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The Occupy movement has changed the way Americans view political activism. And theres a raging debate over what tactics should be used. How is social change achieved, and does violence have a role to play? On this edition, a debate from Oakland, California between practitioners of non-violence, versus those who believe a diversity of tactics is what Occupy needs to move forward.
Josh Shepherd, Navy veteran and Iraq veterans Against the War activist; Kazu Haga, Kingian Nonviolence trainer; Matthew Edwards, Iraq war conscientious objector, Melissa Merin, human rights activist; Paolo, organizer and Occupy Oakland participant; Rev. Phil Lawson, Methodist minister, and civil rights activist; Sean OBrien, DASW organizer; Starhawk, global justice activist and author; Rahula Janowski, moderator.
Full audio of the December 15th 2011 debate, titled: How Will the Walls Come Tumbling Down? Diversity of Tactics vs Nonviolence in the Occupy Movement.
Part 2: Questions and answers by Panel participants
Part 3: Questions by audience, answers by panel participants
Part 4: Closign statements by Panel participants
For More Information:
Positive Peace Warrior Network
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Veterans for Peace
Fellowship of Reconciliation
National Council of Elders
Peace Development Fund
Direct Action to Stop the War
Time Magazines article on Black Bloc tactics
What diversity of tactics really means for Occupy Wall Street
Full video of the debate