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Nomination of candidates to represent the 99% in Congress 2012
  • bugnet October 2011 +1 -1
    With the current momentum of the "Occupy" movement and the support of so many throughout the nation, should we be considering selecting candidates to run against the current representatives in congress who have been bought and paid for by the 1%. Should we be thinking about "Occupying Congress" in 2012.
  • typenameheretypenamehere October 2011 +1 -1 (+2 / -0 )
    Noam Chomsky
  • NoMore October 2011 +1 -1
    Matthew Segal of Our Time.org
  • Sky November 2011 +1 -1
    Yes and no.

    The Tea Party rallied and put people into state and Federal offices, but look at how radical they are, and who did not win.

    I am tempted to say, join the Green Party, since they are already established, and already in the number 3 spot, politically.

    I also think, we should start small, focus on city, county, even state govt. Slowly develop candidates who can prove their mettle, learn the ropes, make connections, and thus have a more lasting impact.

    They become part of the system, but that means they can better change it from the inside.

    Also, having a thousand candidates for smaller offices are more likely to win then hundred candidates for bigger offices. If we did win a federal seat, maybe 1-2 guys, who are isolated, don't know what to do, cant get support, cant create coalitions.

    We also need the businesses supporting us....
  • esmart January 2012 +1 -1
    support the progressive candidate with the least amount of financial contributions
  • albert January 2012 +1 -1
    Wanna put their feet to the fire ? go to www.goooh.com (Get Out Of Our House)
  • esmart March 2012 +1 -1
    I did. I participated in the forum. I will do it again.
  • skoalbiteskoalbite April 2012 +1 -1
    We don't have the financial resources or organization that a Koch funded organization like the Tea Party does. There may be some exceptions to this, but that's gonna be a regional/local GA decision, not anything we can really do spread across the globe as we are. What we can do as individuals, and local/regional GAs without much in the way of resources and organization is to get involved with local affiliated groups. Just stay in touch. You'd be amazed what difference a city councilman can make.
  • bryanwhitney April 2012 +1 -1
    What we need is an individual figurehead of the movement one person to overwhelmingly vote in. Someone who embodies the movement and a progressive candidate is not that person look into syndicalism and corporatism. Its a progressive thing it is time for something new
  • skoalbiteskoalbite April 2012 +1 -1
    We'll never take the white house, and nobody would accept just one figurehead. That's the great thing about the movement; it's horizontal. We have been, and should be, looking into everything, learning everything.
  • bryanwhitney April 2012 +1 -1
    Do long as this group maintains the pack mentality we will be seen as such a pack of dogs. It is only a matter of time until that pack is taken down. We need unity but in the same respect we need leadership to defy facilitated extinction.
  • skoalbiteskoalbite April 2012 +1 -1
    Leadership didn't save the black panthers, it just got the leaders summarily executed. We are all leaders. When we speak, if people listen it is because our voice carries reason, not because we've all agreed to follow irrespective of reason.