- Posted November 16, 2011 by
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Occupy Wall Street
Call Goes Out to Occupy Movement to Shut Down for Winter
The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that a call has gone out to the various Occupy movements across the country that it is time to shut down, pack up for winter and come back in the spring. Is this in reaction to the recent events and the clearing and closing of many of the Occupy encampments?
The Canadian anticapitalist Adbusters Media Foundation, whose call this summer for a movement to match Egypt’s Tahrir Square takeover launched the Occupy Wall Street movement, itself has reservations about the timetable of events. It published an open call on Tuesday for the movement to pack up for the winter on Dec. 17 (the three-month anniversary of the movement's founding) and come back in the spring, “ready to rumble.”
That’s not what author TJ Walker thinks should happen. The movement needs to build on current momentum, not fade away for months, says the managing editor of The Daily National who recently penned the book, “Occupy Wall Street Message: Bust Up the Big Banks!”
The entire article discusses the full range of options available to Occupy. Many are stressing it's time to become more organized. An equal number seem to be siding with the unorganized, in-your-face approach.
The organization calling for the winter hibernation is the same organization that issued the initial call to Occupy Wall Street on September 17. Now the organization is calling for a December 17 hiatus.
If the Occupy movement heeds the call what impact would this have on the movement?
Will it come back with more determination and a clear idea of how to accomplish its goals?
Will the time-off serve as a means to bulk up support with the general public, which still has reservations?
From the Cornfield, I am wondering if the Occupy movement has the staying power to effect lasting change?