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Homeless in America
BARBARA EHRENREICH
As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept reasonably warm and dry. Trash has to be removed; medical care and rudimen...
It’s Nashville, It’s America
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
The night of the Global Day of Action here, an active-duty soldier from Fort Campbell opened the GA in full throat, not needing the people’s mic to be heard by about 65 people gathered on the steps under the gaze of the state capitol, but using it anyhow, for effect:...
Doing the Work
ELIZABETH HELPERN
New York City. Last Saturday I found myself sitting cross-legged in the middle of Times Square singing peace songs and wondering to what exactly I was committing. Arrest? Pepper spray? Beating? About half an hour earlier I had arrived at what was being ...
From the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign to Occupy Wall Street
ALYOSHA GOLDSTEIN
As the Occupy Wall Street movement intensifies, the closing words of its first collectively written declaration grow in significance. “These grievances are not all-inclusive” acknowledges that this movement must first and foremost be an opportunity to build and expand...
Occupy Obama
JOHN STAUBER
President Barack Obama is no longer running unchallenged in all the major primary states, thanks to activists in Iowa who are focusing their Occupy Wall Street activism onto the headquarters of the Obama for President campaign office this Saturday, October 22,  in Des Mo...
Rage Against the Empire
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
In late 1999, 50,000 longshoremen, steelworkers, environmentalists, animal-rights activists, consumer advocates, Canadians, pacifists, anarchists, isolationists, French cheesemakers, Free Tibet fans, and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence marched on downtown Seattle disrupti...
Resurrection Cities
LINH DINH
The 99% will convene a National Convention in Philadelphia, so that’s the good news. Where America was born, they will try to bring her back to life, save her from this deepening degradation. Their list of demands, to be released in October of 2012, will most likely be ...
In a Manner Neither Forceful Nor Foolish
RON JACOBS
I first got wind of the Occupy Wall Street action back in its planning stages.  I didn’t give it much thought, but considered it a potentially positive thing, especially if it began with a fair number of people participating or somehow captured the mainstream media...
It’s a Wonderful Strife
DAVID Ker THOMSON
“As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be strange to meet a Megolosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill.” –Charles Di...
The Secret Republican
ANDREW LEVINE
“Conspiracy theories” have a bad press.  But sometimes conspiracies are real and sometimes conspiracy theories do account for what they purport to explain.  Whether they do or not is an empirical question.  Because real world politics is propelled by multiple, hete...
A New Story is Unfolding
SHEPHERD BLISS
Occupy Wall Street gatherings on Oct. 15 at around 1500 sites in some 80 countries revealed a global uprising for building democratic learning and action communities. People were joyous to be together in streets and parks, on church steps, outside banks, and elsewhere—p...
The Word on the Street: Co-optation
VIJAY PRASHAD
Co-optation. An acquaintance of mine who ferrets about in the White House sends me a text, “We’re discussing the OWS. Seeing how to use it for the jobs bill.” I write back, “Good luck with that. I doubt that the Chicago Boys would like to play with...
Return to Grant Park
MARK T. HARRIS
It was at Chicago’s Grant Park in the fall of 2008 that presidential candidate Barack Obama celebrated his election night victory with the people. Hope and change was in the air. Three years later Grant Park is once again the scene of hope and change. But no ...
This is Your (Occupied) Land
REBECCA SOLNIT
Dear young man who died on the fourth day of this turbulent 2011, dear Mohammed Bouazizi, I want to write you about an astonishing year — with three months yet to run. I want to tell you about the power of despair and the margins of hope and the bonds of civi...
Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center
PAM MARTENS
A CounterPunch Exclusive Wall Street’s audacity to corrupt knows no bounds and the cooptation of government by the 1 per cent knows no limits.  How else to explain $150 million of taxpayer money going to equip a gover...
All Hail the Unknown Organizer
CHARLES M. YOUNG
Liberated Autonomous Manhattan. In a century, community organizers will still be debating what to call Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza/Liberty Square. The surrounding skyscrapers will be covered with luxuriant tomato vines hanging from rooftop organic...
We Are Not Your Human Resources
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about Occupy Wall Street.  She said to me “This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life”.  I told her I feel exactly the same way. The only difference is that she’s in her early twenties, and I’m in ...
