I thought I would share this article, All Talk, No Action. It is by a Steve Lopez of the L.A. Times.
He offers a few suggestions (as does everyone…rolleyes!), one of which I am reprinting here:
Why don’t [Los Angeles] demonstrators march over to nearby skid row, speak up for those who have lost their homes and then parade from there to the nearest $20-million house in the hills?
While they’re on skid row, why not lend a hand to the bomb-rattled soldiers who fought two ill-conceived wars that cost in the trillions?….
Demonstrators could do all of this and more, rolling out each day to a different site and keeping us all guessing as to what’s coming next.
Or they could burrow in under the trees, kill the few remaining grass shoots, continue preaching to the converted and hope it doesn’t rain.
This is a fair criticism, if it is in fact true that Occupy L.A. has no other plans, other than to camp out. Somehow I doubt that this is true. Buy maybe. I’ll see when I arrive. I know that the little Occupy movement here in Sioux Falls, SD has intentions and interest in a wider agenda for social change. Although I have not data in hand, I think that Occupy movements help draw attention to the national move-your-money day, to withdraw money from for-profit banks and move it to local credit unions. That’s smart.
Also smart and effective would be to begin organizing on the local level to boycott all big businesses and major corporations and invest in local, independent businesses. That’s a major undertaking, and it requires organization, but it attacks the beast right in the gut. Such organization could also bring support from local business owners who might not otherwise be inclined to camp out, sing protest songs, or hold signs. We need the protests, don’t get me wrong. It’s been important. Whether people camp out or march, I hope that it continues, because without the foot soldiers, I’m not sure how far the movement can go. I agree with the general feeling, though, that as time goes on, Occupy can and should continue to do more to organize in creative ways for specific goals.