I hope you have been doing well. OWS has been tumultuous recently, and many new avenues and ideas are arising. Additionally, many people have left due to dissatisfaction with the way things have been going. However, a solid core remains, including me :- ) [even though I somehow rated -8p, and may be subjecting myself to more negative ratings : ~ ]
In my evolution of thinking about strengthening OWS, I came up with some ideas that might be useful to you. The first is how to identify ourselves. I joined OWS in early September, 2011. Any ideas I had about things, and life in general, and how to do things, and who to support previous to that date are not part of my identification with OWS. I am not giving them all up, but simply trying to keep a fresh and objective perspective on OWS.
Secondly, I want to be an effective representative of OWS, and have figured out a simple way to do that, that I would like to share with you. I have decided that I am going to my local community groups and offer to volunteer. If a particular need comes up in the group, I will go back to OWS, (I am starting a group on my local website (in Oakland), called “Community Volunteering Committee”) and report back. If the group I visit needs assistance, I will put it out to OWS and see if I can find other volunteers. I will also promote OWS activities that include community groups. In this way, I will act as a liaison between OWS and my community groups.
Do we have the right to represent ourselves as OWS leaders? Yes, because the movement is leaderless. Do we have the right to go to other groups and offer/solicit help? Yes, because the movement is transparent. Do we have the right to take action in our communities? Yes, because the actions are non-violent. To me, OWS is about transparency, horizontalism, and non-violence.
I hope you take the opportunity to create a “Community Volunteering Committee” in your location and act as an OWS representative. Please tell me what you think of this idea (not me, just the idea, please!) Thanks