the People’s Dialogue, seeks to demonstrate the disconnect between the
presidential candidates of the two corporate parties and the people of
the United States whom they are supposed to represent.
two types of conversations happening this campaign season.
designed to maintain the current power structure are coming from
the candidates in the corporate parties and their mouthpieces in the
corporate media. These conversations are largely based on misleading
statements, lies and distractions, and are restricted by what the
campaign funders allow. The highly scripted and rehearsed Presidential
“Debates” this October will reflect this false conversation.
designed to actually solve problems are happening in communities
across the nation where people are coming together in the spirit of
participatory democracy. The people have a real sense of the crises
they face and of the solutions to them, but their voices will not be
heard in the choreographed “debates.”
rejects the pay-to-play structure of the dominant system and recognizes
that candidates already shedding light on populist solutions will not
be invited to the podium. Therefore, in order to expand the dialogue,
Occupy the Debates encourages local Occupy's to organize activities the
debates. Among the activities being planned are canvassing the
community to hear their views, teach-ins, truth-telling sessions,
general assemblies and conferences to discuss issues of concern and
from across the nation can share their concerns about issues through
the website: OccupytheDebates.org. The information gathered locally and
through the website will be organized into areas of concern and
solutions that have been chosen by the people. This information will be
posted on the website, sent to the press and will be available to the
must be brought to the forefront of the electoral discussion. In
addition to the Presidential candidates from all parties, not limited
to the corporate duopoly, people are also encouraged to bring this
information to their local candidates.
within the current political structure, which is dominated by corporate
power and concentrated wealth, lawmakers will not adequately address
the many crises faced by the nation and the planet. Thus, we will
continue to protest, to educate and organize and to build alternative
systems that place human needs over corporate greed.
Oct. 3 - University of Denver,
Oct. 11 - Centre College,
Danville, KY (vice presidential)
Oct. 16 - Hofstra, Hempstead, NY
Oct. 22 - Lynn University, Boca