May 23, 2014

Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

Carl Gibson wants to turn radical street politics into real power in Washington. He talks to Crikey about his new party, the long road to recognition and the power of Twitter.

Matthew Clayfield

Journalist, critic, screenwriter and playwright

The website for the After Party, which was launched in the United States last month, shows a bright orange bird, its wings outstretched, crackling with blue flames: the bald eagle of the United States’ Great Seal recast as a rising phoenix. The text that appears superimposed above the image — “A Political Movement for a Democratic Revolution” — suggests that birds are not the only thing the After Party hopes to resurrect in the coming years. Founded by a number of Occupy activists, including‘s lead investigative reporter Carl Gibson (@uncutcg), the After Party is seeking to breathe fresh life into American democracy itself.

“Last century’s tactics have played themselves out,” Gibson told Crikey. “It’s one thing to point fingers and call people out. That’s important, but we’ve been doing it for a while now, and nobody is taking us seriously. When they ask, ‘So what are you doing about it?’ we never have an answer.”

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One thought on “Follow Friday: @uncutcg, occupying the electoral process

  1. MJPC

    MC An inspiring article that has direct parallels for this country (although no active revolution as yet- the PNP is a teaparty rump dogwhistle for Clive Palmer as I see it).
    The twitter message should be a message to youth (and not only them) in Australia:
    “student debt, scarse jobs, poverty wages, unpaid internships”; aren’t some of these the direct result of this current budget, and the others will come after the budget calms down and the LNP gets back to their favourite kick for the body politic: Work Choices Mk.2.
    This is one interesting movement.

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