Occupy, more occupy, even more occupy

Letters to the Boston Phoenix  editors, January 20, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 18, 2012



I just read your article about the Occupy New Hampshire primary event ("A Wedding and Four Funerals," January 13). I appreciate your coverage of the weekend. But there are several points I'm not happy with. The manner in which you describe the way Occupy organized is inaccurate or misleading. Your language suggests that it was organized by outsiders. Occupy NH had spent at least one month preparing for this event.

Also, I don't appreciate the light in which you portray the relationship between Ron Paul supporters and Occupy. Sure, in the heat of protest there may have been some harsh words. However, in New Hampshire there are many Ron Paul supporters who are part of the Occupy movement.

Sure conflict sells, but that is not the way we work in New Hampshire. I believe if we are to really become the 99 percent, as we say, we need to make our movement inclusive and not intimidating.



Regarding your article on Noam Chomsky's advice for the Occupy movement ("Words from the Guru," December 23, 2011), I say follow your heart. Strategy is always good, but attacking on all fronts all at once, that is what wins the war.

Here in New Zealand, the Wellington Occupiers have split into two camps, those still occupying the Civic Square and those setting up house in buildings and interacting through the electronic media. I think this works perfectly so long as they keep up good communications.

Occupiers need to be seen and the camps are a safe base for people like me, wanting to meet others supporting the movement. I was getting arrested on the street prior to Occupy because shop owners didn't like what I sang about: suicide, human-rights abuses, cruel government, and the like.


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