A Wave of Action – Or a Wave Goodbye? It’s Occupy’s Call

What will prove to be either the last gasp of the Occupy Movement, or its Renaissance as a social powerhouse, will lie in the success and its embrace of a highly-publicized #WaveOfAction which launches a major 90-day program of protest and resistance on April 4.

The Wave begins, symbolically, on the date of the assassination of Martin Luther King and ends, symbolically, on July the 4th.  It will run from the date of the death of a dream that will not die to the date of the birth of a vision which has yet to be fulfilled.

 So, what is the purpose of this ambitious campaign, who is behind it, and what can we expect of it – and of ourselves?  The purpose is stated on its website and is quite clear.

We are a Movement of Movements

“The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4th and runs through July 4th.

During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display.

Studies have proven that it only takes 3.5% of the population taking nonviolent action to create meaningful and positive change. The #WaveOfAction gives all of us who want change a powerful opportunity to #EvolveSociety.

Change-makers all over the world will be engaged at the same time in an unprecedented wave of transformation.”

OK, that sounds acceptable (to most of the 99%, and certainly not the 1%).  Now, who is behind this?

I confess that I can’t say that I have figured that out.  It appears to be nobody.  Or, perhaps everybody.  Or, a coterie of patriots/anarchists/misfits who – such as when Zuccotti Park came to be occupied – are taking it upon themselves to rekindle that Occupy fire.

Word has it that #OWS #Anon and its allies put out a call to action for a World Wide Wave of creative community coordination and collaboration this winter.  There were two organizing conference calls prior to April 4.  One on March 25, and the other on April 2.  (David Degraw is one of the facilitators)

For an organizing call, it attracted verifiable luminaries:  Barbara Max Hubbard, Marianne Williamson, Russell Brand, Kevin Zeese, Patricia Ellsberg, Dylan Rattigan, John Perry Barlow, and Lee Camp.  If “you are known by the company you keep,” #WaveOfAction is keeping good company.

Whoever started it, it can be said that occupiers around the world are standing with it, and many called in to declare that support and to announce events they were planning locally.

But, they are coming up against a very familiar foe – themselves.

The Naysayers…and worse

Anyone familiar with Occupy knows that it is rife with the usual suspects:  gripers, snipers and full-blown trolls whose only purpose seems to be that of making sure that “solidarity” will never be had.  “How dare (someone/something) do/be (provide the offense).”  Everything is suspect, and anyone taking a lead roll is to be suspected.   

Whether or not this will affect the success of #WaveOfAction will not be known for some time, but the offenders are being put on notice.  Activist and creater of Occu-Evolve, Sumumba Sobukwe, had this to say:  

“The Irony of those complaining about this ‘Wave of Action’ is that it will only be a failure if they continue to find fault with EVERYTHING that ‘reeks’ of coordination that might make people move beyond facebook, twitter and other social media ‘activism’ as well as their own silos of causes and interests to actually go out and organize with others in the streets.”

He continues, “When did an ‘occupy’ action ever draw more than a few hundred people that didn’t have unions, grassroots or other groups involved? Who are we fooling here? Occupy has ALWAYS been made up of different groups and individuals, and that’s where the concept of the ’99%’ came closest to being real or at least unifying in theory.”

So, in addition to proving Pogo’s theorem, “We have met the enemy, and they are us,” what other odds militate against the campaign having any major effect?  Let me count the ways:

1. A largely indifferent press.  Activists deride the “MainStream Media” for not paying attention to even the largest of its protests and greatest of its triumphs.  Occupy is hardly alone.  Last year’s March Against Monsanto which attracted a half-million marchers or more worldwide did not find its way into print or broadcast in any meaningful way.  (P.S.  Occupy folk helped make that march happen, as well). 

.         2. A police force dedicated to crushing public dissent.  Naaaah, that can’t be happening here in America, right?  That’s what you find in Russia, or Egypt, or China.  Thank God that “to serve and protect” applies to citizens in the street and peaceful protestors, yes?  Here’s a retired cop who has a word or two on that, Captain Ray Harris. Oh, and not to forget Cecily McMillan’s experience with the Boys in Blue which finds her at risk of jail time for resisting their abuse.

