For OccupySTL and others to consider. The following is an official statement put out by #OccupyBoston. It’s an amazing stance that blows the violence/non-violence debate out of the water and instead replaces it with tactical conversations, an affirmation that they will trust each other and (most of all) not succumb to outsiders’ attempts to define for them what is “acceptable” and “unacceptable” forms of protest. The statement:
Tonight the Direct Action group, in charge of planning marches and other protest actions, presented the following “Statement of Diversity of Tactics” as a proposal to the General Assembly (GA). The following statement was passed to ensure the autonomy of working groups and the cohesion of the entire community.
Our solidarity will be based on respect for diversity of tactics and plans of other groups. As individuals and groups we are committed to treating each other as allies in the struggle.
The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space to protect the autonomy and safety of the movement.
We realize that our detractors will work to divide us by inflaming and magnifying our tactical, strategic, personal and political disagreements. Therefore, any debates or criticisms must stay inside the movement to avoid any public or media denunciations of fellow activists or events.
We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.
The above statement fully agrees with the Occupy Boston Internal Solidarity Statement, opposing all forms of oppression.