The following post was contributed to RevolutionTruth by Brandon Edwards. He holds a Major in History with a Political Science Minor. He has been writing within a broad spectrum of subjects ranging anywhere from History and Political Science all the way to Earth Sciences and Cosmology, all of which have been for his own amusement. For the last 6 or 7 years, his curiosities have led him to find who he really is as a person. He has become more politically active within the last 3 years and has found that the more he is subjected to USA and Global Politics, the more cynical in nature he has become, and his cynicism reveals itself within his writing. However, Brandon believes that one can find small pockets of internal optimism every now and then. Everyone is born an optimist; Pessimism is a learned trait.
When you defect from the original message of revolution by creating a disruptive counter story, you lose the high ground, that which the cause has so righteously established, in the battle for positive publicity. By doing so, you give the corporate media the power of spin and slant, as well as the convenient truth of the crimes that have plagued the camps – and there is no slant within that account.
Initially the story revolved around sociopolitical disconnect, economic disparities, and three wars, Corporate personhood, relentless environmental damage, reckless spending and quantitative easing – the list of reasons for discontent is a mile long. However, the story quickly spun itself into a flea circus, and I use the term flea in a literal sense. The camps have become a haven for vagabonds and gutter punks. Although there are campers who’s conduct is admirable and consistent with the message of change, their actions are eclipsed by rampant drug use, vandalism, weapon mishaps, and the unsanitary conditions of the camp.
The camps have served its purpose as the first stage of the movement. It raised awareness of our cause and produced a rallying call for change in the system and solidarity of the proletariat. Now, when the damage that the camps have committed is minimal, we must configure a timeline of marches and protests on Washington D.C. and bring our case to the lawmakers. It is time to move forward into phase two: Establish a doctrine of action on D.C., and protest the allocations of credit card/ loan debt accrued by American Citizens; To cripple the system that Wall Street feeds upon.
We are in a critical stage where direction, structure, and pragmatism are needed. A figurehead and committee must be forged from each city where the occupy movement is taking place in order to allow this movement to evolve into an organized structural force. We have the tools through social networking to do so. From there, a focus strategy group will constitute a list of demands that will derive a declaration of civil dissidence from the current order established in our political system, along with a list of proposals and amendments that in which already exist in a primitive form. We need a systemic change in Washington if we want equality and justice for all.
Time is both our friend and foe. Although evolution is a slow and tedious process, we need to take swift action and organize a response to counter the portrait that the propaganda machine has painted. Damage control and good public relations will enable the cause and help restore the movement’s image and message. If we allow the media to pick through the debris without checks and balances, it will spiral out of our control, and before long it will be lost.
Denialism is the ruin of progress. You are in denial if you didn’t think that the media wasn’t going to feed on the foul conditions spawned from the camps. Regardless of your position on the media, they are the outlet and informant for the vast majority of the 99%. That majority teeters on the issues and the message of the occupancy, and what they perceive is what they see on FOX or what they read in the papers. Public relations is the cornerstone of this movement. Only a small percentage of the 99% occupy these camps and protests, and it is in that minute percentile’s best interest that our action, conduct, and direction is perceived as righteous and worthwhile. Perception is the determining factor that will help galvanize the majority of the 99%, for perception IS reality in mainstream media. Although the dispersal of both camps in Portland were peaceful and uplifting for the most part, some even went as far by deeming it as triumphant, the perception remains that the portrayal of the camps have already been tainted by half parts truth, and half parts propaganda.