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February 27th
4:22 PM
With eviction all but certain, Occupy Nashville braces for the future : Jonathan Meador »

Now only a third of Occupy Nashville’s plaza presence remains, down from 60 tents at the camp’s apex. On Tuesday morning, a handful of Occupiers stroll the quiet plaza grounds, while the inhabitants of the roughly 22 tents scattered across the plaza remain inside them, sleeping or starting the occasional anti-bank-bailout chant as passers-by, mostly state employees, amble to and from the Capitol.
The camp’s lending library, food service station, media tent and other ad hoc accoutrements are long gone. So are most of the protesters who joined the camp last fall following two nights of highly publicized arrests ordered by Gov. Bill Haslam, which netted the arrests of 50 people — your humble correspondent being one of them — on charges that were eventually dropped. >continue<

Artist hangs with Occupy Nashville (video)  |  Senate votes to remove
photo: Eric England

With eviction all but certain, Occupy Nashville braces for the future : Jonathan Meador »

Now only a third of Occupy Nashville’s plaza presence remains, down from 60 tents at the camp’s apex. On Tuesday morning, a handful of Occupiers stroll the quiet plaza grounds, while the inhabitants of the roughly 22 tents scattered across the plaza remain inside them, sleeping or starting the occasional anti-bank-bailout chant as passers-by, mostly state employees, amble to and from the Capitol.

The camp’s lending library, food service station, media tent and other ad hoc accoutrements are long gone. So are most of the protesters who joined the camp last fall following two nights of highly publicized arrests ordered by Gov. Bill Haslam, which netted the arrests of 50 people — your humble correspondent being one of them — on charges that were eventually dropped. >continue<

Artist hangs with Occupy Nashville (video)  |  Senate votes to remove

photo: Eric England

January 24th
7:56 PM

Soros: situations 'serious and difficult'

Occupy Wall Street “is an inchoate, leaderless manifestation of protest,” but it will grow. It has “put on the agenda issues that the institutional left has failed to put on the agenda for a quarter of a century.” He reaches for analysis, produced by the political blog ThinkProgress.org, that shows how the Occupy movement has pushed issues of unemployment up the agenda of major news organizations, including MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. It reveals that in one week in July of last year the word “debt” was mentioned more than 7,000 times on major U.S. TV news networks. By October, mentions of the word “debt” had dropped to 398 over the course of a week, while “occupy” was mentioned 1,278 times, “Wall Street” 2,378 times, and “jobs” 2,738 times. You can’t keep a financier away from his metric.  >continue<

January 17th
5:44 PM
Via
hellsunicorn:

expect us.

hellsunicorn:

expect us.

January 4th
5:02 PM

#Riot: Self-Organized, Hyper-Networked Revolts—Coming to a City Near You

Wired.com | Bill Wasik »

For tech to become effective as a tool for civic disorder, it first had to insinuate itself into people’s daily lives. Now that it has, there can be no getting rid of it. The agent provocateur lives inside our pockets and purses and cannot be uninstalled.  >continue<

Interesting long read & observations on protests, technology and social media.  Wild too trying to get a fix on the irony of blanket attitudes of opposition to a system which in large part are enabled and sustained by what is undeniably a product of the system.

November 22nd
12:20 PM
Via

Internet General Assemblies Launched

99anon:

Occupy Assembly:
Facebook page
Website
Document

SuperAssembly:
Counter-proposal to the Internet GA

OpenAssembly:
Website

November 19th
8:11 PM
Via

Lobbyist with ties to the Financial Industry proposed an $850,000+ plan to take on Occupy Wall Street

occupyallstreets:

CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. 

The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead.

According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”

The CLGC memo raises another issue that it says should be of concern to the financial industry — that OWS might find common cause with the Tea Party. >continue<   |   >Leaked Memo<

2:22 PM
Via
amazingatheist:

This’ll teach you to sit here peacefully! 

amazingatheist:

This’ll teach you to sit here peacefully! 

November 18th
1:36 PM
Via
thedailywhat:

Police State Photo of the Day: In this striking photo by longtime Oregonian staff photographer Randy L. Rasmussen, an Occupy Portland protester gets a faceful of Mace during yesterday’s local Day of Action demonstration at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Compare With: Joshua Trujillo’s now-iconic photo of 84-year-old Seattleite Dorli Rainey following a similar encounter with the nozzle end of a pepper spray can.
[oregonian.]

thedailywhat:

Police State Photo of the Day: In this striking photo by longtime Oregonian staff photographer Randy L. Rasmussen, an Occupy Portland protester gets a faceful of Mace during yesterday’s local Day of Action demonstration at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Compare With: Joshua Trujillo’s now-iconic photo of 84-year-old Seattleite Dorli Rainey following a similar encounter with the nozzle end of a pepper spray can.

[oregonian.]

November 16th
12:26 PM
Via
randomactsofchaos:

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press (11/16/2011)

randomactsofchaos:

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press (11/16/2011)

November 10th
2:12 PM

Protest Planet

How a Neoliberal Shell Game Created an Age of Activism 
By Juan Cole

From Tunis to Tel Aviv, Madrid to Oakland, a new generation of youth activists is challenging the neoliberal state that has dominated the world ever since the Cold War ended.  The massive popular protests that shook the globe this year have much in common, though most of the reporting on them in the mainstream media has obscured the similarities.   

Whether in Egypt or the United States, young rebels are reacting to a single stunning worldwide development: the extreme concentration of wealth in a few hands thanks to neoliberal policies… They are objecting to high rates of unemployment, reduced social services, blighted futures, and above all the substitution of the market for all other values as the matrix of human ethics and life.  >continue<

Emphasis ours. An exchange, an economy reduced and strangled by a nihilism posing as economics. A master/slave dialectic for the 21st Century.

November 6th
5:50 PM
"As the son of Resource and Poverty, this is Love’s plight: First, he’s always a pauper, and far from being gentle and fair, as the crowd imagines, he’s stiff and rough, shoeless and homeless, forever living in squalor and sleeping without a bed - outdoors on the ground - in streets or on doorsteps.Like his father, however, Love is a schemer after the beautiful and the good, an intrepid hunter full of courage, boldness, and endurance. He’s forever hatching plots, and since he’s resourceful and hungry for phronesis, he’s a confirmed philosopher and, a sorcerer and a brewer of potions, and a skilled sophist. By nature he’s neither mortal nor immortal, but when things go well for him, he’ll come to life and flourish in a day, then die, then revive again… But what his resourcefulness contrives always slips away from him, and he’s never rich nor poor for long because he’s in the middle, between wisdom and ignorance."
—  Diotima, via Socrates in Plato’s Symposium, 203c-e
October 25th
4:23 PM
Via

politicalprof:

An #Occupy Manifesto.

h/t: CS