There’s been some interesting discussion lately about what issues Occupy Ann Arbor should be focusing on, and how we should be distributing our efforts.
Some within OAA favor a top-down approach, calling for us to focus all of our efforts on the big banks and other legal enablers of the power of the 1%, which Occupy recognizes as the root of our country’s current cultural and economic crises. Others believe that a bottom-up approach is needed to change our culture and empower the people so that we can stand together against injustice, through projects like homelessness assistance and education.
The reality is that these non-identical approaches–top-down vs. bottom-up–were both perfectly embodied by the Occupy camps. What were the camps, but the most powerful form of protest against the 1% that we could conceive? And what happened at the camps, but personal and cultural transformation?
But now, we no longer have the camps. So we have a purely strategic decision to make. Occupy only has as much power as we the people contribute to it. So do we spend our energy on banks and the 1%, or on the people who are already homeless and oppressed? Do we continue to split our energies between top-down and bottom-up approaches, or must we all rally together behind one project if we wish to make a difference?
These questions are for you to consider, dear reader. Please tell us what you think.