(On Consensus Decision Making)
On August 2, 2011 at the very first meeting of what was to become Occupy Wall Street, about a dozen people sat in a circle in Bowling Green. The self-appointed “process committee” for a social movement we merely hoped would someday exist, contemplated a momentous decision. Our dream was to create a New York General Assembly: the model for democratic assemblies we hoped to see spring up across America. But how would those assemblies actually operate?
The anarchists in the circle made what seemed, at the time, an insanely ambitious proposal. Why not let them operate exactly like this committee: by consensus.
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Last Friday I went along to The Garage in Highbury, where UK rapper Lowkey was celebrating the launch of his new album. “Soundtrack to the Struggle”, released without major label support, has seen phenomenal success: on the day of its release it surged into the top 10 of the UK iTunes charts, and made similar waves in a host of other countries, including the US, Canada and Australia. “Too Much”, which has emerged as something of a lead single from this album, has also been played by Greg James and Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1.
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One protester injured. Rubber bullet to the head.
From the comments:
opdheadshot about 5 hours ago
“Just to clarify: I was shot in the head w/ a tear gas canister. Stitches and love. We will prevail.”
Joseph Dana: Photo from #OWS Oakland. These are not rubber bullets based on my experience in Israel/Palestine
via Greg Mitchell
Updated @1537 26/10/11:
People should stop referring to bean bags, tear gas cannisters and rubber bullets as “less-lethal”. Used in exactly this manner they are a deadly force. Oops, what a surprise, didn’t mean to kill you. Not so much.