Not that America has become a divided, classist society or anything. Oh wait…
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday July 28, 2014 4:10 pm|
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:17 pm|
Social media engagement!
Everybody’s doing it, but some are definitely doing it better than others.
|By: DSWright Tuesday March 18, 2014 1:22 pm|
Billionaire Ken Langone is the latest 1%er to join the ranks of the abysmally stupid that gain entry by making ridiculous statements about Nazi Germany and contemporary American politics. Langone should really know better being an active participant in politics both in destroying former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer by funding private investigators and operatives like Roger Stone as well as being a central fundraiser for Governor Chris Christie (back when that was still a thing).
|By: Erik Loomis Sunday March 16, 2014 1:59 pm|
The 21st century United States is a nation of great income inequality and entrenched poverty. Progressives have demanded federal action to fight these problems, but Republican control over the House has made this nearly impossible. However, campaigns on the local and state levels have begun to transform the debate over income inequality. Beginning in the 1990s, living wage campaigns in cities across the nation began showing how local communities can make a difference. Some of the nation’s most politically progressive cities began pushing for paid sick leave, domestic partner benefits, and card check for unionization.
In the last two years, Occupy Wall Street brought economic inequality to the attention of national politicians and opened space for political leaders to push for higher minimum wage laws.
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:15 pm|
One important tool which defines modern activism is the use of social media for organizing and building solidarity. While social media does little unless paired with “meatspace” direct action, it can be a powerful tool for motivating people, reporting on live events, and building intersectionality. When arrests first occurred at Occupy Austin, we heard from activists in Egypt who had staged an impromptu protest at the US Embassy.
|By: Kit OConnell Sunday February 16, 2014 9:21 am|
One reason I wanted to chat with Scott Crow was his experience with Common Ground Collective in New Orleans. In recent years, we’ve seen similar collectives spring out of the activist networks formed by Occupy Wall Street — projects like Occupy Sandy. Late last year, alongside key Common Ground Collective organizer Lisa Fithian and many others, I organized Austin Common Ground Relief to respond to a record-breaking flood on Halloween. As the group’s dispatcher, I relied on the networks and skills formed during Occupy Austin.
|By: DSWright Friday February 14, 2014 10:25 am|
Tom Perkins, member and apparently self-appointed spokesman for the top 1%, has moved beyond claiming those that support progressive taxation are Nazis and on to calling for an end to universal suffrage.
From a plush chair at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Perkins said those who can not pay taxes should not be able to vote and those who pay more taxes should have more votes.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday February 13, 2014 6:59 pm|
Scott Crow is a co-founder of the Common Ground Collective which provided grassroots solidarity and mutual aid after Hurricane Katrina. An anarchist activist, author and public speaker, he travels regularly to share his views. The second edition of his book about Common Ground, Black Flags and Windmills is due out soon. It’s one of multiple book-length projects in the works.
Both Scott & I call Austin home, so I invited him out for coffee and conversation on a recent break from an unusually chilly Central Texas winter.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday February 7, 2014 6:55 pm|
Yesterday, the almost 200,000 followers of @OccupyWallSt — viewed by many as the original and even “official” voice of the movement — were in for a surprise.
|By: DSWright Tuesday January 28, 2014 9:04 am|
As a recent Pew poll shows fewer and fewer Americans identify as “middle class”, plutocrat Tom Perkins decided to double down on his narrative that progressives, specifically those aligned with Occupy Wall Street, are akin to the Nazi Party. Perkins had initially invoked Kristallnacht – a riot in Germany that targeted Jewish property and religious symbols – to characterize the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and their “demonization” of a rich minority like him.