Occupy Movement

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Absurd charges brought against reporters covering Occupy Wall Street movement
Article
2011
Journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movement’s protests and marches are not only exposed to police brutality but also to a sort of judicial lottery when detained. The situation varies from sta...
American Autumn: An Occudoc
Trainor, Dennis (director)
Film/Video
2012
Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC from the earliest days through the end of January 2012, American Autumn: an Occudoc is an inside lo...
Autonomy zone on Wall Street?
Singsen, Doug
Article
2011
Prefigurationists argue that they can create self-contained, self-governing societies as pockets of autonomy within the capitalist system. While the goal of creating a democratic decision-making proce...
The Awakening in America
Knabb, Ken
Article
2011
The dynamic of social movements is far more important than their ostensible ideological positions. Revolutions arise out of complex processes of social debate and interaction that happen to reach a cr...
Beautiful Trouble - Pocket Edition: A Toolbox for Revolution
Boyd, Andrew; Mitchell, Dave Oswald (eds.)
Book
2014
Ideas for organizers.
Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism
Nelson, Joyce
Book
2016
Beyond Banksters explores how the powers of the Bank of Canada were appropriated in the 1970s, resulting in billions of dollars in public debt. From Milton Friedman to Justin Trudeau's Canada Infrastr...
The Cancer in Occupy
Hedges, Chris
Article
2012
The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are the cancer of the Occupy movement. The presence of Black Bloc anarchists — so named because they dress i...
A Chill Descends On Occupy Wall Street: The Tangled Purse Strings
Tucker, Fritz
Article
2011
Undemocratic movements are vulnerable to being taken over by a vocal minority or a chraismatic individual.
A Convergence of Realities: Against The Current vol. 156
Miah, Malik
Article
2012
What's striking the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Movement and its popular slogan “We are the 99 percent” is how much the central demand of the movement resonates with the Black community. African American...
Crisis in the encampments: Can the Occupy movement be saved from itself?
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2011
The question now is whether the Occupy movement can survive as an effective force for political and social action. The decision made some time ago to set up permanent encampments is turning out to be ...
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Hedges, Chris; Sacco, Joe
Book
2012
The searing account Chris Hedges' and Joe Sacco's travels to sacrifice zones, those areas in the United States where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit, ...
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
Article
2011
Document accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011.
An Education in Occupy: Against The Current vol. 156
Elkington, Connor
Article
2012
Two months earlier, I had been sitting in class listening to an ILWU member talk about Export Grain Terminal’s (EGT) union-busting tactics in Longview, WA. “Great,” I thought, “but how can I help from...
The End of the "Leaderless" Revolution: A Global Fallacy and the Military Intervention in Egypt
Tugal, Cihan
Article
2013
When movements don't have (or claim not to have) ideologies, agendas, demands and leaders, they can go in two directions: they can dissipate (as did Occupy), or serve the agendas of others. The end of...
FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers: US Intelligence Machine Instead Plotted with Bankers to Attack Protest Movement
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2012
Dcuments show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occupy Movement at least two months before the first occupation...
Fighting Back: Sotheby's and OWS: Against The Current vol. 156
Martinez, David
Article
2012
Forty-two teamster art-handlers at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City have been locked-out of their jobs for more than four months. Against the Current interviewed Sotheby’s shop steward David M...
451 at Zuccotti Park: "Where man starts by burning books he ends up by burning people."
Linebaugh, Peter
Article
2011
The books at Zuccotti Park were hauled away in dumpsters belonging to the sanitation department. The pretext of the destruction was "cleaning" the park which, the Mayor said, was filled with "filth". ...
From "Occupy" to ...: Against The Current vol. 156
The Editors
Article
2012
The question isn't whether the magnificent “Occupy” movement will continue after police action and the onset of winter have largely emptied the encampments. The righteous rage that made the movement p...
Fuel For Occupy Wall Street's Fire
Cooke, Shamus
Article
2011
Ultimately, the Occupy Wall Street protests have already succeeded. The movement has successfully re-focused the nation's debate on who ruined the economy and who should be targeted, shifting blame aw...
Globalization of Capital, Globalization of Struggle
Editors, The
Article
2012
Something has escaped the control of the Democrats, the NGOs, the SEIU and the left sects — of official society and those attempting its mere facelift — which will not be easily brought to heel. Hundr...
Homeless in America: Throw Them Out With the Trash
Ehrenreich, Barbara
Article
2011
What the Occupy Wall Streeters are beginning to discover, and homeless people have known all along, is that most ordinary, biologically necessary activities are illegal when performed in American stre...
