The Occupy Movement Must Go On

 by Debra Sweet 
When World Can't Wait was started in 2005, we issued the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime, which said in part: "That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept."

This is a lesson which has been learned by people throughout history and around the world, including throughout the Middle East now, and must be understood by people in this country as well.

The Occupy movement has been a wonderful breath of fresh air on the political stage. But if we do not grapple with and act to change the fact that co-ordinated repression has been unleashed and successfully brought down most encampments, isolating the movement from broad support and participation, it will never come back with the creativity and determination needed.
It is completely unacceptable and illegitimate that police can carry out mass arrests, pepper spray and evict people from public squares simply for asking questions about why this society is organized in such an unjust and unequal way. 
Thousands of people around the country right now face charges from the illegitimate arrests carried out in the past few months. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should pay any fine, have any record, or serve any sentence resulting from the political targeting of the Occupy movement based on its message.

We say DROP ALL THE CHARGES on ALL Occupy protesters. It is those who launch wars of aggression, order drones on murderous missions, and push police forces with military-grade weapons onto the streets against crowds of unarmed demonstrators who should be on trial.

In the meantime, it's not irrelevant to note that the City of Chicago was just ordered to pay $6.2 million to the 800 demonstrators arrested the night Iraq was invaded in 2003. Standing together against repression is always a good idea.
Andy Zee, Revolution Books spokesperson writes:

1} The problem and the juncture confronting OCCUPY across the country does not reside within OCCUPY.

2} What confronts OCCUPY is massive nationally coordinated brutal suppression of the Occupy Movement that continues.

3} It is this suppression by the forces of the state that must be confronted and stopped. The first and next step must be calling forth into mass protest the broad public support that still exists for OCCUPY.  The violent repression by those who wield power in this society of rights that are supposed to be legally guaranteed is utterly shameful from a moral standpoint, and thoroughly illegitimate from a legal and political one.  Right is on the side of OCCUPY.  It can only be regained by bringing to bear the great strength of what OCCUPY calls the 99% against that suppression.

4} Make February 28, 2012 a day of such resistanceA Call has been issued.  Signed by a thousand people, including Cornel West, Scott Olsen, Boots Riley, Robert Hass, Rt. Reverend George Packard and many others. The message is direct and simple:  “Stand with the Occupy Movement!  Stop the Suppression of Occupy!”  The General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street reached consensus February 11 in support of this action.

The Call for mass action is blunt and true:

“if this illegitimate wave of repression is allowed to stand… if the powers-that-be succeed in suppressing or marginalizing this new movement… if people are once again “penned in”—both literally and symbolically—things will be much worse. THIS SUPPRESSION MUST BE MASSIVELY OPPOSED, AND DEFEATED."

On the other hand, this too is true: movements grow, and can only grow, by answering repression with even greater and more powerful mobilization.

This can be done.  Reach deep into the consciences of all inspired by OCCUPY.   Mobilize thousands upon thousands now.  Act Together.

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.