After two days in Chicago, I was convinced that the structural side of the movement’s organization was an ineffective clusterf***. My initial impression at the New York City site confirmed this. Perhaps my expectations were too high; since the site had been around longer and had more participation I assumed some of the kinks had been worked out. This purist, direct-democracy system being followed renders decision-making
I have spent 4 days in Zuccotti Park since I last wrote about my Chicago experience. Much has changed in Chicago since I left so I won’t focus on it since I am not aware of its current and ever-changing conditions. Instead I will be writing mostly about Occupy Wall Street in New York City, including some impressions I have from reading and watching videos about other sites.
On the level of basic,
I spent 48 hours at Occupy Chicago, including the overnight hours, with the majority of my time spent talking one-on-one or in small groups to other people who were there. Some people were die-hards who were committed to being there as much as possible. Others came by every few days when they had some free time. There were even people who walked by, unaware of the occupation, and decided to stay for hours.
At this point, the majority of my knowledge of what is really happening on the ground at the various Occupy Together movements is based on videos, live streams, Twitter feeds, discussion boards and 48 hours spent at the Occupy Chicago site. I am deliberately avoiding most major media coverage because of its inherent ruling class bias, partisanship, and opportunism.
I will be attending Occupy Wall Street in the coming weeks and hopefully other locations as well. I am approaching this
I spoke with you for a moment when you were waiting to cross the street to the Chicago Board of Trade on Monday. I wonder if you are the one who put the now infamous message in the window up there announcing your membership in the 1%. I overheard you telling your friend that none of us had jobs. I leaned over to assure you that you were mistaken, you'd be surprised how many of us do have jobs. I told you