Activist New York

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

A protester from Occupy Oakland -the local offshoot of Occupy Wall Street- is arrested in Oakland on January 28, 2012. (KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Sarah Henry, chief curator at the Museum of the City of New York, wraps up the Activism NY Facebook project from the MCNY and the BLS, and hears from listeners about New York City's activist past. New York Times Magazine contributor Jonathan Mahler, author of the article "Oakland: the Last Refuge of Radical America," discusses Oakland as a center of activism.


Sarah Henry and Jonathan Mahler

Comments [12]

Bo from Granville

Never underestimate the Creep Factor when it comes to Strom Thurmond.

Aug. 07 2012 01:08 PM
Jonah from Bjln

Reporters keep refering to anarchists as wanting chaos and violence. Wikipedia and all anarchist literature contradicts this missperception. Anarchists believe that chaos and violence is a product of of the capitalist system, abd that people are naturaly good andcommunal. Missreporting is attracting violent people to anarchism untill they look it up and realise they are pacifists.

Aug. 07 2012 12:31 PM
fuva from harlemworld

...At the same time that he was trying to blackmail away the March On Washington, Strom was creeping with his underage black house maid.

Aug. 07 2012 12:03 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Bo, OK, I never knew. Of course, no surprise about Strom.

Aug. 07 2012 12:00 PM

"A few weeks before the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August, 1963, Senator Strom Thurmond railed against Rustin as a "Communist, draft-dodger, and homosexual," and had the entire Pasadena arrest file entered in the record. Thurmond also produced an FBI photograph of Rustin talking to King while King was bathing, to imply that there was a same-sex relationship between the two. Both men denied the allegation of an affair."

Aug. 07 2012 11:27 AM
Bo from Granville

Adam Clayton Powell certainly threatened Rustin, but I was thinking of Strom Thurmond who was trying to derail the March on Washington.

Aug. 07 2012 11:24 AM
Bill from Westchester

Tamar, if you like black humor, watch this parody of Joan Baez...

It illustrates your point.

Aug. 07 2012 11:10 AM
Tamar from Brooklyn, NY

Are you serious? You are saying it "makes no sense" that there is a vibrant movement in Oakland? I would suggest that you look into the history of Oakland in the activist movement - for instance, its history as the origin of the Black Panther Party, and of course it's geographic connection to the surrounding communities of San Francisco and Berkeley. It makes perfect sense that there is a movement in Oakland.

Aug. 07 2012 10:56 AM
Bill from New Rochelle

As a local leader and organizer oin the anti-Vietnam War "Movement," I saw that many of the most offensive activities (US Flag burnings; the striking of US Flags and hoisting NVA flags at the Washiongton Monument; the spitting upon US servicemen returning from the Vietnam Theatre) were perpetrated by the US LABOR Party, a provacative group founded by Lyndon Larouche.

Be careful not to confuse these Charlie Manson style provacateurs with real grass-roots activists.

I also attended the "WELCOME HOME" parade for our Vietnam Veterans in NYC in 1983. I hope you can get some photos of that too-late, but still heart-felt action.

Aug. 07 2012 10:52 AM
fuva from harlemworld

The legislator who threatened to blackmail MLK with Bayard Rustin was Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., another black man.

Aug. 07 2012 10:48 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Whatwazzat?!? The interviewee is saying something you don't want to hear so you dump out? Very bush league.

Aug. 07 2012 10:48 AM
Jeff Pappas from Dumbo

As an Freelance Photojournalist here are some links one from Occupy Wall St ( also some are in the Museum of NY Activist Blog )and one from 2004 RNC. Pictures are worth a thousand words:

Thanks for your Great Project,

Jeff Pappas

Aug. 07 2012 10:36 AM

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