Twitter, Facebook, and social activism At four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. They were freshmen at North Carolina A. & T., a black college a mile or so away. “I’d like a cup of coffee, please,” one of the four, Ezell Blair, said to the waitress. “We don’t serve Negroes here,” she replied. The Woolworth’s lunch counter was a long L-shaped bar that could seat sixty-six people, with a standup snack bar at one end. The seats were for whites. P2P Foundation:About Mission and Objectives The Foundation for P2P Alternatives proposes to be a meeting place for those who can broadly agree with the following guiding ideas, principles and propositions, which are also argued in the essay or book in progress, P2P and Human Evolution: The Foundation for P2P Alternatives addresses the following Michel Bauwens, November 29, 2005
Gregarius Woah... (via Mining analyst ) Shut Down Freeport McMoRan! Double Take 'Toons: Unoccupied Wall Street Acting on allegations of illegal activities at OWS sites (which has been decried as a pretext), cities across the country evicted protesters. Nate Beeler thinks the occupiers have worn out their welcome, while Jimmy Margulies is concerned that the removal went too far. Nate Beeler/The Washington Examiner Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop About Pepper Spray Cop (also known as “Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop”) is a photoshop meme based on a photograph of a police officer offhandedly pepper spraying a group of Occupy protesters at the University of California Davis in November 2011. Origin UC Davis Occupy Protest On November 18th, 2011, a group of students at the University of California Davis gathered on campus for an Occupy protest, during which they formed a human chain by linking their arms together. When they refused to comply with the police request to leave, UC Davis Police officer Lieutenant John Pike and another officer walked across the the group, administering orange pepper spray straight down the line of unmoving students.
3,000 protestors march towards Bank of America in Boston By Andrew JonesSaturday, October 1, 2011 16:25 EDT The Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading across the country, as Boston’s movement has become the next major city to garner national attention. On Friday afternoon, 3,000 protestors marched towards Bank of America in downtown Boston to signal their disapproval over the banks foreclosure practices. 24 people were arrested for trespassing but are unlikely to face serious charges, according to law enforcement. “They wanted to be arrested, and we obliged,” Boston police Commissioner Edward F.
Wall Street Protesters Lose Bid to Return to New York City Park With Tents “Occupy Wall Street” protesters lost a bid to overturn their eviction and the removal of tents and structures from a lower Manhattan park where they had been demonstrating 24 hours a day for eight weeks. New York City police pushed into the park early this morning, forcibly removing demonstrators who had been camping there to protest inequality of wealth, unemployment and the financial industry. “The movants have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations to the exclusion of the owners' reasonable rights and duties to maintain Zuccotti Park,” New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman wrote in a ruling issued today. The court’s decision may signal a turning point as municipal officials seek to curtail sister protests that have sprung up in cities across the country including Oakland, California, Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City.
Clicktivism is ruining leftist activism A battle is raging for the soul of activism. It is a struggle between digital activists, who have adopted the logic of the marketplace, and those organisers who vehemently oppose the marketisation of social change. At stake is the possibility of an emancipatory revolution in our lifetimes. The conflict can be traced back to 1997 when a quirky Berkeley, California-based software company known for its iconic flying toaster screensaver was purchased for $13.8m (£8.8m). The sale financially liberated the founders, a left-leaning husband-and-wife team. He was a computer programmer, she a vice-president of marketing.
Europe is becoming an undemocratic continent where force matters more than law We’ve had the rival launches, in which cheesy celebs and tawdry men in suits swapped platitudes about Europe. Now we’re going to get the letter: David Cameron is being forced to write down his demands before the other EU governments will begin negotiations. All this in preparation for a referendum whose date has not yet been set.
Occupy Protest Resources This photo taken from a nearby building shows Dewey Square, home to Occupy Boston, in October 2011. The ACLU of Massachusetts is serious about protecting protesters' First Amendment rights. See the following for a list of resources tailored to the current situation. For general information on rights to protest and when permits are necessary, see ACLU of Massachusetts’ Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and ProtestsFor information on how to interact with police see the ACLU’s What to Do If You’re Stopped by the PoliceFor the right to take photographs and videotapes, see the ACLU’s Know Your Rights: Photographers.
As Occupy Camps Close, What's Next For Movement? hide caption Occupy Wall Street protesters regroup in Foley Square after New York City police in riot gear removed the protesters from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday. The evacuation followed similar moves in Oakland, Calif., and Portland, Ore. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Occupy Wall Street protesters regroup in Foley Square after New York City police in riot gear removed the protesters from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday. crystal cox, $25 million libel A few days ago, I posted a piece about the Pepper Spray incident at UC Davis. When people saw the original video clip, they overwhelmingly supported students and felt the police had acted harshly and without justification. When I posted a longer video clip, those who commented on my blog, on Twitter and Facebook were about evenly divided on whether police actions were justified or not. The point of my post seems to have gotten a little lost. I was calling for a need for balance in citizen-generated news content.