These – just as examples – are all demands that virtually every supporter of the Occupy movement would endorse. Why not settle down, draw up a list of those demands, spell them out in enough detail so that there is no doubt of their meaning, figure out their budgetary implications, lay out a strategy for getting them adopted, and set about systematically developing a campaign around them?
Why not? Because that ends up playing the game, and the whole essence of the movement is to reject the game’s rules as it is being played, to produce change that includes each of these demands but goes much further to question the structures that make those demands necessary.
— From Occupy WallStreet – For What? For Whom? Where? Why? by Peter Marcuse, Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University. (via @nitikp, @jacremes)
Going in to week four of the protests that started in New York City’s Zuccotti Park and have now spread across the country and the world to as many as 1,000 towns and cities, I thought I’d set down an updated version of my key readings about the movement thus far. I’ve also put together a pretty manageable Twitter list of people who I’m following (which is admittedly New York-centric). Would love more suggestions— both of Twitter accounts to follow AND articles/videos to consume. SSchlinkert [at] gmail or @reply me at @sts10.
— The Observer’s Adrianne Jeffries’ politely cynical early account of the camp and the movement.
— Again from Rosie, on the NYPD’s actions the night of Wednesday the 5th. ([Graphic] videos of scuffles between protesters and the police from that night via the official site.)
— An extended version of Naomi Klein’s speech, delivered October 6th at Liberty Park, via the people’s mic. Also, Cornel West’s (Princeton) speech to the protesters, and Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia): video.
— VIDEO: A solid report from Al Jazeera English on the protests.
— John Schmitt on the how the movement’s weaknesses can be and are in fact strengths. (via @jacremes)
— A complete, “blow-by-blow” history of the New York City occupation by New York Daily News writer Matthew DeLuca.
— Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, comes out in support of those occupying a park in his jurisdiction.
— Ezra Klein on the laments of the 99%.
— Tech: The Observer beats me to the punch with a guest post on the Zuccotti’s Internet working group, and later an explanation of why #occupywallst hasn’t been trending on Twitter. Here’s my take on the movement’s livestream crew and their gadgets.
— A first-hand account of the incident on the Brooklyn Bridge, including arrest and detention.
— Glenn Greenwald for Salon on why the protester’s are angry: an early take.
— The movement “grows up”: The Times on Saturday’s peaceful, beautiful, and well-attended visit to Washington Square Park.
— The Times’ and art blog Hyperallergic on Saturday night’s No Comment art show, featuring the work of the OWS protesters. I’ll try to find some video (I know Monica and Hero took the livestream down there last night around 8:30 p.m.).
— The Sunday Times Editorial (Oct 9):
At this point, protest is the message: income inequality is grinding down that middle class, increasing the ranks of the poor, and threatening to create a permanent underclass of able, willing but jobless people. On one level, the protesters, most of them young, are giving voice to a generation of lost opportunity.
The jobless rate for college graduates under age 25 has averaged 9.6 percent over the past year; for young high school graduates, the average is 21.6 percent. Those figures do not reflect graduates who are working but in low-paying jobs that do not even require diplomas. Such poor prospects in the early years of a career portend a lifetime of diminished prospects and lower earnings — the very definition of downward mobility.
— Also from the Sunday Times: how OWS fits in as a political movement, via the Tea Party and the New Left of the ’60s.
I wrote about the #occupywallst media center for the Beast!
More from the messy video streaming app I installed on my phone about 5 minutes before I shot this. Skip about 3 minutes in to get past the bit where we were confused, had no idea what to expect at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, wandered over past scores of NYPD, and then came across one of the #occupywallst librarians, who told me what happened to her on the bridge and how she got off it, followed by a few people making announcements about the arrests at they were happening to the few hundred of us gathered there over human mic, which if you haven’t seen it in action yet, is pretty fucking beautiful. And I scream that.
Yeah, the human mic thing: the demonstrators at Zuccotti seemed to be visibly improving at the process just over the small time period I was there on Friday. In the videos and livestream I’ve watched since then they seemed to have mastered it, rarely muddling even one line. At 3:35 in this video, dude’s just walking by getting his words amplified and his message etched in the minds of those repeating him. Were there camp counselors I never met teaching this thing? Splitting their impromptu, leaderless speeches in to poetic fragments, giving the speakers time to formulate their words… it is f-ing beautiful.
Also, “when we get back to camp.”