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Democracy in the Streets
HOWARD LISNOFF
Several months before the 2008 general election, I stood with two other antiwar demonstrators outside of the town hall of a small town in Massachusetts. One of the other two demonstrators had demonstrated for peace there each Saturday at noon since just prior to the incep...
Occupy Oakland, Permitted Protest, and Police Repression
MIKE KING
As the Occupy movement around the country begins to get more involved in immigrant struggles, or around the struggles of people of color more generally, complicated questions of race and risk, tactics and differential legal consequences for people of color are arising.  ...
Yes, the 99% Spring is a Fraud
CHARLES M. YOUNG
With hindsight gained by googling “MoveOn” and “co-opt” after the fact, I can’t claim that nobody tried to warn me. Many websites with left and even liberal politics had said in so many words, “Be wary of this organization called The 99% Spring. It is a Trojan...
MoveOn’s 99 Percent Spring, Obama and the Dems March in Lock-Step
THE INSIDER
In an earlier installment, I noted that eight ...
Chomsky’s Occupy
JOHN FEFFER
Noam Chomsky has seen a lot of social movements. He cut his teeth on the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He participated in the anti-intervention struggles of the 1980s as well as in the World Social Forums that began in the 1990s. Now in...
Freedom Reoccupied
MISSY BEATTIE
“Bankers – pillars of society who are going to hell if there is a God and He has been accurately quoted.” ~John Ralston Saul First, I’d like to thank reader R who provided a Saul quote so relevant to our predicament that ...
Counter-Insurgency as Insurgency
MIKE KING
As the Occupy movement begins to come into full bloom across the country this Spring – with plans for massive days of action and demonstrations on May 1st, new campaigns for transit justice on both coasts, continued organizing against foreclosures and police ...
Security for the One-Percent
WILLEM de LINT
Over the past several years, but now with more intensity, domestic security measures are being mooted, planned, and carried out with a purposefulness that appears to take as a given that what is good for the 1% is good for the rest of us. Moreover, they appear to be devel...
Racist Violence is Used to Maintain an Unjust Social Order
ROB URIE
Speakers at a recent rally and march to protest the murder of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by a white, self-appointed, guardian of the racist social order in Florida rightly pointed to the broader institutional racism that permeates race relations in America....
Evidence Homeland Security Coordinated Occupy Crackdown
DAVE LINDORFF
If you want to know where the real government of the United States is located, just check out one of the documents...
Labor, the Environment and the Occupy Movement
MICHAEL LEONARDI
For many of us that have been involved with the Occupy movement from its onset, we find it questionable that the UAW is attempting to co-opt the movements language. The leadership of much of organized labor has proven to be almost completely out of touch with the O...
Occupy World Street!
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Ross Jackson is an interesting guy who has just published a very interesting and timely book entitled ...
CEOs Contemplate the Occupy Movement
RALPH NADER
Stetson J. Bradford III met up with his fellow CEO F. Reginald Lawless for a brow-to-brow lunch at the Penthouse Reverie Room high above Wall and Broad Streets in New York. As charter members of the 40-year Corporate Supremes Club, they had serious business to discuss bef...
Six Months Later, the Cops Reignite the Occupation
ARI PAUL
As Occupy Wall Street protesters marched toward Central Booking the evening of March 18, many took a short cut at Lafayette and Houston through the BP gas station, chanting, “Fuck BP.” In a spur-of-the-moment show of anti-corporate solidarity, a South Asian clerk ran ...
Race, Gender and Occupy
SWETA VOHRA and JORDAN FLAHERTY
At a recent panel discussion on the Occupy movement, a left-leaning professor from New York University ...
99 Percent Spring: the Latest MoveOn Front for the Democratic Party
THE INSIDER
A new social movement has arrived on the scene and it even has a sexy brand: “The 99% Spring.” Combining the “...
Occupy’s Growing Pains
SHEPHERD BLISS
I have been active in the historic Occupy movement since it first erupted onto public space. I have attended numerous meetings, rallies, teach-ins and other events, as well as written supportively about it. Since the Sept. 17 opening at Occupy Wall Street in New York, I h...
Occupy Education v. the Gates Foundation
JESSE HAGOPIAN
“Gates Foundation, you will fail! Education is not for sale!” The chants of about 150 teachers, students, parents and Occupy Seattle activists reverberated off the windows of the global headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announcing t...
