I was reluctant, because it was such a time investment. And reluctant because, if you didn’t do it in person, it was all video, which is probably the worst way for me to learn. But I did the training anyway, and I was impressed with how good it was.
Training over yonder: http://training.the99spring.com/training/99spring/
I know a lot of people on the left are not hopping up and down with joy about the 99% Spring. They see “mainstream” typically Democratic political organizations as co-opting the grassroots Occupy movement. The fear expressed is that the energy and enthusiasm of Occupy will be flipped into a re-elect Obama campaign. And I can tell you this, these folks are no fans of Barack Obama or the Democratic Party.
My thought: what are we to make of these mainstream organizations in an election year NOT organizing and training people to re-elect Obama, not elect Democratic candidates? Instead, they are training and organizing people for direct political action. Their goal has been to train 100,000 people. 40,000 got in-person trainings. How many like me did the on-line training?
And hey, cranky Occupyers – if you claim to represent the majority of the country, you can’t be a bunch of ideologically purists. You’re then your own little 1%, let me tell you, just ones with no money, no power, and a lack of ability play with others. You need to join with labor unions and Greenpeace, and yes, the dreaded MoveOn.org if you really want to get more than just yourselves involved.
And frankly, I agree with this article that Occupy did more to co-opt MoveOn.org than the reverse.
So, I’ve come out of the trainings a little inspired, a little hopeful. I’m going to participate and see what happens.