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This is an in intimate discussion with Lisa Fithian & Jason Ahmadi conducted Oct 31st 2011 over coffee, early in the morning. None of us had had much sleep in the previous 6 weeks. Get Lisa's insight on the history of violent and non violent protest. Also, a detailed analysis of the potential pitfalls of the Occupy Wall Street movement and how they can be avoided.
This video from the 2004 G8 Summit in Brunswick Georgia is an excellent case study of successful negotiation with the police. A small Black Bloc marches off on a breakaway march to an intersection that would block the only way on to Sea Island, where the Summit was being held. Watch Lisa Fithian and a group of rambunctious, ballsy youth navigate this potentially disastrous maneuver. http://organizingforpower.org
... Why did the Anarchist cross the road? ;~)
Lisa Fithian has been working for nonviolent social change since the mid 1970's. Over the years she has been a student, labor and community organizer on a broad range of issues. From environmental justice to student and worker rights, from peace and global justice to immigration and housing, Lisa continues to use a wide range of strategies and tactics and encouraged nonviolent direct action as one of the most effective strategies for change.
Day 8- First shots of the day talking with an occupier sweeping the streets about why they're here and what they think we can accomplish. Scenes of the street, the process, and the first arrests that took place this morning of those who maintained our right to occupy Main Street with their bodies. Filmed and edited by our freelance correspondent Johnnie-O