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@ Adam - Check the link in the article:
For the questions asked, please go to this link:
Again, I think the point is that lots of people are being turned off by the actions of a few people affiliated with OO and OO's refusal to condemn those type of tactics.
@Molly - In my experience professional surveys are significantly more accurate than an online poll. Maybe we should ask the Oakland Tribune to share the geographic locations attached to the IP addresses of those who responded to their poll?
Ultimately, this doesn't change the fact that turnout is good indicator of support. If Bay Area residents still supported OO as much as they did last year we would see more people at their actions.
I think too much attention is being paid to questions of whether or not a certain tactic is violent or whether the Black Bloc is a movement or a tactic. Personally, I don't think property destruction is violence nor do I think calling the Black Bloc a "movement" is accurate. I am also neither a pacifist nor am I a practitioner of strict non-violence. However, what is clear is that the actions of a handful of people and OO's silence on the issue(s) is alienating average working people and negatively impacting OO's ability to do turnout to it's events.
On 11/2, OO had 15,000+ people marching on a week's notice.
On J28, OO had 4 to 6 weeks to plan for the action and MAY have turned out 2,000.
Most community/labor organizations don't want to work with OO anymore.
Most people I speak to that had at one point come out to OO actions don't want to anymore. It's a very real and depressing problem that is leading to the irrelevance of OO.
I guess the best question to ask is: Is it worth it to allow/protect/be silent on a handful of people to engaging in property destruction if it means that we have significantly less support from the community?
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