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Addressing OP website's anti-anarchist agenda

The Occupy Portland website has gone out of its way time and time again to needlessly vilify anarchists and anyone else who dares to be so insolent as to promote or practice basic self-defense. How can we combat this fear-mongering and divisiveness?
The Occupy Portland website has gone out of its way time and time again to vilify anarchists and anyone else who dares to be so insolent as to promote or practice basic self-defense. How can we combat this fear-mongering and divisiveness?

For example, in a recent article on the website about how the media team really, really insists that the occupation adhere to their particular brand of 'non-violence,' they denounced the very idea that they might be appealing to such known trouble-makers as anarchists as a means of bolstering defense for the occupation. The implications are as obvious as they are offensive, especially considering, as many have pointed out, that much of the occupation is built on firmly anarchistic foundations, and that anarchists have played crucial roles in organizing and maintaining the occupation.

For a well written piece on how Occupy Oakland draws from anarchist inspiration, as does our own occupation, see here:
 http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/10/18698644.php

I, like many others, am hard pressed to make it to enough general assemblies or special committee meetings to make much of a difference in this regard - due to my work schedule.

Would someone be interested in bringing a proposal before the GA to stop the media/website team from slandering anarchists in particular, and perhaps others as well?
This could take the form of some sort of code of professionalism that they would have to adhere to, or perhaps set up some sort of oversight mechanism so that these insults and also the somewhat frequently confusing/contradictory action updates could be edited out. Let's have some more transparency for goodness sake!

Or, on a more basic level, could someone at least check in on them to make sure that they're not doing anything as vile as submitting the e-mail addresses of people posting "incendiary" or "pro-anarchist" comments on the website to the police? I recall that certain "organizers" of the Seattle occupation were collecting the names of known anarchists from social networking websites in order to hand them to the police, and while I don't have any reason to suspect this is the case, I'd hate for us to find out too late about the same sort of activity here.

The website moderators are sitting in a powerful (dangerous) position. Shouldn't we break up their elite cliquishness?

Anarchists will go down in history as absolutely right! 12.Nov.2011 17:58

Lloyd Hart dadapop@dadapop.com

The problem with the working class today is that it has bought into the idea that if it opens it's mouth the politicians and corporate bosses will turn around and say - you are correct sir. The Anarchists sounded the alarm when it was time to react but now the liberal element of the protesting occupants that have reacted three decades too late want to be respected as the only leadership that can work.

The Anarchist response to the ecological crisis over the last forty years has been spot on. Petra Kelly might be dead but nuclear power is coming to an end in Germany and an entire generation of German youth is witnessing the great work of their parents generation. Petra Kelly was an Anarchist who I had the greatest respect for and who I spoke with on several occasions on many issues.

Today the Black Bloc is on fire with completely appropriate reactions to where the ecological crisis has evolved to and with the austerity scam the global monopolists are erasing our rights with. For anyone to say that the Anarchist response is not a legitimate one is not politically or ecologically aware.

I put my solidarity in the camp of the Red Black and the Black Bloc.

Some 13.Nov.2011 00:34

thoughts

Anarchists are right in some ways, but lots of them might be taken more seriously if they weren't a freakin fashion show. The anarchist scene is ingrown and self referential. There is much insider lingo that is repeated year after year while not connecting with the general public. I agree with a lot of the analysis but the strategy for change is abysmal. Get rid of the persecution complex and let go of the chip on the shoulder and just talk to people who don't agree with you. Try actually working together for once and that does not mean demanding everyone agree with you or you are gonna go home in a huff.