Stand United Proposal

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There are a wide variety of reasons that have brought us all together: debt, corrupt government practices, failing democratic processes, soul-crushing educational institutions, unconstitutional infringement of rights, etc. However, the sheer recognition of these issues does not resolve them. While much progress has been made to educate and inform those who would otherwise remain ignorant to the movement’s reasons, there has also been much confusion as to what the focus is on.

Throughout the past year, Occupy movements across the country (and even the world) have been questioned for their vague demands and lack of leadership, and focus. I, and thousands (if not tens of thousands) still retain much optimism and hope for our lives, this movement, and the movement of this country. Because of this, I believe entirely, that it is our sole responsibility to learn from our mistakes and to refine our movement’s practice.

We got the world’s attention; we’ve made them recognize that we’re angry, we’re disheartened, and we’re ready to fill the streets with reform. But it is also nothing new that if we do not direct our government where we see fit, they will not give us the benefit of the doubt. It is absolutely imperative that we harness our combined energies and focus on a single issue at a time.

There is plenty of time to change everything that needs changing, but until we focuses our voices, we will only be losing the pressure that keeps us going.

I have a suggestion for a main-focus issue–inspired by the seemingly unanimous issue of the movement–the democracy-defying corporate lobbying.

It is only appropriate that, while rallying on Wall Street, we not just point our fingers and picket signs at the vague concept of the corporate fat cat, but toward the fat cat’s actions. We need to focus in on what EXACTLY is being done that we refuse to lay down and accept any longer.

Our energy will not be effective if we spew it around like wild fires, to cause a ruckus, but dissipate in the night; our efforts must be precise, direct, and focused on results, like a laser guided missile.

Tweets for Mon, 17 Sep 2012

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`Tweets now from the #S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil, now convening in Battery Park to check-in and discuss afternoon. #OWS

Marisa and Mark will facilitate the Spokescouncil, “with lots of other helpers. What we need to do is get into spokes formation.” #OWS #S17

Marisa: “Happy birthday!” Wooo! Mark says “we want spokes from each affinity group to report back on the day so far.” #OWS #S17

Mark: “We want to know how the day was for you, what was awesome,” and what didn’t work. #OWS #S17

Eco cluster AGs will report first. First AG: “We had a great day! We met up with the Eco cluster, we marched on Wall St, we all looked..”

Cont’d: “…out for each other, and we had wonderful time. We loved the way everybody could break off into different groups and take..”

Cont’d: “…the city. We also loved being able to meet up at 55 Water and stage actions from there. Tht worked really well. Thank you!” #OWS

Next: “Today, we also had a great time handing out money to corporate executives that worked on Wall Street, and celebrating our birthday.”

Cont’d: “However, there were some concerns about blocking traffic for working-class people. But overall, we were happy with the protest.”

Marisa reminds us to “really mic check” because “we’re a big group, and people need to hear!” #OWS #S17

Next: The Infinity Group. “We dumpster-dove for donuts & coffee, and set up a welcome stand for NYPD, & thanked them for blocking Wall St.”

Cont’d: “Our only concern was keeping large groups together, and thank you for coming out.” #OWS #S17

Next: “We found it also difficult to stay together, but found it effective to disperse.” #OWS #S17

OK, Debt Cluster AGs now. Red confetti fills the air! “We started out at 55 Water, moving in a large group only got us cops. So we…”

Cont’d: “…broke up. We civilianed to JP Morgan Chase- we threw confetti inside the lobby, with bouncy balls, and played ring around the..”

Cont’d: “…rosy, and read a letter to Jamie Dimon. Then we left! We hit EmblemHeealth and CitiBank- we covered their lobby w/ confetti..”

Cont’d: “…and stole a chair.” Someone: “No, you liberated it!” “Then we moved onto an intersection. We had a dance party, we stopped..”

Cont’d: “…a police truck. It was so much fun, we moved to another intersection and did it again! We have 2 concerns…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “1: The Celly loop is not working well. Our comms people are wondering about moving to backup on bicycles. 2, if someone..” #S17

Cont’d: “…could talk to comms from Legal, we kind of lost a lot of people in the Chase lobby.” There were undercovers. #OWS #S17

OK, more from Debt: “Mic check! We had a lot of success working in de-centralized groups, roving thru intersections. One tactic we had..”

Cont’d: “…was where one group would go up ahead, taking police with them, and one group would stay behind and hole the intersection.” #S17

Cont’d: “…one concern we had was that between actions, there was too much milling around, not communicating with each other and..”

Cont’d: “…our neighbors, and sharing stories. One of our members was arrested and we’d like to know where they’re being held.” #OWS #S17

Mark: “There will be a reportback from Mutant Legal later.” #OWS #S17

Next: “Our affinity group, and the free university cluster, marched with the debt group. We had a roving dance party with glitter and..”

Cont’d: “..a boombox, and we took over intersections and danced to Michael Jackson and Azalia Banks, and the police couldn’t do anything..”

Cont’d: “…about it, until they took our boombox and arrested one our membrs. Which suchs. But we still had a good time.” #S17 #OWS

Next: “The DEbt Boulder affinity group got tired of hanging out 55 Water, so we launched it up over our head& brought it down the sidewalk.”

Next, Feminist Force “shut down three banks and we melted in the CitiBank lobby and took their couch, and it was fucking awesome!” #S17 #OWS

Next: “The Vermont cluster had great success getting people amped on our song” about someone. “We made up a song about Roger Peon, who..”

Cont’d: “…if you don’t know, recently crushed 7 cop cars with his tractor!” #OWS #S17

OK, that was debt, now Edu. “We started out as a large group, but that wasn’t as successful, so we broke into smaller AGs and had..”

Cont’d: “…a great time taking intersections with Strike Debt and Occupy Boston. We threw confetti on an NYPD car and held them…”

Cont’d: “..at the intersections. We did two actions, one where we blocked the doors of Berkeley College and condoned charter schools…”

Cont’d: …and one at a high school. Lost some folks, will do jail support, concern was with milling about, “but we had a lot of energy!”

Correction: “When I say condoned, I mean condemned! Free public education!” #OWS #S17

OK, 99% group now. “Hi! I was with Occupy Faith and the Veterans for Peace! I was by no means one of the leadership.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “But they’re all in jail now, so I’m here to talk to you. We were very successful this morning in shutting down key intersections..”

Cont’d: “..north of the Stock Exchange. We lost almost all of the veterans for peace, and most of occupy faith, but those of us who…”

Cont’d: “…are left, would like to ask for your help in staging a mass sit-in of non-violent civil disobedience. We’d especially like..”

Cont’d: “…to recruit people who are willing or able to get arrested. Come find us after the spokes, we’ll come plan.” #OWS #S17

Next, “I’m from Affinity for Object / Library Intelligence Services; you didn’t see us in an intersection because we’re your eyes, ears.”

Next: “We’re from the Labor Swirl! We swirled around various intersections all around Wall St. Our goal is to not get arrested.” No one did!

Cont’d: “But we were able to successfully take intersections by swirling around them. This was really fun! We ended at Jackson…”

Cont’d: “..and Lewis, one of the biggest union-busting law firms in the nation. We had one concern, just to learn this tactic a little…”

Cont’d: “…bit better. We found it effective to keep it moving. We did not find it effective to talk to the cops.” #OWS #S17

Marisa: “Are there any other actions that happened today that people want to report on?” #OWS #S17

Someone wants to share something “they were not part of, but was a witness to. I think what these people did will speak volumes to..”

Cont’d: “..the larger public about the courage and goodness of our movement, and the wrongness of those who oppose us.”

Cont’d: “I witnessed 4 or 5 of our comrades in wheelchairs get corralled by the NYPD near Liberty Square, and then get wheeled into..”

Cont’d: “…a vehicle, and wrists tied with white handcuffs, surrounded by people shouting shame and filming the shame of the NYPD, and..”

Cont’d: “…seeing the goodness and courage of our whole movement, exemplified in these 4 or 5 comrades in wheelchairs.” #S17 #OWS

Next: “We did something we haven’t done before, to my knowledge- stood up in a circle, and played theatre games, to block intersections.”

Cont’d: “For instance, one person would say “AUGH!” and the next would repeat it. It was playful, and effective at confusing the cops.” #S17

Next: “According to the NLG, there have been somewhere between 75 and 85 total comrades arrested.” @MutantLegal up next. #OWS #S17

Next, Camille from @MutantLegal. “I hope everybody is doing alright, staying hydrated, fed, and checked in w/ medics as needed.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “So, the arrest count is at about 104 when last we checked. We really need folkst to dispatch for jail support. If someone is…”

Cont’D: “…missing from your affinity group, first call them into the guild, and then go to 1 police plaza, the 7th precinct, or 100 ctr.”

