This Monday's Vital Conversation looks back on the events of last Tuesday to harvest success stories, review coverage in the media, and consider what we learned about the state of the movement.

In the words of one participant Occupy Cafe Steward Ben Roberts spent much of the day with, "we learned that the revolution won't be televised."  The media did take note though, both mainstream and alternative.  Below are some links to reporting of various kinds.  We invite you to share your own stories here as well, and to post links to pieces you feel capture something of value.

  • Reuters initially declared the protest "a dud," but then reconsidered and ran this piece that focused on arrests and smashed windows.
  • Alternet offers "Four May Day Stories the Corporate Media Missed While Fixating On Obama's College Girlfriend."
  • The site Occupied Stories has a number of first person accounts, including that of Alexis Goldstein of NYC, who offers a long list of actions she participated in and then concludes: "I was reinvigorated by the new communities that were formed on this gorgeous day of action in the streets. Community is the best antidote to fear I know, and on May Day, we built community. I can’t wait for the summer."


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I like the "disguised argument" reference!

Phil Mastrocola asks:

  • How do we work together, organize ourselves and coordinate our actions with others?
  • How do we individually take the step toward making a commitment to transform ourselves so that we can join the larger circle (whether local or beyond, occupy or otherwise)?

In response to Phil above, Bob Klotz wonders: "How do we have the larger circle join "us?"

Wonderful to be in the conversation....

A word or phrase from each participant as as a final reflection:
  • find out those things and processes that make it work, rather than simply being right
  • more, more, pure!
  • it's helpful to have this place to do processing and listening that is different from other face-to-face Occupy engagements
  • appreciation and empathy with/for those involved with this
  • it's about being in the conversation
  • "curiouser and curioser" (circumspect and looking more deeply)
  • gratitude, excitement and "aliveness"

Thank you all again for joining us today.  It was a delight and an inspiration to host this group!   

Thought you might like to see the press coverage of May Day actions in San Francisco....

Thanks, Phil!

The podcast for this conversation is now available on our page at Podcast People.

Here's a nice piece by OWS core member Chris Longnecker, summarizing his MayDay experiences and his vision for the movement going forward.


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