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Dear Friends,

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

One Response to “Suggestion for”

  1. Rich Woytowich

    I don’t think it’s necessary to identify oneself as a “leader” (although the word “leaderful” seems to be replacing “leaderless”). I think it helps OWS just to let people know that we’re active participants. I play at open mics, and usually try to bring a bit of the spirit of the park to the place where I’m playing. (I’ve only been playing for a few months, so usually my message makes up for any shortcomings in my performance. I’ve always gotten positive feedback.) I do think that it helps to let the people we come in contact with know that we’re part of OWS – it helps them see that OWS really IS a movement of the 99 percent. Thanks for making the suggestion – I hope it makes a difference.