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Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

I won't go into the absurd comment above about OO folks participating at OSF. It's completely wacko and does not dignify response.

But, Darwin... please. "It never became anything more than a clusterfuck of the Bay Area activist lefts usual suspects." Really? This comment is just as wacko. We were there. The leading folks, the young people who had the skills and intent to model direct democracy general assemblies and model egalitarian community (including feeding homeless every day), were not the usual anything in the Bay Area. And from what i have seen, they have moved on to live lives modeled on principles of sustainable living, both privately and publicly. Of course there were many Bay Area activists there, that were working before and after for many of the same objectives, that still exist today. But why call them "suspects" as if they are criminals or losers or whatever diss makes others feel superior?

If there is ultimately anything that stopped OO as well as Occupy at every other city, it is the unwillingness for the masses, siting behind their Blue Pill TV minds, to admit their compliance to self-administering ecocide sold to them by 1% Empire. That they are not yet mentally prepared to abandon the luxury and conveniences of consumer culture that war empire sells them and take over policy decisions with direct democracy. That real community means mutual aid for all or none. That a truly meaningful life means spending more time participating in self-organizing localized sustainability with neighbors, than Neo-serfing some 1%er's profit pyramid scheme.

It probably didn't help matters that mayor Quan's authority complex was jilted by not being allowed to jump in front of the speaking queue. But the worst player, aside from Politic1%an PoLice is probably the one with all the peer powerwash, the Media. They did their very best to paint every event after the Quan huff-up, as violent, illegal, filthy, public health problem, etc., making it impossible for anyone behind the screens of not being there, to empathize with the difficulty of confronting a system rigged to crush any presence of egalitarian community asserting a self-governing presence against 1% empire. As is nearly every against-the-system protest that makes airtime.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 05/25/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

This "hit" piece on Mike King's book stinks! I think I will put edition of the EBE on the bottom of my chicken coop where it can get the kind of validation it deserves.

Clearly DBG wasn't there to experience what Mike and thousands of others experienced on a daily or weekly basis. "Six years ago, did the people really occupy their town squares to break bread with the dispossessed, and talk about radically refashioning the economy and political system from the ground up?

They did, and they mostly lost. And it wasnt the riot cops who beat them. " What a narrow-minded, clueless response to an exercise in understanding T.A.Z. (Temp. Autonomous Zone), how direct democracy works, consensus decision making, skill sharing, teach-in's, food gardening, art making, info distribution, media making.... just disgraceful that DBG felt the need to shit on a beautiful authentic Occupy....unlike that sanitized event in SF where an event tent with steel 3 sink cleaning station w/ organic food delivered from rich "supporters of the cause" (ha ha) to the campers in Herman plaza. what a joke that was.

Posted by M S on 05/25/2017 at 11:20 AM

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