There are folks in all three places, most at 1PP. “There are two exits where we might catch people, so try to either go to chatham Square..”

Cont’d: “..or to where we had our Spokescouncil last night, right off of Foley Square. People are putting out calls for flipflops…”

“…because a couple of people have lost their food. But be sure to bring food, water, cigarettes, and tons of love and support.”

Cont’d: “Please remember, #jailsupport is for your comrades — it is an anti-repression strategy, but not time to stick it to the man..”

Cont’d: “…so don’t get arrested doing jail support, it’s important we can remain there. A quick note about security culture…”

Cont’d: “..it sounds like people’s actions went great. But if you did anything illegal, don’t shout it! There’s tons of cameras.” #OWS #S17

Tom: “So, our estimates on how long ppl will be in jail are varying. From 1 Police Plaza, we believe ppl will get out in 1-14 hours.”

Cont’d: “If they’re not out in 14 hours, then they’ll be transferred to 100 Center St. If you want to follow more closely: @MutantLegal!”

Cont’d: “There are two hashtags you should also folow: #jailsupport and #js4ows.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “2 more numbers, if you don’t have them yet, NLG: 212 679 6018; Jail support: 774 2-JS 4OWS.” “If you plan an action after this…”

Cont’d: “…let us know, so we can dispatch legal observers.” Mark: “Are folks ready for the next wave?” Marisa says we have some possible..

Cont’d: …actions. “We want you all to consider them, but possibly also have your own ideas. We’ll break out into our clusters after..”

Cont’d: “…a brief presentation.” Lisa: “Good afternoon everyone! You mean we’re not tired and want to go home?” Hahah. #OWS #S17

Lisa reminds us of the assembly at 6, asks what we want to do before. “Where do we want to go? Together? Cliusters? Civilians?” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “We could go to Chase plaza, we could go to Goldman Sachs, we could go back to the NYSE, we can do whatever we want!” #S17 #OWS

Cont’d: “We can do it together, or in clusters. I heard that the NYDN’ headline is that there was chaos on wall st- I think we did our job!”

OK, so we’ll talk in clusters now about what we want to do next. Someone reminds us to drink a lot of water! #OWS #S17

OK, reportbacks! Medics: “First of all, I want to say, happy anniversary!” Wh00p! “I also want to say, you guys are doing a wonderful job..”

Cont’d: “..taking care of each other! Keep it up! Drink lots of water, by any means neccessary!” If anyone needs care, “Yell medic, and..”

Cont’d: “..if possible, form a privacy circle and wait for a medic. Or, if they need emergency attention, call 911!” #S17 #OWS

OK. “So, now we’re going to hear some ideas from the different clusters and groups. So, from Eco, one of y’all want to report back?” #OWS

“We’re from Jellyfish Brigade”, largely unarrestable/international. We want to do a lunchtime action at Stone St to joyously disrupt…”

Cont’d: “..Wall St while they eat! We’ll sing and have some waiters offer specials of the day: economic justice, money out of politics!”

Next, “Chupacabra AG would like to participate in a large march or a sit-in in solidarity with our comrades who have been arrested.” #OWS

Next, “Debt decided as a cluster that we have energy behind going to the world financial center and, as separate AGs, doing actions…”

Cont’d: “..in buildings that house AIG, Merrill Lynch, Brookfield,” other favorite targets. “Other groups may go to intersections…” #OWS

Cont’d: “Since many of us don’t know the area, we will go civilian, scout the area, and meet back up [yeah sorry cops not sayyin'] #OWS #S17

Next, Education block “has gotten a little small, and generally felt that we’d like to do a larger action with other people!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “So, we’ll most likely tag onto something else.” #OWS #S17

Next, 99% cluster. “A number of affinity teams in the 99% are really stoked on the debt cluster! Go figure! We want to go to Goldman Sachs!”

Cont’d: “The 1% of the 1%! We’re not sure if we’re down with waiting an hour, we say let’s go civilian and take the [hahahah nope]…” #OWS

Cont’d: “…and shut the whole shit down!” Next, someone is developing a group to sit in front of the doors and risk arrest.” #OWS #S17

Next, “a small group of us are meeting right here to go to the [yikes]. We have multiple ideas, please join us. Idea 1: marching around it.”

Cont’d: “Idea number two, a sit-in. If you’d like to join us come talk!” #OWS #S17

Sandy: “There’s pizza and labor allies at Liberty; if you don’t want to do an action, go there; if you want to do a march, go there.” #S17

“Choose your action!” Next: “I’d like to make a very, very exciting announcement: 2 friends from our AG got engaged today during an action!”

Cheers! Lisa: “So iit sounds like we’re having lunch at [oops], banking at [oops], civilianing to the West side where capitalist..”

Cont’d: “…elite are, having pizza in Zuccotti with allies, sitting down in a strategic place on Wall St… and I have a feeling that..”

Cont’d: “…as the rest of you go and do what you do, there may be other intersections or lobbies in your future. But let’s remember..”

Cont’d: “…at 6pm, we’re regrouping at Zuccotti. And if you’re not sure what to do, you can go there and organizing folks there!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Do people need anything else other than the report about celly?” #OWS #S17

George: “I’m going to give a reportback about comms. I’ve been listening all day to what people are doing.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “It’s going really well, but when we send info to celly, ask our point people to do that. If we send too many, it becomes…”

Cont’d: “…inundated. And if you talk to people on this call, they can more easily disseminate information.” #OWS #S17

OK, George leads us in his favorite chant to close the spokes: “A! Anti! Anti-capitalista!” Have fun this afternoon y’all! #OWS #S17

It’s TIME! “Welcome to the Popular Assembly!” Livetweets now from the 6pm #S17 assembly. #OWS

“A year ago today, we came to this park, and we renamed it Liberty Plaza.” Two waves. “For the last yr, we’ve been involved in..” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…we’ve been involved in many campaigns. We’ve seen this movement grow to become a movement of movements. Now we’re coming..”

Cont’d; “Here, back to where we started, because ALL ROADS LEAD TO WALL STREET.” #OWS #S17

“We’re going to do brief introductions.” Mark Adams: “My gender pronoun is he, my spirit animal is the Otter.” #OWS #S17

Nathan: “I’m Nathan. My gender pronoun is he or they. And I’m excited to see you all here!” #OWS #S17

Marisa: “I’m Marisa, and she or they is fine. I’m just so happy to see this park filled with people again!” Big cheers, back to front. #S17

Christina: “I’m Christina, and we’re going to be the facilitation team for tonight!” #OWS #S17

Christina: “It’s been a long day! It’s been an amazing day! We want to keep the assembly brief. We’d like to start with an update…” #S17

Cont’d: “…from Legal, so that everybody can get on the same page about what happened today. We’d then like to move into breakouts…” #S17

Cont’d: “…to give you all a chance to talk to each other. We’d then like to end with a people’s speakout, to give you a chance to tell..”

Cont’d: “…each other about the awesome work you’ve been doing. Does that sound OK?” Uptwinkles! #OWS #S17

Tess: “Hi! I’m Tess! I work with @MutantLegal! We work with the NLG. According to the NLG, the total number of confirmed arrests.. is 160.”

Cont’d: “30 people have gotten out so far. Easton, over here, is going to talk about jail support for tonight.” #OWS #S17

Easton: “Hi Everybody! So, right now, as Tess said, a lot of our comrades are locked up. We need to show them some love! There are two…”

Cont’d: “…main places where we need to go. One is 1 Police Plaza, which is down that way.” Tess: “By Foley Square.” #S17 #OWS

Cont’d: “We need people there. That is where people will often get released when they get a desk appearance ticket.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d; “The second place is 100 Center Street, which is about a block and a half further down from 1 police plaza.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “We’re going to need people there overnight and into tomorrow. So, some of you, save your energy to do overnight shifts and…”

Cont’d: “…to do shifts tomorrow. One more thing: there’s going to be a healing space tomorrow from 11 to 5:30 at 16 Beaver, right down..”

Cont’d: “…the street. There’s going to be massage therapists, good food, therapists, and lots of love, so go there and tell your…” #S17

Cont’d: “…comrades to go there, especially right after they get out of jail.” Tess: “A quick note on doing jail support…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “When you’re doing jail support, please behave yourselves! You don’t want to keep those who are in jail in there any longer.” #S17

Cont’d: “And they will be kept in there longer if the cops are super annoyed with us at jail support. If you guys have…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…any questions for legal, you can come talk to us up at the steps after the assembly.” Cheers for @MutantLegal! #OWS #S17

Mark: “At this point, we’re going to go into breakout groups. Christina is going to tell you a little bit about these breakouts.” #OWS #S17

Christina: “So, we’re going to invite you to break out into small groups, 5 or so, with the people around you. We invite you to check in..”

