Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2012 16:05:20 -0700
Subject: [SFPJN] Occupy the East End Rejects MoveOn.org Takeover Attempt
PRESS RELEASE: Occupy the East End Rejects MoveOn.org Takeover Attempt
April 8th, 2012
Please disseminate to everyone in and interested in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thank you./ /APRIL 8, 2012â€”FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ *OCCUPY THE EAST END TO MOVEON.ORG:Â WE WILL NOT BE HIJACKED!*
We had been silent. We had hoped that the organizations that are attempting to co-opt and dilute the Occupy Wall Street movement would stop. The Occupy movements across the country are fighting for better lives of the 99% of Americans who work for a living. We had hoped that these interlopers would recognize that what they are doing is wrong.
But they have not done the right thing. Now itâ€™s time to speak out and fight back.
A Democratic Party-affiliated organization, MoveOn.org, is actively attempting to hijack the Occupy Wall Street movement. This brazen co-option attempt began by mimicking the Occupy movementâ€™s terminology and rhetoric, not to embrace it, but to channel our movementâ€™s energies toward backing Democratic candidates and policies. MoveOn says: â€œMoveOn stands in solidarity with the brave protesters at Occupy Wall Street, but weâ€™re not Occupy Wall Street and weâ€™re not trying to become Occupy Wall Street.â€ If thatâ€™s true, why are they posting articles with titles like â€œWhich Corporations Occupy Congress?â€ and sponsoring events with titles like â€œWe Are The 99%?â€ This is â€œAstroturfingâ€* at its worst.
MoveOn is creating confusion on purpose.
Ground Zero in MoveOnâ€™s takeover attempt of Occupy is focused on the eastern end of Long Island in New York. Occupy the East End represents the OWS movement in the Hamptons and Shelter Island, which happen to be the most popular summer playground for the 1%.
Its most recent attempt to co-opt our movement is by scheduling a â€œ99% Spring Trainingâ€ by a MoveOn front group called â€œ99%Springâ€ on April 15, 2012 at the same location and time where Occupy the East End has been holding its General Assemblies since the group formed in October of 2011. Occupy the East End delivered an unprecedented unanimous blockâ€”every OEE member at the GA issued a personal blockâ€”to a MoveOn representative who â€œaskedâ€ OEE to participateâ€”after MoveOn had scheduled the event. The MoveOn rep refused to change the date or time and informed OEE that â€œyou will be taken over [by MoveOn] whether you like it or not.â€
We cannot be bought! We will not be co-opted!
Moveon.org is a political lobbying organization that routinely backs Democratic candidates and was originally funded by the billionaire George Soros. MoveOn.org is considered the â€œlead lobbying groupâ€ for Obamaâ€™s reelection campaign, and has overt ties to various Wall Street entities.
Occupy the East End is in no way affiliated with MoveOn.org, nor does it wish to become so. The attempt to take over OEE is a hostile takeover attempt to capitalize on the Occupy movement as a whole. Occupy Wall Street and Occupy the East End as a movement rejects the political system as a broken structure that needs to be overhauled from the bottom up.
*Call To ACTION*
Occupy the East End urgently requests the support of all Occupations and occupiers to rebuff this attempt to CO-OPT OUR movement. All Occupiers are asked to join us at the Windmill on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, NY on April 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm to make your voice heard at the General Assembly of the REAL Occupy movement!
*Astroturfing: The creation of lobbying groups that appear to be separate from corporate interests, but that are actually funded by them. As opposed to â€œgrassrootsâ€ political activism.