Category: Occupy Movement

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Chris Hedges: The Crime of Peaceful Protest

The Cecily McMillan Trial

Kathleen Ann Bradley: Two Years After the Eviction of OWS, Here’s 5 People Keeping the Movement Alive

It was a cold night in late January 2012. The New York subway doors opened and a tall, dark-haired, 30-ish young man dressed entirely in black—leather jacket, jeans, and boots—stepped into the car. Hanging from his backpack were an orange plastic bullhorn and a small drum; tied on top was a thin sleeping mat. He Read more…

Crystal Zevon: Searching for Occupy

I can still recall my sense of ‘shock and awe’ when, at home on a break from four months of ‘occupying’ a tent, two General Assemblies (GAs) a day and multiple protests each week, I watched on live stream as the police charged through the Washington, D.C. encampment at Freedom Plaza. They tore down our Read more…

Ethan Earle: Occupy’s Legacy: A Massive Burbling of Possibilities

I’d like to propose a toast to Occupy Wall Street, which celebrated its second birthday this September 17 with protests, marches, puppet shows and ballet lessons atop the Financial District’s iconic Charging Bull.  Not quite ready to join me in celebration? You’re not alone. Popular sentiment today largely wavers between ignoring, dismissing, making fun of Read more…

Justin Wedes: Occupy Wall Street, Two Years On: We’re Still The 99%

This week marks two years since I joined a ragtag crew of outraged young Americans in the streets of lower Manhattan. We had exhausted the list of available political remedies as we watched our stalemated Congress spiral into deeper indecision. We refused to be silent in the face of a teetering economy and captured political Read more…

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Danny Schechter: On the 5th Anniversary of the Panic and Second of Occupy

New York, New York: Media outlets love anniversaries. They become the makers and news-pegs for one day stories that become pretexts for episodic coverage of key issues that substitute for ongoing critical reporting, It's a form of nostalgic "how are we doing coverage" that aims to depoliticize the past or give us a grade, but Read more…

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Rebecca Solnit: Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We’ll never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on October 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire and a drumbeat was one of the sparks. To Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Wild Cats Of Brooklyn

Wild Cats Of Brooklyn – From the Peoples occupation of Brooklyn bridge.   This is from a series I call Documentary Expressionism – Where using photos collected from real events in the world I make an expression of art with hopefully a respect to that event. You can see more on my ZSpace Photo Albums. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Direct Action, Occupy Wallstreet, and the Future of Housing Justice: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

As a commentator, educator, public intellectual, and one of the best-known anarchist voices in the U.S., Noam Chomsky has become a defining perspective as social movements develop. His analysis of the shift in global capitalism, and our own role in its flux, has seen a recharge of importance as we entered the “new normal” of Read more…

Ian Sinclair: Book review: You Can’t Evict An Idea. What Can We Learn From Occupy? by Tim Gee

Inspired by the Arab Spring, the Spanish Indignados and the Occupy movement in the United States, on 15 October 2011 there were simultaneous protests in 900 towns and cities around the world. The London demonstration established an Occupy camp next to St Paul’s Cathedral to bring attention to the crisis-hit banking system, staying until they Read more…

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