Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Strategizing beyond the Occupations: Video of December 1 Event at Philly’s Wooden Shoe


Thanks to Matt Dineen for organizing this event, and to Suzy Subways for filming it, along with her description, which follows:

On Dec. 1st, less than 48 hours after the police eviction of Occupy Philly, about 70 people gathered for a previously scheduled event at the Wooden Shoe bookstore to talk about what the Occupy movement can do next.

Part 1 has remarks from Mark Engler, and Part 2 has remarks from Cindy Milstein. Part 3 has the discussion, which was the main focus of the event.

Mark Engler’s work can be found at http://www.democracyuprising.com/mark-engler/. A brief quote from Mark’s talk: “This issue of strategizing beyond the occupations was not created by the police…. We’ve given ourselves the ability to escalate…. It’s when you have a very broad base of support that you can do things with boycotts, with bank sit-ins, on up to strikes and general strikes.”

Check out Cindy Milstein’s blog at https://cbmilstein.wordpress.com. A brief quote from Cindy’s talk: “I think we actually have to ask for whole social transformation… fundamentally move beyond capitalism, beyond states, beyond identities that are isolated and estranged from each other, and that’s actually OK to say now…. The Republican governors met and said, ‘Capitalism is the number one word we have to avoid now, because people get that capitalism is the problem.'”

Visit Wooden Shoe Books at 704 South Street or at http://woodenshoebooks.org.

Since Dec. 1, there has been a series of discussions that take “Strategizing beyond Occupations” from here, exploring self-governance, anticapitalism, and most recently building a movement of movements. The next conversation is Wednesday, January 18 from 7 to 9pm at the Wooden Shoe (theme to be determined).

Suzy adds: Sorry about the jerky moments in my video every once in a while.


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This entry was posted on January 3, 2012 by in Dispatches from Occupy Philly.
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