Part III of V There is a difference between a policy demand and a movement goal. A movement is more visionary and broader. Movements are made up of people from many policy campaigns. Movements shift conversations and are not satisfied with a narrow policy victory. Organizations and campaigns stand on the shoulders of the movement. As Rinku Sen says, organizations fight for clear demands; movements change the conversations and create a psychic shift. A well-organized demand creates openings for more demands. For instance in the Civil Rights era, desegregating the bus station helped create conditions for voting rights. But ...
December 2011 Archives
I am interrupting my 5 part series to answer questions I am getting about what Occupy is doing now.
The Occupy movement has expanded exponentially due to the inaccessibility of the American dream. Like the conditions that allowed for the Arab Spring to grow: massive unemployment, poor schools, increased food, health, and housing costs.
Part I -- Who is Occupy Wall Street and what does Occupy believe in? Occupy is made up of nurses, teachers, auto workers, homeless vets, students and even conservatives who all fervently believe the 99% can reclaim democracy, build a just society and create a better world for everyone.
From Egypt to New York to Puerto Rico, London, and Greece, youth-led struggles throughout the world are giving hope and confidence that we can once again provide a fully funded opportunity for all children to succeed in public education, from preschool to college.