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PEACE AND FIRE: Diversity of Tactics in the Egyptian Revolution “The idea of a peaceful revolution is a bit of a myth. We like to tell ourselves that nonviolent protest did the job, but there was a heck of a lot of violence, too” - Blake Hounsell, editor at Foreign Policy, quoted in the New York Times Lege blog, June 30, 2011
Occupy Oakland has captured the nation and even the world's attention at times. But those times have not been for Occupy Oakland's thoughtful direct actions or peaceful marches, but instead for the brutality of its suppression by police. October 25, November 2 and January 28 saw the strongest shows of force by the local and long-troubled Oakland Police Department, working in concert with more than a dozen other nearby agencies and wielding some of the most extreme weaponry US occupy activists have experienced.
The first rule is this: The world is different now. The rules have changed. Since Occupy, we all understand this.
The Cancer in Occupy
January 31, 2012 |
Understanding the Occupy Movement: Perspectives from the Social Sciences | Berkeley Journal of SociologyThis forum is designed to bring together essays, critical commentary, and eventually research of social scientists on the Occupy Movement.
Far from dissipating, groups around the country say they are preparing for a new phase of larger marches and strikes this spring that they hope will rebuild momentum and cast an even brighter glare on inequality and corporate greed. But this transition is filled with potential pitfalls and uncertainties: without the visible camps or clear goals, can Occupy become a lasting force for change?
Chris Hedges' syndicated Truthdig column " Black Bloc: The Cancer in Occupy ," printed Tuesday at Truthout and elsewhere, created quite a stir among members of Occupy Wall Street (OWS).