Criticizing the black bloc for vandalism is like shooting fish in a barrel - both are pointless. I’m sure they will show up again so I want to reflect on recent media coverage and share my thoughts about our role as members of the occupy movement.
I used to make fun of Twitter. And Facebook. And the so-called “blogosphere.” As an organizer, it seemed obvious that interactions with a computer screen could never replace the power of face to face contact with real people, real community. As I moved further in my career, directing teams of organizers and volunteers,
I’m sure most of you heard about what went down in Oakland yesterday. Tens of thousands of people marching, chanting, and demanding that people and the planet must come before profit. A call to end corporate greed. A call to restore human dignity. A call for solidarity. A call for a revolution.
Occupy Oakland demonstrates its strong commitment towards the principles of democracy by constantly validating diverse opinions. This makes it nearly impossible to articulate a “unified message” in a concise sound byte.