In the face of the tear gas dispersed with 5 minutes notice, the fleeing Oakland resident does feel the heavy handed, destructive operation by the Oakland Police was unwarranted, costly and an extreme. Helicopters costing $8000 for their function focused light on a confused and largely peaceful crowd is how the event was perceived by those on KPFA this morning. And the word out was Don’t shut up, Stand up. Now more than ever.
The Occupiers are young unemployed and employed, retired, professionals, artists, anarchists and peace niks-just like in 1968. Discounted as those outside the system is an easy out taken by some of the public. The Mayor of Oakland has had the Oakland police take a step back, no one is certain how things will go as the occupiers numbers expand, now having moved to Occupying during daytime hours till 10 PM as of today.
There is confusion about what the Occupiers stand for and today George Lakoff, professor of Linguistics at University of California, Berkeley has a contribution to make to the occupiers and the interested public about the framing of the OWS movement.http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2011/10/25/how-to-frame-yourself-a-framing-memo-for-occupy-wall-street/
The framing, or defining the ideas and values that support the OWS, he suggests, should come from the Occupiers themselves across the many locations in the country. But in the absence of clear framing, there is the default of attributions that may or may not be accurate or representative of the movement. He sees the movement maturing and notes that this would be a good time to get specific. “In politics, frames are part of the competing moral systems used in political discourse and political action,” Lakoff says. Conservative, progressives have alternative views of what is moral and responsible in the system of democracy in this context. He lays out the argument that the function of the government is to protect and empower all citizens equally. If you get weealthy, he says, you depend on the Public and have responsibility to contribute to the Public. “Nobody makes it on their own” he claims and certainly the Public are the 99% that he is talking about.
The “moral focus” of the movement is described by him as a patriotic movement- not just self interests of individuals. He recommends that telling the truth about the Public is where the power lives for the OWS movement, and refers to Elizabeth Warren’s video: The Private depends on the Public and makes the Private possible is her argument, and therefore democracy should be about the 99%.
From Dr. Lakoff’s view, the movement can only be destroyed by it going negative. As in 1968, there are those in the occupuyer ranks who do have bitterness and anger toward the government, toward the office holders, toward the Oakland police. OWS Leaders using the framing of peaceful and consistent presence representing the need for the response addresses the disparity between the 1% and the 99% and will continue to be the basis for policy changes for this “moral and patriotic”movement.
As this article is written, there is regrouping of the Occupying Wall Street Movement in Oakland on 14th Street. The complaints of unnecessary violence by the Oakland Police have been responded to by the Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, but what lies ahead is not clear. “This is our City, We support the goals of the Occupying Wall Street Movement,” she says having been in Washington, D. C. last night when the raid by the Oakland police occurred.