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Occupy Dallas' Request from MoveOn to Cease Usage of Icons

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We of Occupy Dallas have stood in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the New York City General Assembly since Oct. 6th, 2011. Our organizers, activists, and supporters have invested tremendously from our time, our intellect, our finances, and our passions. We have noticed an ever-growing problem: MoveOn.org and their affiliated organizers and members are increasingly making use of icons and iconic language that are intellectual developments clearly brought to public attention through the Occupy Wall Street movement. We are aware that MoveOn is an organization that seeks engagement with America's voting and legislative systems. Some of us respect your efforts, some of us may involve our time and energy in supporting your efforts. However, the use of Occupy and 99%, though not legally protected intellectual property, is an encroachment on a movement of people that has clearly been defined as not being any part of MoveOn, having few if any common goals or methods. We find it unethical on the part of MoveOn to make use of these iconic terms, thereby debasing them and diminishing their worth. We are hereby demanding from MoveOn and all its organizers and supporters to immediately desist from further use of the iconic terms that are so precious to our separate movement, specifically the use of Occupy and 99%. It is abundantly clear to all that these terms are icons of the Occupy Movement, not of MoveOn, and that their prevalence and meaning are associated with the Occupy Movement, not with MoveOn. Please show your best ethics in agreeing to immediately desist from further usage of these terms. Thank you for your attention to this matter which is of great importance to us.


On the Origins of The 99% Movement and Occupy Wall Street:  http://ampedstatus.org/a-report-from-the-frontlines-the-long-road-to-occupywallstreet-and-the-origins-of-the-99-movement/

For a sense of the outrage Occupiers feel about MoveOn adoption of the iconic language that has been given its true meaning by the original movements, just Google the subject.
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