This past weekend’s reading never arrived, so here is a reading list that is occupied by a lot of reading on the movement and the economy that created it, specifically the rapid change of events in Oakland. I’ve been getting busier and busier as grad school applications loom, so we’ll see how I hold up my end of the reading bargain. Without further ado, read on!
Occupy Wall Street could be the new populism of the left, but what does that mean?
And if you’re looking for photos: Everything cute from the movement gets filed under Awwcupy Wall Street, like this pup. All the effective signs get put right here. And the first month of Wall Street is in a wonderful archive here. Bay of Rage has a nice set of photos from Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland.
Demonstrators are learning what the homeless have known for a while: sometimes it’s hard to go to the bathroom legally. And it’s always been difficult.
A video of Occupy Phoenix interviewing Sheriff Joe Arpaio, .
An interview with an early demonstrator, asking what’s next.
It’s bad enough that most media ignored the alleged rape incident in Occupy Cleveland. But when the local news did address it the result was abysmal.
So, really, who are the 1% anyways?
Wonderful video of Pete Seeger and giant crowd at Columbus Circle, singing “This Little Light of Mine.”
And a statement of solidarity from Tahrir Square to the Occupy Movement:
An entire generation across the globe has grown up realizing, rationally and emotionally, that we have no future in the current order of things. Living under structural adjustment policies and the supposed expertise of international organizations like the World Bank and IMF, we watched as our resources, industries and public services were sold off and dismantled as the “free market” pushed an addiction to foreign goods, to foreign food even. The profits and benefits of those freed markets went elsewhere, while Egypt and other countries in the South found their immiseration reinforced by a massive increase in police repression and torture.
The current crisis in America and Western Europe has begun to bring this reality home to you as well: that as things stand we will all work ourselves raw, our backs broken by personal debt and public austerity. Not content with carving out the remnants of the public sphere and the welfare state, capitalism and the austerity-state now even attack the private realm and people’s right to decent dwelling as thousands of foreclosed-upon homeowners find themselves both homeless and indebted to the banks who have forced them on to the streets.
So we stand with you not just in your attempts to bring down the old but to experiment with the new. We are not protesting. Who is there to protest to? What could we ask them for that they could grant? We are occupying. We are reclaiming those same spaces of public practice that have been commodified, privatized and locked into the hands of faceless bureaucracy, real estate portfolios, and police ‘protection’. Hold on to these spaces, nurture them, and let the boundaries of your occupations grow. After all, who built these parks, these plazas, these buildings? Whose labor made them real and livable? Why should it seem so natural that they should be withheld from us, policed and disciplined? Reclaiming these spaces and managing them justly and collectively is proof enough of our legitimacy.
Political economy theory, as seen in the Occupy movement.
An overwhelmingly peaceful movement meets police brutality – the police state in action.
Photos of the initial crackdown on Oscar Grant Plaza, and the actions later that day. A flickr set from the subsequent police riot. And scary overhead video of police firing tear gas and flash-bangs into the crowd. Here are six observations from Oakland. And another.
And law enforcement agencies have been asking Google to take down videos of police brutality, which is nice.
Poverty reaches out to the suburbs of Cleveland.
The future of direct action in Oakland.
Why Oakland mayor Jean Quan has got to go.
1000 people at Occupy San Francisco spelled out “TAX THE 1%” with their bodies.
Wall Street has been cheating for years, a quick analysis of all the shit that’s gone wrong.
The Congressional Budget Office has evidence to back up the 99%.
The Occupy movement continues to irk pundits, which is part of the message.
Mayor Quan’s statement after the police riot includes the words “99%” twice. As in “99%” of the police were peaceful, while “some” of the demonstrators were.
A break-down of what weapons the police used against Occupy Oakland.
A really, really amazing account from a movement-skittish moderate joining Occupy Oakland. There ‘s a lot more that you should read, but it’s too good to parse down and quote. Here’s a snippet on corporations:
The “evacuated” park is packed with bodies, the “occupied” park is idyllically empty save a well-tended camp of some ten to 15 tents, and this all makes a kind of sense in our embattled country where corporations are people, special people who have the same rights as we do but none of the responsibilities. (Immortal people who won’t be troublesome and go to public parks; clean uncomplicated people without hands to cuff or eyes to teargas or bodies to arrest and jail.) They’re people, moreover, whose right to bribe politicians is protected as “free speech.” Without getting dramatically Orwellian, it’s reasonable to say that our words have lost some of the concreteness that made them useful.
Occupy LA gets divided over weed, but also over hierarchy.
Egyptian protesters take to Tahrir to march in solidarity with Oakland.
NYT Room for Debate tackles the student loan debt forgiveness topic.
Wall Street can literally buy police officers! (That is the bottom half, but do read the top half on police training too).
Unrelated to the occupation, but the NYPD has a new motto a la “just following orders”: If It Was Good Enough to Fail at Nuremberg, It’s Good Enough for Us!
Appalling really is the perfect word to describe the costumes at this foreclosure firm’s Halloween party last year.
How one reporter lost her job for being a protester.
Somebody in Chicago’s financial district wrote back to the local occupation.
Could state troopers be making up charges at Occupy Nashville?
In preparation for the DNC national convention, Charlotte clamps down on camping.
A guest post at ZunguZungu on the Oakland General Strike: The Day Before the Day of Action.
Krugman on weaponized Keynesians.