Occupy Protesters Envision The Leaderless Movement’s Next Phase

Question MarkLeanne Maxwell writes at SFist:

Last week’s climactic worldwide May Day events, in which police and protesters clashed and black bloc protesters caused thousands of dollars worth of property damage, revived the nation’s waning interest in the Occupy movement long enough for everyone to ask, “What next?”

As can be expected, the cause has hit somewhat of a plateau, and the sentiment amongst the public seems to be that the Occupy groups should separate themselves from the violent factions of the movement and expand their community-minded support into the neighborhoods.

SFist took it upon ourselves to ask members of Occupy in various cities to suspend disbelief for a moment and pretend they were each the leader of the movement. What would be some tangible next steps for Occupy? Naturally, only two of the participants ventured to imagine if Occupy did have a leader, but we like the variety of answers we received…

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10 Comments on "Occupy Protesters Envision The Leaderless Movement’s Next Phase"

  1. “expand their community-minded support into the neighborhoods”

    Please don’t expand it into my neighborhood. I’m trying to sell my house right now and I don’t need property values plummeting when OWS squatters start taking up residence in homes when the owners are away like they’ve done in Portland and New York. I don’t have a ton of cash but I’m willing to pay them “protection money” if they’ll choose someone else’s neighborhood. I just wish they’d announce their leader so we know who to make the checks to and with whom to make those arrangements.

  2. tonyviner | May 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm |


    • Holy Shit Dude, you’re back!

      You don’t know how much I’ve missed your particular brand of insanity.

  3. The only thing to get is money | May 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm |

    Occupy next phase: dissolve.

    I mean seriously. A leaderless movement? occupy is a fail read this:


  4. Just a small tweak and “Leaderless Movement” becomes “Leaderless Resistance”.

    I would love to see the Occupy crowd shove some Col. Amoss up Wall Street’s ass.

  5. Liberty does not Descend to a people from their Leaders, they must collectively raise themselves up to Liberty in solidarity.

  6. Claudemiller | May 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm |

    I think that the “occupy turds” should have the effluent beat out of them first. Sort of payback from the turds of the sixties.

  7. GoodGrief | May 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

    Good grief, Charlie Brown. Occupation was a great first step, but if they are serious about spreading the message, then they need to move into Phase Two: Implementation. Take all of the great ideas and concepts which were generated and discussed during the past year and funnel them into something concrete, like a political party which can then nominate a candidate who is not the “leader” but is simply someone who speaks for/on behalf of the movement. Why should that be so freak’n difficult?? 

  8. Tell Me What To Do | May 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm |

    Only followers need leaders.

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