Cont’d: “…check in with each other. A lot’s happened today– make sure people are OK. But we also invite you to talk about the future..”

Cont’d: “…to talk about moving forward together. What are you excited about? Imagine a world without Wall Street!” Cheers. #OWS #S17

Christina: “We’ll give this about a half-hour, but we’ll check in with you close to that time.” #OWS #S17

Marisa: “So, everyone find the closest 5, 10 people, make a group, and talk to each other. It’s a really big crowd! We can hear each..” #S17

Cont’d: “…other better if we form small groups! Go!” OK, back in 30! [We'll RT your own visions of a world without wall street!] #OWS #S17

OK, we’re coming back together! Nathan temp-checked whether to extend, and folks are ready. #OWS #S17

Nathan: “There’s a lot of groups here who’ve been doing a lot of work they want to tell us about, and there’s also..” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…a lot of individuals who’d like to talk about projects they want help with to move forward and build.” #OWS #S17

Opening stack. Ethan: “Hi! I’m Ethan! I’m taking stack! If you’d like to speak, we’re going to form a line right here.” #OWS #s17

Next, Nick! “It’s great to see you all here. I’ll be taking stack over here.” Ethan and Nick will take names, call on people. #OWS #S17

Nick: “We’re also going to implement progressive stack, which is when we feel we’ve been hearing from the same person too much…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…and we want to hear other voices, so we’ll put folks who have been less talkative in the front of the stack.” #OWS #S17

Nathan: “So, if we could begin those lines on either side, we can move into speakouts. Once more, we’re talking about..” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “..projects you’re working on righg now that you’re really excited about, conversations that came out of your breakout..” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…and organizations that are looking for help moving forward.” #OWS #S17

First: “My name is Marty. I work with the OWS Labor Outreach Committee, and I want to echo a chant: union-busting is disgusting!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “As an example… a shop with 14 immigrant workers who formed an independent union and are negotiating a $1-an-hour wage.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Most workers at Hot N Crusty make about minimum wage. The millionaire owners decided they don’t want a union anymore.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “They shut down Hot N Crusy, at 63rd and 2nd Ave, and laid off every single worker. Those workers and their families no longer..”

Cony’d: “…have a job. We are out on the streets protesting, and we opened a Worker’s Justice Cafe on the street next to Hot and Crusty.”

Cheers for that. “That enables us to talk to the people in the neighborhood. Now, #OWS has been involved in the struggle, and they…” #OWS

Cont’d: “…carried out a brief occupation about a week and a half ago. The police arrested about 6, but they’re out now, and on the…”

Cony’d: “…picket line, struggling with the Hot and Crusty workers. We need more ppl on the picket line. It looked like we would win..”

Cont’d: “…this one,but we need your solidarity every day. 53rd and 2nd Ave. And show these goddamn bosses that working ppl have rights!”

Nathan: “People are telling me that the people in the back can’t hear, so let’s practice a second wave of mic checks.” #OWS #S17

Nathan uses “Union busting… is disgusting..” to tune up the 2nd wave! #OWS #S17

Next, Rock Opera. “I’ve been involved with this movement from day one. I’m happy to see all my family here. Happy birthday!” #OWS #S17

Cony’d: “Can everybody put their ones up in the sky like this, and say “world peace”? Hahah. #OWS #S17

Next, Gwen: “Hello everyone! Happy Birthday! Given our current topic, I thought it would be appropriate to sing Imagine.” #OWS #S17

OK, so that happened. Nick: “Next on stop is Brian from Washington!” #OWS #S17

Brian: “I have been a part of #Occupy from the start. I noticed a change, like the way you may feel. First, an idea- an idea in the making.”

Cont’d: “Last year, we were like a rock- rough around the edges. This year, we were fluid, like gasoline. Getting in all the cracks.” #OWS

Cont’d: “Next year, we will set it on fire! This is how you use their own resources against them. Happy birthday!” #OWS #S17

Nathan notes that Jason, the timekeeper, “so we can respect all the people, suggested we allow 2 minutes for all of us to speak to one..”

Cont’d: “..another through this speakout. Please keep an eye on Jason when you’re speaking, who’ll compassionately let you know when you..”

Cont’d: “…have one minute remaining, and when your time has come to completion.” #OWS #S17

Tammy: “Hi! I’m Tammy! I work with http://t.co/396lVp29! Raise your hands if you don’t live in New York!” So many many hands raised. #OWS

Cont’d: “Raise your hands if you’re working on a project that you want to plug others into!” Many hands. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Raise your hands if you’re working on a project that you want to let the whole movement know about!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “@Interocc hopes to keep everyone together using coordination hubs, so ppl can work together on conference calls + other web tools.”

Cont’d: “So, please sign up for our newsletter! Please start a coordination hub! So you can share all the wonderful work you’re all doing.”

Next, Katherine from Occupy Maine! Ethan announces that after Katherine is done speaking, “we’re going to close stack.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “So, if you’d like to come speak, please come see Nick or myself right now.” #OWS #S17

Katherine, Occupy Maine: “I’m doing a reportback for the discussion group that met right here!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “We would just like to say what an amazing day this has been. Some things that we found especially effective…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…were breaking up into small groups for actions. And something that was particularly great was the playful nature of the…”

Cont’d: “…events today. And speaking as someone who is from out of town, I would encourage everyone to bring this positive energy home..”

Cont’d: “…home with them to the Occupy groups they represent.” Stack is closed! #OWS #S17

Next, Ethan! “Hi! Our breakout group agreed that Occupy as a whole should coalesce around some of the issues integral to its original..”

Cont’d: “…message of economic justice. First, we believe that America needs a progressive reformation of our tax code.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “One that includes income tax returns, capital gains assessments, and a fincncial transactions tax. In order to control the volume..

Cont’d: “..of trading on Wall Street, and prevent the boom-and-bust cycle we are unfortunately all very familiar with.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Thank you! Happy birthday! Keep occupying!” #OWS #S17

Next, Cher from LA. “Hi! Thank you! I want to thank everybody who is here who started the movement a year ago. You really inspired me.” #S17

Cont’d: “Some things I’d like to see moving forward this year are us focusing on a toolkit- a metaphorical toolkit- as if we were Habitat..”

Cont’d: “…for Humanity. We need tools to build the 99% movement. And we have to learn how to use these tools. 2 suggestions: crucial..”

Cont’d: “…conversations, a way to talk to each other, and then the other: strategic planning & strategic messaging. Thank you!” #OWS #S17

Next, Lacey. “Hi, I’m Lacey! I’m from @OccupyDC! One year ago, I was here at Occupy Wall Street. This energy feels the same…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…in many ways. We need this. I went back home, and we started @OccupyDC. We’re celebrating our 1-year anniversary too!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “In 2 weeks, we have a music festival in front of that, called Rockupy. Saturday, Sunday, 2 weeks from now.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d; “Then, October 1st, we’re shutting down K Street! Wall Street is where they make their billions; K Street is where they spend them..

Cont’d: “…on lobbying. Come to DC and join us! I’ve got flyers; come see me, and thank you.” #OWS #S17

Next, Paul from Astoria. “Hi! My name is Paul, from Occupy Astoria LIC! We’re working on a campaign to repeal NDAA 10-21!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “We want to connect with Occupies across the nation to get them to tell their congressmen that indefinite detention will not stand!”

Cont’d: “If you’re interested, come see me or Jerry. We’ll be standing by that tree. Thank you!” ["Yeah, that one," someone says.] #OWS #S17

Next, Jerry. “This year, I worked with Direct Action, Mutual Aid, and Strike Debt! I learned a lot from a lot from a lot of very smart ppl.”

Cont’d: “My grp talked abt how we have to come back nxt year for the next anniversary with even more skills to amplify our power!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “See you all year, and next year! Thank you!” Next, Shawn from Occupy Santana. #OWS #S17

Sam: “My name is actually Sam; I’m from Occupy Orange County Santa Ana. Where I live, it’s a very conservative neighborhood.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “We’ve had four arrests since our inception. I came here by myself, and I was afraid of getting arrested, and no one knowing…”

Cont’d: “…where I’m at! I got arrested, and I just got released. And I have to say that New York City’s Occupy Wall Street’s…”

Cont’d: “…OWS’ #jailsolidarity is close to none. We banged pots and water jugs, and the revolution is alive in there!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “After the next speaker, we’re going to take a little musical interlude. Next on stack is Janet.” #OWS #S17

Janet: “Good evening! I’m Janet from Occupy Oakland! I facilitated that group over there — yellow shirt guy.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Our reflections on today: we are energized, exhausted, still processing, familial. We learned a lot today, and this year.” #OWS

Cont’d: “Next steps- 7 points: use tools on http://t.co/csbHmsQZ- keep the dialogue going! Look for points of leverage with those in power.”

