In attempting to have a real discussion with a couple of friends via e-mail chain yesterday I mined this little gold nugget regarding Occupy Boston. Some background, we were discussing the idea of the protestors finding an empty hall or office space to set up shop and start running this thing like a real movement that can be taken seriously, instead of a shanty town which allows the media and bystanders to give credence to the stereotype of hippies or malcontents just looking for handouts...
but then no one will see them ... honestly at this point the only effect they have is that people see them ... they have no clear mission statement, no organization, no leadership ... probably because they're nothing but a bunch of hippies...
no joke - i saw one guy sitting in one of those fold out lounge chairs we use for tailgating .... he had another facing him that his feet were up on and he was just lounging doing nothing ... what cause is that helping ..
I saw signs saying get rid of corporations ... signs about not being able to get jobs (might be tougher without corporations) ... signs about bringing home the troops ... signs about getting rid of the Fed .... I even saw signs about stopping standardized testing!! hahaha - it's basically just a bunch of hippies screaming about any left wing issue and they call it occupy wall st.
get one common goal and get organized or its no different than any other hippie protests
Amen...couldn't have said it much better...And don't come back with that crap about not wanting to be pigeon holed into a few specific demands for change that might not encompass everything...you guys have been staging sleep overs in a public park for 3 weeks, you supposedly hold productive general assembly meetings daily, you should have come up with some clear goals and mission statements by now. Not blanket quotes like "Equality" or that random one I read yesterday where an occupier went off on a riff about whether or not the interviewer ever dreamed of being a skate boarder as a kid...Are you guys kidding me? That's why you're not being taken seriously...there's way too many fringe ideas and opinions being voiced and its taking away from any central wide encompassing message that the masses could actually get behind.
And I don't want to seem like I'm against the democratic process or a grassroots movement, I'm just against dumb movements that have shown no ability to put together a clear cause. I'm rooting for you, believe it or not...some of you, anyway. The clear headed ones with good ideas, but you need to organize and find a way to filter out some of these ridiculous complaints and protests that have no business being a part of this "discussion" that you want to have. My advice, start with the fed, and then the politicians that empower these high ranking execs you seem to loathe so much.