I expect there will be more shortsighted dismissals of Hedges critique
and even more choosing to ignore it. The problem, however won’t go
away. The once great potential of Occupy Oakland has been greatly compromised
by the ineffective and immature tactics of the BB. Josh Healy, Osha Neuman, the
Anonomyous post, Hedges, John Reimann, and Joseph Anderson have all stuck their
necks out attempting to warn us.
If the BB has such an irrepressible need to battle the cops let them call
their own actions instead of using OO actions for their cover. OO’s anti 1% message
has been loosing its spotlight ever since the BB flocked to OO following the 10/25 raid.
Even today as we should be celebrating the contribution of Occupy Oakland and Portland
to the settlement of the EGT/ILWU struggle and the loading of the “Full Sources” by the ILWU
we are distracted by issues arising from cop battling.
I agree with John Reimann that there is a leadership in OO and they have subverted the problem
of dealing with the BB for months. Often the claim is made that “diversity of tactics” was agreed on at a GA.
I was not at that GA but it was a Mosswood Park GA and may not have had quorum. Actually were any
definitions of quorum even written at that point. Now is the time to revisit the BB question before May Day
becomes another opportunity for them to degrade an OO activity.