Digital Memory - September 2011
"Chicken Tastes Better Than Equality" ( James Thilman / Gothamist ) New York University students gathered en masse this afternoon in front of Weinstein Residence Hall on University Place to protest Chick-fil-A 's donations to anti-gay organizations. A petition authored by freshman Hillary Dworkoski has already collected nearly 11,000 signatures in support of the restaurants removal from campus. The company—whose only New York location is located within a NYU dorm—has donated nearly $2 million to controversial Christian organizations and Dworkoski believes that violates the university's non-discrimination policy. "Gay rights are human rights and Chick-fil-A donates millions of dollars to hate groups.
Tomorrow, the people of Greece will take to the streets again to occupy Syntagma Square in protest of the extreme austerity measures being imposed on the backs of the Greek 99% to the joy and benefit of the European financial elite. The 99% everywhere are under assault by the same global banking interests. Greece is merely the most severe economic crisis yet to be imposed by the International Monetary Fund and other agents of the 1% in the Global North. People all over the world live under the tyranny of policies dictated by the IMF, the World Bank, and the G8.
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After 10 days out of town, I finally made it to Occupy Wall Street on Tuesday and had a chance to see for myself what's going on. My conclusion: almost everything the media told me about the protest is wrong. Based on my observations, here's what I consider the Top Ten Myths About Occupy Wall Street . Myth #1.
Why do people protest? What do they want? These are some of the questions circling around the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in Zuccotti park last month and has now gone global.
Last week, the always excellent Charles Pierce wrote up the Occupy Wall Street protests and the motivations of its participants. Included among those motivations is a general sense of being scammed. It's hard to demand new rules when it seems like the existing rules are already being ignored. They appear inchoate because their target is so diffuse — an accelerating sense in the country that there is no pea under any of the shells, that the red Jack is not in the deck, that the wealth of the country is being swindled and gambled and frittered away by so many people in so many ways that to sharpen the focus on one of the long cons is to let a dozen others reach fruition. The shell game metaphor stayed with me, maybe because I lost $20 to a three card monte scam while visiting New York City before I moved here. Obviously, I've since learned that there's no winning a shell game.
i’ve been giving all of my moment-to-moment attention to twitter and lagging extreme on the blog, i apologize. in short: if you don’t know what’s been happening here in the states with the occupy movement…or have only been following it vaguely though mainstream. read THIS. the source: http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/occupywallstreet from the site: “#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy … join us! We’re now in DAY 27.” to all of my cynical friends complaining that this is not going to change the world, you’re wrong. the world has already changed. oops.
San Francisco’s all-female post-punk trio Grass Widow will be at Warsaw in Greenpoint tonight, along with influential antecedents The Raincoats . No Bra , who kind of sound like the soundtrack to a gothic porno, are also on the lineup. Seeing The Raincoats, who were somewhat of pioneers paving the way for bands like Electrelane , and now Grass Widow, would be enough to get me to this show. The fact that not only does Grass Widow subscribe to many of the same philosophies, but they’re also clever and self-taught in their own way, is what makes me recommend them as a great new band to watch. Check out their latest video for “Milo Minute” And for a refresher on The Raincoats’ genius: