When the NYPD cleared Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protestors back in November, the Occupy movement seemed to have reached a high point. New restrictions were placed on the number of people who could gather in the park and what they could keep there, making the spot much less ideal for an “occupation.” Media coverage of [...]
Last week, the federal government shut down the file-sharing website MegaUpload. During this shut down, they arrested several high-ranking executives of the website. There were claims that MegaUpload was illegally sharing copyrighted material, costing the music and film industry about half a billion dollars and profiting $175 million. In retaliation, the hacker group Anonymous responded [...]
Occupations generally aren’t popular among the folks being occupied, and in general it seems better to avoid occupying someplace when you can. So why did the protestors choose this negatively charged word to name themselves?
Monday marked the one-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street: for over four weeks, a fluctuating but solid number of protestors have camped out in Zuccotti Square to voice their political frustrations, concerns, and demands. It has been, in my opinion, a remarkable and beautiful movement. It’s the first time in a long time that Americans have ceased to be [...]
“CORPORATIONS are people…when Texas EXECUTES ONE!" Incoherent, wide-ranging, and provocative, this slogan painted in red at “Occupy Wall Street” pretty much says it all. To analyze this sign, one would find it paradoxical.
The anti-abortion demonstration on the Diag these past two days has received a great deal of attention and caused quite a buzz on campus...The graphic and obscene display has provoked varying emotions from disgust to anger, from sadness to humility. I want to take the time to work out some of the thoughts I have both heard as well as hold myself.
I’ve been looking over the Big Picture blog’s recent set of photos of the student protests in Chile. As I’ve come to expect from the Big Picture, it’s a stunning ensemble: Lane Turner, who runs the blog, offers a concise, informative summary paragraph on the topic portrayed and then doles out 20 or 30 clear and striking photos.
Two weeks before yesterday, Pastor Terry Jones set fire to a copy of the religious text of Islam, the Qur’an. While I do not agree with any of the pastor’s actions or motives, I am also somewhat shocked by the reaction of Afghan civilians who have orchestrated a wave of protests, violent at times, in a response not aimed simply at the Pastor Jones, but to all of the United States.
Yesterday Wisconsin’s Republican state Senators sidestepped their Democratic colleagues’ boycott, making use of procedural maneuvers to pass legislation that takes a huge bite out of the collective bargaining rights and organizational power of unions. Eric Kleefeld from Talking Points Memo: With all 14 Democrats absent, having fled the state weeks ago in order to block the three-fifths budget [...]
Once again, the real pundits of the world have beaten me to the punch and made their points better than I ever could have. Kevin Drum has a wonderful article over at Mother Jones on the historical context of what’s happening in Wisconsin—namely, the decline of the labor movement. Drum’s main argument is that political parties are not directly [...]
I was going to write something today about the broader issues at stake in Wisconsin, but Paul Krugman beat me to the punch on many of the points I wanted to make. Be sure to check him out here. But Krugman doesn't touch on everything, and I'll have more to say as the week progresses. [...]
My colleague Mike Guisinger had a great post earlier today on recent labor protests, including the one in Wisconsin. I completely agree that Governor Walker’s proposal is an unjust assault on the economic rights of the workers, and I wanted to highlight a few more aspects of this troubling and absurd situation. First, it’s worth [...]
I love sit-ins. Why do I love sit-ins? Because they’re peaceful, bold and more often than not, effective. Sit-ins have a long history of success, especially in the civil rights and labor movements; this week that history was expanded. Let’s start off in Kentucky. Last Friday, fourteen members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth — including [...]
I am thinking of a religion that is focused on finding the answers to our spiritual existence and getting in touch with a higher power or “Supreme Being.” This religion has a leader who gathered followers and started a new movement or sect of spirituality: a religion with a set group of principles designed with [...]