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Archives by Tag 'Occupy movement'
Occupy Fallujah
VICTORIA FONTAN
Hope can be a powerful drive. It can eventually change the world, one little step at a time. Somewhere far away from their capital city, a group of concerned citizens set up to physically occupy a piece of land at the entrance of their town: they humbly call it “the dem...
Can Occupy and Labor Coalesce?
PETER RUGH
On a cold December morning, before sunrise in New York’s Chinatown, about ...
Is Occupy Dead?
STEVEN SHERMAN
For some time, I have been reading essays declaring Occupy dead. They all point to the failure of the movement, since the repression of the encampments, to mount sustained, visible protest. One of Alexander Cockburn’s last ...
FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers
DAVE LINDORFF
New documents obtained from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security by the Partnership for Civil Justice and released this past week show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occ...
From Occupation to Liberation
RON JACOBS
Despite a myriad of obituaries for the movement that began in Manhattan in September 2011, the people of Occupy refuse to let it die.  There are hundreds involved in the Occupy Sandy effort in the New York City region following the devastation of Tropical Storm Sandy.  ...
Looking Back on Occupy
L’Échaudée
1. Your assessment of the Occupy movement was very positive. What is the overall perception you have of this movement today? What is left of Occupy? There is not much left of the Occupy movement as such — almost all the encampments were destroyed...
Toward a New Leftist Politics
RON JACOBS
There is no need to despair; no need to retreat; and no need to lash out at the liberals cheering Barack Obama’s re-election. Leave all that to those who voted for Mitt Romney. It is their world that has changed, hopefully forever.  For those on the left, it is time to...
A Chicago Judge Rules in Favor of “Occupy Chicago” Protesters
JULIE HILDEN
On September 27, Chicago Judge Thomas More Donnelly issued a ruling in favor of “Occupy Chicago” protesters who had stayed in Grant Park, an historic public forum, after the park’s curfew—which closed the park from 11:00 p.m. until 6 a.m.—and had been arrested a...
Solidarity in the New Gilded Age
DAVID MACARAY
Assuming that the polls and surveys are correct, and Barack Obama earns himself a second term as president, what are the odds that he will evolve into the kind of pro-union Democrat organized labor always hoped he would be? Given what we’ve seen so far, the odds ...
The Waning of the Modern Ages
MORRIS BERMAN
La longue durée —the long run—was an expression made popular by the Annales School of French historians led by Fernand Braudel, who coined the phrase in 1958. The basic argument of this school is that the proper concern of historians should be the a...
Reflections on New York’s Fattest
CHARLES M. YOUNG
Is there anything less threatening than a morbidly obese cop on motor scooter? Okay, 25 morbidly obese cops on motor scooters–that’s even more unthreatening. When I’m out in the streets chanting, “Show me what a police state looks like! THIS is what a p...
Occupy, Year 2 Begins
VIJAY PRASHAD
Smiles. A mid-September sunny day in New York City draws those with the day off to go to the parks and laze along the avenues, walking by the workers on call, cleaning up after tourists, holding together a city that always seems held together by the sweat ...
Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism
HENRY GIROUX
The United States has entered a new historical era marked by a growing disinvestment in the social state, public goods, and civic morality. Matters of politics, power, ideology, governance, economics, and policy now translate unapologetically into a systemic disinvestment...
Phasing Out the Brothers
ISHMAEL REED
“Any Republican vice-presidential candidate is going to be broadly anti-abortion, but Ryan goes much further. He believes ending a pregnancy should be illegal even when it results from rape or incest, or endangers a woman’s health. He was a cosponsor of th...
Oakland: Incubator for Meaningful Local Politics
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
Oakland, California. The New York Times Magazine’s recent feature on Oakland — “the last refuge of radical America”— seemed to have one overriding purpose: to convince the rest of the nation that Oakland’s uniquely strong social...
The ILWU Longshore Struggle in Longview and Beyond
JACK HEYMAN
Labor historian, Cal Winslow, imparts his “wisdom” from above in his CounterPunch article (7/25/12), “Victory in Longview, A Year On: ...
The New Police Surveillance State
DAVID ROSEN
Occupy Wall Street’s (OWS) nationwide May Day campaign was undertaken in New York and some 100-plus other cities.  Its goal was twofold.  First, it sought to focus attention on the major banks, the principal culprits in the still lingering fiscal crisis.  Second, it ...
