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SolidarityNYC has worked to "challenge the social justice movement to take up grassroots economic community development" as a way of building solidarity and concrete alternatives to capitalism.
becoming the change we want to bring to the world

A core operating principle and some corollaries for the Occupy movement

 a number of commentaries on OWS and beyond that I found especially good

Some economists really get it and they are putting their names and reputations on the line

I hope the Emma Goldman in Gornick’s mind’s eye wasn’t the original Emma Goldman

The need to move beyond protest is urgent and long-term

 

Five indicators that the OCCUPY Movement could be a major turn in history
A movement built on the idea that everyone can speak for themselves is so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation that it has flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left
States cannot, by their nature, ever truly be democratic. They are, after all, basically ways of organizing violence.
The biggest obstacle the Occupy Movement is up against is not the 1%.
Navy Veteran Confronts Police about Violence against Vets at Occupy Santa Barbara
 The first three links discuss the amazing success of #OWS. The last one zeroes in on four questions regarding its future.

 
"I decided I didn't want to wake up in the morning fighting capitalism anymore. I wanted to wake up thinking about how to create something new."

-Julie Graham

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the need for a story for deep social change Part 1 is here.

 If to change ourselves is to change our worlds, and the relation is reciprocal, then the project of history making is never a distant one but always right here, on the borders of our sensing, thinking, feeling, moving bodies.
--J.K. Gibson-Graham

 

Interesting Commentaries

The Search for a Message
By Mary Elizabeth King
Some observers have grown impatient with the evolving messaging coming out of OWS, but, historically, slogans have often often changed as a campaign proceeds. Remembering East Germany, South Africa, Serbia.
http://www.indypendent.org/2011/10/17/searching
October 17, 2011

going global for sure, but will something long-term emerge

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