Draft Proposal for Thursday 11/10 General Assembly: Direct Action

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DA Proposal for November 17th Morning Action (and Morning only)

Occupy Wall Street, in solidarity with organized labor and the 99% around the world, will mobilize for a day of non-violent direct action to reject the economy that divides us and rebuild an economy that works for all. We will resist the banks and the governments they control, reclaim our democracy, and recreate the society we want to see.

We call upon the 99% to join us in fighting austerity in the US and around the world.

Resist the 1% economy that drowns us in debt, forecloses on our homes, profits from war, eliminates our jobs and closes our schools and hospitals.

Reclaim the economy for the 99%. Everyone deserves the opportunity to find honest work, live with dignity, and pursue a better future.

Recreate our democracy. We will start to create a society that is organized to meet human needs, not maximize corporate profit.

On November 17th, the 99% will reclaim our destiny from the 1% and fight back against their plans for austerity.

Direct Action needs $5,000 to organize and execute the morning action on N17. The funds will go to:

  • Materials for direct support of Non-Violent direct actions
  • Non-Violent Direct Action Trainings (supplies, materials for training).
  • Art Supplies (tools, banners, posters, t-shirts, etc)
  • Space rental (for NVDA trainings/art fabrication)
  • Vehicles rental
  • Outreach materials (website domain registration)

5 Responses to “Draft Proposal for Thursday 11/10 General Assembly: Direct Action”

  1. Sean McKeown

    Given the responses I have seen presently for this event on its Facebook page, and the events in Oakland on 11/5, would it be reasonable to request that it be clarified that “nonviolent” in the usage of Occupy Wall Street matches the dictionary definition of “violence,” “the exercise or an instance of physical force, usually effecting or intended to effect injuries, destruction, etc”… and which clarifies that use of violence against inanimate objects still constitutes violence?

    I see more comments about destroying bank windows, doors, and ATMs than I like, and would appreciate this clarification greatly even if it sounds inane.

    • Occupy Tri-Cities

      Agreed, destruction of property and vandalism is a form of violence. Non-violent civil disobedience is OK though. Peeing on ATMs and pooping on police cars might be controversial but aren’t violent.

      • Sean McKeown

        Agreed, though I doubt that we want either of those on camera either. ;)

  2. Stephen Wood

    Every occupier should read this article which deals with the issues in question.

    By far the biggest threat to this historic movement is infiltration by assholes, both active (infiltrators and agitators sponsored by the opposition) and accidental (drifters after something for nothing who feign interest). Their weapon of choice is to violence and the promotion of violence as a legitimate tool. Learn, beware and be proactive.

  3. A. Fleming

    I agree with both @smckeown and @emadera52 on the need to explicitly indicate in this proposal that Direct Action is only interested in non-violent action.

    For the sake of clarifying the proposal would it be possible to include an itemized list breaking down the anticipated expenses in each of the six (6) areas mentioned?

    Also, I have no idea how we are going to get through everything that is crammed into tonight’s agenda. I suspect that there may be some proposals that need to be postponed until Saturday. But, with so many proposals for funding, facilitation might consider opening by reiterating that any funding proposal is screened by finance before it is presented. But for the sake of such a potentially expenditure rich GA, could finance perhaps take five minutes to offer a snapshot of what our accounts look like so that the question doesn’t come up again with every proposal?