From Occupy Wall Street protests two years ago in lower Manhattan to recent angst bubbling up against tech-industry gentrification in San Francisco, economic inequality is becoming the animating issue from coast to coast. Not surprisingly,...Show More Summary
The world hasn't heard much from Occupy Wall Street lately. But one branch of it, Occupy the SEC, has remained very busy -- filing amicus briefs, testifying before Congress, suing regulators and writing comment letters, including a 325-page opus on … Continue reading ?
Yesterday in San Francisco, activists surrounded a Google shuttle bus in protest of the city’s tax-subsidized gentrification and its widening gap between rich and poor. Two years after Occupy Wall Street captivated the nation, this kind of righteous economic angst is now the defining political emotion of the moment, with no less than President Obama and the...
Throughout the annals of Wall Street history, there have been some true giants. While many of these larger than life individuals have occupied the rarefied air that comes with being a legend, few have simultaneously kept their feet firmly on the ground to help the common man and the individual investor. Then there is John […]
Anarchism week: #1 Social theory; #2 OWS and public image. A few comments, in no order, about anarchism and OWS: OWS is probably the most important anarchist event in about 100 years of American history. Probably more important than the Battle of Seattle, in my view. You would really have to go back to the […]
Occupy Wall Street's "Strike Debt" (SD) working group and its "Rolling Jubilee" (RJ) operation is partying like the music will never end. And, if they have their way, it won't. The "sweet music" of being responsible for one more relieved debtor, one more fortunate recipient of their unique efforts in abolishing debt, is just too intoxicating. Show More Summary
On Saturday, Liberationtech tweeted the post I wrote about Occupy Wall Street and its organizational tactics. This led to a direct exchange between David “The Debt” Graeber and myself. The thread touched on an number of topics, but we seemed to get stuck on the issue of impression management. One commenter, Brett Fujioka, pointed out […]
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two protesters who claimed they were arrested for merely closing their bank account during an Occupy Wall Street protest. Judge Denise Cote ruled [PDF] that officers had probable cause...Show More Summary
“Then sing your heart out, sugar. C’mon, that’s our cue." "Carmen covers Outkast at Occupy Wall Street": excerpts from 'Sorry For Partying' – a Novella by Tessa Brown | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) “Ah cain’t,” Antron whined. “Sure you can, lover,” said Carmen. Show More Summary
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge allowed claims of excessive force filed by two Occupy Wall Street protesters against New York police officers to move forward on Wednesday, but threw out their claims of false arrest.
Alamy Occupy Wall Street may be on to something. Corporate profit margins are hitting record highs, while the little guy suffers, earning paychecks so small that one Walmart (WMT) store recently felt compelled to solicit food donations...Show More Summary
As a glut of vacant homes continues to plague some cities, organizations and businesses have developed ways to fool passersby into believing that some uninhabited homes are actually occupied, according to The Wall Street Journal. Home Illusions, for example, prints...
It’s a political puzzle. Why is it that Conservatives organized more quickly and effectively through the Tea Party than Liberals were able to via Occupy Wall Street? “The Tea Party movement developed a succinct set of goals in its incipient stages and effectively mobilized its members toward large-scale social change quite quickly,” says psychological scientist […]
Mon November 18, 2013 Occupy is Back and Abolishing Debt for the 99 Percent VITAMIN W Staff Occupy Wall Street is back in the spotlight. This time with debt resistance for the 99 percent. A group of activists has bought almost $15 million...Show More Summary
Economics professor and Occupy Wall Street activist Kshama Sawant ousted 16-year incumbent Democrat Richard Conlin in the final days of vote tallying on a platform in favor of a $15 minimum wage, rent control and increased taxes on millionaires. —Posted...Show More Summary
This proposal might sound like something cooked up by Occupy Wall Street or another radical protest movement, but in fact it comes from the heartland of a nation not usually known for its disdain of money-making: Switzerland. On Nov. 24, the Swiss will vote in a referendum on whether to enshrine the 1:12 pay ratio -- in their national constitution, no less.
The debt was purchased for $400,000. Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University... said the group had received letters from people whose debt they had lifted thanking them for the service. Show More Summary