Occupy Boston: Don’t Screw This Up

I would like to state that I emphatically support the Occupy Wall Street movement and our own local contingent, Occupy Boston.  Furthermore, I suspect, many people in the country and in Boston agree with the overall premise that the financial institution, in combination with our government, is not working and the middle class is suffering because of it.  So, the mere fact that these movement’s are sweeping across the country is a good thing.  I support them wholeheartedly and have even spent sometime down at the actual Occupy Boston site on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. In fact, I plan on donating to it.   But, in order for this movement to be effective it must win the hearts and (skeptical) minds of the very people you are trying to help, or as you say, the 99%.   Picking a fight with the Boston Police is dumb and unnecessary. Granted, I was not there and I am sure, some of our police’s officers may have acted in the wrong manner, but this, in accordance with the movement, is a trivial issue.

The people who wear the uniform are the 99% too and instead of fighting them, there should be a consistent effort to reach out to them and yes, even take one for the team, for the greater overall good in the long run.  Yes, I know, moving back to the original site might have seemed like a defeat or a ‘cave’ to the system or the man, but it would have been worth it in the end.  For this movement to be effective, you need the people under the uniform to want you to be successful, because not only are they actually people with their own opinions and feelings, they have relatives and non-affiliated friends, who may garner a negative opinion about this movement based on what these people in uniform say.

Also, try and reach out to the people who work in the financial sector.  Send a ‘diplomat’ if you will, to some of these places during lunch hour and ask them, in a non threatening or ‘weird chanting way’, if you would like more information on why you are protesting in the first place.  Many people who work on Wall Street or in the financial sector are the 99% and are just as unhappy and fearful about the economy as the Occupiers are.  Just like all of the college students on the Rose Kennedy greenway, they too, are stuck in enormous college debt and are trying to figure out how to improve things.  The cops, financial workers, the skeptical-non hippie, but struggling middle class  suburban father, is your ally.  None of these aforementioned people are your enemy.  They should be vigorously included in this movement and the only way to do this is to appeal to them.

This movement can be greater and bigger than it is now.  I believe it will continue to grow, but only if the tent is expanded.  I personally hope it is a historical movement that truly affects change.  I believe it can, but the movement must resist the natural temptation to find enemies and at some point, elect a leader.  the movement will need a face.  Not an aspiring politician, but a genuine individual that America can love.  I know, I know, it’s leaderless and at first, this has been good.  But a point and a leader must emerge to affect real change.  If I can, I would like to nominate Iraqi veteran Ryan Cahill as the first leader of the whole movement.  This is not only an individual people would rally around, but someone such as him, is one of the main reasons this movement must continue.

So, don’t be afraid of a leader and an agenda and win the hearts and minds of everyone.  Don’t make it easy for your detractors to paint you in a negative light.  Because if they do, then we all loose.



One Response to Occupy Boston: Don’t Screw This Up

  1. CharlestownTownie says:

    At this point I support #occupyboston because I support their right to protest peacefully. I hope they turn into a movement that will inspire the country to change for the better, but for now citizens of the Hub should have their backs and demand the Mayor and Governor not use our own police against our own people. Can you really blame those kids for being upset at police? Can you ask them to protest without civil disobedience? Of course not. That can never accomplish anything. Can you ask them to perform civil disobedience without risking arrest? Of course not – and there is your dilemma with the police. I hope the city and state will be wiser in the future and leave those kids alone.

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