This Might Be The Big One
DAVID Ker THOMSON
St. James Park, Toronto The whirled-wide occupation brought thousands of protesters to the intersection of Bay and King in Toronto on Saturday.  That corner is dominated four-square by pillars of the large bank monopolies in a nation that likes its banks ...
Onward Through the Storms at Occupy Austin
GREG MOSES
For Bernice King the timing of things must be spiritual.  There must have been a reason she says for Hurricane Irene to move in on the August schedule and force a delay to October so that when the monument to her father was officially unveiled Sunday, it would be present...
The Beginning is Near
LINH DINH
The anti-Wall Street protest has often resembled a street party. In occupied Liberty Park, people banged on drums, ...
In For the Long Haul in Philly
DAVE LINDORFF
Philadelphia. Common Terry was in a buoyant mood as he marched along Market Street Saturday afternoon along with a couple hundred activists who, following a rally outside the Liberty Bell pavilion, headed over to Philadelphia’s ornate City Hall to join t...
Cops For Sale
GEORGE OCHENSKI
Alarms went off when it was revealed that the armed forces of the United States were using increasing numbers of private contractors to provide everything from transportation to security in war zones around the globe. Tho...
Reflections for the US Occupy Movement
PETER GELDERLOOS
Barcelona. Before the Spanish call-out for a global day of action on October 15, a few critical notes and words of encouragement from the Barcelona neighborhood assemblies… After the courageous revolts of the Arab Spring, the next phe...
An Insidious Threat to the Occupy Movement
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
The threat I am referring to is not that of being pepper-sprayed, arrested, beaten or imprisoned. It is a different type of threat: a stealthy challenger that while pretending to advance the goals of the Occupy Movement tends to undermine it from within—more or less lik...
The Rebellion of the Poor
RICHARD PITHOUSE
Grahamstown, South Africa. In The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s novel about the Great Depression, Tom Joad, the novel’s central character, a man who has been made poor and who is on the run from the law, tells his mother in the cli...
Street Action
SAUL LANDAU
Politicians face a spreading revolt against Wall Street, financial tycoons, banks in general and an insensitive government that ignores people’s needs. The latest poll shows a radical lack of confidence for those running the government A September 30 Gallup poll ...
Libertarians and Occupy Wall Street
KEVIN CARSON
Occupy Wall Street has come under fire from some libertarians, on the grounds that it’s relatively silent about the role of big government, and its proposed remedies lean heavily toward increased government intervention. But it’s quite understandable th...
Toronto Occupation
DAVID Ker THOMSON
We’re piecing together our bit of the worldwide occupation here in a Toronto brutalized by last summer’s G20.  The bravest and best among us are still mired in the courts, where the vast resources of the state are brought to bear against people who are not me...
What’s A Tarantula Without Its Sting?
CLANCY SIGAL
Patrick Bateman: “I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust…I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.” – ‘American ...
Wish You Were Here
MISSY BEATTIE
I ran almost an hour this morning through a misting rain that seemed to nourish my limbs and circuitry. I was energized with, yes, energy.  I said the word aloud and immediately thought of a scene from The Saint, in which some of the worst film dialogue in cinema history...
Wall Street Couldn’t Have Done It Alone
SHELDON RICHMAN
The spreading Occupy Wall Street movement, despite a vague worldview and agenda, properly senses that something is dreadfully wrong in America. The protesters vent their anger at the big financial institutions in New York’s money district (as well as other big cities) f...
The Millionaires’ March
ELIZABETH HELPERN
The Millionaires March on Tuesday, October 12th began with a very different feeling than the other large events that have occurred in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. The first thing I noticed upon arriving in Grand Army Plaza, on 59th Street an...
The Street of Torments
STEVE FRASER
Occupy Wall Street, the ongoing demonstration-cum-sleep-in that began a month ago not far from the New York Stock Exchange and has since spread like wildfire to cities around the country, may be a game-changer.  If so, it couldn’t be more appropriate or more in the Ame...
The Myths of the Market
PAUL CANTOR
“Greed is good,” said Gordon Geko played by Michael Douglas in his academy award-winning performance in the Oliver Stone movie Wall Street.  “Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.” “Not so!” say ...
