Over the next few months, I will be inviting several guest bloggers to post their ideas, inspiration, experiences and knowledge.

11 Things you can do to support the Occupy movement right now.

I have been getting many emails and comments about the last blog.  Fewer people are asking about detailed demands for Occupy after my last blog.  But several want more specifics. This blog focusses on some concrete ideas that organizations can demand.  As mentioned in earlier emails, no one speaks for occupy; this list is compiled from positions that I have heard and would like to see.

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 ...

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.

U.S. educators, students, parents, policymakers, and Occupy activists can learn a lot from Chilean students.

Occupy Wall Street, in tandem with similar movements across the world, is raising critical issues and exposing how our education system reflects larger economic inequalities.


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