Cont’d: “Work in neighborhoods. Last thing: peaceful revolution through peaceful revelations. Thank you!” #OWS #S17

Nathan: “So, now, we’re going to take a little break, & enjoy a little music.” Someone intros: “We do not consent to tyrants or violence..”

Cont’d: “…with silence.” The refrain is “We Occupy!” #OWS #S17

“All right! Thank you.” Turning the ppl’s mic back on. “Next on stack: Servius!” #OWS #S17

Next: “I am Servius, from Rhode Island! I am a student, very much like many of you. We’re all struggling as students under this capitalist..

Cont’d: “…system! We need to build cohesive student unions and also taking a look at the cradle-to-prison pipeline that affects…”

Cont’d: “..people of color, and work to eliminate all forms of repression. Students from K through 12 need to go to higher ed. We can only..

Cont’d: “…do that if we stay connected and united! Solidarity and power to the students!” #OWS #S17

Nathan: “There’s a lot of space up in the front! Maybe if folks moved up to the front, we might only 1 generation of the people’s mic.” #S17

Nick: “Next on stack is (Vasul?) from New Jersey.” Vasul: “I wrote a poem: Revolution, in February last year.” #OWS #S17

The poem: “Bread, bread, bread… make the new better things. In the year 2011, in the people’s land, so many revolutions we have to bring.”

Cont’d: “Long waited the deprived, ignored mass, without jobs, food, medicine or shelter. How dare they make all of us harassed…” #S17

Cont’d: “Why do we live without health care? We build the world with our labors, with talent, innovating new products.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Companies fail due to bad managers, by the wealth the greedy CEOs suck. Thank you!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “On 29 September at 2pm at the Hudson Park Library, we will take part in 100,000 poets for change.” #OWS #S17

Next, Marcos from Free University. “Good evening! Happy birthday! One year ago, we gathered here and many groups were created…” #OWS #s17

Cont’d: “…of the celebration of this anniversary. It’s going to be held at Madison Square Park from tomorrow! Everybody’s welcome.” #S17

Cont’d: “…working on a broad range of issues. What came out from this movement included a Free University.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The Free University is an open university; everybody can come in; it doesn’t cost money. The Free University is part..” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “There’s going to be teach-ins, there’s going to be professors… thank you.” #OWS #S17

Natasha is next. “I’m from a project called Strike Debt. A few of you were part of our action in the morning.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Next weekend, on the 23rd of September, we have a debt assembly at Washington Square Park at noon!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “If you want to know more about what Strike Debt is doing, get a copy of Tidal. And also, look out for our Debt Resistors’ Manual!”

Cont’d: “If you can’t find it here today, come on the 23rd, or on http://t.co/DFyulaz9! See you in the streets!” #OWS #S17

Kevin: “I’m here to Occupy art as money. My message is symbolic; it’s a symbol of love and truth.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “And we owe you nothing, Wall Street!” Next, Kevin. #OWS #S17

Next, Goldie. “Hi! I’m Goldie! 2 quick reportbacks… Yesterday, we recorded the last song performed, when everyone was onstage.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “That song is online, with donations accepted, all proceeds going to the #OWS bail fund, which we may need tonight.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The website is http://t.co/xGgaLOEX.” #S17 #OWS

Cont’d: “Also, we are putting out an Occupy Card, really cool co-op for poor people who can’t afford banks!” Debuts in 2 months. #OWS #S17

Next, Echo. “You are perfect already! Feel that! Know that! Look around you, and reflect that! It’s been a long year.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Of multiple lifetimes, and life lessons. Think about what you learned; what worked and what didn’t work. The entire world looked..”

Cont’d: “…to us for something new, something they could believe in. That’s each other — transparency, trust, and trut.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Today, a Mayan Elder spoke here. He emphasized that this is a truly new phenomenon. He also emphasized the creative power..” #OWS

Cont’d: “…of respect, and being respected. Practice compassion in action, support one another, so we can evolve!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The world is hoping we do this. We can do it. Love you!” #OWS #S17

Marisa: “The facilitation team has realized that the rest of the people on stack sre predominantly white men.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “In Occupy Wall Street, we have, as one of our principles, to step up, and to step back. We do this to recognize that we all…”

Cont’d: “…have different levels of privilege, that are largely determined by systematic oppression. So, we are inviting…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…the people who are currently on stack to think about stepping back. We are also inviting people who haven’t spoken…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…specifically, people who experience systematic oppression, to step the fuck up, so we won’t continue to be such a white mvmnt.”

Next: Queen Mother. “I first want to say to all of you, as the Council of Elders at Occupy Wall Street, that I am here. I’m just coming..”

Cont’d: “…from the United Nations, which I have been there all day, thinking about you, and reminding the world community that you are..”

Cont’d: “…the future leaders of the world. It is important that the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, hear from you at the United Nations.”

Cont’d: “It was wonderful to speak to the President of the General Assembly, who’s been very open to hear from you. We all went to Rio…”

Cont’d: “…and Brasil for the Earth Summit. Parallel, we had the People’s Summit. We was able to get the People’s Summit…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…into the World Summit in Rio… because of you. I ask God Allah, the Creator, the Divine Voice of All Life, whatever name we…”

Cont’d: “…may call the force greater than ourselves, to protect you and guide you. And I love you, and I thank you.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Coming from the Elders: we love you!” #OWS #S17

Next: “I’m Jared from Occupy Wall Street. I’m here to tell you a very practical way to press the banking cartel w/in the year.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The Swiss, German, and French banks have an inordinate amount of Greek, Spanish, Portugeuse.. bonds.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The places we should really be concentrating on around the Mediterranean.” #OWS #S17

“If we can get even half of those countries to default on that debt, we can… effective collapse” the banking cartels. #OWS #S17

Next, from Occupy Rhetoric. “I started an account, Occupy Rhetoric. It was intended to address how this movement is changing the world…”

Cont’d: “..through what you are saying, and how you make your voices heard. I just want to let you know that this occupation exists…”

Cont’d: “…and will continue to, as long as there is something left to say. You can find us on Twitter to let us know how your speech..”

Cont’d: “…is moving to yourself and others. And please know this: an entire discipline and study that rose with democracy…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…in Ancient Greece is beside you and has yr back. Because our rhetoric and speech.. can work as a positive force in this world.”

Next, Kristen from Harlem. “Hi everyone! I wanted to make an announcement about an action after this assembly. After this assembly..” #OWS

Cont’d: “…a bunch of us are going to 1 Police Plaza to rally and give jail support. Those in jail need us to be outside.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “To join with us, meet at this orange statue after this assembly. Thank you.” #OWS #S17

Next: [Mitu?]: “I just have a small message to share… there are those that say Occupy is dead, but look around you: on S17, I do…”

Cont’d: “…not see death, I see solidarity, I see life. We have all come together as part of a community that dreams of a better world..”

Cont’d: “…and demands a better tomorrow. We have come here together to fight against a common enemy of injustice, inequality, and..”

Cont’d: “…a system of dominance and exploitation. Brothers and sisters, we must stand together- we must fight in solidarity.”

Cont’d: “They can take our books, our tents; they can cuff our hands, but they can never take our idea. The idea of Occupy must live on…”

Cont’d: “…and can usher in a better world. We are unstoppable; another world is possible. Thank you.” The familiar chant is picked up.#S17

Next: Brian. “I am B Love. I came here for the birthday of an eco village, to occupy consciousness with a novel that depicts the future..”

Cont’d: “…of this movement. I’m publishing on paper made of hemp, which is illegal to grow in the United States, although it affords us..”

Cont’d: “…a sustainable source of food, and fiber to transition us from the GMOs and the other machinations of the corporate empire.” #OWS

Cont’d: “We call ourselves the 99%, but my wish is that what we’ve seen so far is only the first 1% of the mvmnt we will ultimately create.”

Cont’d: “I’m going to share some familiar words that were written on paper made of hemp.” It’s the Declaration of Independence. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…deriving their powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any government becomes destructive… “

Cont’d: “…it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and form new government… and organizing its principles in such a form..”

