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Archives by Tag 'Occupy movement'
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 ...