from Open Culture by Mike Springer
from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
UC Davis music professor Bob Ostertag has written a savagely brilliant editorial in the Huffington Post, denouncing the use of military-style force by campus police, in particular the now-infamous point-blank chemical weapons attack on peaceful students on the UC Davis campus. Ostertag dissects the “health and safety” arguments put forward by the administration, the excuse that “no other options” were available to the administration, the “outside agitator” fearmongering, and the intellectually dishonest equivocating of passive, nonviolent resistance with violence. Xeni linked to this in passing this weekend, but it is such a blazing piece of de-bullshitification that I want to give it its own post.
Pepper Spray Outrage
Video of police response at UC Davis leaves activists and academics furious — and experts shaking their heads at a campus response to a nonviolent protest.
Photo: Bryan Nguyen/The Aggie.
22-year-old UC Davis student W. (name withheld by request) was one of the students pepper-sprayed at point-blank range Friday by Lt. John Pike while seated on the ground, arms linked and silent.
An Apology and More Protests
Use of pepper spray against nonviolent students at Davis continues to shake academe. Calls grow for chancellor to resign and for other presidents to speak out in favor of protecting protest.
Police Executive Research Forum: We aren’t involved in guiding Occupy crackdowns. Oh wait, yes we are.
from BuzzMachine by Jeff Jarvis
It is time for Twitter and its citizens to take back #OccupyWallStreet.
I say that with no disrespect to the efforts and sacrifices of the people who have taken the hashtag literally and moved into Wall Street and cities around the world, confronting the institutions ? financial, government, and media ? they blame for our crisis.
by Xeni Jardin
from Hurriyet Dailynews by Doğan News Agency (DHA)
Protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement recently managed to break through a police barricade around one of Wall Street’s prized symbols: the bronze bull.
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Anthony Barnett
The sub-Hollywood spectacle of the new Batman film – being shot in Wall Street – provides a striking contrast to the unheroic determination of the protesters in Zucotti Park.
from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
NEW YORK — The protest movement that began in Tunisia in January, subsequently spreading to Egypt, and then to Spain, has now become global, with the protests engulfing Wall Street and cities across America.
Occupy Wall Street?s Strategy and Philosophy ? Occupation and Decommodification | a. j. macdonald, jr.
from Social Network Unionism by OrsanSenalp
A. J. Macdonald, jr. has put together some of the sources and counter-sources about the rising global movement that aims a real democracy across the world!
Philosophy: The Occupation/Decommodification Philosophy of Occupy Wall Street (NYC) and Stop The Machine (DC):
by David Cohen
Occupy Wall Street is occupying more and more of Facebook as the movement continues, and the dynamic map below illustrates its growth.
by Xeni Jardin
by Xeni Jardin
by Cory Doctorow
from open Democracy News Analysis – by Lisa Veneklasen
When opposing political interests are using the same terms and tactics in diametrically opposed agendas, Lisa Veneklasen asks how we can transform the power of citizen action into sustained change for justice and equality
What with claims of ?Facebook revolutions? in the Arab Spring and ?leaderless movements? in Occupy-Wall-Street protests across the world, the media is abuzz with commentary on the changing nature of citizen action. But ? aside from new gadgets and unexpected locations ? are people really organizing against injustice in ways that differ fundamentally from those of recent decades? Or, when you look closely and compare today?s uprisings and mobilizations for equality and freedom to their predecessors, do you find more continuity than difference? And then, setting aside old vs. new, can we say that present-day strategies are in fact advancing the cause of justice?