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Having experienced this process, even briefly, it becomes very difficult -- if not impossible -- to return to work, community and political settings where dominance and control is the primary paradigm.

6. The formation of new, long term connections and networks -- A+

At the end of the day, it will be networking and coalition building with existing antiwar, antiglobalization, social justice and environmental groups that will build a giant movement with sufficient muscle to enact real change. Networking with thousands of localized sustainability groups, which have already made giant strides in opting out of the corporate economy will be especially important.

7. The re-introduction of mutual welfare thinking into the movement for change -- A+

The "welfare committee" was fundamental to nearly all veteran, union and community organizing during the Great Depression (the last major economic crisis). Effective movement building demands that we look after one another, regardless of social background and income level.

8. The systematic empowerment of women OWS members -- A+

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Thanks to leaderless decision making and governance, women have a new voice in OWS occupations that they don't enjoy in the rest of society.

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My 2nd article will focus more on where OWS needs ... by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 4:24:40 PM
I am guessing the news about Baltimore, Atlanta an... by Donald on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 6:57:04 PM
The good news is we are the 99%. To me this is the... by Nancy S on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 8:01:06 PM
To the contrary, Don, Occupy New Zealand keeps ver... by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 8:17:57 PM