A growing list of media outlets and partisan organizations are urging us to “evolve,” “mature,” and “move on” to become part of the problem we have been protesting for months. Most specifically Move On and Rebuild the Dream are promoting and attempting to co-opt and divert the Occupy Movement into a policy of electing Democrats and legislative reform–thereby keeping a system based on control by the 1% firmly in place with yet more promises (never fulfilled) of “change we can believe in.”
Both Move On and Rebuild the Dream have attempted in insidious ways to hitch their faltering Democratic wagons to the struggle and success of the Occupy Movement. Both have attempted to appear as supporters and organizational spokespersons for the Occupy Movement while in reality they are and always have been front organizations for the Democratic Party.
We believe elections are essential to a peaceful, just, and sustainable future, and we will continue to push for changes in our electoral system that will guarantee every human the right to vote for candidates who are not financially corrupted or filtered through gerrymandering, unreasonable ballot restrictions or corporate media gate-keeping, and to have our votes verifiably and publicly counted.
We believe, however, that elections alone cannot accomplish what is needed. We cannot “vote” against the disastrous influence of Wall Street or war profiteers by backing either of the two major political parties. Next year’s presidential election and most congressional races will offer two major-party candidates, neither of whom agrees with the majority of the people on fundamental issues.