Occupy's Three New Fronts


One of the main criticisms of the Occupy movement, voiced by supporters and adversaries alike, is that they've failed to make their message clear. At first to say so seemed unjust. After all, protesters are to raise awareness to a problem not to fix it, right? Wasn't thinking the opposite part of the delusion of the 1960's anti-war movement?  Two months in, the criticism is becoming more relevant.  As winter is driving many protesters into tents and sanitation complaints are arising throughout many camps, including New York, it seems if the movement wants to make new ground it has to evolve.  As with almost every movement lacking in hierarchical leadership, and not geographically and ethnically homogenous, either it fizzles or others take it in a new direction. There are three new fronts on the fringes of the Occupy Movement genuinely taking direct action rather than those sitting in their tents clinging to flashlights like children from beneath a fort of blankets.

1. Oakland: Occupying Foreclosed and Abandoned Homes

In Oakland the movement has taken on a unique ebullience through the city's violent and inhumane response to the protesters.

Now a group of Occupiers have set out to take over foreclosed homes much like the San Francisco group, Homes Not Jails, has done since 1992.

"It's a very important front for the Occupy movement all over this country, and if any one city can set a precedent for taking over foreclosed buildings, the idea will then quickly spread," said Adrian Dyer, an Occupy organizer. "The key is to improve what we occupy, to do it right, to set a good example."  (from the sfgate)

So far they've only taken over one foreclosed building, but they've inspired Occupy San Francisco to join in the action.

For more from the ground in Oakland follow journalist and friend of Bold Type @bayreporta on Twitter.

2. Occupy Wall Street: March to D.C.

Today a group of a dozen protesters from Occupy Wall Street started a 300 mile march from New York to Washington D.C. Their arrival is planned to coincide with the Congressional deficit reduction super-committee meeting on November 23rd, Where they will be protesting to end the Bush tax-cuts benefiting millionaires at the expense of the country's poor.

OWS gave these protesters a budget of $3,000 to make the trip. The group plans on stopping in Occupy Baltimore and Occupy Philadelphia as well as other occupations during the course of the 'Occupy the highway' march. you can follow their progress through the Twitter feed: @NYCmarch2DC


3. Move to Amend: Occupy the Courts

Occupy Wall Street has stated on several occasions that it doesn't want to be involved in the legislative process. Although the Occupy Movement is made up of many minorities, such sentiments are partially due to many camps across the country clinging to the historically amnesiac concept of pure democracy.  As they sit with their hands tied to an uncompromising 90% consensus rule, Move to Amend and Cornell West, "friends" of OWS, are planning to fight corporate personhood by occupying courthouses Friday, January 20th 2012. For more information go here: MOVE TO AMEND

None of these fronts are new in the scope of activism. They are, however, new to the Occupy Movement. If these three fronts grow there's a chance the Occupy Movement will take more shapes and find new creative ways to consolidate a message.


Photo from AP