Cont’d: “…as shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Thanks be to Occupy, thanks be to America, amen.” #OWS #S17

Next: “King of America.” “Hello, I’m the King of America. I just wanted to say how proud I am of all of you. Your courage is what’s going..”

Cont’d: “…to forge this country in the future. I just want to tell you how much I love you. Please tell me how I can serve you better.”

Next: “It is becoming harder and harder for musicians to make a living doing what they do in musicians. Join the Musician’s Solidarity…”

Cont’d: “Join the musician’s solidarity council: http://t.co/VGev2zDV. It’s taken me 1 year in Occupy to find my voice. I am now no…”

Cont’d: “…longer afraid of the surveillance systems and face-recognition software. I highly recommend that all of you stand up..” #OWS

Cont’d: “…and speak your hearts.” Ethan: “Thank you so much for listening to each other.” Last on stack: Negesti. #OWS #S17

Negesti: “Hi! I would like to say, today was beautiful. You are amazing. Keep on fighting. But, look around. We are mostly white. That..”

Cont’d: “…is a problem, because the world we want to create is not only white. We need to think about how we can outreach and better…”

Cont’d: “…do messaging, so next year, this group looks even better. I love you, stay safe, and keep on.” Big round of applause. #OWS #S17

Nathan: “So, there were two people overlooked oon stack, so we’re going to respect the fact they waited and let them talk.” #OWS #S17

Next: Justin. “I’m only half-white, and I’m also gay. I’m here from #NYCGA. That is New York City General Assembly.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “We’d like to invite you back to Liberty Plaza this Saturday and every Saturday at 7pm. Thank you.” #OWS #S17

Last, Kobe. “Hello, lovely people! I’m sorry to keep you here; I have a very important announcement to tell you. I started the…”

Cont’d: “…Environmental Working Group in Philly last fall. On Sept 20, the leaders of the gas industry are meeting for a conference..”

Cont’d: “…in Philadelphia. After this, they are meeting for a shale gas (?) to be convened outside the convention center from 12-2.” #OWS

Cont’d: “Fracking sucks! Fracking fracks up our water. We cannot let the 1% do this to us, so I invite you to come to Philly on Thursday…”

Cont’d: “…and have an anti-fracking party with us. Peace and goodnight!” #OWS #S17

Ethan: “Lastly, we have Lady.” Lady: “My name’s Lady, but now I’ve started using my real name, because I don’t want to be identified..”

Cont’d: “..with this movement, the reason being that when black people came to the table, they were looked down upon because…”

Cont’d: “..of their educational level. They were not allowed to speak because they couldn’t express themselves perfectly…”

Cont’d: “..in the way society wants you to express yourself. The reason musicians don’t make money is that society doesn’t listen with..”

Cont’d: “…our hearts anymore. We’ve lost feeling because as long as the system exists, with the same ppl in it, you’ll have same results.”

Cont’d: “If you don’t want to change, stay here, occupy Wall Street forever and ever. But if you want to hear music, start listening…”

Cont’d: “…with your heart.” Cheers, whoops, applause. #OWS #S17

Mark: “Take a moment to look around you: this is beautiful. I, as an individual, would like to dedicate this day, this Assembly, and…”

Cont’d: “…my participation in this movement to my inspiration, an amazing radical, a dedicated anarchist, a strong feminist…”

Cont’d: “…a New Yorker, and an activist who dedicated her life to fighting for unions, workers, and a better world: Emma Goldman.” #OWS

Nathan: “I just want to thank everyone that came here tonight and lifted up the voices of your friends, your comrades, and the people…”

Cont’d: “…working with you to create a better world without Wall Street. It’s been amazing. This concludes the Popular Assembly.” #OWS#S17

Cont’d: “If anyone tonight doesn ‘t have a place to go back to, the housing people have asked me to read this” – directions to the space.

Cont’d: “As you can see, there are a lot of police here. We want to end this night with all the positive energy that we brought into…”

Cont’d: “…this space. So, please take advantage if you need it. Remember, we also have a lot of ppl still in jail; you can also go…”

Cont’d: “…support those people at the 7th Precinct, 100 Center, and 1 Police Plaza.” #OWS #S17

Marisa: “One more thing, before you all leave: a year ago today, we occupied this park, and we’ve come a long way, and we can really make..”

Cont’d: “…Zuccotti Park everywhere. That said, some of you may be intending to stay. If you are, we want you to be informed about the..”

Cont’d: “…nature of this park. This park is open 24 hours a day for general access. But that does not include sleeping, or having any..”

Cont’d: “…kind of structure. So, that’s the law- you should keep that in mind. You’re taking on risks. Also, there are a significant..”

Cont’d: “…number of cops around the perimeter of this park; there are barricades, and it is very unlikely that we would be able to hold..”

Cont’d: “..this park. So, in Occupy, we have supported very different tactics. The facilitation team does not want to endorse one tactic..”

Cont’d: “…or another, but we do want to encourage that whatever tactics people may take, they think about the consequences…”

Cont’d: “…and that they meet together, and have a plan, and feel safe.” “So, these Assemblies are not over. We’ll be meeting…”

Cont’d: “…every Wednesday night in this park for Popular Assemblies, from 6-8. Assemblies allow us all to communicate with each other..”

Cont’d: “…about our ongoing work, to help build this movement. So, let’s come and assemble and amplify our voices.” #OWS #S17

Marisa: “So, to close, Happy Birthday!” Everyone sing along at home! “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR OCCUPY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!” #OWS #S17

RT @shawncarrie: Some people at liberty square are trying to lead a rogue march to 100 Center. Many of these people are from out of town …

RT @shawncarrie: Many of us who have been here at #OWS since the beginning think this is a seriously BAD idea. For SO many reasons.

RT @shawncarrie: 1) We have been in this SAME situation so so many times before. #O15,#D31, #D10, #M17!!!!!

RT @shawncarrie: The police will relish in beating and arresting more people tonight. In the park or in the streets.

Tweets for Sun, 16 Sep 2012

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Tweets now from the final #S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil. #OWS

“Last year, we didn’t even know we would occupy a park for weeks. We are trained to underestimate ourselves… don’t- we are powerful.” #OWS

Nicole: “Tomorrow, we’re breaking up into 4 strategic clusters- groups that have been doing work for awhile.” #OWS #S17

“Education, Environment, Debt, and the catch-all, 99%, are the four clusters.” “Who here is not in affinity groups?” “That’s OK.” #OWS #S17

We’re organizing into our clusters so we can build any of the remaining needed affinity groups. #OWS #S17

Livestreamers are breaking out into a support group, as well as the clusters. #OWS #S17

“Right now, we’re organizing into small groups. As soon as you get into yr grp, choose a Spoke. We’ll form a circle with Spokes in front..”

Cont’d: “…and that way we can have a really democratic process!” Also asks groups to choose a name & try to write it on a sheet of paper.

“The reason we organize in small groups is that we don’t want an assembly model for this action. NVDA or people-powered…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…movements shutting down” many things “have used this model.” Grps can more easily decide how to participate, plug in. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Then in the streets, someone’s got the water, someone’s got the protein bars, some1′s got ppl’s stuff,” you have each others’ back.

Plan A was already consensed on Friday- “but we do need to get some sense from you all on proposed alternatives: Plan B and C.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Does that make sense?” Yeah! “To be clear: a cluster is generally a collection of affinity groups.” Started as individuals. #S17

Cont’d: “This decision-making process,” Spokescouncil, “can be used to make decisions” on the ground, as well as beforehand. #S17

Cont’d: “So, you’re all in affinity groups, grouped into clusters.” Plan for Monday now. “We have divided Lower Manhattan into 4 zones…”

Cont’d: “…Education, Debt, Eco, and 99%.” Asks each cluster to make some noise, and raucous whoops result. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Each Zone has a meet-up site on the map– we have many copies.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “At 7am, we meet up at the meet-up zones on the map. They are designated by little hearts.” http://t.co/EM1BcJCa is the map. #OWS

Cont’d: “Meet there, get coffee, set up, checkin. From there, we move to the People’s Wall- a blockade of key intersections around Wall St.”

Cont’d: “Some people will do an arrestable action there. Those of us who don’t will go outwards and turn into the 99 revolutions.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “In our affinity groups, we’re going to do dance parties in the intersection– maybe we’re into food justice and want to…” #S17

Cont’d: “…distribute food in intersections. Others might want to go into Bank lobbies to deliver letters to CEOs.” #S17 #OWS

Lots of sites are listed on the map. “It’s totally legal to go into a lobby, so take advantage of that.” #S17 #OWS

“At 10am, the Eco block will do an action at the Bull,” that folks can participate in. After the conclusion, Spokes will come together.

