By Meteor Blades On Monday, 26 activists were arrested in Seattle when they occupied 13 branches of JPMorgan Chase bank. Their complaint? They want Chase to stop lending money to TransCanada, the builder of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Although President Barack Obama nixed the northern leg of the pipeline before he left office, […]
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By RL Miller Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota have been protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline since April. The pipeline, also known as the Bakken Pipeline, will carry fracked crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shalefields through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois and then to Texas and Louisiana. […]
New York | Austin | Houston | Portland | San Francisco | Tampa New York: To kick off a national day of action, Occupy Wall Street took to the streets of Manhattan to try to blockade the New York Stock Exchange (much as the NYPD had blockaded them two days ago). They managed to outflank police […]
The Washington, DC arm of Occupy Wall Street has called for a day of action against Citibank. At this hour they have staged a protest at a DC branch with more than 40 protestors, and word is that some have once again been locked inside the branch and police have been called. We’ll see if DC police behave in a more civilized manner than NYPD.
Citibank, one of the largest recipients of bailout money, has nonetheless managed to pull off record profits, pay their executives huge amounts, and pay minimal taxes, which makes them a poster child for everything that Occupy Wall Street is protesting against.
Just as a horrific accident in finance is about to happen, a ready-made revolutionary mob is conveniently parked outside the pilot-houses of the world’s great money vessels, so as to receive the crews directly into their open arms after the smash up.
President Obama could have changed the outcome if he had actually believed in change. He could have told his attorney general to enforce the securities law. He could have replaced the zombies at the SEC and told the new ones to apply all existing regulations.
Before last year’s election, he could have used his legislative majorities to repeal the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and reinstate the Glass-Steagall act. He could have initiated the process of deconstructing the giant banks back into their separate functions – so that banking once again worked as a utility rather than a launching pad for colossal frauds and swindles. Not only did he fail to do any of these things, he didn’t even talk about it, or try.
Actions continued today and overnight. There were crackdowns or arrests in Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Austin, Gainsville, and a massive police raid in Denver. But the big question was: What will happen in the morning at the original Occupy Wall Street, just steps from New York City’s financial district, which faces a 7 am deadline from Mayor Bloomberg….
Because revolution should, first and foremost, be fun – and not take itself too seriously.
There are now more than 1000 spin-off actions of Occupy Wall Street – from Occupy Albuquerque to Occupy Yucca Valley. But… can you tell me how to get to Occupy Sesame Street?
It is, indeed, truly outrageous that 1% of the monsters get 99% of the cookies…
After a day in which 15 to 20,000 people marched peacefully in New York City, we are now entering a night in which police are cracking down, brutally, on the protest. As of 10 pm, there were reports on Twitter that the New York Police Department had barricaded the Occupy Wall Street headquarters in Zucatti park, were threatening arrests, and helicopters were hovering overheard.
This was unanimously voted on by all members of Occupy Wall Street last night, around 8pm, Sept 29. It is our first official document for release. We have three more underway, that will likely be released in the upcoming days: 1) A declaration of demands. 2) Principles of Solidarity 3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation Group.
I know people need to keep their jobs–but this is certainly a case of misdirected hostility…
Coal River Vally, WV, has become home to a civil disobedience campaign against Massy Energy company in an attempt to halt their destructive mountaintop renewal coal mining practices.
Kay Sexton, with her regular run down of environmental protests, has been examining the “imperatives and complexities” of protests that are unique to the environmentalist movement. Here’s another data point to add into the discussion.
The Waxman-Markey bill that recently was introduced into the House has already caused quit a stir, and that was before someone found a provision tucked in it’s 600 plus pages that would make it legal to sue the Government if you suffer from Global Warming.
There has been talk recently of boycotting the 2008 Beijing Olympics for any number of valid reasons. Whether it is for the freedom of Tibet, the atrocities in Darfur, or China’s environmental policies. However, what would be achieved by boycotting the Olympics? Is China going to step back and say, “Whoa… the United States is […]