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On Dec. 3, just two days before Occupy L.A. was evicted by police, the General Assembly of the occupation passed a unanimous resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood.
Then on Dec. 6, the City Council of Los Angeles also voted, also unanimously, for a resolution making the same appeal.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those they oppress.
- Frederick Douglas, U.S., escaped slave and abolitionist, 1844
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
WHEN DO YOU WANT IT?
WE'RE HUNGRY, WE'RE ANGRY
WE WON'T GO AWAY
STOP THE WAR ON THE POOR!
MAKE THE RICH PAY!
- Frequent chants at housing and antipoverty marches and protests
Silvia Federici is a veteran activist and writer who lives in Brooklyn. Born and raised in Italy, Federici has taught in Italy, Nigeria, and the United States, where she has been involved in many movements, including feminist, education, and anti-death penalty struggles. Her influential 2004 book Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, built on decades of research and activism, offers an account of the relationship between the European witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries and the rise of capitalism.
Many people are asking how is occupy going to move forward? What now?
These are extremely important questions because occupy is on a precipice of a major decision. Phase two some are calling it. Take the right step; they're on strong ground, able to redefine their approach and perhaps, success itself. If it takes the wrong path - they might not recover from the fall in support or relevance.
I. A short history of the NPI
The New Politics Initiative was formed in the spring of 2001. At that point in time, new forms of grassroots progressive organization were on the rise -- represented most energetically by the anti-globalization movement (which, in retrospect, reached its apex in Canada at the Quebec City protests that April). But that energy and hope was not reflected in the left's electoral fortunes, which at the time were depressed. For example, the NDP had endured three consecutive poor showings in federal elections. The movements and the party seemed headed in different directions.