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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.
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.
The initial action of NOW DC ( http://NOWDC.org ) 100 or so people marched from Franklin Square to the Environmental Protection Agency to tell them to do their job for a change. Whistle blowers and industry insiders spoke to culture of STFU that has allowed corporations to rape the planet of resources for immediate financial profit with no consideration of the health of the future generations.