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Archives by Tag 'Occupy movement'
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...