The making of a ‘99% Spring’
by Jake Olzen | March 26, 2012, 6:42 am
Next month, activists and organizers across the country are planning to train 100,000 people in nonviolent direct action for what they call The 99% Spring. But despite borrowing one or two of the Occupy movement’s favorite slogans, The 99% Spring hasn’t been called for by any general assembly. Rather, this massive and controversial effort is coming from the institutional left — a diverse coalition of labor unions, environmental and economic justice groups, community organizations and trainers’ alliances. While some celebrate what appears to be a mainstreaming of resistance thanks to Occupy, others are crying co-option.
“This spring we rise!” write 99% Spring organizers in a letter to “America.” “We will reshape our country with our own hands and feet, bodies and hearts. We will take non-violent action in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi to forge a new destiny one block, one neighborhood, one city, one state at a time. We are the 99%. For the 100%. And this is our moment.”
While I’ve critical of occupy, it’s been to strengthen them against attacks by fringe political parties, such as the Democrats. However occupy proceeds is up to them.
Democrats and Republicans have had too long of a destructive hold over America, and they must be replaced as soon as can be. Their corruption of dialog, corruption of thought has sapped our essence and will to be Americans of personal strength United for common purpose.
In place of greater qualities, we have the Federal government killing here and around the world. Our current White House occupant is no different and much worse than before.
Americans need to learn to say no to Dictatorship, and replace those elected who support this new Dictatorship no matter the political party.