Occupy Year II

After a burst of massive street protests and a period of dormant self-reflection, the Occupy movement has settled into its second year as a force for community-rooted resistance.

Should Occupy have cut off its right hand?

After a bookstore event about my book Thank You, Anarchy with Rebecca Solnit on Saturday, some friends and I were joined at dinner by a young activist who’d been involved in Occupy San Francisco. We swapped stories of the movement’s past and ideas about its future. He talked about how he had considered himself an…

February 26, 2014

A conservative who was right about Occupy

In the heady early days of Occupy Wall Street, there was a lot of talk about whether this thing was really a movement or something else, something presumably less worthy of attention. In an early Room for Debate discussion at The New York Times, for instance, the eminent social movement scholar Stephen Zunes stressed that…

February 15, 2014

Occupy 3.0 — a slow network movement

Nothing indicates the need for dynamic infrastructure more than the advertised theme of Occupy’s second birthday, “Reconnecting with the 99%.”

September 18, 2013

Wall Street’s long, occupied history

Occupy Wall Street was far from the first uprising at the heart of the capital of capitalism.

September 17, 2013

Will Mayor-to-be de Blasio make good on his offer to Occupy?

A right-wing website warned earlier this month, “Occupy Wall Street may soon occupy New York’s City Hall.” Get out your tents, folks.

September 11, 2013

Hot and Crusty film featured in the New York Times

As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington, the victory of one group of mostly unauthorized workers is now in the national spotlight — demonstrating a direct-action path that unauthorized workers across the country could adopt to win rights both at work and in broader society. Robin Blotnick and Rachel Lears’ film “The Hand…

July 16, 2013

Money and Occupy Sandy — a response from the Rockaways

As a member of the Rockaway community, I felt compelled to clarify a few things about a recent Mother Jones article criticizing Occupy Sandy’s allocation and dispersement of donated money. First, let me say that although there are real concerns in the community about Occupy Sandy — as there are with other mostly-white, outsider groups — this reporter…

July 11, 2013

Forest Service seeks to silence Smokey the Bear over fracking

Last week, Lopi LaRoe received a letter threatening her with jail time and thousands of dollars in fines for enlisting Smokey to the anti-fracking cause.

May 7, 2013

Why we occupied the World Social Forum

It was only in the cracks of the World Social Forum — the spaces in between — that I found the possibility of another world.

April 22, 2013

What does it take to organize a workplace?

The Laundry Workers’ Center offers a model for how to organize worker power in precarious industries.

April 1, 2013
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