(Submitted by John Chasnoff of New Left Project. We thank you for your contribution, John.)
Editor's note: This piece by two Americans active in the U.S. occupy movement discusses some of the ways in which racial, sexual, religious, and other oppressions have been replicated and challenged within the occupied space. We publish this piece both as a frank discussion of some of the challenges an occupation must deal with, and as reminder about the importance of considering all existing axis of oppression and striving to work against and allow for them within occupied space. Ahead of today's hugely exciting plans to Occupy London, both points are worth bearing in mind.