Tag Archives: Occupy Wall Street

Natasha Lennard | Five Years After the Brooklyn Bridge Arrests, the Occupy Wall Street Worth Remembering

Sen. Sanders has stood with the protestors at Standing Rock, and elsewhere, which recalls a different Occupy legacy worth preserving: If elected officials turned up, they stood with the group, in the group, not for the group.

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How to Create an “Ecology of Change” by Combining Movement Uprisings With Long-Term Organizing

There is an amazing body of knowledge about civil resistance that has emerged over the past 50 years. We want to make more people aware of this field of study. And we want to show people the incredible potential that exists if we apply it to some of the social and political challenges we are facing right now in the United States.

Noam Chomsky: History Doesn’t Go In a Straight Line

Chomsky: The task of organizers and activists is to help people understand and to make them recognize that they have power, that they’re not powerless. People feel impotent, but that has to be overcome. That’s what organizing and activism is all about.

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Peter Dreier: Can Bernie Revive King’s Dream—Fusing the Spirit of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street?

Dreier: Now that BLM and Sanders have made peace, his campaign has the potential to revive Martin Luther King’s dream of building a progressive movement that can challenge both racism and economic inequality.

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▶ Heidi Boghosian on Privatized Security | Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

How will free speech suffer if corporations can ally themselves with government spy agencies and private security firms to intimate and silence those who questions them?

Salon| “We are in a revolutionary moment”: Chris Hedges explains why an uprising is coming — and soon

Hedges: If things unravel [in the U.S.], our backlash may very well be a rightwing backlash — a very frightening rightwing backlash. We who care about populist movements [on the left] are very weak, because in the name of anti-communism these movements have been destroyed; we are almost trying to rebuild them from scratch. We don’t even have the language to describe the class warfare that is being unleashed upon us by this tiny, rapacious, oligarchic elite. But we on the left are very disorganized, unfocused, and without resources.

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A brief history of the Guy Fawkes mask and how the mask evolved into an unlikely global symbol of rebellion

As you’ve likely noticed, over the past few years the stylized mask of Guy Fawkes has evolved into a global symbol of dissent, employed by everyone from shadowy computer hackers to Turkish airline workers.  Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in England on November 5th with bonfire festivals.   By Monica Nickelsburg   TheWeek.com   July 3, 2013 […]

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Chris Hedges: The Imperative of Revolt

The endless election cycles, he said, are an example of politics without politics, driven not by substantive issues but manufactured political personalities and opinion polls. There is no national institution in the United States “that can be described as democratic,” [Wolin] said.   Protesters chant as they are arrested at the intersection of Wall Street and […]

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Annie Appel: The Occupy Portraits — finished, free, and online

Annie Appel has recorded a vital and rich moment in political and cultural history. Here are the many faces of Occupy. . . . What [Occupy] is can barely be described. It can, however, as Annie Appels photographs vividly demonstrate, be shown.  —From the Introduction by Carne Ross   If you were part of Occupy, you […]

Researchers: Police likely provoke protestors — not the other way around

“We’re finding police have a lot of capacity to set a tone,” Adams said during a recent radio interview with Sacramento’s KFBK. “When police show up in riot gear you get a different kind of interaction than when they show up in their regular uniforms.”

Released Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: “There’s No Sense in Prison”

Released from Rikers prison after serving 58 days, Occupy activist Cecily McMillan discusses prisons, policing and why she’ll keep protesting. Cecily McMillan. (Image:  Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) By Sarah Jaffe  Truthout.org | Interview  13 July 2014 Cecily McMillan would rather not be famous. Not for the dubious honor of receiving the most serious sentence among thousands of […]

Chris Hedges: The Rules of Revolt

Nonviolence requires—despite what those who advocate violence contend—deep reserves of physical and moral courage. State violence is defeated through the refusal to be afraid, even after violence is used by the state to stamp out protests, and through continuing acts of nonviolent resistance. By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  June 9, 2014 A visitor to Hong Kong’s June […]

Chris Hedges Introduces ‘The Occupy Portraits’

Editor’s Note: Little did these women know when Annie Appel caught them outside a restaurant in Chicago during the NATO protests in May of 2012 that they would have the honor of appearing in a 572-page book of Occupy portraits with an introduction by Chris Hedges.  When photos of violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters began to appear […]

Chris Hedges: The Crime of Peaceful Protest

McMillan’s journey from a rural Texas backwater to a courtroom in New York is a journey of political awakening.  By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  Apr 27, 2014 Occupy Wall Street activists Eric Linkser, center left, and Cecily McMillan, far right, take turns shouting information to fellow protesters preparing to return to Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15, 2011. AP/Bebeto Matthews NEW […]

▶ Occupy Radio: The Power Of Song In Protest

By Rivera Sun  February 27th, 2014  www.popularresistance.org Above photo: Sweet Honey in the Rock performs during an event to commemorate Marian Anderson’s performance 70 years ago, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Sunday, April 12, 2009.  Anderson, who was black, couldn’t sing at Constitution Hall because of the color of her skin. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt […]

▶ Truthout Interviews, Featuring William Rivers Pitt on the State of the Nation

By Ted Asregado  Truthout | Video Interview  02 February 2014  Truthout.org President Barack Obama enters the House Chamber of the Capitol Building to deliver the State of the Union address, Jan. 28, 2014. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) A politician who tries to please as many factions as he or she can often ends up […]

Henry Giroux: Radical Democracy Against Cultures of Violence

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.                                                               —  Nelson Mandela by Henry A. Giroux  January 7, 2014  PhilosophersforChange.org Guy Debord once […]

Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to Tell — The Case for Hope

The future is bigger than our imaginations. It’s unimaginable, and then it comes anyway. To meet it we need to keep going, to walk past what we can imagine. We need to be unstoppable.  By Rebecca Solnit  May 19, 2013  TomDispatch.com Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Ten years ago, my part of the world was full […]

Nathan Schneider — How the Occupy Movement Began: The Full Account

Excerpt from Thank You Anarchy, Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse by Nathan Schneider    By Nathan Schneider  November 1st, 2013  www.truth-out.org  PopularResistance.org   Powered by Translate    Nathan Schneider, the author of “Thank You Anarchy,” was covering the Occupy Movement from its origins.  In his first chapter, reposted below, he chronicles the various threads of uprising […]

Evergreene Digest: Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. The time is upon us to seek solutions and spark action, and the first enemy to conquer is […]