Crescent City Occupy is coalescing among those of the Greater New Orleans Area and South Louisiana who have been involved in, supported, or have wanted to support the Occupy movement and wish to work constructively with like-minded people of good will.
The Occupy movement manifested in New Orleans in a march on October 6, 2011 and a subsequent encampment in Duncan Plaza in front of City Hall for two months. Occupy Nola had splintered into numerous factions by the time of the sweep on December 6. Although Occupy Nola general assemblies (GAs) continued to be held in Duncan Plaza and other locations, attendees dwindled due mainly to a lack of purpose for the GA and disruptive, extremely hostile personal attacks. One individual who had made significant contributions to Occupy Nola and had been enthusiastic about getting more involved, declared that "the lunatic fringe has taken over Occupy Nola" and that he was uninterested in being involved in a group that didn't allow everyone a voice, which is the essence of the consensus decision-making process. Actions against him and other activists have included bullying during GAs and in our general interaction online, libelous defamation campaigns against individuals, sabotage of other groups' actions and events, and general lack of cooperation—all behaviors employed by counterinteligence agents, not activists who are serious about participating in the development of an important movement. Even though a couple of people responsible for the toxic environment have departed, these behaviors have continued, leaving those of us who believe New Orleans needs and deserves a functioning Occupy movement no choice but to organize around the dysfunctional group.
The initiators of Crescent City Occupy will move forward according to the principles inherent in the Occupy movement and in cooperation with individuals and groups in the region. We welcome others to join us in what Malik Rahim and many others have said is the most important movement since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s. Please join us at our next event and on Facebook (online forum and community page), and follow us on Twitter.