Cont’d: “We’ll check in, see what we want to do, go from there.” 11, 11:30, after the Eco action. “Does that make sense?” #OWS #S17

“At 12, there’ll be a meet-up at Liberty Square,” for an assembly with labor allies. At 6, a people’s assembly at Foley. #OWS #S17

“You’ll have a chance to talk in your groups to go deeper, but any major questions?” None. OK, communications now. #OWS #S17

Shawn: “There’s a lot of ppl here, and we all need to stay in touch, to know what’s going on not just in your zone but all around.” #OWS

Shawn: “How many people are on the text loop?” Lots. “What I want you to do: pull out your cellphone text @S17NYC to 23559. #OWS #S17

That text loop will keep you informed about any key changes, or events, or occurances. You can also text it to request Medics or NLG. #S17

That info will go to info point ppl for each quadrant. “And each quadrant also has a text loop: @S17EDU, @S17Debt, @S17ECO, and @S17.99.”

Cont’d: “If you’re in a specific cluster, get on the loop for that cluster, and info people will get you info about that zone you’re in.”

Main text loop will be only for info pertinent to all; cluster loops will relate to those specific quadrant. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “You can also go to the assembly points at each quadrant and give them info as needed.” #OWS #S17

Nicole: “OK! Go Comms.” We’re short on maps, but more on the way, and at http://t.co/EM1BcJCa. “It’s also in the @nplusonemag Gazette.”

Foley Square will be the safe zone. Lisa: “That plan was created by a lot of ppl at a lot of meetings, with a lot of love…” #S17 #OWS

Cont’d: “…it’s pretty damn good, right? It’s so damn good, in fact, that the cops are going to set up checkpoints around the FiDi.” #S17

Word tho that they might not be that intense. “But what if” we can’t get in? “If one Zone is clear, we’ll all go to that zone.” #S17 #OWS

Cont’d: “But if we can’t get anywhere, we want people to communicate in clusters and help determine if we need to do Plan C.” #OWS #S17

“Plan C: We stay in our clusters, redraw zones, and we go north and take Midtown.” WHOOO big cheers. #S17 #OWS

“That way, if the cops take Wall Street, we’ll take Midtown.” “We want folks to discuss in their grps if they think this is the right plan.”

We already have maps, from May Day, for Midtown — they just need to be zoned. “So take 5 to 6 minutes, see how yr group feels.” #S17 #OWS

So, to recap: Plan A is the map. Plan B is, if barricades leave one or more zones accessible, all grps go there. Plan C: Take Midtown! #S17

[Map shows that among many targets, there's one major bank in each potential "Plan C" Midtown zone, which is perfect. -Ed.] #S17 #OWS

Here’s the Midtown map for potential Plan C — imagine it split into 4 quadrants, one for each cluster. #OWS #S17 http://t.co/2QxZnKhV

OK, coming back. “OK, so we’re going to check in with all of the AGs… get a feeling for where everyone’s at with contingency plans.” #S17

First: “We are the Chupacabra AG! We think all of the plans are good; we have no concerns.” #S17 #OWS

Next: “We are ICU- ask us if you want to know what it stands for. We have an amendment for Plan C — we want to transpose quadrants up to..”

Cont’d: “…Midtown, so horizontal axis would be 45th St, and vertical would be 5th Ave.” Keep cluster orientation. #OWS #S17

Next: “I’m with the Bard College AG, and we’re fine with the plans.” Next, Big Red Dog: “We have one question! If, like in Chicago…”

Cont’d: “..they take down the cell towers, how do we communicate?” Lisa: “Bikes! Best thing we’ve got. Bike Cluster can run info.” #S17 #OWS

Rad Parents, next: Concern with B/C is, “if our friends get kettled, should we help them? We’re really excited about going to Midtown.”

Next: “Hi, we’re Feminist Force!” Like plans, but concerned about Plan C, b/c “it’s not as easy for all of us to get to Midtown.” #OWS #S17

Next, Strike Debt — “We’re pretty much in consensus on the plans; concern on B is it’s a little vague and if there are a limited number..”

Cont’d: “…of access points, won’t it get a little congested?” Too many people, might be hard to “work that out.” “Do we plan that ahead?”

Cont’d: “Plan C, might be some tactical issues. Might need a really good tac team to make that work on the fly.” #OWS #S17

Next, Debtasaurus. “We’re all pretty much in agreement, share a lot of the concerns from other groups.” “Also equally excited.”

Cont’d: “We’re the Nice AG, and we think we can work within the plan.” Next: Weird Street, like it, same amendment as ICU. #OWS #S17

Next, Big Jaded Elephants are down for the plan. Next, 99% [something], some concern about logistics of getting to Midtown. #OWS #S17

Next, Debt Boulder group likes plan, a little concerned about how decision on which plan will be made. #OWS #S17

Next, Occupy Faith / Vets for Peace: “We are mostly very happy with the plan; we want to meet at cube, but a little concerned…”

Cont’d: “…about not being able to get there, and we have some people that feel strongly about participating in a sit-down action..”

Cont’d: “…and might want to do it in Lower Manhattan rather than going to Midtown,” want thoughts on that. #OWS #S17

Next, Affinity 99- happy with Plan A, Plan B, concerned about comms, want to know how they work, and how we move to Midtown. #OWS #S17

Next, Affinity for Library Intelligence Services — into Plan C especially and concerns have been voiced. #OWS #S17

Next, Labor AG, down with the plans, concerned about decision. Next, Team Meg is good. #OWS #S17

Another AG was down for all the plans. Next, Miles Horton Pyramid Scheme, “We think plan C is the most brilliant shit in the world..” #S17

Next, Snuffleupagus — “We’re happy with the plan and think we can work with it.” #OWS #S17

Next, Occupy Las Vegas, happy with the plan, “happy to be here!” Education is a Human Right are “OK with the plan, wondering what we’ll be..

Cont’d: “…doing when we’re at the Intersections, that’s all we want to hear about.” Want to know what folks are doing. #OWS #S17

Next, Act UP NY — “We’re happy with the plan; in fact, we have a beautiful midtown target.” #OWS #S17

Next, Middlebury Clown Nose, down for plans, want to know how to get to Plan C. #OWS #S17

Another one has confusion about B, some clarification needed. Agreed w/ quadrant amendment. #OWS #S17

Next, they’re good. Next, something Warriors, they’re good. “Unaffiliated Affinity” next, “nothing to add.” #S17 #OWS

Next, “Jellyfish Brigade,” down for plans, will be Polar Bears on Bikes. Next group is cool. Yo Man AG is also cool. #OWS #S17

Next: “We are The Affinity Group,” share concerns about getting to midtown Laffs at the name! #OWS #S17.

OK, that’s it. Lisa suggests we go over concerns and then go back to groups again. #OWS #S17

On Plan C: “Let’s say the cube is good, and another one, but Strike Debt are shut down and Eco cant’ get to Bowling Green.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Get on Comms, and we’ll” say which areas are open, and go there. “But at convergence place, we might need a street spokes…”

Cont’d: “..to coordinate and redistribute the zone,” maybe change from many intersections to one, or whatever is appropriate. #OWS #S17

Sorry, those were about Plan B. For Plan C: “One group proposed we march; another possibility is to try to collect money for Metrocards..”

Cont’d: “..or maybe your cluster itself can figure out an alternative strategy. So probably, if we’re dealing with Plan C…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “…if the clusters can deal with it, great, otherwise, maybe there’s a regroup and we march. Long fucking march.” Ha. #OWS #S17

Someone proposes we regroup at Foley and march up Broadway from there. Lisa: “We’d have to figure out timing for regroup then.” #OWS #S17

Lisa: “Several people asked about the decision-making structure. You heard the coms plan- in each cluster or zone, you all should..”

Cont’d: “…determine a set of ppl- maybe representative of AGs, or people who’ve been organizing, or new people, to be tactical…”

Cont’d: “…point p[eople to talk about whether we should shift, and communicate with other clusters, and figure out what to do." #OWS #S17

"The bottom-line is to know there's a communication structure to link people together to help make that determination." #OWS #S17

We'll know if itt's plan B or C based on whether we can even get into a zone. "We came to shut down Wall Street. right?" #OWS #S17

Cont'd: "So if we can, we're doing it, and if not, we'll go to Midtown." This is the advantage of this kind of distributed model. #OWS #S17

RE: sit-in prepped for Wall Street. "We think we can do that, but should we not be able to, again in yr cluster, you may want to look at.."

