Many cities have proven that groups can "occupy" a space and stay there, more or less supported by all of the local community, except for corrupt, high-level law enforcement. This, I believe, is the starting point, the fueling fire of other movements spread across the country.
Chicago's branch of Occupy has gained national press, however, because of how nonviolent it has been and how diverse, solemn and seriously committed we are in promoting intellectual deliberation. The reported numbers of our "occupation" might seem discouraging, but the enthusiasm with which other occupy movements look to our swiftly organized assembly leads me to hope that maybe we could serve as an intellectual hub of the movement, rather than a forceful uprising. I don't think that we have anything to prove by causing civil strife in Chicago. We already have our venue, and plenty of sympathetic ears.
I can hear the Crass-clad youths huffing and puffing at a suggestion that maybe we stop short of molotovs, but I think that given the relatively low amount of violence and arrests in our branch, we have a unique opportunity of thriving without having to storm the stage.
Perhaps I'm hopelessly pacifistic. I just don't see the need to create strife when we already have national attention.
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