Bungling Bloomberg Bulldozes Books

The standard bookplate phrase “Ex Libris” is used in the title of the article excerpted below as a double-entendre: “From the library of” Occupy Wall Street, and “Former library of ” Occupy Wall Street. This would normally be a funny play on words, but it’s not so funny under the circumstances, as lambert strether explains in […]

What I Learned at One of the First Occupations: People’s Park, Berkeley 1969

By Don Pelton (2011) The recent Occupy Wall Street protests spreading across America — and particularly the violence in Oakland — have made me think again about my experience as a California National Guardsman in a battalion activated by then Governor Ronald Reagan to help quell the riots at People’s Park in Berkeley in May of 1969. What […]

Occupy Sesame Street

There’s no corner of our civic life — even the wee corner of Main Street and Sesame Street — that’s unaffected by the Occupy Wall Street movement. And here’s an “Occupy Sesame Street” Halloween “costume:”

OWS Oakland Takes Over City — Thousands Show Up, Shutting Down Businesses and One of the Biggest Ports in the Country

Reprinted from Alternet (November 2, 2011) By Joshua Holland Calling the protests a “general strike” resulted in an unbelievable amount of media coverage — a victory for the Occupy Movement. Perhaps as many as 15,000 people participated in actions across Oakland today, with small marches peeling off to protest in front of banks or “occupy” […]

Current Crisis “70 Times Larger” Than S&L Fraud of the 1980s

Here’s William K. Black, one of the regulators who helped convict nearly one thousand perps in the S&L meltdown of the 1980s and author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One,” speaking about the current crisis and how to deal with it (about 4 minutes):

How Occupy Wall Street’s Moral Vision Can Beat the Disastrous Conservative Worldview

Editor’s Note: I love this essay by George Lakoff for how it emphasizes the core strengths of the Occupy Wall Street movement: Its moral vision that transcends yet infuses specific policy goals Its recognition that private enterprise exists within a moral sphere and therefore has moral responsibilities Its understanding that extreme wealth inequality “is a […]

“What Started Here is Going to Continue in Other Ways We Can’t Predict”

Critics of the Occupy-Wall-Street Movement often say that it has no core policy statements, no universally agreed-upon policy demands. But defenders of the OWS movement remind us that other nonviolent social movements started as simple acts of moral outrage, then grew to become powerful catalysts of social and political change. Sometimes it begins with the […]

Is NPR Part of the 1% ?

From “NPR Gets Radio Host Fired for Occupying“: National Public Radio on Wednesday discovered that a woman named Lisa Simeone who hosted a show about opera called “World of Opera” had been participating in a nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., organized by October2011.org. That same day, NPR persuaded a company for which […]

Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope

Editor’s Note: No one has written more thoughtfully and passionately about the revolutionary power of hope than Rebecca Solnit, author of 13 books, including A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster and Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.com. By Rebecca Solnit Dear young man who […]

Where The 99 Percent Get Their Power

Reprinted from Yes! Magazine (Oct 7, 2011) By Sarah Van Gelder Young people locking arms, facing arrest on a cold, wet Seattle street—it could have been the WTO protests that rocked the city more than ten years ago. Only this time, Seattle is just one of dozens of places where the movement for the 99 […]

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