The “99% Spring”: Co-Opting Occupy or Helping Spread its Message?

Jake Olzen writes on Alternet:

Next month, activists and organizers across the country are planning to train 100,000 people in nonviolent direct action for what they call The 99% Spring. But despite borrowing one or two of the Occupy movement’s favorite slogans, The 99% Spring hasn’t been called for by any general assembly.

Rather, this massive and controversial effort is coming from the institutional left — a diverse coalition of labor unions, environmental and economic justice groups, community organizations and trainers’ alliances. While some celebrate what appears to be a mainstreaming of resistance thanks to Occupy, others are crying co-option.

“This spring we rise!” write 99% Spring organizers in a letter to “America.” “We will reshape our country with our own hands and feet, bodies and hearts. We will take non-violent action in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi to forge a new destiny one block, one neighborhood, one city, one state at a time. We are the 99%. For the 100%. And this is our moment.”

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    “The organizers of The 99% Spring have been careful not to imply that they are OWS. “We don’t want to pretend that this is an Occupy-endorsed thing,” says Joy Cushman.”

    This still feels like ‘fine print’ to me.

    I say, “Yes, mediocre wankers over at Moveon.org ARE trying to co-opt Occupy with their plastic, focus-grouped fakery.”  But in the end analysis I’m not sure I see much harm in it, because they don’t understand that it’s not about beating the “competition” to register a catchy slogan, it’s about actual grass roots involvement.  And that horse has already done left the barn, son.

  • Happypedro

    Bill Moyers seems to be supporting the idea of the 99% Spring…

    http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-standing-up-for-democracy/

    …and I’ve always found him to be brilliantly on target.