“Leaderless” Movements, “No-Boss” Collectives, and Other Left-Radical Hypocrisy

By: Sunday September 30, 2012 7:00 am

This past year has been truly life-transforming for me. I have found a community, a passion, and then lots of learning and growing up.

Since its beginning, the Occupy movement has been called “a leaderless movement” where hierarchy ostensibly does not exist. At least in theory it was an experiment in flat leadership and radical direct democracy.


Portland’s Cameron Whitten on Day 33 of Hunger Strike for Housing Justice

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 7:05 pm

Seven months ago, after the encampments of Occupy Portland were shut down, a 24/7 vigil outside of City Hall was set up to bring light to the ban on camping and Portland’s serious homelessness issues. The Vigil has been occupied all day, all week since that time. For 33 days now Cameron Whitten, a former mayoral candidate and Occupy Portland activist extraordinaire, has been living at the Vigil and partaking in a hunger strike. Read an interview of Whitten from the Portland Mercury here.

Late Night FDL: Rounding Errors

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 8:00 pm

Back during the Wisconsin protests, Governor Scott Walker lamented the extensive damage protesters caused to the state capitol and grounds, and in a transparent bid for manufactured outrage, “estimated” the damage at a whopping $7.5 million. The figure was widely reported, but outside of Fox News, was just as widely disbelieved, and for good reason. The actual cost? About $200,000.

OccupySupply and UPS Shipping Issues…Hello FedEx

By: Saturday November 19, 2011 6:00 pm

We’re getting one report after another from local FDL Member liaisons on how critically supplies are needed. From OccupyLouisville, Patty C says “I was there when one of the hats and pair of socks was given to a homeless man who had been there since day one. He told me that it was the 1st pair of socks he’s worn for a long, long time.” At OccupyPittsburg, RFShunt said supplies were immediately taken to the medical tent and given to people who were suffering from exposure.

Portland Police Chief “Clarifies” Story of Rape Response Delay

By: Saturday November 19, 2011 11:00 am

Just as The Oregonian photographer captured the now-iconic photo of a Portland riot police officer directing a forceful spray of mace directly in the face of an #OccupyPortland demonstrator, Portland Police Bureau Chief and likely mayoral candidate Mike Reese claimed, during an interview with a reporter, that #OccupyPortland was interfering in police response for Portland citizens, citing a rape report that couldn’t be attended to for three hours. Shocking, and horrifying, if true:

#Occupy: Is This a Wise Use of Resources?

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 5:59 pm

One of the themes of people like Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo as well as many other mayors and governors around the country is how things are so bad economically that the states must cut back in so many services, laying off teachers, first responders, cutting Medicaid eligibility, rolling back unemployment benefits, and generally destroying both the social safety net and wages and benefits for state workers. Yet here it is, New York City can incur millions of dollars in overtime costs going after unarmed, mostly peaceful protestors (according to this from WNYC it was over $5M by late October), yet city agencies are scrambling for funds:

Sunday Late Night: #OccupyTheMedia

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 8:01 pm

Last night, Portland television viewers were treated to wall-to-wall, all-local-channels, helicopters-hovering coverage of the approach — and uneventful passage — of Mayor Sam Adams’ three-day deadline of 12:01am to close the public parks where #OccupyPortland camped.

Our local media exhibited the lamest qualities of their national betters described by Glenn Greenwald: confusion (“what do these people want?”) and disdain (“people living in mud, filth and trash”) and dangerousness (“drug overdoses” and “molotov cocktails!”) but then the on-the-ground television correspondents, cheered on by their comfortable studio-bound anchors who passed the baton from one to another, devolved into a simple message in almost every sidewalk interview with Police Bureau representatives and #Occupy demonstrators: “WHY DON’T YOU & HIM FIGHT?!”

From a Cascadian Voice Within the Occupation of Portland

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 4:00 pm

As the sun rose over Chapman and Lownsdale squares, thousands of Portland’s Occupiers, our allies and the Portland police stood basking in the glow of a revolutionary moment. It was a long and exhilarating night in the encampments as a critical mass of exuberant supporters from all across the the city joined us in peacefully exercising our Constitutional rights.

After an eviction notice for 12:01am was given by Portland mayor Sam Adams, it became abundantly clear to many citizens that City Hall had caved to the pressure of the Portland Business Alliance and the Portland Police Union. Their attempt to shut down our protest has shown that city leaders are now more committed to protecting powerful financial interests than to preserving free speech.

Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Day 57, Occupy Portland Survives Night but Still Faces Eviction

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 6:45 am

Condescendingly, Mayor Adams told The Oregonian “from the beginning, his personal view was that the Occupy movement would have to evolve to realize its future potential.” He stated, “My hope is it will flourish in its next phase … with a focus on economic justice, not Port-a-Potties and tents.”

State of the Occupation: Aftermath of #OccupyOakland City Shutdown (Wednesday Roundup)

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 7:45 am

I am in Madison, Wisconsin, wrapping up my tour from occupation to occupation in primarily the Midwest. I traveled to 8 occupations and through FDL’s #OccupySupply fund delivered supplies to each occupation I visited.

As I prepare to return to my home base in Chicago for a few days (and check in on the state of @OccupyChicago too), here is a roundup on yesterday’s action. Quite a bit took place.

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