…one that I wrote way back on November 20, 2011 at the ‘height’ of the Occupy movement in America. At last count, this morning, 205,432 people had read this entry, making it easily the most popular posting on this blog.
While many Occupations in America had already pulled together a ‘declaration’ of sorts so they could easily let people know what they were about, the OccupyAsheville group struggled.
Were they about ending the war? Fighting poverty? Ending capitalism? They couldn’t figure it out.
Under the ‘leadership’ of the Asheville Homeless Network, Occupy Asheville was co-opted and thoroughly lost it’s footing.
Trying to regain some credibility they reached into that nightmare called “General Assembly” and over a few weeks came up with one of the dumbest documents ever committed to paper by mankind.
After dealing with ongoing personality conflicts, internal struggles for power and egos that wouldn’t stop, the Occupy Asheville finally withered away when they were “raided” and all six people left were moved off of the lawn down around the Courthouse and City building.
The ‘leader’ of Asheville Homeless Network was kicked aside, but it was too late. The damage his controlling and manipulative behavior had caused brought the movement to a grinding halt and Occupy Asheville gave up the ghost.
But they did leave a ill-conceived document that has now brought joy and mirth to people in over 75 countries and has been used by protesters everywhere as an example of how NOT to do things.
Yep, Asheville NC, my adopted hometown. The Prince of Protests. The Capital of Cardboard Signs. They couldn’t couldn’t put together a decent Declaration.