Campaigns. America's Authoritarian Turn. Ever since the rise of Occupy, corporatist authorities have been trying to figure how to squash our emerging social movement.
First they tried a media blackout, but when over 700 nonviolent meme warriors were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge our Gandhian ferocity catalyzed a thousand encampments and the 1% could ignore us no more. Next elites tried the Bloomberg model of midnight paramilitary raids backed up by excessive force and sometimes-lethal munitions.
That worked well to evict encampments in New York City, Oakland and nationwide … but it backfired when occupiers became diffuse, appearing at scripted events and interrupting the spectacle of corporate-funded politics with mic checks of truth. Now they are trying the new tactic of “lawfare” – using draconian laws to squash free speech in a last ditch effort to put an end to people power. TheOccupiedTimes: How should Occupy progress in 2012? UK Uncut: A Model for Occupy’s Future? For those wondering what might become of the Occupy movement over time, it might be useful to consider the path of UK Uncut, an activist group in Britain that recently enjoyed its first birthday.
And it’s still going strong: On Wednesday, UK Uncut activists infiltrated a business conference in suits and harangued the government’s top tax official during his scheduled speech. In each of the ways that Occupy is amorphous — the leaderlessness, the consensus-driven organizing process, the lack of specific policy goals — UK Uncut is a shade less so. [bug id="crowd-control"]UK Uncut’s focus is on protesting government spending cuts, and on pointing out the ways that certain individuals and corporations exploit loopholes or special deals to reduce their tax bills. But that turns out to be a large enough umbrella to let UK Uncut support all sorts of causes — so in addition to organizing its own actions, the group opportunistically supports others it sees as advancing its broadly defined agenda.
Uncut. Where Do We Go From Here? Occupy Wall St. June2013 Occupy Wall Street Stylists Pursue U.K. Tax Dodgers. UK Uncut has no offices and no formal leader, and key members often plot strategy over midnight pints of ale in London pubs.
Yet, with more than 60,000 Twitter followers and a sprawling network of college-educated volunteers, the Occupy Wall Street-style group has helped galvanize public opposition to corporate tax avoidance. It has demonstrated inside Starbucks (SBUX) Corp. coffee shops, sued Britain’s tax collection agency over a deal with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and shut down London’s Westminster Bridge. The Future of #OCCUPY. The initial phase of the #OCCUPY movement was marked by several weeks of viral growth that peaked on October 15 with a global day of action.
In the next phase, there will be a turn towards addressing the deep philosophical and strategic questions of how to escalate this democracy moment into a revolutionary people's movement. Across the nation there are clear signs that the #OCCUPY movement is simultaneously maturing and growing more militant.
Of the many questions swirling around #OCCUPY, the most challenging is how to gel into a global movement without sacrificing the decentralized, leaderless model. There is a widespread acknowledgment that there are challenges that can only be dealt with on a global scale, such as a climate change accord and overturning international casino capitalism, and that we must therefore forge a globally united people's movement. WATCH: Michael Moore, Naomi Klein and Others on What's Next for OWS.
Techniques the Corporate Powers Will Use to Destroy the OWS Movement. “Remember, the guy who suggests getting the dynamite is usually the Fed.” - Old hippie saying.
Up w/ Chris Hayes Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street. By Jonathan Larsen and Ken Olshansky, MSNBC TV A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians who might express sympathy for the protests, according to a memo obtained by the MSNBC program “Up w/ Chris Hayes.”
The proposal was written on the letterhead of the lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and addressed to one of CLGC’s clients, the American Bankers Association. CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead. Two of the memo’s authors, partners Sam Geduldig and Jay Cranford, previously worked for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
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Will GOPers pivot away from anti-ACA message? Can ACA change voters’ minds in red states? Headlines making the news ‘This was torture by anybody’s definition’ Can public opinion on torture change? [Video]Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street. Lobbying firm's memo spells out plan to undermine 'Occupy Wall Street' Wall Street Lobbyist Target Occupy Movement. Motorola sponsors group responsible for coordinating attacks on Occupy Wall Street.
Bankers, Billionaires Try to Form Movement Against OWS. Lobbying Firm's Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street : politics. Lobby firm devises plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street. » Lobbying Firm’s Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street Alex Jones. If Feds Take Your Cattle & Property, YOU Become Cattle Good And Bad of Suspended Animation Feds Plan To Ban Ammunition.
