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John Mulkins replied to Occupy Cafe Stewards's discussion A New Democracy
"David, thats fine. I hope your discussions continue to be productive. I'll carry on mine with others. "
Jan 2, 2012
John Mulkins replied to Occupy Cafe Stewards's discussion A New Democracy
"David, I read your post and have some thoughts which may or may not be relevant. I have not had time to review all the posts so if I am missing the point please excuse me.  When we envision a very large movement, I think a few things are…"
Jan 2, 2012
John Mulkins replied to Occupy Cafe Stewards's discussion A New Democracy
"Thanks for the feedback Gisele.  Are you an academic or the a person who is for lack of a better word, ordinary? :-))We have not had a lot of comments like the ones you are making here, but it's always good to hear a different…"
Dec 31, 2011
John Mulkins replied to Occupy Cafe Stewards's discussion A New Democracy
"Lindsay, Thanks for the thoughtful exchange.  I agree with you on several of your points and would hope that when we convene a representational body of Americans to rewrite the constitution, several of your ideas are included. Our forum has a…"
Dec 28, 2011
John Mulkins replied to Occupy Cafe Stewards's discussion A New Democracy
"I think there are 3 to 5 million people who understand what's at stake.  My oldest sister, retired and in her mid 60's, is mad as hell about what's going on.  A few million well organized people can make a huge difference. I…"
Dec 28, 2011
John Mulkins replied to Occupy Cafe Stewards's discussion A New Democracy
"Good comments and questions.  The "system" has been very badly managed for the past 6 decades, AND, it has never been fully perfected.  In context of historical norms, our Constitution was remarkable, and it remains so…"
Dec 27, 2011
John Mulkins commented on John Mulkins's blog post Goals, process, togetherness.
"Hi Ben.  Thanks for the good feedback and invitation to the mixer! :-)  If I can get free I will be there!Some quick responses.  I think it is a fairly objective argument that elements of the right have systemically lobbied for a…"
Dec 24, 2011
Ben Roberts commented on John Mulkins's blog post Goals, process, togetherness.
"It's a fascinating and inspiring idea.  One of many that share a similar impulse, I think.  See this from fellow OC.org member Jon Denn, for example: http://www.agreater.us/ One challenge, as reflected in our forum thread on…"
Dec 24, 2011
John Mulkins commented on John Mulkins's blog post Goals, porcess, togetherness.
"Good thoughts David, thanks.  I base this proposal on two very large assumptions. One, that it is huge, a million people or more, and two, that it is an impressively diverse crowd, with both magical scripts and choreography, It is a proposal…"
Dec 23, 2011
David Eggleton commented on John Mulkins's blog post Goals, porcess, togetherness.
""The ONLY thing that power respects is power.  The only way we can demonstrate OUR power is by coming together." I do not share your narrow conclusions, probably because I do not share your analysis. Look.  Any gathering of any…"
Dec 23, 2011
John Mulkins posted a blog post

Goals, process, togetherness.

Just off the cuff here...a few comments.  I am remembering how the right took this country over, beginning in the 50's.  It's taken them 60 years to basically dominate our politics.  Through ideologically driven issues like the right to own a gun, abortion, gay marriage, terrorism, deregulation, freedom and liberty, immigration and debt ceilings, they have played on the emotions of Americans and manipulated the debate.  It's always about patriotism and God. My point is that what we have today…See More
Dec 23, 2011
John Mulkins replied to Ben Roberts's discussion Occupy, the "Political Spectrum," and the 2012 Elections
"Mr Blue, Lindsay, everyone interested.  Thank you for this discussion.  I am not able to read all of it, but have glanced it over for highlights.  Perhaps we can talk at some point since these threads seem to go on forever! We are…"
Dec 22, 2011
John Mulkins posted a blog post

Unity: Building the Movement, Envisioning an Endgame.

A few weeks ago, I attended a planning group for the East Bay Social Forum.  I want to thank Laura Wells for her leadership on this event.  I think this effort is important and I encourage everyone to consider participating.  There are two dates currently on the calendar: Jan 2, and Jan 28.  Please save the dates and plan to attend if you are in the Bay Area.   There are several events and projects being planned nationally, which I find very exciting if not also a little disconcerting.…See More
Dec 22, 2011
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Movement organizer, Active in Movement but not part of a physical Occupation, Supporter of the movement
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I am the founder of Peoples Congress (on line at peoplescongress.org), which went on line originally in 2005, but only for about one year. I relaunched a new web site in Jan 2011 and immediately began getting inquiries from several activists from around the country.  Those people and I, reworked the web site and after 3 months or tweaking the original site, reloaded the one which is currently there.


This is an all volunteer effort, grassroots, and is being presented with the full acknowledgement that the "steering committee", will have ultimate authority to refine the agenda and process in any way it determines, as long as it stays within the parameters of the Mission Statement.

Our goal is simply to provide a robust framework for various movements to unite under in order to express a coherent message and set of solutions.  We believe that ONLY a massive collective gathering on the Mall, sustained for a week or more, will effect any change.  We are not about working "within" the system, so much as we are about beginning a process whereby We the American People take back the authority to govern.

The effectiveness of any effort like this depends on the level of participation of course.  With the emergence of the Occupy Movement, it is possible a genuine populist movement will emerge.  If so, it will need to have a set of goals, remedies, and solutions, and a way to articulate that for the country.  If you have a better idea, the Peoples Congress is very open to exploring those options.  We want results.

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Goals, process, togetherness.

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:30am 4 Comments

Just off the cuff here...a few comments.  I am remembering how the right took this country over, beginning in the 50's.  It's taken them 60 years to basically dominate our politics.  Through ideologically driven issues like the right to own a gun, abortion, gay marriage, terrorism, deregulation, freedom and liberty, immigration and debt ceilings, they have played on the emotions of Americans and manipulated the debate.  It's always about patriotism and God.



My point is that what…

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Unity: Building the Movement, Envisioning an Endgame.

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 1:23am 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I attended a planning group for the East Bay Social Forum.  I want to thank Laura Wells for her leadership on this event.  I think this effort is important and I encourage everyone to consider participating.  There are two dates currently on the calendar: Jan 2, and Jan 28.  Please save the dates and plan to attend if you are in the Bay Area.  



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