Damon Eris at Poli-Tea (excerpt):
In a message to media and people interested in the organization, Occupy DC underscores its political independence and emphasizes that it is separate from Stop the Machine:
We are not a party, and we will never be. Some news organizations have been trying to portray this movement as the “Democratic Tea Party equivalent;” this too is a misstatement. We are not a party, nor do we affiliate with any; this is a people’s movement. . . . Our focus is on the economy, corporate corruption of our political system, and the negative effects of corporate personhood as it exists after decisions such as Citizens United and the repeal of Glass-Steagall.
There are numerous third party and independent activists at the sites in Washington DC and New York City. The Green party’s candidate for sheriff of Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala, addressed a rally at Freedom Plaza on Friday and called for the election of independent “people’s sheriff’s” across the country. Her campaign site has full video of her address. An excerpt:
What I’m doing is not symbolic. It’s concrete and Bill and Aida and
Glenn who’s here with me today, like millions of people across this
country are gonna lose their homes…unless you take this seriously and
not just march about it, pray about it, and sing about it but help me
fill every damn poll in Philadelphia where there’s a birthplace of
revolution and change…we can do this again in this country and take our
There are numerous individuals, working groups and committees within Occupy Wall Street and Occupy DC brainstorming electoral reforms and developing policy recommendations to open up our political process to ensure adequate representation, at all levels of government, for the 99% of Americans who go unrepresented by the Democratic and Republican parties. More to come in that regard in coming days.