55 Days of Occupy Philly: Day 8

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I will be posting these for each of the 55 days of Occupy Philly on Dilworth Plaza, from October 6, 2011 to November 30, the night of our eviction.

To view all posts to date, click 55 Days of Occupy Philly.
10/14//11
Friday 11:02 AM

Day 8 Up at 7:00.
Feel somewhat rested.
Morning spent on circulating idea for Occupy International –already have a Working group meeting scheduled so can send bottom liners to CoCo, get on stacks to announce at tonight’s GA.
Off to Liberty Plaza

Occupation – International

We would like to see an Occupy Philadelphia Working Group to
1) Begin plans to establish a regular, trans-Occupation WG
2) 2) … to set up communications & Tech infrastructure
3) 3)… to plan for Regional

     National
           International
           Occupation conferences to discuss Meta issues
          … and begin the process of how to formulate
           Cooperative Plans of Action
           we can bring back to our local sites.
           We are already an international movement.

           It’s time to take the next step.

           Peace & Solidarity

           Jacob Spirit-Stick

New York – they canceled the scheduled “cleaning” … crisis postponed. Bloomberg is a fascist asshole.

[What eventually came of this was a regional day-long
workshop at the Friend’s Center in December—which was
a total flop. Nothing but Power Point bullshit run
by corporate trained, if well meaning, “leaders”
who took the thing over and squashed every spontaneous, creative, radical impulse.]

Came home for nap. Made a difference. Another long GA. I never would have imagined being in a group this big where nearly everyone was more militant than me…

an impression that grossly misread the temper
of those who were there… as it became more apparent
that most people favored appeasement and compromise,
and the GA’s came to be increasingly dominated by
liberal moderates, while the anarchists and radicals
began to abandon the decision making process, leaving
the GA’s to those who used them, more and more,for
making useless petitions.

At this point, I hadn’t caught on to what was
happening—still caught in the euphoria (OP was only a week
and day old). I was late in recognizing how
poorly our process had kept up with how things had
been developing. Joining the facilitation team likely
contributed to that. The whole thing was pretty much
on its way to fragmenting into different affinity
groups with no center, or desire for one. ]

… the city wants to talk… they don’t understand our decision making process. We’ve become in a week, a different culture—nonhierarchical, inclusive.
[… another misperception. By this time, most of the few POC who had been there at the beginning, had left]

Spend so much time—if not on site—answering & writing email, responding to posts & comments on web pages—that I have no time or mental energy left to write.
Occupy International now an official WG. This is how we keep the revolutionary potential alive. We’re ants in a herd of elephants [grossly overestimating our outside support]—but there’s way more ants than elephants—and we can crawl into holes where they’re too big to follow.

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