Recent events considered, it appears that the time is now. It is time for this movement to become what it was meant to be. Let go of any pre-conceived notions of what the “Occupy” movement is. Even if you are currently or have been on the ground with the movement, camping out, occupying physical space in the public commons. They can arrest us, beat us, tear gas and pepper spray us. They can tear down our tents and physically remove us from public space, but they simply cannot evict an idea whose time has COME!
The Occupy movement has awakened the sleeping giant! As soon as we realize that we truly are legion, as soon as we let go of the attachments that tie the movement to a fixed space and therefore to a certain level of commitment, the World will see just how large the movement will grow! When all of the people who have wanted to participate but haven’t felt that they could participate are mobilized by the expansion of the scope of the movement, we will be everywhere and nowhere all at once.
Think of the vast network of supporters. Sadly the overwhelming majority of support has been wasted. What if instead of being asked to eat, sleep and protest out of a tent in winter for 24/7, all that is asked from everyone is a few hours a day, or every other day, or once a week even. How many more people will be able find the time for that? Millions? Certainly hundreds of thousands… There are more of us than there could ever be of them.
The most amazing opportunity is being created by the timing of these evictions! Think about it for a second… This is an election year! In 2012 there will be literally thousands of opportunities to occupy campaign events, town halls, and book signings of every candidate for elective office throughout the country! I suggest we move-in en masse, occupy space, and “MIC CHECK!” each and every one of them! When it’s over, we go home.
We become like water. We tag our targets, spread the word via social media, and act in concert as flash mobs of political protest! If they do not know where we will be, they cannot be there before us with guns, tear gas and riot gear. If they do not know what we are going to do, they cannot stand against us. Our greatest strength is simply that we exist!
More opportunities for real community activism will avail themselves to the movement as well. Recently I was lucky enough to bear witness to the impact potential of this type of activism when the Occupy movement took part in their local community’s “Anti-Foreclosure Team” action, in which they occupied an illegal foreclosure in the area and “MIC CHECK’d” the auctioneers and bank representatives as they tried to conduct their “business.”
Opportunities like this and more are out there and will only serve to spread the movement’s vision and perceived presence. We can literally appear to be everywhere that the banksters, crooks, liars and enablers are trying to support the status quo! We need to push the paradigm shift!
Remember how the Tea Party hijacked the Health Care Reform debate? By shutting down the democratic process and controlling the conversation at “Town Hall” meetings around the country during the mid-term election season. In this manner, Occupy will be the Tea Party to an exponential degree!
Imagine an ever changing, ever mutating crowd. Imagine it not being tied to a single location, but shifting here and there as opportunities arise. Imagine protestors who spend only a few number of hours protesting – on foot and in different locations. Imagine protestors going home to sleep in a safe place and to eat and rest and work. Imagine them coming back to the protest refreshed and ready for more.
The enforcers of the “authorities” won’t have those same opportunities for rest and sleep – simply because to continue to meet us with force they will have to spend far more hours on duty than we will. Why? There are more of us than there ever could be of them.
At some point, it will dawn on the movement as a whole that denying the “authorities” a solid target will defeat those “authorities” far more quickly than what’s happening now. Think about that for a moment. If there are no tents, they can’t tear them down. If the protest is not tied to a fixed space, it cannot be denied to us.
Oh, yes, the “authorities” will continue to be wild to arrest us – and will, if they can grab hold of us – but we will exhaust them in the end – because there are more of us than there ever could be of them.
We are like water. They can push us away for a moment but we will flow back into the space they leave behind when they turn away. Never forget that there are more of us than there ever could be of them!
OCCUPY EVERYWHERE! OCCUPY EVERYTHING! OCCUPY NOTHING!
– I.M. Folks