Popping the Media Bubble on Police Violence
JOHN HALLE
In the early morning hours of December 4, 1969, the FBI and the Chicago Police Department stormed Black Panther organizer Fred Hampton’s apartment, spraying Hampton’s bedroom with machine gun fire, concluding their visit with a bullet to his head to ensure t...
Biggest Financial Scandal in Britain’s History, Yet Not a Single Occupy Sign; What Happened?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Since what is now going is being described as “the greatest financial scandal in the history of Britain”  — the Barclays imbroglio – I have a question to ask. Where are those tents outside St Pauls? Or ones in solidarity this side of the Atlantic? Where are t...
Occupy Your Couch: Films for the 99 Percent
WILLIAM KAUFMAN
During my graduate-school years in New York City in the mid-seventies to early eighties, Manhattan was the world’s vibrant center of repertory film theaters: each night yielded an embarrassment of the world’s great cinematic riches, meticulously programmed at a dozen ...
The Police and the Occupy Movement
COLLIN HARRIS
As the global wave of rebellion that began in 2011 and eventually spread to the beating heart of Empire, and the new subcultures of resistance it has spawned, continues to grow and diversify, there is an obvious dilemma that will have to be worked out if we are serious ab...
Codependence Day
ROB LARSON
This Wednesday, as millions of Americans picnic in the (increasingly) warm summer weather, there is little affection for the social system that carries the flag of freedom the holiday celebrates. With support for the present Congress recently falling into the single digit...
The Future of Occupy Oakland
C. H. ACHERON and MIKE KING
Like so many others, I now feel that the window is opening once again. And I would like to squeeze myself through it. But we must be careful; the gap is still narrow, and if we look closely, we can see that the window ...
Beyond Harper
MURRAY DOBBIN
Of all the appalling abuses of democracy and ruthless dismantling of the country represented by Bill C-38 (the budget bill which changes 70pieces of unrelated legislation) one stands out of as representative of the right wing dystopia that Stephen Harper has in store ...
What the Occupy Movement Demands of Each of Us
JOSEPH G. RAMSEY
That we work to defeat and to overthrow the rule of the 1% (and the 0.1%) over our lives, our society, and our world; That we devote our lives to ending the oppression, domination, and exploitation of people both near and far; That we defend what remains of ...
Occupy is Alive; So is History
ROB URIE
Political leadership in the West has calcified atop a set of existing facts and trajectory that assure rebellion in one form or another until they are reconciled. In addition to the economic divides between wealth and poverty, employment and unemployment, opportunity and ...
Occupy in History
ROB URIE
It has been said by some of the original Black Panthers that, in their view, it wasn’t their armed self-defense against police violence that brought the full weight of state repression down on them. What brought it was their establishment of alternative institutions—s...
The Meaning of Occupy
PETER BOHMER
The Occupy movement in the United States is part of a global upsurge that began in Tunisia in late 2010, spread to Egypt and the Middle East, Wisconsin, Chile, Spain, Greece, Wall Street and the rest of the United States and now Quebec. I focus on the United States, parti...
The Obama Syndrome
COLLIN HARRIS
I have no animosity towards people who supported and voted for President Obama. Well maybe a little, but only because I know your energy could have been put to better use. But if you vote, then given the options available, which is insanity or maybe slightly less insanity...
Being There: May Day in Oakland
DANIEL BORGSTRÖM
May Day 2012.  Occupiers were gathering at the Oakland Plaza for the noon rally.  My friend Steve Gilmartin and I had just arrived and were standing in the plaza near Broadway.  Music was playing over the PA system, when suddenly “Mic check! Mic check!”...
How Democrats Exploit Occupy
ANN ROBERTSON and BILL LEUMER
There has been much talk about attempts by various organizations such as the Democratic Party and some top officials in organized labor to co-opt Occupy in order to steer this movement in directions beneficial to themselves. Such attempts can hardly be surprising, g...
Imagining a Post-Occupy Social Movement
SHAMUS COOKE
If one were to honestly assess Occupy’s current strengths and weaknesses as a movement, confusion must be the inevitable result. This is because Occupy is not one movement, but an umbrella term that encompasses several different groups that have varied aims, organi...
Beyond Indignation
DANIEL RAVENTOS and JULIE WARK
The present situation of Europe is such that it can only lead to further social and political polarisation. Less than five years ago things were so different that it seems as if we were living in another world. Since 2008 the living conditions of the great majority of Eur...
