#Occupy Votes

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 4:01 pm

Since the Occupy movement began, many have attempted to position the group in opposition to electoral politics. Occupy in its purest form is nonpartisan, and since the beginning of the movement this has been a source of criticism.

If we want to really make a difference, we were told time and again, we should organize similarly to the Tea Party and begin to field candidates for office. When occupiers protested Mitt Romney or other hyper-conservative politicians, they’d be accused of being in bed with Barack Obama. If the movement protested neo-liberals like Obama, we were accused of being traitors to all that was good in the world because we obviously wanted Romney to win (Carnacing is not limited to blogs). Most of all, occupiers got accused of being disconnected from what their critics perceive to be real politics — we were lazy hippies who didn’t understand how the world works and worst of all we don’t vote.

 

Tar Sands Blockade: Why are they so frightened of us? (#NoKXL)

By: Monday October 1, 2012 9:40 am

It was Tuesday, September the 25th. I was anchored to the back of heavy machinery with someone I’d just met. We’d both travelled to East Texas to help derail TransCanada’s massive tar sands pipeline. Climate change is a global problem, but this terribly destructive project was coming right to our backyard; how could I sit idly by?

TransCanada Tarsands Blockade Call Reports

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 5:08 pm

You can sign the petition demanding TransCanada CEO Russell Girling denounce the torture of the Keystone XL Blockaders. We’ll be working with the Tarsands Blockade folks to have them delivered to TransCanada representatives in Texas. Then call TransCanada’s corporate offices to demand immediate action.

Here are some of the comments from preliminary call reports. Thanks to everyone who called. It sounds like TransCanada is getting the message:

TransCanada Urges Texas Police to Use “Aggressive Pain Compliance Tactics” on Keystone XL Blockaders

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 1:29 pm

Two members of the Keystone XL blockade who were physically blocking construction of the TransCanada pipeline were tortured yesterday at the request of TransCanada, according to Tarsands Blockade spokesperson Ramsey Sprague.

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