November 19, 2011
The Movement Building Working Group proposes the following friendly amendment to the EGYPT ELECTION DELEGATION consensus passed by the NYCGA on November 10th, 2011. The EGYPT ELECTION DELEGATION proposal came through our working group originally. New information and a wide array of important questions and concerns have been raised across the occupation since that time.
We make this recommendation after an extensive process of deliberation within our own working group and after an open council with all interested occupiers.
We propose the EGYPT ELECTION DELEGATION consensus be amended to read as follows.
TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN EGYPT, AND TO A MOVEMENT THAT GAVE BIRTH TO OUR OWN: SOLIDARITY!
YOUR INVITATION TO OBSERVE EGYPTIAN ELECTIONS WAS AN INCREDIBLE HONOR FOR US. LONG LIVE THE MOVEMENT FOR BREAD, FREEDOM, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE!
AS YOU HAVE HEARD, OUR OCCUPATION WAS RAIDED BY POLICE THIS WEEK. WE MUST TAKE CARE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. IN LIGHT OF THE POLICE ATTACK ON OUR OCCUPATION, OUR MOVEMENT MUST NOW TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE DAILY SURVIVAL OF MEMBERS OF OUR OCCUPATION.
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY IS A VERY COMPLEX AND FRAUGHT PROCESS FOR A NEW MOVEMENT SUCH AS OURS. AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE POLICE ATTACK ON OUR OCCUPATION, WE HAVE NOT HAD THE CHANCE TO INVESTIGATE ALL OF THE QUESTIONS RAISED BY YOUR GENEROUS INVITATION. WE WOULD BE HAPPY AND HONORED TO JOIN YOU IN THE FUTURE.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU, AND A WIDE RANGE OF VOICES IN EGYPT, ON HOW BEST TO SUPPORT THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION. WE REQUEST A CONFERENCE CALL INCLUDING THE MANY AND DIVERSE VOICES IN EGYPT TO LEARN HOW BEST TO SUPPORT THE REVOLUTION.
WITH GRATITUDE, WE EXTEND OUR HOSPITALITY; OUR DOORS ARE ALWAYS OPEN FOR AN EGYPTIAN DELEGATION TO STAY IN OUR SPACE. ADDITIONALLY, WE CAN OFFER YOU TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING IN ANY TECHNIQUE OUR MOVEMENT USES: FOR EXAMPLE, LIVE-STREAMING VIDEO. INDEED, WE WILL HAPPILY GIVE YOU ANYTHING THAT YOU ASK, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GIVE, OUTSIDE OF THIS ELECTION DELEGATION.
WE HAVE MUCH WE MUST LEARN FROM YOU, AND WE REQUEST TRAINING IN ALL OF THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY FOR REVOLUTION.
WE NEED THE SKILLS OF OUR OCCUPIERS HERE FOR NOW. WE ARE OPEN TO A DELEGATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE; WE JUST CANNOT COME FOR THE NOVEMBER 28TH ELECTION.
WE ARE TAKING THESE STEPS IN ORDER TO OPTIMIZE OUR SOLIDARITY ON THE GROUND WITH YOU.