Basic Guidelines for Behavior at OE Actions

Organizing protests and camp activities; approving non-OE events to support; working with other groups on actions

Basic Guidelines for Behavior at OE Actions

Postby Graham L » Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:09 pm

I submit that if OE can collectively and individually get behind general parameters of behavior during our community actions, we will actually feel more freedom to get our message across succinctly so there is no doubt about what we stand for:

In choosing non-violent protest, we refrain, not just from physical violence, but from using threatening movements, words, or weapons. We refrain from drugs and alcohol. We never damage private property. We realize that our passion could, if we allowed it, ignite behavior that would hurt our position in the community, so we do not yield to those knee-jerk temptations.

We choose the honorable path. If violence erupts, we will calmly manage, isolate, and cool it down. If arrested, we comply with police and do not evade the consequences of our actions. We demonstrate the respect and dignity that we expect from others. We are all accountable for representing our Movement with honor and passion, thereby growing it in strength and numbers!
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Re: Basic Guidelines for Behavior at OE Actions

Postby Ross » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:52 am

just a little support for Tango Down
Michigan Occupyers march on Governors Mansion. Tango Down is not alone. The Reverend who participated explained the importance of not just marching on the Offices and Capital Buildings, but on the homes of those in those offices-
Michigan Occupyers march on Governors Mansion. Tango Down is not alone. The Reverend who participated explained the importance of not just marching on the Offices and Capital Buildings, but on the homes of those in those offices-

"Sometimes when you're sick, you have to go to the emergency room," he said, rallying the crowd. "Sometimes when you're spiritually sick, you have to go to the mosque or you have to go to the church. Well, on today, Gov. Snyder got a cold and we're making a house call."

http://www.annarbor.com/news/rick-snyde ... nager-law/ this link auto changes when posted. the following is a short review of the article- You can search google for the articles.

The law, which was approved by the Republican-controlled state Legislature last year and signed by Gov. Snyder, allows state-appointed emergency managers to remove local elected officials from office. Critics say the law is a threat to democracy.
So the marched on the Governor's mansion. Shameful violence or peaceful outrage?
The rally started at Washtenaw Community College. From there, carrying signs and chanting anti-Snyder slogans, protesters marched up to Parker Mill County Park, just down the street from Snyder's home, where Williams used a megaphone to deliver a message.

"This is about democracy," said Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor, who was among the crowd of protesters.

"That's what we — the working people of America — have is our democracy," he said. "And when the governor steps in and tries to take that away, that's when we're really going to have a problem, and that's what folks are standing up here about."

Bullock echoed those thoughts, saying if democracy is good for Egypt, then it's good for Michigan, and "we will not tolerate emergency dictators."

"If we cannot vote, we don't have an America," he said.

Williams estimated there were about 3,000 people in attendance at that point,
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Re: Basic Guidelines for Behavior at OE Actions

Postby GrameenEugene » Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:05 pm

I disagree with the Ninja action being portrayed as an 'official" Occupy Eugene event. "Official" OE events are endorsed by the general assembly. We don't get to make up our own meanings for words. Nonviolence does not include destruction of property- or did I miss the GA where we approved that?

My age group wasted an entire decade trying to clean up after people who acted out their aggressive inclinations in the political arena. It does not help us connect with the other 90% of the 99%. Kristen, William- why are you doing it? What do you hope to accomplish? Do you really think OE supports this?

I can tell you how it came out last time. Nonviolence is more powerful than violence.
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