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OccupyMN Media disassociates editorial process with Occupy Homes MN

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Published on Mar 20, 2013

Joint statement & open discussion re separating OccupyMN social media accounts from Occupy Homes MN ( http://facebook.com/occupymn http://twitter.com/occupymn ) at March 20 All Committee Meeting & potluck, 4200 Cedar Ave., Mpls MN.

As the content creators on the OccupyMN Facebook page & Twitter, we can no longer share a content process & resources with Occupy Homes MN effective immediately. While it is laudable to work on housing issues, we cannot reconcile a working process with this commercialized group any further.

We are in a unique position where we must Block our further participation in a feedback loop of public promotion & private stipends, message shaping and fundraising. Since, unlike any other known "occupy" group, Occupy Homes MN demands cash payment for what was once an egalitarian participation process, there is no way we can resolve our differences under those terms.

Many of us helped create, volunteered with and were arrested with Occupy Homes, until unethical tactics serving the goal of evolution into a profitable Non-Governmental Organization achieved dominance. We are sorry that our pages have not been able to be used to defend our friends and discuss the truth about these harmful hierarchical tactics, including censorship & banning volunteers from the listserv for speaking out.

Additionally, we can not work with or accept messages that promote classist attacks on the most vulnerable in our society such as the chemically dependent homeless who were attacked as "drug house" rot in recent PR campaign material.

We wish them well, but we must have our own space which does not operate on a commercially oriented basis.
Signed,
Dan Feidt (hongpong) - http://twitter.com/hongpong
TB
Sam Richards - http://twitter.com/samrichards10
Cointelulz
April Streich (ALS)
Liz Dahl (L)
Dee
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Sorry about the rough audio levels, the other webcam went on the fritz & a better solution was not available.

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