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Archives by Tag 'Occupy Wall Street'
Don’t Stop Now
REBECCA SOLNIT
Last Tuesday, I awoke in lower Manhattan to the whirring of helicopters overhead, a war-zone sound that persisted all day and then started up again that Thursday morning, the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and a big day of demonstrations in New York City. It ...
Obama’s Pepper Spraying Cops
DAVE LINDORFF
The growing number of video clips and photos showing police in Darth Vader-like riot gear assaulting peaceful demonstrators with everything from tear gas and mace to truncheons, point-blank shots with beanbags and rubber bullets, and of course the ubiquitous fist and club...
Are Drum Circles Protected Under the Constitution?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
From Manhattan, to Nashville, to St Louis, to Portland, Oregon, to Oakland, California, the police this week moved in to clear out the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the various downtown plazas or squares where they’d established their peaceable focos. ...
Retaking the Offensive in the Battle of the Story
STEVE STALLONE
For the Occupy movement, as in battlefield of the narrative, whose story is being told, whose perspective is the dominant frame, who are perceived to be the heroes and villains, the criminals and victims, is crucial. Remember when the stock market crashed in late 2...
Sidewalk Utopianism
BERNARD MARSZALEK
I have seen references in the news coverage of Occupy Wall Street to the “Culture of Greed,” which strikes me as a meaningless term. Think of what comes to mind with its opposite – the Culture of Generosity. This grammatical construction, of course, is not unique, o...
Transcontinental Occupation
RON JACOBS
Like most other social justice activists I know, I have been following (and taking part in) the Occupy Wall Street movement.  The encampment in Burlington, VT was in City Hall Park in Burlington’s downtown district for over two weeks.  After a tragic suicide in th...
In Praise of Failure
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Is the Occupy Movement unsuccessful, as a friend of mine has recently written on CounterPunch? What’s been going on with the Occupy movement? Some of the bravest and best participant/writers have been talking about a war.  And it is a war, but an...
Call It a Revolution
MISSY BEATTIE
Snarling riot cops evicted protestors and raided Zuccotti Park Tuesday morning, two months after Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was launched in lower Manhattan.  Spin-off groups across the country were shut down as well. Just minutes after I wrote the above paragraph, m...
The Coming War on the Occupy Movement
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
As I begin to write this, Occupy Oakland circulates in a by-now familiar pattern: forced from the camp at the break of day, the occupiers reconvened as they have done before on the steps of the Public Library. Later, they will attempt to close a repeating circuit that str...
OWS Survives the Eviction
DAVID KELLEY
6:15 pm, November 15 Zucotti Park, New York City  As I approached Zuccotti Park in the drizzle I could see that others were as tense as I was.   I had no idea if I would even be able to get there after the 1:00 am police evictions of the ...
Overcoming Contradictions
KATHY KELLY and HAKIM
Adelaide, Australia. At Tabor House Technical College, 21 young people sit in a semicircle looking curiously at Hakim and me. We’ve been invited to speak with them about the practice of justice.  Hakim, who has lived among Afghans for the past nine yea...
Waiting For Eviction
KATY SAVAGE
The first draft of these ideas, written in a notebook while living at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza with Occupy Nashville, was impounded by Tennessee State Troopers in the early hours of Friday, October 28th. We didn’t know when the ...
Police State Tactics
DAVE LINDORFF
The ugly hand of the federal government is becoming increasingly suspected behind what appears to be a nationwide attempt to repress and evict the Occupation Movement. Across the country in recent days, ultimatums have been issues to groups occupying Portland, OR, ...
Love Those Occupiers?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Donald Trump thinks Occupy Wall Street is ‘kind of cool’.   Obama likes it; the governor of the Bank of Canada likes it; the Fat Cats who like it are legion.  The mainstream media love it.  They make a big deal of it despite the fact that the Occupiers amo...
The Book Dumpers
KATHLEEN PEINE
5,000 books at Occupy Wall Street were unceremoniously placed in a dumpster (now the NYPD claim it was simply a “sanitation truck”) during the inevitable nighttime raid. I say inevitable due to the moral decay of those in power in NYC.  These books were al...
Mayor Mike’s Evictions
CHARLES M. YOUNG
Manhattan–After watching the Packers beat the Vikings on Monday Night Football, I had insomnia, so it was kind of an accident that I checked my email at 2 a.m. and discovered the police were clearing Zuccotti Park. Everyone had been expecting an eviction since it al...
The Post-Modern Bull Connors
PHIL ROCKSTROH
For days now, we have endured demonstrably false propaganda that the fallen soldiers of U.S. wars sacrificed their lives for “our freedoms.” Yet, as that noxious nonsense still lingers in the air, militarized police have invaded OWS sites in numerous cities, i...
A Lesson for Labor From Occupy Wall Street
STEVE EARLY
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has given our timorous, unimaginative, and  politically ambivalent unions a much-needed ideological dope slap. Some might describe this, more diplomatically, as a second injection of “outside-the-box” thinking and new organizational blood....
Street Messiahs
FARZANA VERSEY
“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing…I can’t stand my own mind.” – Allen Ginsberg Space is being occupied. What does that space stand for? What does its occupation convey? There are q...
Into Corporate Territory
RALPH NADER
The organizers of the spreading Occupy initiative are taking their awareness and moral indignation right to corporate territory—Wall Street, the corporate lobbies in Washington, D.C. and their likes around the nation. The denizens of corporate territory have taken notic...
Coalition of the Disenchanted
JEFF GOODWIN
The global capitalist crisis prompted protests and rebellions in different countries, poor and rich. In the US, budget cuts and attacks on the collective bargaining rights of state employees led to action earlier this year notably in Wisconsin, where hundreds of thousands...
Occupy Wall Street, Not Palestine
PHYLLIS BENNIS
This is an extraordinary time. The astonishing Occupy Wall Street movement emerged as the heart of our 99%, claimed the little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality — how the 1% controls ...
The Iron Heel and the Resistance
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Three years of President Obama, as of today. Count and weep. Just over a year from now Americans will be deciding whether to reelect Barack Obama or… probably Mitt Romney. In the latter case this is to assume that that Mitt, a Mormon and family man – both danger flare...
On Western Democracy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Every day that passes adds to the fraudulent image of what is called Western democracy. Consider that the entire Western world is outraged that the Greek prime minister announced that he is going to permit the Greek people to decide their own fate instead of having...
Occupy This
DAVID Ker THOMSON
A land already possessed. –Malthus Brute Neighbors I’m on my gondola doing loops around two cars and a fallen bumper positioned with the litigious freeze-frame melodrama of après-acc...