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What Will Occupy Do In The 2012 Election?
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|"Should Occupy get involved in electoral politics?" was the question that kicked off a panel today on "Occupy and electoral politics," part of a national Occupy forum happening in DC all this week.
No, seemed to the short answer from most of the speakers and attendees here. And while any Occupier will say no one can speak on behalf of the rest of the movement, the consensus inside the Quaker Meeting House in Dupont Circle, at least, was that Occupiers should be focused on something much bigger than winning a few elections in November.
"I don't see any opportunity inside electoral politics this year," long-time activist and former Ralph Nader spokesperson Kevin Zeese remarked.
The speakers called for building a "deeper" grassroots movement outside electoral politices to "build power first," then maybe a robust third party or infrastructure several years down the road.
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