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#Occupy movement as reaction on the global economic crisis: an overview
Notes “Occupy” movement should be viewed not as a couple of different local movements but as one global grassroots socio-political protest movement. It can be viewed as one phenomenon and actor (a “political actor”) of global public policy Occupy protesters can be viewed as a representatives of a postmaterial value shift: non- elite civic protest actions, values of freedom, humanistic society, tolerance, self-expression
The same reasons of the emergence It was born as a protest against the results of the global economic crisis/the injustice of a global capitalist neoliberal economic system Declining of the level of income Unemployment austerity economic policies.
The same agenda These are inalienable truths that we should abide by in our society: the right to housing, employment, culture, health, education, political participation, free personal development, and consumer rights for a healthy and happy life. The obsolete and unnatural economic model fuels the social machinery in a growing spiral that consumes itself by enriching a few and sends into poverty the rest The will and purpose of the current system is the accumulation of money, not regarding efficiency and the welfare of society. Citizens are the gears of a machine designed to enrich a minority which does not regard our needs. We need an ethical revolution. Instead of placing money above human beings, we shall put it back to our service 15-M Manifesto
The same agenda - II the future of the human race requires the cooperation; a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. Сorporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
The same tactics and techniques 1) consensus model of decision-making; 2) leaderlessness; 3) direct democracy with General Assemblies Occupying: “the encampment-form of political activity highlights a central characteristics in the formation of group-space”
“Occupation of a space is itself a tactic… But an ongoing occupation of space is also more than a tactic. An occupation serves as a base camp from which we launch many different tactics… This tactic star names some key factors that change agents can consider when determining tactics” Key factors : message; tone; timing; audience; allies; resources; target. http://owsdirectaction.com/da/resources_files/occupy-tactic- star.pdf
What to do? 1) To be 99%; 2) To gather in public spaces and re-invent them; 3) To create open flexible spaces; 4) To be always horizontal (to have horizontal connections); 5) To be non-violent; 6) To be active not reactive “Quick guide for a revolution”
http://www.fastcompany.com/1792056/infogr aphic-who-occupy-wall-street http://www.fastcompany.com/1792056/infogr aphic-who-occupy-wall-street They have interiorized post-materialist value orientations/values of self-expression
Protester’s self-dentification Understanding themselves as participants of one movement. As people that are suffering from the same social/economic injustices no matter where they live “ The fire in the soul of Occupy burns from Oakland to Quebec, Barcelona to Chicago, Wall Street to Moscow and Frankfurt ” ( Adbusters)
Global public policy actor “ A class- or group-for-itself consisits of: 1) social agency – the possibility for a given group to change society ad history; 2) self-consciousness - some degree of awareness of itself as a movement for social change and mechanisms for collective thought and 3) the prerequisite class-in-itself characteristics – common interests, similar analysis of the society, and proximity either physically or digitally” (“tidal: occupy theory, occupy strategy “)
“Occupy” as a real grassroot manifestation of public policy and together with the participants’ feeling of being their issues really represented; bringing to life policies for postmaterial values of tolerance and self- realization
Go to the street – bring back yourself the city! Thank You for attention!