Sparks and Wildfires
RON JACOBS
It was about a year ago that the protests against the anti-worker legislation in Wisconsin were reaching their zenith.  What had begun as a concerted effort by the Teaching Assistants Association at University of Wisconsin, their supporters and some other activists grew ...
How Empires Fall
ANDY KROLL
When Jonathan Schell’s The Unconquerable World, a meditation on the his...
What is to be Done Next?
STAUGHTON LYND
Greetings. I write from Niles, Ohio, near Youngstown. I take part in Occupy Youngstown (OY). I was asked to make some “keynote” remarks on the occasion of OY’s first public meeting on October 15, 2011. I am a member of the le...
Conscience and the Military
CLANCY SIGAL
Even though the Occupy Wall Street movement, especially in the United States, is winter-hibernating – Oakland, California’s dorky vandals notwithstanding – I can’t forget an image from last October’s Zuccotti Park events.  If you recall,  down in Times Square,...
High Noon at the West Coast Docks
DANIEL BORGSTRÖM
HIGH NOON is a 1952 morality play about people deciding whether or not to stand up to the forces of corruption and criminality.  Scenes from it often come to mind, since I’ve repeatedly seen people around me facing up to analogous situations here in Oakland, at the...
Dissent and the Politics of Control
ROB URIE
Political strategy in the West operates on contrived dualisms where an “in” group argues of the dangers that an out group poses and the “out” group argues that life under the in group is an ongoing disaster that will only end when the out group replaces the in gro...
Occupation in Amsterdam
JURRIAAN VAN OORTMERSSEN
Amsterdam protesters occupied Beursplein (Exchange Square – a modest-sized piazza in front of the building that houses Wall Street-based NYSE Euronext’s Amsterdam stock exchange AEX) on October 15 2011 – four weeks after Occupy Wall Street took off ...
Occupy vs. the Global Race to the Bottom
ROBIN BROAD and JOHN CAVANAGH
Ever since the first tent was pitched in Zuccotti Park in September 2011, the Occupy protests have been giving life to a “99 percent movement.” Expect to hear a lot more from them: plans for a ...
The Queasy Liberal
JOSHUA SPERBER
Once in a blue moon, which is still far too often, one encounters the lie that Nazism was a manifestation of the left. A quick way to refute this myth is to note that Nazism’s immediate tasks upon taking power were destroying the German Communist Party, sending communis...
Occupy Prisons
VICTORIA LAW
“Manhandled, arrested, cuffed, searched, and locked away in the Tombs” is how AlterNet described the story of protester Barbara Schneider Reilly, who spent 30 hours in jail after being arrested at an Occupy Wall Street-related protest in Octob...
Capitalism’s Fracking Iceberg
LISA BARR
I’ve always hated Superbowl Sunday: *the eating as anesthesia for the painful post- holiday spending spree; *the guilt-free mindless enjoyment of a gladiator match; *the circus-like way it distracts a dying empire’s masses from taking ...
Should Occupy Use Violence?
KEVIN CARSON
Back in the mid-1980s, when the African National Congress was still fighting the South Africa’s apartheid regime, I recall Secretary of State George Schultz testifying before some Senate committee. He clutched his pearls at the appearance that “some members of...
The Surgeons of Occupy
PETER GELDERLOOS
In his February 6 article entitled, “The Cancer of Occupy,”Chris Hedges attempts to a...
Occupy Corporations
BILL QUIGLEY
“Corporations are people, my friend.” — Mitt Romney at Iowa State Fair Corporations are obviously not people.  But Romney is accurate in the sense that corporations have hijacked most of the rights of people while evading ...
Out of the Ashes
SHEPHERD BLISS
The Sonoma County daily’s Press Democrat Feb. 1 editorial “Occupy Movement in Ashes” is wishful thinking. Our phoenix will rise during this month. You wait. You watch. You see. Occupy is still an infant, having been born in New York Sept. 17 with Occupy Wall ...
Talking With Ani DiFranco
ALEXANDER BILLET
She’s dealt with a lot of obstacles–dismissal of her music, sexist condescension, even attempts from Clear Channel to shut down her concerts. But over the past two decades, Ani DiFranco has remained thankfully relentless, and become a force to be reckoned...
