Party & Movement

Jill Stein walks & talks on F-17 (3 min vid) 

The last really large Occupy action was ten months ago–the NATO protests in Chicago in May where, among other epiphanies, the Movement evoked historical memory of 1968 & definitively rejected the Democratic Party and all their works.

In August, the OccupyCampuses focus formally merged with the newSDS. Though short of the overwhelming victory won by Québécois students, SDSers were prominent in the Chicago actions. (By virtue of that merger,SUSJ, aka OccupyUTSA, technically acquired the status of an SDS chapter.)

The students, along with Stein-Honkala campaigners, PPEHRC, Workers World & other activist orgs, carried much of the weight through the fall–the convention protests, etc. Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala addressed the Movement in front of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court at Bowling Green, the site of Occupy Wall Street’s first assembly, on S-17.

S-17 proved much more of a “national gathering” than an over-hyped event in Philly during the summer. By that one-year anniversary had the Occupy-phase of the Movement effectively concluded?

Not quite so simple, of course: in the hubs of NYC, Chicago & Oakland, the occupation remains visibly in the streets–following the “Chicago model”, in a more targeted fashion, in fusion with community-based activism. Significant actions, like “Occupy Sandy”, continue. Even some smaller occupations persist with strike support & a few, like Denver, play an important political role.

If the occupation phase is not wrapped, it has definitely clarified. Occupy was never a 1960s-70s sort of movement. Though styled after the most recent revolutionary experience, Occupy’s fundamentals were always more akin to the 1920s-30s.

Still, the next phase was already gestating in the Tar Sands Blockade–in Houston and the Gulf Coast intimately linked with the occupation. And in a cold November far to the North, at Station 20 West on the South Saskatchewan River, four women declared “We are Idle No More!

Democrats, through their “environmentalist” camp followers, sought to avoid the failure they’d registered with Occupy and last month attempted a head start on co-optation. But Indigenous Leadership will shrug off those machinations. Ain’t so easy to pull the woolly-woolly on folks who know you remain bent on exterminating them as a people.

That ethic has propagated, as in the immediate actions versus Keystone, Enbridge, Valero et al–where those engaged recognize as secondary which opposition flag flies over a action. The point should now have been made to even the most obtuse–we have come again to an era of Movement with a capital “M“.

History is unequivocal: Movement does not conform to party–party conforms to Movement. Parties who get that may succeed; those who don’t will certainly fail.

20-20 hindsight by Paul Pipkin  

Jill Stein with SUSJ and Greens at San Pedro Pavilion, Oct 6 (Right front, Antonio Diaz, Texas Indigenous Council–our 2013 candidate for City Council District 2.)


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