It is a breath of fresh air to find an account of the Occupy movement that is avowedly radical instead of liberal, optimistic instead of regretful or bitter, and based on a first-hand insider perspective. The origins of Occupy Wall Street have become much contested, and at this point it is a badge of pride for some to say they were there at Zuccotti Park on the first day, September 17, 2011. But David Graeber was there long before that, at the first General Assembly in New York following Adbusters’ call – which, as he tells it, was almost hijacked so that it was not a GA at all but rather yet another rally with designated speakers, until he and other anarchist-leaning “horizontals” who were there dragged it back on course.
|By: Joe Macare Saturday April 27, 2013 1:59 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday April 22, 2013 8:30 am|
Try to contain your surprise, the police officers who brutalized Occupy Wall Street protesters will not face criminal charges. Apparently it is crime to protest but not to beat up protesters despite any reasonable reading of the law leading one to the opposite conclusion.
|By: DSWright Monday December 24, 2012 5:40 am|
Records released by the FBI via a Freedom of Information Act request confirm earlier accusations of political policing regarding the Occupy movement. Even more disturbing, personnel within the FBI invoked the term “domestic terrorism” when referring to non-violent protests while also coordinating opposition to the protests with banks and other private firms.
|By: Wade Rathke Saturday September 15, 2012 1:59 pm|
Let’s just be very clear right up front, Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco may have both collected their share of mainstream awards, like Pulitzers, American Book Awards, and the like, but with this book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, they remove any doubt about whether they are “celebrity couriers,” as they derisively term a lot of what is left of the mainstream, main street journalists out there today slapping whitewash on poverty and helping spin the machinery that manufactures rose-colored glasses. They have traveled through some of the hellholes on the dark side of the American economic reality and they are angry about the whole damn thing, fired up, fed up, and desperately looking hard for a fight. This book needs to be read, and it needs to sell very well because these guys are pretty much unemployable now. Trust me, I know this!
|By: watertiger Sunday July 1, 2012 1:59 pm|
It’s July 1, 2012. We’re rapidly approaching the fourth anniversary of the murder of the American middle class, the Dark Times when our corporate-controlled government, draped in the disguise of democracy, announced in (allegedly) Willie Sutton fashion, that the only way to save the country from financial ruin was to transfer all of our life savings into the offshore bank accounts of the 1%-ers like Jamie “Diamonds” Dimon, Lloyd “Blank Check” Blankfein, Vikram “the Bandit” Pandit, and Ken “Platinum Parachute” Lewis. Distracted by the presidential election circus of 2008, the American citizenry sat passively by as BushCo, having already looted the U.S. Treasury to pay for the administration’s Iraq Follies, decided now that they had gotten theirs, it was the banksters’ turn. The country was forced to watch, locked out of their bank-foreclosed homes as the government rehabilitated these murderers, this time by robbing from the private sector.
Two months later, Barack Obama, the one-term Senator from Illinois whose rhetoric soared (but whose resume was a bit thin on the ground), won the Presidency, beating out the cranky old man who shook his fist at the clouds. Hope and change were in the air.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday June 21, 2012 2:25 pm|
The Occupy National Gathering is almost here — just in time for a brutal heat wave.
From June 30th to July 4th, Occupy activists from around the country will meet at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall for a week of activism and movement building, culminating in a 99 mile march from Philadelphia to Wall Street!
#NatGat organizers anticipate thousands to attend, camp out, and engage in sleepful protests on city sidewalks.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday April 11, 2012 2:50 pm|
Tonight at 8pm eastern, Occupy Supply will be hosting a free, online discussion titled, “Beyond Signs & Flyers: Media and Marketing for the Occupy Movement.” Guest presenters include Andrew Boyd, Adam Lansky and Morgan Burke-Beyers. You can register for tonight’s free session here.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday April 2, 2012 5:00 pm|
You know things are bad when Paul Craig Roberts, one of the founders of Reaganomics, says about deregulation and the current state of the economy:
It’s gone too far.
With Heist: Who Stole the American Dream, directors Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher trace the roots of today’s current economic crisis back to a 1971 memorandum written by Lewis F. Powell Jr.– a Virginia lawyer and representative of the tobacco industry who later became an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Powell Memo, written for the Chamber of Commerce, lays out a very solid, point by point plan for corporations to loosen regulations and gain greater and greater control of the economy for their own benefit at the expense of of the American people.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday March 21, 2012 2:55 pm|
We have been hoping to hold a webinar to analyze how Occupy can aid in struggles for racial justice and equality and how they can improve themselves to create a truly inclusive movement that is representative of the needs and concerns of communities of color. We know occupiers in places like Detroit have a lot of ideas and lessons they can share to the benefit of the movement, so we’re pleased to invite you to join our free online talk on Racism and the Occupy Movement with Lee Gaddies of Occupy Detroit and author and journalist Joanne Griffith this evening at 8pm eastern.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday February 24, 2012 2:15 pm|
We all grow frustrated that there’s no accountability for the oligarch class that continues to pillage the world economy with impunity. That makes it all the more critical that we support these visionary individuals who are rising up out of blighted communities, refusing to be snared by the partisan traps that crippled previous generations of activists. They are uncompromising in their commitment to creating models of a world they want to live in. They are our hope for the future.
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