Just a quick comment on the general strike poster with the heading “TO THE STREETS” (which has the photo of a recent Occupy Oakland march with the police cruiser bottom right).
After “GENERAL STRIKE” it reads “ANTI CAPITALIST MARCH” (and the first bullet point reads “ANTI CAPITALISM”). In fairness to the Occupy movement’s participants it may be more accurate to say “STOP OUT OF CONTROL CAPITALISM” or “STOP CORRUPTION IN CAPITALISM NOW”.
I marched with Occupy Santa Cruz on Saturday October 15th, Occupy Oakland on the 22nd and again on the 29th (and with San Francisco in the afternoon on the 29th). I appreciate the fact that radical views need be heard, but I have to say that many of us marching with Occupy in Santa Cruz, SF and Oakland are not against Capitalism, but are here because we recognize that regardless of what economic system we have in place, corruption, greed and violence will be present. This is an unfortunate and long standing situation which makes it our responsibility as citizens to evolve ourselves and our economic systems to serve justice. Certainly the system we now have does not serve justice, but to label the Occupy movement as simply “Anti Capitalist” is too general. Fed up with corruption and greed in all its forms is more accurate.
This is a new movement, there are many people watching and listening, their guts are telling them what this all means, and soon they will make decisions about how they will participate. If we simply call the movement “anti capitalist” we lose the support of many people here in the US. I say keep that door open, gather momentum, and transform the economic system into one that serves everyone – regardless of what form it takes or what it ends up being called. People know the current system sucks, our job is to show everyone how brutal the current form of Capitalism is and invite them to help us straighten this mess up. People are ready for change, let’s get them to join us out in the streets – its going to take a shitload more of us than we currently have participating now.
Joseph McMahon, Capitola, CA