(This is extracted and elaborated on portions of a post I decided not to share)
Last night, I attended a post-occupy occupy meeting of OccupyPHL's Coordination Committee, held in 30th Street Station's food court. It was one of the larger CoCo meetings that OccupyPHL has held; most post-park meetings have been held so far in a Quaker center near where Dillworth Plaza/City Hall was occupied (apparently they are very happy to take part because it's putting their community in touch with a number of youth and it fits their social causes). I have not been to any of these meetings; this is my first meeting of any kind since Dillworth was cleared. The mood was fairly mixed, the intro was as irritatingly immersed in multiculturalist-flavour-of-liberal BS as I remembered (what that non-shared post was a long grumble about), but the meeting was pretty productive; Occupy is organising a number of marches and other events. I'm glad to see that the traditions of radical-democracy (in particular, how discussions/votes/proposals happen) are being carried forward; some form of this will help grassroots movements have robust public discussions in a structured-and-open way. I'm coming to think that Boston's variant is better than PHL's, but PHL's will certainly work.
Apart from some marches, there's some talk at a national form of Occupy; finally we're going to try to take the smattering of ideas and see if they can scale up and solidify on solutions. One form of this is The 99% Declaration and the convention it calls for. Some parts of it are wishful thinking or ill-conceived, and some I simply disagree with, but my readers who are interested in politics or philosophy of jurisprudence will probably find it an interesting read. Some (not terribly long) commentary:( Collapse )