Friday, March 13, 2015
Monday, November 18, 2013
Two years ago, Occupy Wall Street activists were arrested for trying to take over a parcel of land in downtown Manhattan. Now, the same lot is home to Talking Transition, two weeks of events designed to give everyday New Yorkers insight and input into the next administration.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
By Fred Mogul : Reporter, WNYC News
Thousands of people gathered Wednesday in Union Square and marched downtown for the annual May Day rally.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
David Graeber, an American anthropologist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and author of DEBT: The first 5,000 years discusses the Strike Debt Rolling Jubilee-- the Occupy movement's effort to abolish debt and offer a bailout for the 99%.
There's a fundraiser tonight at Le Poisson Rouge. Info here.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Apart from Washington, D.C., Chicago is the first American city to host the NATO Summit. As world leaders arrived for the Summit yesterday, they were greeted by thousands of protesters and just as many police officers. Chicago Police have arrested five protestors who allegedly planned to throw Molotov cocktails at President Obama’s campaign headquarters and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
It’s being billed as "a day without the 99%" and it coincides with May Day — a day traditionally associated with worker's rights around the world. Today, leaders of the Occupy movement hope to put their cause back into the spotlight. Janet Byrne, editor of The Occupy Handbook puts today's planned strikes in context while Brigid Bergin, reporter for Takeaway co-producer WNYC, checks in from Bryant Park.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
By Kate Hinds
The tweets are coming fast and furious.
Boston's MBTA Board just voted for a fare increase that takes effect July 1. Unluckily for that body, today's board meeting coincides with national protests (referred to as a National Day of Action for Mass Transit) proposed by Occupy Boston. It's the date on which Martin Luther King Jr. -- himself a transit activist -- was assassinated.
Occupy MBTA tweeted: "SHAME! Board member just said 'we are transportation agency, not a social service agency.'" @AceEJ tweeted: "Disabled rider tells #MBTA bd: Someday you're going to need THE RIDE & I hope it's there 4 u! Transit is a right, not a privilege! Cheers!" And Boston Metro reporter Steven Annear wrote: "Second Board member interrupted by crowd chanting "Just Vote NO"
At the end of the two hour-plus meeting, members voted 4-1 in favor of the fare hikes of about 23%.
Boston's transit system is facing a $161 million budget gap.
Boston Globe reporter Eric Moskowitz tweeted that just getting into the meeting involved "3 checkpoints, (and) 1st-come-1st-served ticketing" -- not to mention passing by a large poster displaying the rules of order.
The MBTA was probably taking no chances. Last week, members of a Boston transit riders coalition commandeered an MBTA committee meeting while wearing superhero costumes -- causing official business to grind to a halt.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Gas prices are going up and it's turning into a campaign issue. Gas prices have already risen 25 cents since the start of the year, putting them at $3.25 a gallon, a record high for this time of year. Occupy organizers turn their attention towards the more than 2 million people in prisons with what they're calling National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners. Arizona Republican Senator John McCain is in Egypt trying to resolve a diplomatic dispute over American NGO workers in Egypt charged with using illegal funding to incite revolution.
Monday, January 02, 2012
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
Regardless of where the Occupy movement decides to fall on issues, and even if it got well-organized overnight, remaining a protest movement that does not mobilize toward electing friendly politicians or enacting friendly legislation will get them nowhere.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Much has been made of the top one percent of American wage earners in recent headlines. The Occupy movements have made them the living embodiment of the nation’s growing income inequality. But, new federal tax data shows that the story may be slightly more complicated than we originally thought.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
A few weeks into the Occupy Movement's sparking, I took a bit of a page from John Avlon, who did great work following around the Tea Party during their rise, and began following Occupy groups around the country - mostly groups in the midwest and the major Occupy groups that ...
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Occupy Wall Street encampments have been disappearing across the country. But after seeing seeing their presence steadily diminish in recent weeks as cold weather and police-led evictions have cleared camps, Occupy has found a new rallying cry. "Foreclose on banks, not people" is the maxim of a new viral video from Occupy Our Homes, the next iteration of the movement. Occupy Our Homes began a major campaign Tuesday, staging marches in 25 cities, and taking over foreclosed properties for homeless families.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Among the many shocking images to emerge from the clashes between police and Occupy Wall Street protesters across the country, perhaps none is as striking as the photograph of an elderly woman after being hit with pepper spray in Seattle. Eighty-four-year old activist Dorli Rainey has since become something of an icon to the Occupy movement. The incident preceded another controversial use of pepper spray by police, this time at the University of California Davis, where student protesters, sitting with their arms locked together, were sprayed by campus cops.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Video of UC Davis students being pepper sprayed in a protest related to Occupy Wall Street over the weekend has gone viral. Without any apparent provocation, campus police released a stream of pepper spray onto a row of seated protesters. Two of the officers involved in the spraying have been placed on leave. The incident has left many wondering why the police reacted this way and what can be done.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movement protests have made headlines this week — both in New York and elsewhere around the country. Tuesday and Today, protesters clashed with police in disputes over their right to occupy parts of lower Manhattan. We want to know: Has your view of the Occupy movement evolved in light of recent events? How? Answer our poll.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
In spite of a judge's ruling banning their tents and sleeping bags, several hundred Occupy Wall Street demonstrators returned to Zuccotti Park Tuesday night, after being removed by New York City police officers in a pre-dawn raid. After a day of legal wrangling, a state Supreme Court judge told protesters the city's concerns over health and safety justified banning overnight camping. First Amendment battles between city governments and protesters are taking place in courtrooms around the country — and sometimes, on the ground between police and protesters as well.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
About 3,000 protesters took to the streets of Oakland on Wednesday night, following violent clashes between police and Occupy demonstrators late Tuesday. Police fired tear gas canisters and bean bag rounds at protesters. Protesters claim rubber bullets and flashbangs were used as well. A 24-year-old Iraq war veteran is in critical condition after being hit in the head with a police projectile. In New York, police arrested a dozen people Wednesday night during an Occupy solidarity march. Meanwhile in Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed ordered the evacuation of Occupy Atlanta protesters from the city’s Woodruff Park. That removal resulted in more than 50 arrests.