Third Party political report back from D. Eris, including notes on incident at Air and Space Museum

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(excerpt from)
Occupation Protest in Washington DC Continues, Demonstrators Pepper Sprayed inside Air and Space Museum

from Poli-Tea

Demonstrations inspired by the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest took place in cities across the country on Saturday. In Washington DC, the Air and Space Museum was shut down after demonstrators were maced when trying to enter the building to protest an exhibition devoted to military drones. The mainstream media are reporting that one person was pepper sprayed by museum security. However, video of the incident shows that many people appear to have been hit with the spray…

The apparently spontaneous movement that is now growing across the country invites comparison with the Tea Party movement, with many arguing that the Occupation protests will be subsumed by the Democratic party. Democrats as well as labor and community organizations traditionally allied with the Democratic party have come out in vocal support of the protests. Yet the protesters appear appear determined at this point to maintain their political independence. [Excerpt from] A statement from From Stop the Machine:

[Ways a movement loses its political independence]

1. Co-option – an organization, political party or funder becomes very ‘friendly’ offering funds…

2. Don’t Back Down – as the movement gains strength, compromises or conciliations are made…

3. Elections – movements are lured into supporting or running candidates. When the candidate loses, the movement loses its momentum. If the candidate wins, he/she is brought into a dysfunctional system and finds out how little he/she is able to effect change. The October2011 Movement believes that the time to focus on elections will come when the political system has been transformed into a system that allows candidates to represent the views of the people rather than the needs of concentrated corporate power. That means we are independent of any candidate or political party.

[Excerpt from a statement from] Occupy DC:

We are not a party, and we will never be. Some news organizations have been trying to portray this movement as the “Democratic Tea Party equivalent;” this too is a misstatement…

There are numerous third party and independent activists at the sites in Washington DC and New York City. The Green party’s candidate for sheriff of Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala, addressed a rally at Freedom Plaza on Friday and called for the election of independent “people’s sheriff’s” across the country…

There are numerous individuals, working groups and committees within Occupy Wall Street and Occupy DC brainstorming electoral reforms and developing policy recommendations to open up our political process to ensure adequate representation, at all levels of government, for the 99% of Americans who go unrepresented by the Democratic and Republican parties. More to come in that regard in coming days.


3 thoughts on “Third Party political report back from D. Eris, including notes on incident at Air and Space Museum

  1. paulie

    The Green party?s candidate for sheriff of Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala, addressed a rally at Freedom Plaza on Friday and called for the election of independent ?people?s sheriff?s? across the country?

    It would be really interesting to see them get together on strategies and tactics with conservative constitutionalists who are working on a similar idea already and have a bit of a head start:


  2. Deran

    But the alleged “constitutionalist” Sheriffs are far-right “sovereignty” types with nothing in common with Cheri Honkala from what I’ve read from both sides. Perhaps around specific issues, like privacy and such. But I can’t see a popular front with the two?

  3. paulie


    From Badnarik:
    “I know that some of us are worried that the bank will foreclose on your home. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your county Sheriff standing on your front porch telling the bankers to “go pound sand”?”

    Then there are all the abuses of civil liberties by the feds in the name of the “wars” on drugs and terrorism. Honkala, Badnarik, Mack and many others on the non-establishment “right” and “left”
    tend to agree about that stuff.

    I’ve been pushing this idea for a long time, and I believe there is a lot of common ground.

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