There’s a pamphlet going around camp & around the internet called dear occupiers, a letter from anarchists.
Here’s a link: dearoccupiers
There’s a section on Diversity of Tactics that seems especially relevant as we negotiate our relationship with the Finance Committee. I wanted to share it here:
“To have a diversity of participants, a movement must make space for a diversity of tactics. It’s controlling and self-important to think you know how everyone should act in pursuit of a better world. Denouncing others only equips the authorities to de-legitimize, divide, and destroy the movement as a whole. Criticism and debate propel a movement forward, but power grabs cripple it. The goal should not be to compel everyone to adopt one set of tactics, but to discover how different approaches can be mutually beneficial.”
Mmm, mutually beneficial. sounds nice, right? Let’s use all the tools in the box.
One kind of material that we make available in the library are pamphlets. Betsy and Mandy can speak to our archiving efforts for pamphlets, zines and other other ephemera, but I can say that we get a lot of them, they’re a challenge to manage and they go fast. The “General Assembly Guide” above is one example. Material like this is important to distribute when it’s first published, and to make available for research and preserve in an archive. The iterations of a pamphlet such as this guide represent a moment in the movement, a snapshot of the state of affairs for that period, both in terms of geography (such as the spatial organization in the plaza indicated on the map) as well as the current practices of the movement and which information was deemed important to communicate at this time.
This version of the guide is intended to be printed as a double sided tri-fold pamphet on 8 1/2 x 11 papter and includes sections titled “Background,” “How it Works,” “Important Hand Signs,” “About Groups,” “Map,” and “Important Contact Info.”
Download a PDF of the guide, retrieved October 5, 2011, from our digital archive here: Occupy.pdf