A Conversation With Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism

By: 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.

 

What The Hell Happened to @OccupyWallst? Or, Our New Boss, Justine Tunney

By: 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.

Tom Perkins Doubles Down On Comparing Occupy Wall Street To Nazis

By: 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.

Wall Street Threatening to Withhold Donations After Pope’s Critique

By: 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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nathan Schneider, Thank You, Anarchy: Notes From the Occupy Apocalypse

By: 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.

Elizabeth Warren Responds To Third Way Attack By Asking Wall Street To Disclose Ties

By: 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.

NY Fed President Says Wall Street ‘Lacks Respect for the Law’

By: 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.”

Occupy Money Cooperative Planning To Introduce Debit Cards

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 11:05 am

Believe it or not an Occupy debit card might soon be hitting the marketplace. A group launched in the aftermath of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, the Occupy Money Cooperative, began raising money on September 17th – the two year anniversary of the launch of the protests – for a debit card described as a “low-cost, transparent, high-quality financial services to the 99 percent.” The card will be prepaid and is intended for those traditionally unable to use banks.

Occupy Marks Two-Year Anniversary as Richest 1% in America Continue to Get Richer

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 12:50 pm

Two years ago, a group of Americans in New York City sparked a movement that redefined protest and struggle. Around one hundred people took over a park near Wall Street to call attention to income inequality and economic injustice.

Census: Poverty Still Historically High as Median Incomes Remain Stagnant

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 11:58 am

The recovery that wasn’t and isn’t. On the day Occupy Wall Street marks its second anniversary the US Census Bureau has published its report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage in America. The results of the study provide more evidence that while the top 1% have gotten even richer, the 99% have stagnated.

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