Here's a chance to run for "office."
This latest occupy effort is called The 99 Declaration.
Excerpts from an Oct 12, 2011 thread at the OccupyTogether.org forum titled
Motion for the formation of Executive Committee and Election for a National General Assembly :
The purpose of this committee will be to organize a nationwide election of 870 delegates (two from each of the 435 congressional districts) to a NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY to convene on July 4, 2012 in Philadelphia.
The National General Assembly will debate, propose and vote on a Petition for the Redress of Grievances to be presented to the United States Government before the 2012 elections in November.
Excerpts from a lengthy document at http://sites.google.com/site/the99percentdeclaration :
The People, consisting of all United States citizens who have reached the age of 18, regardless of party affiliation and voter registration status, shall elect Two Delegates, one male and one female, by direct vote, from each of the existing 435 Congressional Districts to represent the People at the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY in Philadelphia. Said Assembly shall convene on July 4, 2012 in the city of Philadelphia.
Election Committees, elected by local General Assemblies from all over the United States, shall coordinate with the 99 Percent Declaration Working Group to organize, coordinate and fund this national election by direct democratic voting.
The Election Committees shall operate like the original Committees of Correspondence did before the first American Revolution.
In the above document, the section titled "Proposed Petition for the Redress of Grievances" covers a variety of subjects, such as campaign financing, health care, the tax code, the EPA, the military, student aid, jobs, etc.
Excerpts from an Oct 19, 2011 thread at the nycga.net forum titled
Invitation for National Conference Call from members of ALL US GA’s
The Working Group on the 99% Declaration would like to invite a representative from each of the General Assemblies in the USA to attend our conference call on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7pm.
Each representative from a GA will have the floor for one or two minutes depending how many of the 540 members of the Working Group are attending the conference call.
A thread on another message board claims: OWS fractures over '99 Percent Declaration'
The99PercentDeclaration went rogue and is not supported by the movement. The99PercentDeclaration claims to have started as an OWS working group of 250 members. As the group became unmanageable, a few people just got together and drew up a list of demands. They claim to have voiced their proposal at the GA, but no minutes were ever taken. In frustration, they set up their own website to post their proposal.
Good for the rogues.
Sometimes open source developers disagree on the direction of a particular app, so the project forks. Maybe occupy-xyz is forking.
Anyway, the main site for info is probably http://www.nycga.net and it has a working group called http://www.nycga.net/groups/the-99-declaration
Shh...don't tell those 48% about this:
Washington Post: Obama Still Flush With Cash From Financial Sector Despite Frosty Relations
Obama has brought in more money from employees of banks, hedge funds and other financial service companies than all of the GOP candidates combined, according to a Washington Post analysis of contribution data.
Michale Barone has an good take on this -- but don't tell the folks at Zuccotti Park:
Obama’s generous support from the financial services folks is obviously in tension with his frequent recent campaign trail denunciations of millionaires, Wall Streeters and people who fly in corporate jets. Further investigation reveals how bogus that campaign rhetoric is. The Dodd-Frank legislation which Obama happily signed effectively grants too-big-to-fail status to the largest banks, which allows them to raise money more cheaply than their smaller competitors and tends to ratchet up the value of their stock.....In any case, Obama’s campaign posture as the scourge of Wall Street is in important ways deeply fraudulent...
But, self-reported, nearly half of the protesters...all of whom seem to say the financial system is broken...are gonna vote for this guy? He's gonna make things better? He's gonna "get" those rich people and change the system? Are you joking?
So then, most of OWS would NOT vote for Obama in the next election.
No. The other ones thought Bush was still President and it was all his fault.
Funny. Stupid--but funny.