March 19, 2012

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Re-Occupation and Police Raid of Zuccotti Park Set Tone for Radical Spring | Truthout Occupy Wall Street's message: prepare for a radical spring. Chants of "a-anti-anti-capitalista" were more frequent and more broadly based than I had ever heard at an Occupy Wall Street event, suggesting that the movement has begun to coalesce around an ideological principle. "Anti-capitalism" may not be the most specific philosophy, but it belies proclamations like Bill Maher’s "they don’t hate capitalism; they hate what’s been done to it," whatever that means. The group also engaged in a raucous and sprawling "Simon Says"-like activity that helped acclimatize protesters to forming a fortified human wall for "soft blocks," indicating a more militant, confrontational (yet still nonviolent) attitude brewing among the occupiers. They got the chance to test out their newly acquired skills not long after the game concluded. A small group of protesters had put up what police were calling a "structure," which consisted of a dozen or so unfurled cardboard boxes, draped over a banner hung between two trees. This provided occasion for the New York Police Department’s own tone-setting action. The NYPD’s message: prepare for a violent spring. It's quite possible that, had the police let the protesters hang out in the park, the numbers would have dwindled down to a few dozen by 1 a.m., and the park would have been easy to maintain. Instead, the decision was made (although no officer would tell me by whom) to deploy hundreds of police to empty the park. Detective Rick Lee remarked just before the deployment, "Unfortunately, it’s probably going to...
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Liza Featherstone and Doug Henwood speaking in Geneva, NY Liza Featherstone and Doug Henwood on March 26 at 7:00 in Albright Auditorium, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY Liza Featherstone, “Occupy Schools: Education for the 99%” A contributing writer for the Nation, Liza Featherstone is the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart (Basic Books, 2004). Selling Women Short received an Outstanding Book award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights at Simmons College. Featherstone has continued to write about Wal-Mart’s employment practices, as well as other problems with its business model. Featherstone is the co-author of Students Against Sweatshops (Verso, 2002), which was named one of the best books of that year by the Madison Capital-Times. In addition to writing for the Nation, Featherstone has written for Slate, Salon, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Babble, Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, The American Prospect, CNN.com, n+1 and many other publications. She is a frequent media guest, appearing on outlets as varied as CNBC, Fox News, the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and “Democracy Now.” Doug Henwood, “Reflections on the Current Disorder” Doug Henwood is the editor and publisher of Left Business Observer. The newsletter reports on the world’s financial markets and central banks, in addition to covering income distribution, poverty, energy, and politics. Henwood is a contributing editor of the Nation and hosts a radio weekly program on KFPA (Berkeley). His book, Wall Street, was published by Verso in June 1997. It...

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