Cont'd: "...Midtown, and try to do a mass CD there, or maybe in different locations." Spokes at Bryant would be part of plan. #OWS #S17

"Bryant Park is where we'd go for another quick meeting" to see where we're at, in the case of plan C. #OWS #S17

Lisa has a concern that the proposed map division "geography is too big." Asks spokes: "Do we think we can divide now into zones, or.."

Cont'd: "..use Spokes once we get there to determine which groups want to do" which actions and where? #OWS #S17

Lisa: "We have 33 affinity groups, by the way. So do we want to do another round of checking about the zones, and Foley as a regroup?" #S17

Lisa: "I think the question about transportation for everyone is real. Maybe this could be dealt with in the clusters..." #OWS #S17

Cont'd: "...if you can solve that transportation issue in your clusters," that's best. Someone shouts out that AGs should take care. #OWS

Lisa likes that, but says "some people have more resources than others. This is where we talk about strategic use of privilege." #OWS #S17

If some ppl have more money than others, they can throw down for others to get Metrocards. 3 more minutes in AGs to discuss. #OWS #S17

[POI: As usual, if @LibertySqGA reaches Twitter limits and is blocked, we'll duck over to @LibertySqGA2- find us over there! -Ed.] #S17 #OWS

OK, we’re coming back from breaking out into our affinity groups, to report on discussions about zones and getting to Midtown. #OWS #S17

Lisa: “So, I want to see if we can expedite this question about zones in Midtown. I want to do a straw poll first.” How many want zones?

Lisa: “How many groups think we need the zones in Midtown?” Spokes raising hands to rep their groups’ feelings. #OWS #S17

At least 8 want the zones. “How many AGs do not want the zones?” A lot more people don’t want the zones. “I think it would be…” #S17

Cont’d: “…unfortunate to go to any big decision-making over this, b/c it’s not that important- we want to go to Wall Street.” #OWS #S17

Lisa: “But if people really want zones, bring your turf to Bryant and we’ll work it out. Does that work for everyone?” Spokes raising hands.

Lisa: “Does it work for you if we figure it out at Bryant in the Spokescouncil?” Yes! Lisa: “OK, I think we have a fucking plan!” Consensus!

OK, Camille from @MutantLegal is going to do some Know Your Rights training to prep us for the day. #OWS #S17

Camille: “If you’ve not yet been to a legal solidarity training, please stick around for 10 minutes after we’re done here.” #OWS #S17

Camille: The legal training “can really save you a lot of time in the coming year.” Hahah. Asks AGs to choose legal point person. #OWS #S17

OK, next, Media. “One thing that’s very important: please charge all your equipment before you leave tomorrow AM!” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “You want to make sure that your AG has some kind of media present– phone, disposable camera, whatever.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “When you guys are filming arrests, try to get badge numbers. And please be kind to the media.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “And if you have anything you’ve taken pictures of,” send it to Legal, communicate with them first before distro. #OWS #S17

Media group will announce their text loop soon. Marisa: “We need to firm up our plans,” in each group and cluster. 3 minute breakout…

Cont’d: “…we need to know numbers: how many in each zone, how many arrestable, and think about roles: logistics, coms, legal.” #OWS #S17

Lisa: “And in about 20 minutes, Occupy Faith wants to speak to us about what they’re doing tonight and have a procession.” #OWS #S17

So, now we’re breaking out into clusters, which will sit in the Spokes model with their internal AGs- a spokes within a spokes! #OWS #S17

RT @DiceyTroop: Bishop George Packard is addressing us now: “I’m Bishop Packard, and I like to jump fences! I want to jump the fences to …

RT @DiceyTroop: The Bishop says that almost 100 members of Occupy Faith will be there tomorrow, with us in all ways. #OWS #S17

RT @DiceyTroop: Packard: “Deep down in this movement, there is a moral core, because we are filled with anger, b/c we don’t like what th …

Susan Wilcox is now speaking about the Catholic hierarchy recently accusing nuns of being radical feminists for interest in social justice.

“To me, it seems like Occupy and nuns are allies in the struggle, and I know many Nuns were in the encampments all over the country w/ you!”

Ends with “a special message to Catholic NYPD. There is a rumor that police strategy for tomorrow is to target the aged and elderly…” #S17

Cont’d: “…for brutality. Officers, let me remind you, your faith cannot be separated from your official duties. If you are ordered to..”

Cont’d: “…brutalize anyone, you have a moral obligation to disobey that order.” Human mic: “DISOBEY THAT ORDER!” “God bless #Occupy!” #S17

OK, now we’re learning a song by Pat Humphries. The beat made someone start singing “I want candy” lulz. It’s really “Keep on walking fwd.”

Lisa announces we’re going to close the meeting and let clusters continue to break out. “ALL DAY, ALL WEEK, OCCUPY WALL STREET!” #OWS #S17

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Tweets now from the #S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil in Washington Square Park! Shawn and Tess will facilitate. #OWS #S17

Shawn: “It’s the one year anniversary of #OWS! How do you feel about that?” Woo! #OWS #S17

Shawn notes that there will be another #S17 AG Spokes tomorrow at 1- meet at Foley Square, and we’ll walk somewhere else. #OWS

Tess: “We’ve been preparing our action for Monday, and we’ve been using a Spokescouncil so the groups acting on the day can coordinate…”

Cont’d: “…on our roles for the day.. and we use a Spokescouncil because sometimes at GA, you can’t be heard.” By using small groups…

Cont’d: …where you discuss and present ideas via a Spoke, it’s more directly democratic and more flexible. #OWS #S17

Tess and Shawn review the meeting agreements: “Step up, step back- if you’re a person who speaks a lot, be aware of that, and leave…”

Cont’d: “…room for others to speak. Respect each other’s time– we all have lots of things we want to do; don’t monopolize the mtg.” #OWS

Cont’d: “Trust that your voice will be heard.” Find the right moment and mechanism. #OWS #S17

Shawn notes that in AGs, where trust can be built, we can work together better. “An affinity group can just be you and your friends…”

Cont’d: “…or you can have affinity around an issue – health care, debt” — or a project, like coms or legal or medical. #OWS #S17

Tess: “We get into affinity groups because it’s hard to trust and work with 500 people” — small groups work together better, then connect.

Cont’d: “We’re just trying to break it down into as small units as possible, such that we can all coordinate together.” #OWS #S17

Tess: “So, for #S17, there are 4 thematic clusters.. taking on different zones of the FiDi. What we’ll do right now is…” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: ..break up into 4 clusters- Strike Debt, 99%, Eco, Education. #OWS #S17

Tess: “We’ll go over the framework in a second, but what we want to try to do is get into physical spokescouncil formation.” #OWS #s17

Tess asks who is not in an AG – there’s a few. How many do? Quite a few! “Get into your AGs, which shld be affiliated with a cluster.” #S17

Linnea from Eco Cluster intros it. “Anyone who cares about stuff in the eco zone, environmental issues, come– we have lots of groups..”

Cont’d: “…that are open, and some that are closed. Anyone who wants should be part of the Eco cluster!” #OWS #s17

Matt intros the Education block: “We’re open to individuals as well as AGs; anyone who is interested in education, student debt..” #OWS #s17

Cont’d: “…we have some actions planned.” #OWS #S17

Next: Debt Cluster. Jerry: “We’ve been working for several months on the issue of debt, as something that we can move fwd with as a mvmnt..”

Cont’d: “So, if you are in debt, and are interested in rolling w/ the debt group, we’ll be over here.” #OWS #S17

Lastly, the 99% Zone, bottomlined by someone spoking for an AG called Rebels. “OK, w/ yr AGs, get into the cluster you want to roll with.”

Some review of how the clusters were formed: some issues had existing bottomliners who stepped up to facilitate zones. #OWS #s17

Shawn: “The zones are kind of an idea for you to plan what kind of actions and concerns interest you, so you can do actions in those zones.”

Tess: “So, right now, with our affinity groups, we’re going to go sit with whatever cluster we’ll be working with. Does that sound OK?” #S17

Yup- breaking out into clusters now. #OWS #S17

Jana explains the plan — “What we saw at this park this morning was amazing.” Has a big copy of the map! #OWS #s17

Jana: “This was created by a number of different groups that have been organizing and had a presence around certain issues in the last…”

Cont’d: “…few months– a big trend behind environmental issues, debt, and education issues.” Others in smaller groups are in 99% cluster.

Cont’d: “The plan for monday is — here you can see the #NYSE. These black circles are the checkpoints around it, around Wall Street..”

Cont’d: “…where you have to show some sort of ID to even get into this area. These are important spots we’ve dealt with before in actions”

Cont’d: “This is where the people’s wall will take place,” outside NYSE checkpoints. Map also highlights potential action spots. #OWS #S17

Jana: “When #S17 comes– 7am is the call to come down to the Financial District, and go into your respective zones.” Big emphasis on AGs.

