Dear Occupiers, Progressives, Libertarians, etc.,
Greetings and Salutations. I've been reading about your exploits this week in the news. Protests are spreading around the nation, and though largely symbolic right now it must striking a nerve :) (though you wouldn't know it by the lack of media coverage).
But that's about par for the course, isn't it? The Status Quo doesn't want to listen; isn't that part of what this is about?
I admire your efforts to get out and be heard. More over, I encourage you stay out there as long as it takes to be heard.
In that regard, I hope the weather is cooperative and kind to you, because lord knows, the police won't be.
And it is for this reason that I wanted to write to you.
The Occupy! website suggests that this movement seeks to imitate the "Arab Spring".
I'm concerned when I read that friend, because, well, if we're going "Arab Spring" on this, that means we're talking revolution here.
If that's truly the notion, you're gonna need some help.
You see, the crucial strategy that made the "Arab Spring" so successful (for the Egyptians anyway) was non-violence.
Occupy! may not know entirely where it's headed yet, but a few things are clear. First, the longer it continues the more likely the top 1% will use violence to end it. Now is the time to ramp up non-violent rhetoric. Take every opportunity to emphasize the non-violent nature of your presence.
This is profound! Everyone interested in the power of nonviolence should watch.
In 2003, the Palestinian village of Budrus mounted a 10-month-long nonviolent protest to stop a barrier being built across their olive groves. Did you hear about it? Didn't think so. Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha asks why we only pay attention to violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict -- and not to the nonviolent leaders who may one day bring peace.