Occupy Wall Streets Next Steps – How to Win a Fight with the 1%

Editors’ Note:

We have added a new “Labor and Occupy” page with links to Talking Union blog posts on the occupy movement, its relationships with labor unions, and related matters. Click on the above tab. We invite your comments and suggestions for other articles.

There is no more important topic to discuss as we work to create a vibrant movement in 2012 and beyond. Talking Union will be posting articles by its editors and its favorite bloggers on Labor and Occupy. We will also be cross-posting the best articles we discover on other blog sites. An excellent example is an Alternet interview of Stephen Lerner by Sarah Jaffe, How We Can Mobilize to be the Greedy 1%s Worst Nightmare .

In the first of this Labor and Occupy series John Jacobsen analyzes the work of the Seattle Solidarity Network. This post originally appeared on the Trial by Fire website as a follow-up to this earlier post. The same publication carries an article on an exemplary action where Occupy Atlanta joined with anti-foreclosure activists to save the home of an Iraq war veteran.

by John Jacobsen

John Jacobsen

Over the past month, Occupy Wall Street has  chalked up a large number of bold actions against both government and private authorities; it has led an attempted general strike, raucous marches, occupations of banks and abandoned buildings, disruptions of political speeches and press events, and a massive West Coast shut down of major port terminals partly to aid longshore workers in their fights against their employers.

The actions, moreover, have already achieved limited successes – besides having created space for Americans to come together outside of the established political system, they have rightly been credited with having stopped fee increases amongst the largest banks in the country, as well as having widely validated the American public’s fury over increasing inequality, generating massive media exposure. Largely, however, the only real material victory of Occupy so far – its having stopped increased bank fees – has been incidental, and was in no way a conscious objective of the Occupy Movement.

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