I agree, abram. I have not seen a list of demands. I went to Occupy Wall Street for one week and have been participating in the Occupy movement in the city where I live and my sense is that there is no list of demands because they want to keep it broad and open so as not to get pigeonholed. I also agree with you that the Occupy movement is not solely about de-colonization but if you look at what the movement is really about; equity in the distribution system, fairness, justice, freedom, and participatory democracy (these are my observations from my personal experience with the movement)THAT ENTAILS DECOLONIZATION! Recently the Occupy Albuquerque group had this dialogue and invited Indigenous people to speak. They wanted to name the group Decolonize ABQ but the group ultimately settle on (Un)Occupy, which says the same but keeps the tie with the larger nationwide and worldwide movement. The Denver Occupy group unanimously adopted a ten point platform put by the Colorado chapter of AIM. I think to say at this point that the movement is exclusive of the needs of Indigenous people is a premature judgement. The author, I think, is speaking about the way Indigenous issues have largely been ignored by the current systems of power. The Occupy Movement is a direct push back and confrontation with the powers that be. It is NOT attempting to reform the current system, in my opinion. It is building a new one from the ground up. I encourage Indian people to investigate for themselves. Get to know the movement and the processes they are using. It is a very open process but it is a process we must learn. We don't know how to do participatory democracy anymore, even though it is our greatest tradition. We are all relearning together.
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 14:44