“Whoever is Smoking Weed, Stop It!”: Points Blog Occupies Wall Street | Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society For the last few weeks Points has maintained a judicious silence about the populist protest movement(s) clustered under the name of “Occupy Wall Street.” Though we certainly don’t shy away from politics here, we do try to stay at least nominally on topic. While OWS’s capacious platform, not to mention its street theater aesthetic, suggests that participants may have definite ideas about drug policy, the issue has not come to the fore in either mainstream media or progressive coverage of the movement. Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em-- Not At least it hadn’t until last Thursday, when an otherwise bland LA Times piece (the movement is growing and facing logistical hurdles; celebrities are visiting and they are rich– what does it all mean??)
Occupy Wall Street needs to occupy Congress and lobbyists And now it seems to be finding its voice with the movement known as Occupy Wall Street. Like the tea party, OWS began as a loose collection of people who knew they were getting a raw economic deal but were unsure precisely why. They both started with a surge of grass-roots politics. Both tapped into the national zeitgeist, feeding on the unfocused background radiation of economic angst. When the tea party burst onto the national stage, I had high hopes they would address some of the persistent economic problems that our two-party political system was ignoring.
Chomsky to Occupy: move to the next stage - This Just In Noam Chomsky has advice for the Occupy movement, whose encampments all over the country are being swept away by police. The occupations were a "brilliant" idea, he says, but now it's time to "move on to the next stage" in tactics. He suggests political organizing in the neighborhoods. The Occupy camps have shown people how "to break out of this conception that we're isolated." But "just occupying" has "lived its life," says the man who is the most revered radical critic of American politics and capitalist economics.
Occupy Wall Street's Top Priority Should Be to Kill the Bush Tax Cuts - James Kwak - Business How can our do-nothing Congress respond to the needs of the 99 percent? The first step is to do nothing and let the Bush-Obama tax cuts expire. The Occupy Wall Street protesters could not have picked a better target.
“I always wear a rainbow-colored scarf,” said 65-year-old grandmother Sweet Grass Longhouse over the phone. “That’s how you’ll know it’s me.” It was Sweet Grass’s first time attending a General Assembly of Occupy Oakland, and as she approached the group that gathered before the Sunday afternoon GA at 19th and Telegraph, she wrapped both of her hands around a large paper pad. How a seedpod led to $400,000 bail and eight felony charges | #OccupyOakland Media
The protest movement is appropriating the names and logos of corporate-owned publications. Is it copyright infringement or satire? Courtesy of Scott Johnson Occupying the 'Wall Street Journal' - Susie Cagle - National
(On Monday, I asked Rich Yeselson for his thoughts on Occupy Wall Street. Yeselson, a research coordinator at Change to Win, is a skilled organizer and a thoughtful historian of social movements in America and Europe. On Tuesday, he sent over some notes, and I think they’re worth publishing in full. All opinions expressed here are his own. -- Ezra) The four habits of highly successful social movements
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From Occupation to 'Occupy': The Israelification of American domestic decurity 18 November 2011 UC Davis police pepper spray students.(Photo: Reuters/Brian Nguyen) Originally published in Al Akhbar on 2 December 2011. In October, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The occasion was Urban Shield 2011, an annual SWAT team exposition organized to promote “mutual response,” collaboration and competition between heavily militarized police strike forces representing law enforcement departments across the United States and foreign nations. At the time, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department was preparing for an imminent confrontation with the nascent “Occupy” movement that had set up camp in downtown Oakland, and would demonstrate the brunt of its repressive capacity against the demonstrators a month later when it attacked the encampment with teargas and rubber bullet rounds, leaving an Iraq war veteran in critical condition and dozens injured.
Rebecca Solnit, Ms. Civil Society v. Mr. Unaccountable [Note for TomDispatch Readers: TomDispatch now closes for Thanksgiving. We’ll be back next week, of course. In the meantime, those of you who would like to offer support to this site can still contribute $75 and get a personalized, signed copy of my new book, The United States of Fear (or, for $140, that book and a signed copy of my previous book, The American Way of War). To do so, just click here and go to the TomDispatch donation page -- and know that you have our eternal thanks for keeping us alive and well! Tom] When it set up its campsite at Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street was facing in only one direction: toward the financial heart of the planet two blocks away.
Occupy Wall Street's Livestream Operators Arrested - National Occupy Wall Street is in the middle of one of its day-long marches in New York Tuesday, protesting the National Defense Authorization Act, but for those following along on the Global Revolution livestream, the real action is happening in the broadcast studio itself. That's because police have apparently just raided the Brooklyn studio of Globalrevolution.tv and taken some of the project's key volunteers into custody. The raid Tuesday follows a notice to vacate that police delivered to the Bushwick studio on Monday night. Victoria Sobel, a Global Revolution volunteer, said Vlad Teichberg and a guy named Spike, both of whom maintain the live feed aggregator, had been taken into custody by police, along with four or five others. Update: The six arrested in Tuesday's raid lived at the Global Revolution space. See our latest here.
Press Release: Anonymous Hacked Documents Reveal Law Enforcement Spied on Occupy and Shared Information with Private Intelligence Company, STRATFOR | Deep Green Resistance January 26, 2012 Contact Deep Green Resistance: Lierre Keith lierrekeith[at]yahoo[dot]com Aric McBay aric[at]aricmcbay[dot]org (847) 773-7478 View documents here. View Deep Green Resistance response and picture of Stratfor employee. Computer hackers known as Anonymous leaked information obtained by hacking into private intelligence firm Stratfor’s computer network.