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What the Occupy Movement needs to do to survive and prosper

The power of the Occupy Wall Street movement is rooted in the moral imperatives of justice and self-sacrifice, non-historical values closer to King than Abbie Hoffman. It seeks to rebuild the bridges to labor, the poor and the working class.

The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color. Marginalized people of color have been organizing, protesting and suffering for years with little help or even acknowledgment from the white liberal class. The civil rights movement, after all, achieved a legal victory, not an economic one. And for the bottom two-thirds of African-Americans, life is worse today than it was when Martin Luther King marched in Selma in 1965.

The decision by protesters from Occupy Wall Street to join Cornel West in Harlem last Saturday to protest the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy was an important step in taking the message of the occupy movement to our impoverished internal colonies.

As we enter the second month of demonstrations, the power elite fear that the core message and the calls for resistance, which resonate with a majority of Americans, will lead to a direct confrontation with the corporate state. If the movement starts to pull hundreds of thousands of people together, if it leaps across class lines, as I saw during the peaceful revolutions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, then the corporate state is probably finished. Our corporate overlords know this. And they are doing everything in their power to make sure this does not come to pass.

If this movement can cross class lines, if it can articulate its vision to those in marginalized communities, especially poor people of color, it makes possible the toppling of the corporate state.

[Excerpt of article by Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com]

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