We are currently at a difficult point in our existence as a movement. As we simultaneously face threats of police violence, we must ourselves understand how we see violence, and that we come to Occupy Oakland from a wide range of histories. I do not think that a single proposal can address “violence by occupiers”, nor do I think it should. I think that consensus is a challenging process that we are learning how to use as we live it. A proposal should be something that the body of the GA can agree to, and give us places to move from. As such, I have been tossing around a simple proposal to help shape our community discussion around tactics.
Proposed: The General Assembly of Occupy Oakland does not condone property damage against small, local, or supportive businesses.
That’s it. No theory, no consequences. Just what we believe, so that we can all work from that place to determine the next steps. I’m kicking around the idea before I formally propose it, and I would love thoughts and feedback at this point. I Would especially love to hear from folks involved with the proposal which was withdrawn on Wednesday and which those who engage in or support the destruction of corporate property. Can you join in to support this proposal?