      3.  Elected officials.  One would think that people who are elected to represent us will actually represent us, and that they will be at the front of any parade or protest demanding justice and protecting civil liberties.  Think again.  If you ain’t got the money (and few occupiers/activists do), they ain’t got the time.  And, if their party can’t co-opt your movement for their betterment, they’ll be the first to applaud authorities who arrest you. Hell, they will demand that force be used.

4.    The 1%.  You can be certain that the #WaveOfAction will be countered by a #FloodOfMoney spent to discredit its work and mission.  Did I mention Fox?  CNN?  Stay tuned and see how money talks.

So, I leave it to you, the reader.  Will this be a “Wave,” or a “Wave Goodbye” on the part of Occupy and its brother and sister causes?  Will you listen to the detractors within and the enemies without and surrender to the impossible forces against you?

Or, will you take comfort in your own, amazing numbers and brilliance and continue to fight the good fight as so many have before you in America’s history.  You are the dream that Martin referred to, and the nightmare that the 1% are waking up to.

When you realize that, the others in the 3.5% of the population will as well.  Won’t that be exciting.

Occupy Began Here

 

 

 

5 comments

  1. Michael Anderson says:

    Great article, thanks for the interesting read. Peace and solidarity to all of those who will be in the streets tomorrow and always. I’ve been an organizer within the social justice and revolutionary organizations for over a decade. I am excited for tomorrows events and I hope everyone stays safe, stays free, and stick together, solidarity forever comrades!

  2. Joost van Steenis says:

    Again more of the same?
    A Wave of Action from now till the 4th of July???? Then the world has changed?
    I see now new action ideas while we all know that the old-fashioned actions never had much success. Half e million people on the street against Monsanto but Monsanto is still going strong.

    No discussion why actions are fizzling away after a short time (including Occupy). Disappointment by the participants because there is no success, the forces are to wide spread . Nothing about a focus point for action, in particular the 1%. That focus point drew many people towards Occupy but was soon discarded because leaders (of a leaderless movement!) did not want to disturb the top of society who are the cause of most misery tot the 99%. The soothing words of paid agents of the sitting powers as Hedges or millionaires like Moore had done its work and Occupy disappeared nearly completely.

    And again the present leaders restrict the possibilities of activists by propagating only non-violent or peaceful actions by which never any of the corrupt, greedy, selfish or even criminal leaders of the country was removed from the top places in society. To propagate this is proposing fighting with one arm tight on your back. The influence of the Black panther Party, Malcolm X or the race riots have been more decisive in the struggle for more human rights for coloured people than the so-called peaceful actions that had hurt too many activists. But racism has not disappeared in the USA.
    First think about what went wrong in the past with actions, then come up with new ideas and new actions.

    What went wrong with Occupy?
    http://downwithelite.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/what-went-wrong-with-occupy/

  3. Chris Sutton says:

    Occupy was destroyed by the Federal Government. The DHS, directed by Rep. King (NY) channeled funds and equipment to all the cities that wanted to expunge the Occupiers.
    What was the real threat? The group practiced democracy. They were not tied to corporate power, rather fought against it. When a number of cities and public sector municipalities moved bank accounts out of commercial banks and into credit unions, there was an immediate shift in focus from allowing the movements into crushing them. This rather subtile move announced the death knell of the Occupy movement.

  4. charlie pace says:

    Question to ask all your elected officials:How do you interpret the 26th–29th words of our Constitution “promote the general welfare”,i ask because you took an oath to support & defend them?
    Defend yourself against the 1%: Item 1 on Affluenza case:Ethan Couch vehicle MS 4 killed;Judge Jan Jurden.#2 Affluenzen ;Robert H. Richards rape case,Judge Jean Boyd. Now we need judge pictures to put on the Net etc. Than we need to investigate these Judges starting with birth because either they knew the defendants before the crimes or they got a quid pro quo.


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