From Worship to Wall Street
MEL KING AND WILLIAM ALBERTS
When a controversial protest movement arises, Christians often ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?”  Thus today the repeated question, “Would Jesus join the Occupy Wall Street Movement?” Certain Christians say Jesus would not be involved in Occupy Wall S...
99 to 1
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
George Randt is a doctor of internal medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s also a supporter of a single payer national health insurance system. Randt was in downtown Cleveland last month at a rally to protest cuts to public services. At the rally,...
Oakland’s Dirty War
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
As winter sets in, the Occupy Movement nationwide confronts a new series of challenges. Conspiring with the weather, however, is the threat of a shifting policing model currently being tested out in Oakland. Coercive Attrition The Italian Co...
Police State Targeted by New Year’s Eve Demos
STEVEN HIGGS
If mainstream media reports on a New Year’s Eve demonstration in downtown Bloomington, Indiana are given any credibility, the only crimes committed that evening were perpetrated by a couple protesters, and the city’s lightweight mayor may take away Occupy Bloo...
Remembering Another Occupy
DON FITZ
The year 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the great sit-down strike wave of 1937.  It also begins the second year of the Occupy movement, which has more than a few similarities to the time when hundreds of thousands of Americans occupied their workplaces. The fi...
What Equality?
ANDREW LEVINE
2011 was not a good year for the public image of ruling classes around the world; even Time Magazine named their nemesis, “the protester,” person of the year.  But the pillars of the ancien régime still feel secure.  Why shouldn’t they?  They o...
This Land is Your Land …Or is It?
LORI SPENCER
Having spent the better part of two months as an embedded reporter with Occupy OKC’s camp in Kerr Park (aka Poet’s Park) I have often praised both the city and police department. Oklahoma City’s occupation has so far managed to avoid the mass arrests and...
Triad of Business, Cops & Politicians Attack Occupy
CARL FINAMORE
A political campaign by San Francisco’s well-heeled “property owners” was launched to influence police and politicians to aggressively demobilize Occupy SF and to dismantle their encampments. And, there are documents to prove it. Things did not start out this...
Assembly Time
KATHY KELLY
Kabul Arab Spring, European Summer, American Autumn, and now the challenge of winter. Here in Kabul, Afghanistan, the travelers of our small Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegation share an apartment with several of the creative and determined “...
The Bi-Partisan Attack on Medicare
SHAMUS COOKE
Politicians are attacking Medicare and Medicaid on all sides–Democrats and Republicans alike. Obama’s national health care bill will slash hundreds of billions from Medicare over the next decade, an act supported by so-called “progressive” Democra...
Class Conflict in Mendocino County
WILL PARRISH
Menodcino County denizens have organized several different projects as part of the Occupy Movement, the most innovative being Occupy Hendy Woods and the Occupy Mendocino County Food Initiative, each of which dovetails nicely with a prominent aspect of regional culture (re...
Occupy the NRC
MICHAEL LEONARDI
A new and important phase in the Occupy movement began last week as Occupiers from Occupy Toledo crossed the border into southeast Michigan to target the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at a public meeting held to promote the construction of a new Fermi 3 Nuclear Power Plan...
What’s So Great About Efficiency?
ROB URIE
Early in the last century the Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci developed the idea of hegemony as a hidden ideology behind political, economic and cultural domination. What is understood by dominant cultures as straightforward explanation of the natural world, co...
Class Struggle on the Waterfront
BEN SCHREINER
With less than a month’s time with which to plan, Occupy Portland set out early Monday morning to shutdown the Port of Portland.  Braving the morning’s freezing fog, protesters began arriving at Kelly Point Park around 6 a.m. for a final staging before breaking into...
I Ain’t Got No Home
TINA LYNN EVANS
Can we truly be at home in the marketplace? What kind of place is the marketplace, anyway, and how is it related to places like our communities, our homes, and the places we love in the natural world? Has the marketplace effectively replaced these physical/mental places b...
Occupy and Class Struggle on the Waterfront
MIKE KING
On December 12th, the entire Occupy movement on the West Coast will blockade their respective ports to shut down “Wall Street on the Waterfront.”  This is both an effort to build a mass social struggle in the US against the 1% and a coordinated response to th...