From the Occupy Movement Symposium at McMaster University in March 2012. Alex Diceanu speaks on "Solidarity Networks and Direct Action: How Occupy Groups Can Root Themselves in Local Communities and Move from Protesting to Fighting the 1%"
It has been widely said that the Occupy movement needs to find its next steps, moving beyond the occupations of public space as a protest tactic to building organizational forms that are able to directly challenge oppression and inequality and put down long-term roots inside communities. While the Occupy movement in the US seems to be doing exactly this, as witnessed by the turn towards strike action and anti-foreclosure housing occupations, the Canadian wing of the movement faces a greater challenge given both its smaller size and the lack of a clear cut struggle to gravitate towards, as with the home foreclosure or mass unemployment crises in the US. Instead, the Occupy Canada groups face a much more fractured terrain of austerity attacks and resistance. It will be argued that in such a situation, the solidarity network, a grassroots, direct action form of resistance against local manifestations of oppression and inequality, provides Occupy groups with a useful model for continuing to building the Occupy movement.
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