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Occupy East End rejects MoveOn Takeover Attempt

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, 2012—FOR

IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ *OCCUPY THE EAST END TO MOVEON.ORG:  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 it’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 movement’s terminology and rhetoric, not to embrace it, but to channel our movement’s energies toward backing Democratic candidates and policies. MoveOn says: “MoveOn stands in solidarity with the brave protesters at Occupy Wall Street, but we’re not Occupy Wall Street and we’re not trying to become Occupy Wall Street.” If that’s true, why are they posting articles with titles like “Which Corporations Occupy Congress?” and sponsoring events with titles like “We Are The 99%?” This is “Astroturfing”* at its worst.

MoveOn is creating confusion on purpose.

Ground Zero in MoveOn’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 “99% Spring Training” by a MoveOn front group called “99%Spring” 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 block—every OEE member at the GA issued a personal block—to a MoveOn representative who “asked” OEE to participate—after MoveOn had scheduled the event. The MoveOn rep refused to change the date or time and informed OEE that “you will be taken over [by MoveOn] whether you like it or not.”

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 “lead lobbying group” for Obama’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 “grassroots” political activism.

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2 Replies to “Occupy East End rejects MoveOn Takeover Attempt

  1. I wish the Occupiers should be more open to entering coalitions with other groups. In the past MoveOn did work for Democratic candidates. But most of the MoveOn activists really are in solidarity with Occupy.

    Can Occupy really claim to own the “99%” slogans?

  2. Feeling queasy about MoveOn is not unique to OWS. I have participated in several MoveOn events, and even organized more than one, so I can speak from experience when I say that MoveOn is a rigorously top-down organization that offers little to those who wish to build a true bottom-up political movement. Their events are as carefully scripted as a Tom Stoppard play, but just as empty of any real content that could lead to meaningful change in our society.

    I’ve given up on MoveOn, and I don’t blame these Occupiers for not wanting to be associated with them.

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