Today is the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, and FDL’s team of reporters and citizen journalists will have you covered with all the on-the-ground activities. I wanted to add some coverage of this new offshoot of the Occupy movement, in the vein of Occupy Our Homes, the successful effort to fight foreclosures through direct action and pressure on individual banks. As you may know, this effort helped dozens of people all around the country save their homes and get loan modifications, through Occupy Our Homes groups in places like Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Rochester, NY.
|By: David Dayen Monday September 17, 2012 7:07 am|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 12, 2012 7:25 pm|
Were the options to a recall effort? Possibly. The populist movement that arose from the uprising could have used every dollar given to a politician or an outside campaign spending group and used it in community-based organizing. We could have seen well-funded nonviolent actions. We could have seen education campaigns, going door to door with a message rather than an ask to support Tom Barrett or whoever else. We could have seen economic boycotts on Walker-supporting businesses, more organizing into broad coalitions around the idea of repealing the rights-stripping collective bargaining law, or an insurgent movement, one that captured the energy of the uprising rather than re-channeled it.
|By: David Dayen Sunday June 3, 2012 9:38 am|
One of the bigger problems in US politics is the relationship between money and power. Just as big a problem, in many ways, is the difficulty that comes with organizing traditionally marginalized groups. It’s hard to organize the jobless, for example, or the poor, because of their transient nature and focus on survival rather than politics.
But thanks to the collapse of the housing bubble, we now have a large constituency that is more definable and able to be mobilized. That would be the nearly 16 million American homeowners who are underwater, who owe more on their homes than what the homes are worth.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 25, 2012 5:22 pm|
Despite the charred landscape that is the current housing market, despite the suffering borne by families all over the country, the last few years have provided a glimmer of hope that people of like circumstances have not turned their backs on each other, that they are working together for progress. And sometimes, they make it.
Out of one of the most tragic stories of the foreclosure crisis, the suicide of Norman Rousseau, has come a determination to never let this happen to anyone else again. The Rousseaus eventually lost their home despite never missing a payment, a victim of the soul-crushing bureaucracy at Wells Fargo.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday January 17, 2012 4:03 pm|
Organizers in Wisconsin collected over one MILLION signatures to recall Scott Walker, doubling what was necessary. They did this in under two months. This approaches the number of votes Walker received in the 2010 election, and it’s a much higher bar to find people and have them sign their name than it is to get them to show up at a defined polling place.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 16, 2012 2:10 pm|
The progressive movement is undergoing a transformation where they no longer see engagement with candidates as the best or only strategy to advance goals. Those not hopelessly alienated by the entire political process prefer outsider strategies that force political pressure from the bottom up, rather than relying on the promises of those politicians to carry the day. That’s the new reality, and the public option fight was such a catalyzing event, that I don’t see it changing anytime soon.
|By: David Dayen Friday January 13, 2012 8:35 am|
Next Tuesday, Wisconsin organizers attempting to recall Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state Senators will turn in their petitions, and they expect to have well above the number of signatures required to trigger recall elections in all those races.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 21, 2011 2:00 pm|
The effort to recall Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker recall is statewide, which brings in a lot of low-hanging fruit for signatures: the liberal bastion of Madison, for example, or the Democratic-rich city of Milwaukee. So it’s not really a surprise that Democrats are able to gather a hefty amount of recall signatures in a short amount of time. But early results are impressive.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 8, 2011 12:20 pm|
Tomorrow, six recall elections against Republican state Senators will finally happen in Wisconsin, the biggest result so far of a six-month uprising in the state against conservative policies and an assault on worker’s rights. If Standard and Poor’s wasn’t trying to force cuts to entitlements it would be the biggest story in America, and in a way, it still should be. This recall process, and the protests and activism that came before it, carry the seeds of a new progressive/youth/labor alliance that could be a catalyst to not only next year’s elections, but a re-imagining of the Democratic Party.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 18, 2011 3:33 pm|
You wouldn’t know it from watching the news, but over the past several days thousands of dedicated activists gathered for a conference in Washington, protested throughout the city, took over several places of business in the process, and even secured a meeting with the President of the United States.