Let's take back the country — starting now, by planning a tour to occupy the country
If all goes to plan, buses will be packed with passengers, their gear, and bigger donations for the event, as the "undercarriages of a bus are voluminous." What gear do they expect each occupier to bring? "One large bag, one small bag, and a tent."
Many occupations have put together car and busloads of people to road trip to other occupations, hoping to learn, teach, network, and connect the movement across geographic barriers. One example is the Denver Occutrip, in which a handful of protesters toured West Coast occupations. The tenacious Occupy Denver recently made headlines when, rather than allow police to easily dismantle their encampment, a couple of occupiers set the camp on fire. It sent delegates to Occupations in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Sacramento.
Sean Valdez, one of the participants, said the trip was important to "get the full story. What I'd been told by the media was that Occupy Oakland was pretty much dead, but we got there and saw there are still tons of dedicated, organized people working on it. It was important to see it with our own eyes, and gave a lot of hope for Occupy."
Like lots of road-tripping Occupiers, they made it to Oakland for the Dec. 12 West Coast Port Shutdown action there. In fact, "occutrippers" from all around the country have flocked to Bay Area occupations in general, and especially the uniquely radical Occupy Oakland.
OCCUPY THE CONSTITUTION
An Occupy Wall Street offshoot — Constitution Working Group, Occupy the Constitution — argues that many of the Occupy movements concerns stem from violations of the constitution. They hope to address this with several petitions on issues such as corporate bailouts, war powers, public education, and the Federal Reserve bank. The group hopes to get signatures from 3-5 percent of the United States population before the list of petitions is "formally served to the appropriate elected officials."
THE 99% DECLARATION
This is a super-patriotic take on the Occupy movement, described on its website as an "effort run solely by the energy of volunteers who care about our great country and want to bring it back to its GLORY." The group's detailed plan includes holding nationwide elections on the weekend of March 30 to choose two delegates from "each of the 435 congressional districts plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Territories."
These delegates would write up lists of grievances with the help of their Occupy constituents, then convene on July 4, 2012 in Philadelphia for a National General Assembly. They plan to present a unified list of grievances to Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court. If the grievances are not addressed, they would "reconvene to organize a new grassroots campaign for political candidates who publicly pledge to redress the grievances. These candidates will seek election for all open Congressional seats in the mid-term election of 2014 and in the elections of 2016 and 2018."
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