#OWS links--up to Oct 18

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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.
October 17, 2011

Argentina to Wall Street: Latin American Social Movements and the Occupation of Everything
by: Benjamin Dangl, Truthout
This report from Liberty Plaza connects tactics and philosophies surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement with similar movements in Latin America, from the popular assemblies and occupation of factories during Argentina's economic crisis in 2001-2002, to grassroots struggles for land in Brazil.
17 October 2011

Turning Occupation into Lasting Change
Can the Occupy movement transform the legal structures that give corporations their power over the rest of us?
by Thomas Linzey, Jeff Reifman
posted Oct 14, 2011


Local Reports

Occupy Chicago Clarifies Its Mission

Dawn Rhodes, News Report:
"Much like its New York counterpart, Occupy Chicago proclaims to be leaderless, nonpartisan and reliant on group consensus. The demands were developed in twice-daily general assemblies; some were adopted from the Wall Street version, while others were local additions. One of the group's most repeated demands is to repeal the Bush-era tax cuts from 2001 and 2003, which critics contend disproportionately benefit the wealthiest taxpayers."
17 October 2011

Occupy Oakland, CA

(Michael: This out of date, but well worth noting.)

This Sunday [10/17] at 4pm Co-Soap member Greg will be facilitating a workshop at Occupy Oakland to discuss cooperative production strategies. Learn about the history of the Unemployed Exchange Association founded here in Oakland during the great depression and brain storm ways we can start making collective production a reality in our own community! Share your skills and meet people who want to build something bigger. Workshop and discussion will be ran by Greg from Co-Soap Worker Cooperative but will require the active participation of all attendees.

Workshops will be held all day Sunday. Visit this link below for the schedule:


The goal of this workshop is to share skills and potentially establish cooperative producing systems within the Occupy Oakland movement to empower participants and increase the collective economic power of the movement. Be prepared to share your skills (eg sewing, crocheting, knitting, shoe repair, electronic repair, programming, roofing, construction, anything you can do that is of value to someone else, etc).

The Principles of Cooperation and the Populist movements of the 1880s and 1890s will also be discussed!


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