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Since Occupy Wall Street took Zuccotti Park in September 2011, there has been a resurgence of social movement activity in the United States. As momentum has increased, age-old questions over tactics, strategy, and goals have returned to the fore.
What is violence? Who gets to define it? Do illegal actions have a place in our movements?
This discussion never takes place in a vacuum or on a level playing field; rather, it occurs within the context of a struggle that is already in progress, where every statement has immediate ramifications for the participants. Differing tactical approaches often reflect fundamental differences in strategy and goals.
Jim Hightower speaks at the Million Musicians March for Peace. Peace and harmony was the message during a march from the Capitol to 6th street on Saturday. It was part of the annual Million Musicians March for Peace. Occupy Austin protesters and musicians teamed up to spread the word about peace. The Million Musician March for Peace started 7 years ago after the War in Iraq. Protesters want to stop the war and bring all the soldiers back home because of the thousands of lives lost and financial cost. With SXSW in town, protesters are taking the opportunity to spread their message to visitors from around the world. Protesters rallied at the Capitol and listened to music. Then they marched to city hall for a concert that wraps up around 6:30 Saturday night. Filmed for Austin Indymedia by Grace Alfar. Produced by Grace Alfar. A ZGraphix production. http://zgraphix.org
For the first time since demonstrators began the occupation of City Hall eight days ago, some participants have now found themselves behind bars. Four people of the Occupy Austin movement were arrested early Thursday morning after refusing to leave the grounds of City Hall while workers power washed the area. However, it’s nothing but business in the executive boardroom of Occupy Austin. Co-Creators are busy developing an intranet system to reach other like-minded demonstrators across the country. "We kind of just come up here and draw out, 'Where do you think this should go? How can we unite this movement?'" Occupy Austin co-creator Cesar Fuentez said. Thursday’s early morning arrests prompt questions about the future of the movement: How can civil disobedience lead to real democratic change? "Instead of just riding along the side of a battle ship, throwing rocks on the side of the hull and asking the battle ship to change, we're going to build our own battle ship," co-creator Chris Nielson said The group is still working out the specifics and “drafting blue prints,” according to Nielson. "We're currently refining it and it’s taking a little while to do it. But at the end of the day we have to change our socio, political and economic system and that is going to encompass deep reforms," he said. Those deep changes include campaign reform, banking and corporate accountability and closing corporate tax loopholes. Until those goals are reached, creators of Occupy Austin say they won’t be budging an inch. Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org
Brother West came to Occupy Wall Street today. I waited until everyone finished bum rushing him and just as he was about to leave I asked him tthe 1st question that came to my mind. He gave a good response and gave me a hug.
An intervention during the depoliticized, sanitized commemoration of the 45th Anniversary of Mario Savio’s famous speech. "We will not permit the museumification of Berkeley’s radical past, especially now, as we enter into a new cycle of struggle. The Free Speech Movement is not a way to sell coffee, nor is it a rhetorical sop the administration can use to pacify the existing movement."