To Demand Or Not To Demand?

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

This quote by Frederick Douglass was read to the General Assembly at Zuccotti Park on Sunday, October 30th, as the Demands Working Group prepared to make the case for Occupy Wall Street to adopt demands. And they wanted one demand in particular to start with:

“Jobs for ALL – A Massive Public Works and Public Service Program:

We demand a massive public works and public service program with direct government employment at prevailing (union) wages, paid for by taxing the rich and corporations, by immediately ending all of America’s wars, and by ending all aid to authoritarian regimes to create 25 million new jobs to: Read more

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Evolution Of A Democracy…

AGENDA ITEM #3:
34.3.1 Spokes Council Model from the Structure Working Group:
The proposal is available at http://www.nycga.net/spokes-council/

Marissa: Hi, I’m Marissa, I’m from the structure working group, after 2 GA discussions, we started meeting to discuss problems of structure. Our movement is growing at a rapid pace. Every night we see new people. And we hear new voices. This is amazing and historic. But working groups, who do most of the day to day work, that keep us warm and safe, have found it difficult to work within the GA. Many of those groups, don’t even come to GA anymore. We need a process for those groups that is accountable and transparent. For instance, financial decisions, are very difficult to make with the people’s mic. They require, longer dialogue. A spokescouncil, allows Read more