American Spring or American Fall?
JOSÉ M. TIRADO
It’s becoming a delicate dance, what to call the growing Occupy Wall St. movement? It’s obviously not just about Wall St. anymore. Journalists keep gently reminding us that there are those who believe it is the equivalent of the “Arab Spring”, although I have yet ...
Beyond A Demanding Occupation
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Four weeks into its life, Occupy Wall Street has already confounded both critics and well-wishers. Far from twittering away its energies after an initial burst of enthusiasm as predicted (or feared), it appears to have touched something in average Americans in every corne...
The Roar of the People
RALPH NADER
Inside the barricading bubbles surrounding the Wall Street plutocrats and the Washington oligarchs who service them, there must be worry. After three years of disclosed “lying, cheating and stealing” as one prosecutor put it, with nary a visible stir from the masses, ...
Changing of the Guards
CHRIS FLOYD
Bob Dylan, when a young man, knew the enemy: the “masters of war,” the profiteers and bureaucrats of death and domination, who wring money and power from bloodshed, torment and fear. He knew too that these wretches of lamed humanity were not confined to a sing...
A Garden Grows on Wall Street
SUZY KASSEM
The agents for change are multiplying. On Sunday, their drumming could be heard throughout Wall street, and their chants echoed in and around the ears of the tourists flocking towards the newly opened World Trade Center memorial one block away. The consistent banging of t...
Winning the Class War
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Occupy Wall Street protests have now spread to some 800 cities.  It’s spreading like a fire on a strong wind over a dry field.  The heat is likely to keep on building. Conservatives have fallen over themselves rushing to side with the top 1% against the rest....
Battling Capital
VIJAY PRASHAD
“Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at th...
The Revolution Started Without Me
JACK RANDOM
“[Occupy Wall Street is] a diffuse and leaderless convocation of activists against greed, corporate influence, gross social inequality and other nasty byproducts of wayward capitalism not easily extinguishable by street theater….” Ginia Bellafante...
The Rich are Different Than You and Me
CHARLES R. LARSON
 We all know how conservatives embraced the tactics and the arrival of the Tea Party—including spitting on Democratic congressmen.  They couldn’t get enough of the rhetoric about Big Government, Balanced Budgets, and Reducing the Deficit.  And wh...
Financial Giants Put New York City Cops On Their Payroll
PAM MARTENS
Videos are springing up across the internet showing uniformed members of the New York Police Department in white shirts (as opposed to the typical NYPD blue uniforms) pepper spraying and brutalizing peaceful, nonthreatening protestors attempting to take part in the Occupy...
The GOP and Occupy Wall Street
ALAN FARAGO
The GOP response to Occupy Wall Street recalls the way the 1960’s protests against the Vietnam War energized American conservatives. Until the demonstrations by assorted students and labor and political activists (socialists, communists, etc.), the right wing had be...
Fed Up and Taking to the Streets, But What are the Demands?
ESAM AL-AMIN
People across the globe are angry. Fed up with their corrupt and inept governments, people have taken to the streets. The furious protesters have come from all walks of life: students, workers and farmers, men and women, young and old, urban and rural, the working poor an...
Hey NYPD, Give Morgan Its Money Back!
JEFFREY SOMMERS
The “Occupy Wall Street” protests reveal that American democracy still has life in it.  The protests this winter in Wisconsin led by teachers who forced their unions to follow them, showed the way. Among the heroes in Madison were the cops.  Not only did they fail t...
Surrounding the Bull
LINH DINH
Hundreds of cops, some on horsebacks, are now protecting Wall Street 24 hours a day. At Bowling Green Park, they have also blocked access to the Merryll Lynch bull. To be warmed by the methane gas of a healthy market, no doubt, a group of New York’s Finest gathered near...
Why I Will Not Be There
MISSY BEATTIE
A few months back, I signed on to the sustained October rally in DC.  After soul searching, examining my own questions, email exchanges with friends in the peace movement, and a trip to NYC to participate in the Wall Street protest, I’m writing on October 2, and I’ve...
Corporate Greed is on the Table
DAVE LINDORFF
As I headed out in my ’94 Volvo to drive from Philadelphia to Washington for the first day of October2011.org , the occupation of Was...