Participatory Action Research is very much in line with the politics of the Occupy movements. The principles of PAR have been critical to social movements for self-determination throughout the world.
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For the second phase of the Occupy movements to be successful, it must have something that was glaringly missing from its first phase: leadership.
The Occupy Movement continues to protest economic inequality. But it's missing an opportunity to create a lasting legacy: to push for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Like participants in previous movements for justice, the Occupiers need to avoid the false choices between protest and organizing, community building and electoral involvement, surrealist theater and the grunt work of change.
What the Occupation movements make patently clear is that its participants do not feel adequately represented by either the Democratic party or the Republican party.
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