“Mic Check” For President – One Way to Unite the National Occupy Movement !!
• OWS exists because we recognize it is not currently possible for ordinary citizens to redress their grievances or even have their voices heard through traditional electoral politics. The “Mic Check” Proposal seeks to formalize this recognition by withdrawing our consent to be governed by the illegitimate political system of the 1% and the political parties beholden to the 1%.
• We will withdraw our consent by refusing to continue voting for Wall Street candidates, including all Democratic and Republican candidates. These legacy parties have proven themselves to be working for the 1%.
• By actively and cooperatively rejecting 2-party system candidates, this protest vote will quantify our shared discontent and demonstrate our strong disapproval of the current system. It is not the same as not voting and cannot be equated with apathy or general disillusionment.
• This act of civil disobedience will give us an immediate goal; to work together and efficiently leverage the media frenzy surrounding the presidential election; and, to do so without becoming divided by any single ideology or candidate.
• This vote recognizes that this system succeeds in presenting the illusion of choice and garnering the illusion of consent by preying on our fears of a “greater evil”
• Many of us recognize that there are no candidates capable of uniting us in the presidential election. Therefore we are opting to cast a symbolic protest vote (as a write-in). Options suggested include Mic Check, Occupy, None of the Above, No Confidence, and abbreviations of these such as MC, NotA, NC, etc.
• We recognize that we this protest vote will be more successful if we all join together in casting the same symbolic protest vote. We will select a recommended wording in the next few weeks through a democratic process.
• By enjoining en masse to this end, this protest vote offers us a chance to demonstrate our ability to unite as a people with the intent to restore an equitable distribution of political power. It is not a solution but rather an immediately actionable tactic that can build our solidarity and weaken the power and legitimacy of the 1%.
• Moreover, let us not limit ourselves to “mic checking” candidates at their campaign events alone, but bring “Mic Check” directly into the election itself.
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