Clark Lytle Geduldig Cranford. Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford. Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford (CLGC) is a political lobbying firm in the United States. History Steve Clark formed the group as Clark & Associates in 1999. Gary Lytle joined in 2007 after working for the telecommunications industry. Sam Geduldig joined after working several years for US congressmen John Boehner, Mike Oxley and (now Senator) Roy Blunt.
Aba. American Bankers Association. The American Bankers Association (ABA) is a professional association founded in 1875.
It represents US banks of all sizes and charters. In general, the ABA is a tool for lobbying for policy and political presence inside Washington D.C.. Historical Events and Accomplishments On May 24, 1875 James T. Howenstein, cashier of Valley National Bank, invited bankers across the United States to meet in New York City at Barnum hotel to plan a new association of bankers.In July 1875, 349 bankers from 31 states and the District of Columbia met in Saratoga, New York to form the American Bankers Association.On April 2, 1876 ABA testified before the United States Congress for the first time.In 1908, The Office of the General Council was created.
Leadership Update: 'Occupy' crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials - Minneapolis Top News. Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict "Occupy" protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night's move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics.
And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies. The official, who spoke on background to me late Monday evening, said that while local police agencies had received tactical and planning advice from national agencies, the ultimate decision on how each jurisdiction handles the Occupy protests ultimately rests with local law enforcement. According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules. Mp3 audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark. Surprise, Homeland Security Coordinates #OWS Crackdowns. Remember when people were freaking out over the Patriot Act and Homeland Security and all this other conveniently ready-to-go post-9/11 police state stuff, because it would obviously be just a matter of time before the whole apparatus was turned against non-Muslim Americans when they started getting complain-y about the social injustice and economic injustice and income inequality and endless recession and permanent unemployment?
That day is now, and has been for some time. But it’s also now confirmed that it’s now, as some Justice Department official screwed up and admitted that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated the riot-cop raids on a dozen major #Occupy Wall Street demonstration camps nationwide yesterday and today. (Oh, and tonight, too: Seattle is being busted up by the riot cops right now, so be careful out there.)
Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict “Occupy” protesters from city parks and other public spaces. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (photo: Ella Baker Center) Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program–audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark), casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country.
“I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation. . . .” Mayor Quan then rambles about how she “spoke with protestors in my city” who professed an interest in “separating from anarchists,” implying that her police action was helping this somehow. Interestingly, Quan then essentially advocates that occupiers move to private spaces, and specifically cites Zuccotti Park as an example: Athens Polytechnic comes to UC Davis.
A Greek friend has sent me lots of information on links between the suppression of dissent at UC Davis and similar events in Greece from the days of the military junta to the present. Here’s a video commemorating the 1973 uprising centred on Athens Polytechnic, which led to the downfall of the military junta the following year. the last title says “The Polytechneio lives on.
In struggles today.” Link Among the legacies of the uprising was a university asylum law that restricted the ability of police to enter university campuses. The report if the International Advisory Committee on Greek Higher Education. February 2011. Slavoj Žižek - Occupy Wall Street and modern anti-capitalism. Is this what the future of Occupy looks like? - Occupy Wall Street. Michael Moore: The Winter of Our Occupation. Scienceguide: When we embrace the system. On Social Stability and Social Change. Understanding When System Justification Does and Does Not Occur. Chomsky to Occupy: move to the next stage - This Just In. Dissent-Vol59,1, Winter 2012. Owslivestream Justin Wedes. A discussion on strategy for the Occupy Movement from behind enemy lines. New York City – Photo: Javier Soriano. News from Underground: The Future of the Occupation. Occupy: Noam Chomsky's Guide to The History and Practice of Protest. By Maria Popova How to protest intelligently without risking your freedom, or what flower petals have to do with PVC.
Noam Chomsky — political critic, education anarchist, father of modern linguistics — has described the Occupy movement, which began on September 17, 2011, as “the first major public response to thirty years of class war.” His new book, simply titled Occupy (public library), is at once a vivid portrait of the now-global movement and a practical guide to intelligent activism, infused with Chomsky’s signature meditations on everything from how the wealthiest 1% came to steer society to what a healthy democracy would look like to how we can separate money from politics. The Julian Assange Show: Occupy Movement (E7)
Visions, Strategies, Tactics: Where Do We Go From Here? TACTICAL BRIEFING #19. Hey jammers, dreamers, believers, 99% plan new tax war on Super Rich in 2012 - Paul B. Farrell. TACTICAL BRIEFING #26. #PLAYJAZZ. Major social transformation is closer than you may think.