How Canada's corporate media framed the Occupy movement
Gutstein, Donald
Article
2011
The Occupy movement occupied two parallel, rarely intersecting universes in the corporate media. In one, described frequently in the Toronto Star, occasionally in the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail ...
The importance of dealing with Occupy's misogyny problem
Kay, Joseph
Article
2012
An account of some misogynist dynamics within the Occupy movement and the need to challenge them.
Infiltration To Disrupt, Divide And Mis-direct Are Widespread In Occupy - Part I
Zeese, Kevin; Flowers, Margaret
Article
2012
This article describes public reports of infiltration as well as results of a survey and discussions with occupiers about this important issue.
It Started in Wisconsin: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Labor Protest
Buhle, Mari Jo; Buhle, Paul (Ed.s)
Book
2012
A collection of accounts of the first great wave of grassroots resistance to the corporate restructuring of the Great Recession in Wisconsin in the spring of 2011.
Letter from Baltimore
Curtis P.
Article
2012
Coming to grips with the impact of Occupy Baltimore means not just evaluating what the movement has been able to do or not do on its own terms but rooting its experiences in this larger picture of cla...
A Letter To Other Occupiers
Lynd, Staughton
Article
2012
We need to act within a wide strategic context, and engage in more than tactical exercises. We need to invite local people to join our ranks and institutions. We cannot hope to win the trust of others...
Looking Back on Occupy
Article
2012
A look at the Occupy movement and its relevance today.
Mad, Passionate Love - and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2012
The Occupy movement had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the dif...
Media Control and Indoctrination in the United States: An Interview With Catherine Komp
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2013
An excerpt from the just released 2nd edition of Noam Chomsky’s OCCUPY: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity.
A Movement Without Demands?
Deseriis, Marco; Dean, Jodi
Article
2012
We claim that far from being a strength, the lack of demands reflects the weak ideological core of the movement. We also claim that demands should not be approached tactically but strategically, that ...
The Next Step for Occupy Wall Street: Occupy Buildings, Occupy Workplaces
Article
2011
The occupation movement needs to build on the creative militancy in the streets of thousands of people (as shown in Oakland, Portland, Seattle, New York and elsewhere) to reach out to that large major...
Notes on the Fly
Barksdale, Amiri
Article
2011
A report from Occupy Wall Street
NYC Transit Workers' Fare Strike 2012: Can Occupy Open Horizons for a Frustrated Labor Movement
Harvey, Jon
Article
2012
Transit workers belonging to New York City’s Transport Workers Union Local 100 exhibit a familiar sight in the 21st century U.S. labor movement: broke, angry, slandered, disillusioned, directionless a...
The Oakland Port Shutdown: Against The Current vol. 156
Balderston, Bill
Article
2012
A personal account of the growing dialogue between the labour movement and the Occupy organizing, as seen by someone heavily involved in attempting to build these linkages.
Occupy and the Urgency of Inclusiveness
Richard
Article
2012
Occupy is a social movement that purports to give expression to working class concerns in the absence of working class participation. Occupy has evolved into a form of organization that effectively ex...
Occupy Atlanta: Privilege Politics of Popular Self-Management for the Post-Civil Rights City
Tegemea, Theo
Article
2012
The Occupy Atlanta (OA) movement, like the OWS movement more generally, revealed a national response to the general economic crisis.
Occupy and Detroit's Crisis: Against The Current vol. 156
Hunter, Kim; Feeley, Dianne
Article
2012
What's the new center of gravity on the political landscape? Dan La Botz has provocatively remarked that Occupy Oakland’s November 2 shutdown of the Port of Oakland — one of the largest recent labor a...
Occupy Isla Vista for the 99%: Against The Current vol. 156
Feng, E.; Gamma, J.
Article
2012
Isla Vista is an unincorporated community within the Santa Barbara County, a gentrified ghetto on the sunny seaside of southern California packing 23,000 people within its meager 1.8 square miles. The...
Occupy LA: The Worst of the Best
Barksdale, Amiri
Article
2012
A report from the 2011 Occupy movement in Los Angeles.
Occupy Movement a valuable partner: 'Idea' to build a united Canadian progressive
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2011
The progressive community must learn it has to confront power with power – something we don’t do well in Canada. It seems enough to most Canadians to simply point out that something is wrong, and leav...
Occupy Oakland activists take up the question of decision-making
Article
2012
Exclusionary strategies and tactics alienate those of us who are interested in a slower, more solid, more inclusive approach of mass movement building.
Occupy Oakland: The Port Shutdown and Beyond - All Eyes on Longview!
