There haven't been any demands from OWS, yet. They have a list of points of unity, but no demands, yet. I would agree with you that OWS is not solely about decolonization. I would not say that it is not about decolonization all together, though. To your questions above, "If the indigenous peoples in the Middle East are barely surviving in their homelands, can we expect the Arab Spring inspired movement on Wall Street to lessen the oppression in our homelands? Will the actions on Wall Street abate our youth crisis, our teen suicide rate, our domestic and sexual abuse, or our alcohol and substance abuse in Indian Country? Will it heal our broken families and communities? Will Wall Street stop the rape and plunder of Mother Earth by the mining, oil and energy interests? Will it halt the ecocide, ethnocide, linguicide, and genocide of the indigenous peoples in North America?" . . . The answer to all the questions is probably, "No", if you're asking if the movement will fully take care of these issues. However, there are certainly many within OWS that are fighting this fight. Is OWS about decolonization? No, it is not. Certainly not as a whole movement. Within the movement, there are certainly people who are about decolonization, though. Maybe OWS will move into more direct and specific demands. I think the most likely outcome will be that groups will form within it that will take up specific demands and objectives. So, right now, it's a good platform for someone to voice their greivances. That includes decolonization. The process is democratic. The way to put decolonization on the list of demands is to propose it. It may not pass, but the process is open for anyone to propose it.
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 04:58