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 Tuesday February 25, 2014 12:15 pm|
|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.
|By: DSWright Tuesday December 31, 2013 7:31 am|
Even when thousands of Americans took to the streets in 2011 protesting inequality and greed in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations the Wall Street plutocrats appeared completely unshaken in their belief that their power and privileges were legitimate, that they were right and just. To their mind the protesters were just envious of their success and instead of “working hard” as the rich had they wanted to whine.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday December 15, 2013 1:59 pm|
Nathan Schneider, author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, is a reporter who began covering Occupy Wall Street in New York City in the summer of 2011 when a small group was conceptualizing ideas for the action that would take place on September 17, 2011. He spent a considerable amount of time in Zuccotti Park, which occupiers renamed Liberty Square, even sleeping there. He witnessed police intimidation and harassment. He saw hundreds get arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. He periodically assisted occupiers when they needed help with little things, like holding a sign for a moment or even drafting communiques to go up on the Occupy Wall Street website.
|By: DSWright Wednesday December 4, 2013 2:05 pm|
Senator Elizabeth Warren is not taking the attack on her by Third Way lying down. In an open letter to the CEOs of the Too Big To Fail Wall Street banks responsible for the financial crisis of 2008, Senator Warren asks that they disclose their connections to think tanks like Third Way. That way the public will know who is paying the bill for Third Way’s attack on Warren and those asking for economic justice.
|By: DSWright Friday November 8, 2013 9:30 am|
Is there anyone left who doesn’t think Wall Street has a culture of corruption? Even the President of the New York Federal Reserve William Dudley, a former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs, has now critiqued Wall Street’s open contempt for the rule of law. Dudley claimed the banksters have displayed “deep-seated cultural and ethical failures.”