Occupy Vancouver Reboots Tonight!

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CoV_GrandviewParkOccupy Vancouver reboots tonight to join the worldwide #WaveOfAction that began on April 4 and runs [at least] to July 4, 2014.

We will meet in Grandview Park on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories.

615pm is the start time, though honestly, I’ll be there a bit early. With my Occupy Vancouver sign taped to my hockey stick. In some convenient part of the park, since there will be a May Day march arriving there for a rally at the same time.

Things to consider:

  1. Inspiration for this venue came from funkypenzz.
  2. Vision [mine anyway]: Seeking equality and justice: economically, socially, politically and environmentally. That’s what Occupy means to me.
  3. Tasks I’d sugggest: Figure out how we will operate in an egalitarian way, make decisions, decide priorities/actions/activities and reboot the website, Facebook and Twitter.
  4. The Wave of Action website has rebooted itself in recent days into a social media site that looks a bit like the Facebook, but is not draconian. It’s a social organizing place, which could erupt into something like what I imagined in Fried Squirrels, a narrative I wrote about rich social movements.
  5. You can read about tonight’s event here, and look at the new [currently empty] Occupy Vancouver page there as well.
  6. The #WaveOfAction hashtag in Twitter is exciting to follow, especially because it’s May Day today. And it has hashtags of its own, including #MayDay. And as of 1230am, Vancouver time, Kuala Lumpur has 25,0000 people marching for May Day; Vancouver is likely not going to reach that level of engagement. The political sociologists can tell us why.
  7. There’s also this #GlobalSpring emerging, another ripple from the Arab Spring.
  8. And here’s something really exciting: Anonymous is calling for a consumer General Strike today! Watch their [typically] enigmatic video here.

I hope to see you tonight in East Van!

And check back tomorrow for a review of what happened tonight!




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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Post-partisan eco-socialist. at Politics, Re-Spun
Stephen Elliott-Buckley is a husband, father, professor, speaker, consultant, former suburban Vancouver high school English and Social Studies teacher who changed careers because the BC Liberal Party has been working hard to ruin public education. He has various English and Political Science degrees and has been writing political, social and economic editorials since November 2002. Stephen is in Twitter, Miro and iTunes, and the email thing, and at his website, dgiVista.org.

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