Nobody said it would be easy – this Occupy thing. And it wasn’t.
The problem with any cause, whether it be for civil rights, anti-war, pro-choice or anti-fracking is that it is constantly confronted with the need to remain viable. This requires large numbers of people who are active, involved and responsibly directed by dedicated leadership.
What was whispered in the OWS encampment, and quietly acknowledged by many in the community, is that infighting and ideological disputes at the very beginning caused an exodus of talented leaders.
Some people come. Some people go. You just don't want to lose the good ones.
Brooklyn resident and early-on activist, Amin Husain, interviewed by me for a radio blog, seemed to occupy the "people go" space having sent a formal and very public note early in Occupy to a working group that he was "stepping back and moving on to other things."
Here’s a chance to visit Occupy’s past, to be “there and then” to get an sense of what it took to stay in or leave a movement that its members took so to heart.