That Will Never Work: What Progressives Can Learn from OWS
Session Type(s): Panel
Training Tag(s): Organizing & Movement Building, OWS
Starts: Friday, Jun. 8 4:30 PM
Ends: Friday, Jun. 8 5:45 PM
Room: Ballroom A
When Occupy Wall Street first started, almost no one thought it would work. What does the explosion of interest in OWS say about the tactics of the occupation? What can progressive organizations learn from Occupy’s success in shifting the dialogue from austerity to inequality?
Max Berger is an organizer with the Occupy movement. He worked as as a GOTV organizer in 2004, as an online organizer for Howard Dean’s Presidential campaign in 2003, and has also worked with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, J Street and Rebuild the Dream. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but had to leave Portland after school because he wasn’t ready to retire. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
Study Critical Social Theory, Philosophy, and Cinema at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Participant in New York Students Rising, Students United for a Free CUNY, and Occupy Wall St.
Mary Clinton is an organizer with Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers in New York. As a radical with firsthand experience working on issue and electoral campaigns in a big, red, rectangular state, she’s used to pushing up against a brick wall. While naysaying the naysayers, Mary began organizing with Occupy Wall Street during the August General Assemblies. This was both because people told her not to and because she’d never seen so many fellow leftists in the 26 years of her life. She tweets tidbits about #Occupy and Labor @msmaryclinton and @99picketlines. Mary is also a member of the Organization for a Free Society, always on gchat, and suffers from a severe Facebook addiction.
Michelle is an organizer for a healthcare union in New York City. In addition to union organizing, her past experience includes youth organizing and welfare rights organizing. She focuses on intersections of race, gender, and class oppressions in her organizing and activist work. She has been involved with Occupy Wall Street through the People of Color Working Group and the Labor Outreach Committee.
Yotam Marom is a political organizer, educator, and writer based in New York City. He has been active in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and is a member of the Organization for a Free Society. Yotam has experience in anti-austerity struggles, student activism, democratic education, Jewish social justice work, and communal living. His writing can be found at www.yotammarom.com.