by Chris Hedges
April 3, 2012
ebecker2000 on Apr 2, 2012
With the escalation of police tactics at many Occupations, some Occupiers argue for more active resistance. Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese are questioned by DC Occupiers over future tactics at a seminar sponsored by a Ralph Nader group.
Kevin Zeese on the Status of the Occupy Movement
liamh2 on Apr 2, 2012
A “Controlling the Corporation Conference” was held in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 2, 2012. It was sponsored by Ralph Nader and the “Center for the Study of Responsive Law (CSRL).” Kevin Zeese, one of the organizers of Occupy Washington, was one of the speakers. He spoke about the origins of the Occupy Movement, its current status and its potential for evolving into an instrument for meaningful change in this country. To learn more, go to: http://csrl.org/
Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
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I attended this conference. There were many brilliant speakers. In particular, Chris Hedges is an amazing writer and speaker.
However, my comment is in regards to the controversy regarding Mr. Zeese. I had not met him personally until the day of this conference but had heard a great deal in support of his work, against him and as well, many neutral opinions.
There is a great deal of conflict among the three ‘camps’ in Washington, DC. Issues that should be viewed as local are being displayed on a national level. It is unfortunate that there was mudslinging from both the stage and the audience-enough culpability on all sides.
At this point in time, one ought to acknowledge that Mr. Zeese has a national platform that is being denied to the Occupiers at McPherson, DC with a dismissive attitude that is divisive. (The same should be said for those at Freedom Plaza, I believe. However, I can only speak from experience in regards to McPherson.) The Occupiers at McPherson have done an incredible amount of honest grassroots work through their actions to bring attention to many of the issues Occupiers across the nation find equally important. They have also spent many hours educating themselves through their ‘university’ and library, deescalated hundreds of conflicts within their extraordinarily diverse community and have fed EVERYONE who has come through seeking a meal and community.
At the same time, yes, some do engage in behaviors many of us find distasteful. However, we pay attention because they engage in these antics in a public place rather than a private home,a frat house on a college campus or elsewhere. Unfortunate but not violent nor illegal except in the case of this Occupation.
Mr. Zeese has his detractors, absolutely. However, it is rather impossible for the entire group of McPherson Occupiers to be at fault. It is wrong for one to believe as much simply at face value. Occupy McPherson deserves our respect and direct public acknowledgement, not our scorn.
Thanks for sharing your personal experience, Angela.