Cont’d: “…and within AGs, organize who’s arrestable, who isn’t, who’s coms, etc.” #OWS #S17

Jana continues: “7am, coming into the FiDi, each zone has an assembly point marked with a <3. These are meet-up zones.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “We realized we’d need a multiple-tier communication system to connect everyone to each zone and the whole.” #OWS #S17

Jana: “Each assembly point will have an info table where you can show up, find actions, find support roles.” Ppl there can assist. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “That’s where the 99 revolutions comes in. So, stepping back to the points around the SE- at 7:30, a group that has been wanting..”

Cont’d: “..to do civil disobedience trying to stop Wall Street will build The People’s Wall. We’ll lock down; it’ll be an arrestable action.

Jana: “So, 7:30, there’ll be a sit-in — when police order dispersal, those who wanna be arrested will remain seated.” Others should bounce.

Jana: Those who leave will start the 99 revolutions, and will do actions in small groups, as they desire. #OWS #S17

Shawn: “The idea is, you can come to one assembly point, get info about targets and actions,” messaging. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The idea is you can plan actions with yr AGs at these points, or have them already. Work w/ ppl you trust to plan world you want.”

Jana: “At 7am, we assemble; at 7:30, the ppl’s wall. The 99 Revolutions can begin immediately as well. 10am, Eco Cluster has event at Bull.”

Cont’d: “That is going to be a creative theatrical event that everyone will come together for, and then following that, we’ll have a Spokes.

The Spokes at 11:15 Monday will hhelp us see where people are at and what we all may want to do. “We may want to take a break, go to Foley.”

Cont’d: “So, that’s the morning, and then there will be a whole free gap until 6, when there’s the Popular Assembly.” Any questions? #S17

The action plan and map we’re organizing within is available at http://t.co/EM1BcJCa. #OWS #S17

Jana: “There’s a lot that happened [tonight] that wasn’t planned,” so we don’t have #s we should, but “tmrw’s Spokescouncil is REALLY impt.”

Tess: “The AGSpokes tomorrow is at 1pm, and we’re meeting at Foley Square.” Everyone should come. Everyone shld come. Everyone should come.

OK, now a rundown for Infrastructure/Services, to explain what they’re doing for the day, how ppl can benefit and plug in. #OWS #S17

Nathan from the Mutant Legal AG: “We organize with the NLG and run the jail support line.” 212-679-6018 is NLG. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The two main things: legal training tomorrow, 10:30am, Foley. And the NLG number” from last tweet. Write on yr arm! #OWS #S17

Mutant has little cards with all the info you need, also — keep an eye out. Camille: “The way this action framework works is really…”

Cont’d: “…empowering to AGs, but we expect they’ll follow all the way through,” designate jail support point people who stay free. #OWS

Cont’d: “Because that wasn’t working for tonight’s march, there are arrests happening right now.” If you can do jail support tonight…

Cont’d: …it’s really, really important. “We don’t know where people are; there’s literally a sweep going on right now.” #OWS #S17

Camille: “Remember: don’t post people’s legal names without their consent, nor their arrest video/pics.” #OWS #S17

Jerry: “Hi! While you’re having a great time Monday morning, there’ll be a group of ppl getting and giving info to/from you.” #OWS #S17

First coms thing: Text @S17nyc to 23559! That connects you to the main coms loop that everyone’s on. May be crucial texts Mon AM. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “We’ll be getting info to your AGs so you know what’s going on in your quadrant.” At assembly point, get info- or AG can skip it.

Cont’d: “But either way, before then, your AG should be plugged into the loop for your quadrant.” #S17 #OWS

Elizabeth, on media: “The Yippee Cafe at 9 Bleecker will be a public media center” for anyone who wants help processing media. #OWS #S17

Elizabeth says occupythecomms.cc has a lot of information on it that is pertinent to all of this. #OWS #S17

Shawn asks Elizabeth how to become a livestreamer. “It’s very easy! Anyone with a smartphone can livestream.” #OWS #S17

Elzabeth: “You want to livestream the police — #filmthepolice. That’s kind of my goal, to make them accountable.” #OWS #S17

Elizabeth: “Don’t livestream people doing illegal shit- it goes up right away. Be very aware where your camera is.” #OWS #S17

Elizabeth: “If I record something and I’m nervous about whether it should be out there, right away I make it a private video.” #OWS #S17

PR asks that folks think about their groups’ messaging. “They’re here as a resource to tell our story.” Will get input at tomorrow’s Spokes.

Shawn explains street medics: “They’re trained in street medicine to help out in situations you may experience” during actions. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “People can have seizures, people can have asthma attacks,” cops attacking can be stressful. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “If you get pepper-sprayed, you should call a medic.” They have a solution called LAW – Liquid Antacid and Water- to help. #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “if a medic’s not around, use your coms tools to call for a medic. Don’t if someone is not in danger.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The first thing you should do is get that person out of there, so a medic can treat them in a calm environment.” #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “Medics will be all over the place and on the ground so they can be dispatched where needed.” #OWS #SS17

Tess: “Thanks infrastructure groups!” Now we’ll break out and discuss plans for Monday, “how you want to move, who’s unarrestable…”

Cont’d: “..and also, all of those roles we talked about” – coms in particular. There’ll be a facilitator for each cluster. #OWS #S17

OK, we’re breaking out into clusters, will reportback later. #OWS #S17

OK! “We’re going to come back, hear from the Spokes, report back, and close out the Spokescouncil.” #OWS #S17

First, Eco Cluster: Micah will reportback. “We have some AGs that are closed, and some that are open.” #OWS #S17

Eco group is open- come to spokes to join, tmrw, 1pm, Foley Square.

Next, Education, still completely open to anyone. Consented to structure of mobile platforms, demoing “world you’d like to see.” #OWS #S17

The 99% Zone cluster has some AGs and folks who want to form them- come join! “Most ppl are feeling kind of medium-ish arrestable.”

Cont’d: “We had a lot of convo w/ new ppl about what it means to do jail support, what affinity groups do for people in them.” #OWS #S17

Debt had 5 affinity groups at tonight’s mtg; 1 in formation. “We have currently 2 arrestable AGs, 3 w/ some arrestables, 1 not.”

A couple of the debt affinity groups are open. One of them will have a boulder of debt, to “show the 1% what it actually looks like.”

Another AG has an action around the CEO of Chase, to “challenge the financialization and crashing of the economy.” “Give that shit back.”

And in addition, Debt AGs have banner drops and plans to address inequality and housing. #OWS #S17

Debt: “We are ready and willing to assist and support our comrades in the struggle on the day.” #IOWS #S17

Debt: “Also, red-paint kiddie pool sit-in- go back to your childhoods, and if cops lay hands on you, they’ll be red too.” #OWS #S17

Tess: “Great reportbacks everybody!” “Obviously, this meeting has been unwieldy we’re hearing rumors of stuff maybe coming here…” #OWS

Cont’d: “So I just want to thank folks who stayed and reiterate the importance of coming to the AG Spokes 1pm at Foley tomorrow…”

Cont’d: “…we need to be super-prepared, super-focused, and super-informed, and we won’t be able to do that if folks don’t come together.”

Sam: “One rumor partially true is that Trinity was bounced by police tonight; some are coming here and trying to go to convergence space..”

Cont’d: “…and some of them don’t have money for Metrocards to get there.” Will pass a hat so folks can help out. #OWS #S17

NEXT: “A group of #Occupy activists dropped 99 banners from Albany to DC on overpasses: 99 reasons to get money out of Washington.” Woo!

Cont’d: “We’ve retrieved some of those banners and have them in NY; we’ll meet tomorrow in Foley to plan what to do with them.” #OWS #S17

Becky: “I’m a bottomliner for housing this evening; if anyone is planning on staying there and doesn’t know how,” go with her or Casper.

Announcement from Nathan: “There were a # of ppl arrested tonight; we believe they may be at the 7th precinct, Broome and Pitt.” Go support!

Austin: “There is a DA training tomorrow at Foley at 10am!” Also a legal training at same time. Aimed at EVERYONE! #OWS #S17

Cont’d: “The more we’re trained,the safer we’ll be, and the more we’ll kick the 1%’s ass on Monday!” Training 10am, AG Spokes 1pm, Foley.

Shawn reminds us to talk to our friends, family, neighbors, let them know what we’re doing and ask them to come down! And get on text loop.

OK, we’re closing for the night — see you all tomorrow at 1pm for the final pre-#S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil in Foley Square! #OWS