Gerson, Jack
Article
2012
The Occupy movement – and especially Occupy Oakland – has demonstrated remarkable resilience and an almost unprecedented ability to repeatedly mobilize mass actions against economic injustice and poli...
Occupy Portland Regroups: Against The Current vol. 156
Brenner, Johanna; Resnick, Bill
Article
2012
Early on a dark and freezing Monday morning, December 12, 2011, more than 800 people descended on terminals five and six at the Port of Portland. Having announced their intention to occupy and shut do...
Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America
Taylor, Astra; Gessen, Keith (eds)
Book
2011
An unofficial record of the New York branch of the Occupy movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and...
Occupy: The Movie
Ogilive, Corey (Director)
Film/Video
When Zuccotti Park became the epicentre of a global movement, the world took notice. But what comes next? Uncovering the crusade's genesis, Occupy: The Movie captures America's most daring social move...
Occupy Wall Street vs. Kingian Methods: Where are the Demands?
Gray, Heather
Article
2011
The students, the labour unions, the working poor, the immigrants, the activists all over the country should come up with the solutions and make the demands. There can be dangerous consequences in or...
Occupy Wall Street - Wikipedia article: Connexpedia article
Article
2011
About the demonstrations in New York City, 2011.
Occupy Wall Street! Observations from a New York Public Sector Worker
Solidarity Member in New York
Article
2011
A lot remains to be seen, but if Madison is any indication, upping the ante in this struggle and achieving real results will require more than crowds ... it will require the focused activity of signif...
Occupy's A**hole Problem: Flashbacks from An Old Hippie
Sweet, Diane
Article
2011
Watching the OWS organizers struggle with drummers, druggies, sexual harassers, and racists brings me back to a few lessons we had to learn the hard way back in the day, always after putting up with w...
On "Occupy Wall-Street" and the Demobilizing Interpretation of Postwar American Protest Politics
Adams, Thomas J.
Article
2011
Adams discusses the Occupy Wall Street protests.
OWS and the working class
Ates, Kadir
Article
2012
As frustrating as this may sound to the left, who are justifiably excited over a revival of radical politics, many workers cannot see the movement’s relevancy to their own lives, yet still feel the pa...
Please Stop Chanting That 'We' Won the Popular Vote!
Burgis, Ben
Article
2017
"We" didn’t win the popular vote, because we weren't on the ballot. We are the ninety-nine percent.
The Police Riot at OccupyCAL: Against The Current vol. 156
Peters-Slaughter, Rob
Article
2012
I remember as if it were just yesterday. I was linked in arms, peacefully protesting in support and solidarity with the students of UC Berkeley and my friend Meleiza. What I would soon have to witness...
Police Violence and Media Coverup: Against The Current vol. 156
Carlisle, Vanessa
Article
2012
Among many tactics used by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD ) to disorient, dishearten, and divide members of Occupy Los Angeles during our detention at city jails, one of the more insidious wa...
The Politics (and Anti-Politics) of Occupy Wall Street
Erin
Article
2011
At present, the occupation reveals a lot about where people's politicization begins in the United States.
Politics without Democracy, Democracy without Politics
Malik, Kenan
Article
2011
The aim of the Occupy movement is to create a big tent, to represent the 99%, in the name of democracy. But democracy requires not big tent politics, but the very opposite. It requires the drawing of ...
Pushing Demands at OWS?: Against The Current vol. 156
Luce, Stephanie
Article
2012
A debate is going on about whether Occupy Wall Street should adopt a list of demands. A number of people I know and respect have supported the Demands Working Group in New York and have called for the...
The Radicalization of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle
black Orchid Collective
Article
2012
A report on Occupy Seattle 2011.
Reflections on the New School Occupation
Zahedi, Arya
Article
2012
On November 17th, 2011, the Study Center at 90 Fifth Avenue, an office building leased by the New School University, was occupied by participants in the all-city student assembly in solidarity with Oc...
Romania's 'occupy forests' movement demands clampdown on corporate crime
Besliu, Raluca
Article
2015
A growing protest movement is demanding strong controls on international investors and logging companies buying up Romania's forests. In its sights is Austria-based Schweighofer, which stands accused ...
The Situationists and the Occupation Movements (1968/2011)
Knabb, Ken
Article
2011
In what ways does the Occupy movement of 2011 resemble the French Situationists of the 1960s?
"Solidarity" Beats Austerity: Against The Current vol. 156
Figueroa, Meleiza; Klinger, Julie Michelle
Article
2012
The tumultuous month of November 2011 marked the emergence of a powerful and widespread movement on public university campuses throughout California. Brutal police repression of Occupy encampments at ...
