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Links on the Occupied

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?

The free economy of Liberty Square.

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.

A tour of the plaza after police evicted Occupy Oakland. A great post from Aaron Bady on the march and police riot afterwards. The police left some trash in the plaza when they left.

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, .

What do the homeless have to protest about, anyways?

An interview with an early demonstrator, asking what’s next.

Why this is not the time to start making demands.

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.

Occupy Chicago demonstrators faced some harsh treatment last week.

Political economy theory, as seen in the Occupy movement.

An overwhelmingly peaceful movement meets police brutality – the police state in action.

From Oakland, a week ago: Eviction notices. Irony. Occupy Oakland responds to the brutal eviction. And the city closes five schools. And of course a kitteh meme shows up: Oakland Riot Cat.

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.

Oakland takes up the banner for a general strike today.

Counterpunch on Oakland: the Fight for Autonomy and the Razing of the Camp.

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.

On how America’s police are getting more militarized.

The last day at Occupy Oakland.

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.

Word from Britain: squatting shouldn’t be criminalized and even revolutions need to address rape culture.

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.

Occupy Oakland supports neighborhood reclamations!

Krugman on weaponized Keynesians.


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Weekend Reading

The weekend is right about to start, which means you’ve got some reading to do.

Some occupation reading:

And for non-occupied news:
Remember when the police raided UC activists occupying Wheeler Hall? Several students have sued the university!

The Canadian crimes plan, from Texas’ perspective.

This is how easy it is for the US Government to read your e-mail.

How important is Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan, anyways?

On white feminists using the n-word.

From Thursday morning, the post-Qaddafi journalism you will read over the next 72 hours.

In a similar vein, headline predictions for the Ohio exotic animal incident.

Working in menial labor is worse for your mental health than being unemployed.

When it comes to central governments, maybe Somalia doesn’t need it.

So I guess students with speech impediments aren’t supposed to talk in class?

We’re already doing it to Earth, let’s mine the fuck out of the moon!

Some men are so baffled by lesbians, they refuse to believe they exist.

A history of Schadenfreude, and other Germanisms.

Anita Hill, twenty years later.

If you’re selling stuff on eBay, does it matter what race you are?

What’s with these black women being all unmarried and stuff? Let’s get them married and fix all our problems!

Looks like Alabama’s unemployed aren’t ready to take the jobs that the undocumented workers were stealing from them.

And this Alabama deli owner was tarred and feathered for defending legal, documented workers. Way to be.

Wrangling university faculty is harder than herding cats, even with num nums.

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Weekend Reading

After an inexplicable week off, here are some things for you to read. For starters, lots of Occupy Wall Street (and other place names) links:

OWS: Now with Dozens of Graphs!

Robert Reich on Occupy Wall Street and the Democratic Party.

Paul Krugman on why Wall Street is freaking out.

What Boston and New York say about the movement’s expansion.

What do all of these encampment protests want? “Real democracy now!”

On the General Assembly in Liberty Plaza.

In Boston, who is really threatening the people and the land? Hint: They have riot helmets on.

Occupy Wall Street needs demands about as much as SNCC did.

50 best signs from Wall St.

Photos from Occupy _____________.

A terse little timeline of the OWS movement.

The Onion gets in on the action.

Did you ever think that maybe the anarchists want to stay off the sidewalk and in the street?

Occupy Los Angeles is getting co-opted by pretty much everyone, including the City Council.

The women at Occupy Boston are having trouble at the GA.

Dear Occupy Wall Street, With Solidarity.

On the growth phases of a social movement like OWS.

Occupy Atlanta needs to face the fact that race is a factor – and it always has been.

An open letter to the 53% guy.

America's Leadership in Nobel Sciences

And it’s worth noting that Hitler was a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize – twice.

And how the Nobel Prize for Literature is kind of silly.

If you read one thing from today’s links, read this post on the Reality of Threats and Blogging – do it now.

The truth about Steve Jobs.

With baseball and football occupying separate spaces nowadays, what to do with empty stadiums? Cleveland might have the answer.

The colors of the Apple line.

Arizona has two spots on this list of six places that look weird on Google maps.

The problem with fair trade coffee.

Herman Cain likes the “Chilean Model.” but it looks a little like “

Obamacare” if you ask me.

Does Ron Paul have fake eyebrows?

Four aid workers got kidnapped in Kenya, but the press only reported on the two international aid workers, ignoring the two Kenyans.

The most you’ll ever need to read about camouflage colors.

Reading the Bible frequently could make you liberal.

Iran tries to get into Africa, with a few bumps along the way.

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