Two Days in a Forbidden City
JULIA Von STADEN
Frankfurt, Germany. It almost seemed as if the City of Frankfurt, Hessian Police and, after all, any court up to the Federal Constitutional Court (in German: Bundesverfassungsgericht, BverfG) went paranoid and hysterical all together and at once. What seem...
The Electoral Tunnel
JACK A. SMITH
Less than six months before the November presidential elections in an exceptionally distressed United States the narrow, unpleasant parameters of political possibility are emerging. Two alternatives confront the American people, both to the right of center. 1. If P...
Greece and Our Illusions
SAMIR SONTI
While it may be premature to speculate on the legacy left by the various social upheavals that have occurred since early-2011, the electoral tide sweeping across Europe offers additional evidence that something fundamental is happening. In Greece and France, vote...
Stirring Canada From Its Slumber
BENJAMIN CAMPBELL
Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of Montreal again on Saturday, in defiance of the Quebec government’s Bill 78, which aimed to legally curtail their rights to protest. As has become increasingly common, the students were greeted by police responses of t...
Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?
DAVE LINDORFF
A new trove of heavily redacted documents provided by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) on behalf of filmmaker Michael Moore and the National Lawye...
Taking It to the Streets in Spain
DANIEL RAVENTOS and JULIE WARK
The citizens of Spain have taken to the streets and squares in great numbers to demand their rights. Estimates vary enormously. Spain’s right-wing government claims that 22,000 people came out in Barcelona in the demonstrations on 12th May while the organiser...
Organizing Against Bank of America
LAURA GOTTESDIENER
This week, thousands are descending on North Carolina for the Bank of America shareholders’ meeting. The protest comes on the heels of the successful Wells Fargo shareholder event in San Francisco, where thousands of protesters shut down the conference, and the U....
On the History of the U.S. Economy in Decline
NOAM CHOMSKY
The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of.  If the bonds and associations it has established can be sustained through a long, dark period ahead — because victory...
The Crackdown on Occupy
KEVIN CARSON
Disturbing news from Occupy circles about NYPD practices these days — I mean, in addition to all those other NYPD practices we were already disturbed about. David Graeber, a prominent anarchist involved with Occupy since its beginning, recounts seeing a woman...
Hedges vs. the Black Bloc, Round Two
MARK TAYLOR-CANFIELD
A recent article by Chris Hedges is once again causing heated arguments among activists in the Occupy Wall Street movement.  “Black Bloc: The Cancer in Occupy,” was published in his syndicated ...
Wait Till Chen Guangchen Goes on His First Occupy Demonstration in New York
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Chen Guangchen, the Chinese human activist, got four separate articles in the New York Times for May 5. Jane Perlez and Michael Wines reported from Beijing on the deal that would get Chen and his family visas to the US, for him to take up a fellowship at NYU. ...
The Power of Plutocracy
ROB URIE
Last Tuesday, Mayday, 2012, tens of thousands from Occupy Wall Street and a coalition of unions and immigrant rights groups marched in New York, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and other major cities to protest economic inequality and to celebrate other possi...
Michael Lewis Advises Occupy
MISSY BEATTIE
The concept is somewhat egotistical.  But if you believe that what you have to offer is valuable, the published self-interview is an attention getter. Recently, Michael Lewis, author of ...
Entrapment, Snatch Squads and Probation Holds
MIKE KING
May Day 2012 was a day when Occupy made clear to enemies, critics and co-opters alike that the Occupy movement is far from dead.  All across the country rallies, marches, and direct actions put the 1% on notice for what will undoubtedly be a hot Spring and Summer.  Be...
A Potent Symbol of Worker Discontent
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
Many people might be surprised to learn that the May Day celebrations that occurred around the world yesterday were born more than a century ago out of a struggle by American workers for the eight-hour day. The late nineteenth century was a particularly hard and br...
Ypsilanti Vampire May Day
PETER LINEBAUGH
Dedicated to the students, young and old, of Southeastern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio Dracula On May Day sometime in the 1890s, an ordinary Englishman boarded a train in Mun...
Don’t Let Bigots Occupy Your Mind
LISA MARTINOVIC
Despite a generation of sensitivity trainings and multicultural studies, an astonishing number of people still feel emboldened to express their misbegotten bigotry in very public arenas.  Cops and vigilantes alike are caught on tape throwing down racial slurs before they...