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Statement from Stephen Benavides About 11/15/2011 Assault on Occupy Dallas Protester

Statement from Stephen Benavides About 11/15/2011 Assault on Occupy Dallas Protester

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Occupy Dallas Self-Proclaimed LeadersSeek To Create the
Tea Party for the Democrats
 
On November 15, 2011 a group of middle upper class white males organized a secret meetingoff-site from the Occupy Dallas campsite. None of the actual occupiers were notified of this meeting,and it seems likely that many were deliberately not invited. The purpose of this meeting, and a series of previous similar meetings, all organized and carried out in a secret, was to construct and formulate anagenda to be implemented in the weeks and months ahead. The content of the meeting, the way inwhich it was organized, and the repeated efforts to assume leadership without the consent of theOccupy Dallas General Assembly by these individuals is a violation of the democratic processes andstructures put in place.But far more worrying is the organizational plan that this self-selected group of individuals aredeveloping outside of the General Assembly. The plan is twofold and resembles the tactics employed bythe Tea Party and Koch brothers. One option is to file a 503c(4), under which all of the Occupations inTexas would be required to function. The other option is to create a Super PAC. Both of these optionswere created outside of the General Assembly, and are being pushed forward by Glenn Wilcox, CordellStewart, Michael Prestonise; participants Occupy Dallas.An anonymous source planted within the secret offsite meeting quoted several members of thegroup stating that the plan is to create a
Tea Party
for the Democratic Party. If you know anythingabout the Occupation Movement, you would know that we have separated ourselves from both theRepublican and Democratic Parties. Occupy Dallas and all other Occupations perceive the two-partypolitical system is part of the inherent systemic issues that the 99% oppose. Both parties have beenbought off by corporations, are rife with corruption, and function under a series of backroom deals andnegotiations. How can we allow this group individuals, who are representative of the exclusionarysystem and processes that the Occupation Movement opposes, to steal away from the people and selloff to the highest bidder the grassroots nature of the organization?Analyzing the situation since my involvement from day one at Pioneer Plaza, this is what I haveobserved. Four individuals
 – 
all white middle class males
 – 
control the website, the finance committee,and the legal team. This group creates an agenda and implements it without conferring with the OccupyDallas General Assembly, without ensuring that all individuals understand what it is that they areplanning to do, and in the self interest of those directly involved.As a dedicated defender of the people, the workers, the 99%, and of Occupy Dallas, I will opposeall attempts to co-opt the movement by the very elements that have been identified as the problem.Those individuals will argue that they represent the people, but this is a falsehood. All we have to do isanalyze the way they function, and the end goals they have in mind, to see that they are seeking only tounify with the elitist, corporate elements within the Democratic Party.

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