The Stones Cry Out: The Power of the Occupation in the City Square
La Botz, Dan
Article
2011
Gathering in the city, taking strength from its history, remembering its past and our past, we stand firm.
Throwing Out the Master's Tools and Building a Better House: Thoughts on the Importance of Nonviolence in the Occupy Revolution
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2011
Diversity of tactics does not mean that anything goes and that democratic decision-making doesn't apply. If you want to be part of a movement, treat the others with respect; don't spring unwanted surp...
Traite du Savoir-Vivre for the Occupy Wall Street Generations
Giordano, Al
Article
2011
Once upon a time, twenty thousand people descended on Wall Street, the capitol of capital, occupied it nonviolently, and won exactly what they demanded. This is not a fairy tale. It really happened. T...
12 most absurd laws used to stifle occupy movement
Khalek, Rania
Article
2011
Here are 12 desperate and unsuccessful measures the authorities are using to discourage, deter and crack down on peaceful protests.
12 Most Absurd Laws Used to Stifle the Occupy Wall St. Movement
Khalek, Rania
Article
2011
As Occupy Wall Street protests spring up in cities across the country, authorities are thinking up creative ways to contain this peaceful and inspiring uprising. Although laws and municipal ordinances...
Two Months in LA's Solidarity Park: Against The Current vol. 156
Carlisle, Vanessa
Article
2012
Occupy Los Angeles was the largest of the “Occupy” encampments: In the space of two months, we grew from around 50 to nearly 500 tents. Our camp developed neighborhoods, tribes, collectives, a print s...
2013 Unoccupied: Sun Tzu's Messages to the Occupy Movement
Giambrone, Joe
Article
2012
The ”Occupy” movement has apparently receded into the long night. The structural challenges remain the same, and opposition is still needed. What has been exposed as fruitless, however, is the idea...
We Are Wisconsin
Williams, Amie
Film/Video
2012
When a Republican Governor’s bill threatens to wipe away worker rights and lock out public debate, six (extra)ordinary citizens join the growing protest at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and spend the n...
We can dream, or we can organize
Systemic Disorder
Article
2016
The swift rise, and swift crumbling, of the Occupy movement brings to the surface the question of organization. Demonstrating our anger, and doing so with thousands of others in the streets, gives us ...
We Have Still Had It Up to Here: The Year a Movement Was Born: Mexico’s Struggle to End the Drug War Is Unlike Any in the World
Giordano, Al
Article
2012
The truth is that Mexican public opinion has never fully swallowed the fiction – believed by many in the United States – that the drug war is somehow about stopping drugs or their abuse. Almost everyb...
What Really Caused the Implosion of the Occupy Movement - An Insider's View: Taking a hard look at some of the self-sabotaging behaviors of the left
Marom, Yotam
Article
2015
It's a cool night in early October of 2011, the height of Occupy Wall Street. Two months ago I had just moved into my parents' basement, feeling deflated after the end of Bloombergville (a two-week st...
When Push Comes to Shove
Article
2011
When the police are ordered to move against the OWS demonstrators, we must move to counter the police. Our response should be that workers in all different kinds of jobs act immediately to interrupt b...
Where to Occupy Next?: Against The Current vol. 156
Venegas, Antonio
Article
I truly don't want to be another sob story. But when the rare opportunity comes along to tell my story and affect many, like a stone cast into the water, it is necessary to at least attempt to grab th...
Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions
Mason, Paul
Book
2012
From London to Cairo, Wisconsin to Tehran, Paul Mason charts new forms of collective action: fluid networks of agile, Twitter- and Facebook-savvy networks of youthful protesters. The events, says Maso...
Why Occupy Wall Street Must Include Deamdn for Honest, Observably Counted, Unrigged Elections
Article
2016
Too many critical parts of our electoral process are controlled by private partisan corporations. The counting of our votes is now controlled by these corporations' software inside computerized "black...
Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
Yates, Michael D. (ed.)
Book
2012
A collection of accounts from the early stages of the Wisconsin uprising against the corporate world in the of spring 2011.
The Women's March Was a Dismal Failure and a Hopeful Sign
Rall, Ted
Article
2017
Despite what pundits said, the Women’s March was not a movement. Nor was it the beginning of a movement. It was a moment: a show of hands: "I'm against Trump," these women (and men) told the world. Qu...
Yes, But What Are You For?: Occupy Wall Street and its Evil Twin, the Tea Party
Frank, Thomas
Article
2013
Reading all the accounts of Occupy Wall Street’s theorising in Zuccotti Park can send you to sleep: all academic prose and no real world action or demands. They also make explicit Occupy’s resemblance...