems.
In the Sixties we supposed that somewhere there was a society that had found solutions to the issues we experienced. If not the Soviet Union, then surely the intrepid guerrillas of Latin America, Algerian women with their battle cry, the Chinese in seeking to pass on the spirit of revolution to a new generation, even the students of Paris, had found the Answers. Painfully, we discovered that was not the case.
We are all in this together.

Staughton Lynd
Longtime US activist, lawyer, historian and author.

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