William Rivers Pitt | The Rain and the Reckoning. William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “Occupy is not over. We come now to another winter of our discontent, and though the tents and signs and shouts of the movement have been momentarily subdued, they will return. Spring is coming, the rocks are already rolling down the mountainside…. Sooner or later, those rocks will reach the reckoning that has been so long in coming, and when that happens, nothing in this country will be the same again”: here.
The Belittle Big Bodies Banzai: A Year-End OWS Salute and Immune Key to 2012. W. David Kubick, Truthout: “After a lifetime clashing with monstrous corporate bodies in the US, India and Japan, I hobble into the Occupation arena with a grateful hallelujah and some wild reconnaissance. The hallelujah is a chorus, by the way. It also arises from countless other US expatriates who have long lived abroad and prayed for signs of a Yankee spring, i.e. any American uprising against the rampant, corporate coup that’s beggared the nation at home and scarred its honor overseas”: here.
Why a Woman of Color Risked Her “Honorary White Man” Status to Blow the Whistle at EPA. Evaggelos Vallianatos, Truthout: “I met Marsha Coleman-Adebayo in 1990 in Washington, DC. She was working for the World Wildlife Fund, an international environmental organization…. She sued EPA for racism and retaliation – and she won…. It is an interesting, inspiring and well-written book; the story it tells is revealing of larger national environmental and political issues. It is a microcosm of racism in American society, callousness and imperialism in foreign policy, and corporate domination of the government and the world”: here.
The Port Shutdown Controversy: Corporate Profit vs. the Right to Protest. Jack Heyman, Truthout: “Once again, the Bay Area is at the forefront of social protest…. San Francisco longshore Local 10 is organizing a caravan of Bay Area workers and Occupy activists to travel to Longview to greet the ship upon its arrival in two weeks. If an agreement is not reached with EGT and angry longshore workers view this dispute as a threat to all their jobs, then it’s possible for the first time that ports on the West, East and Gulf coasts may be shut down”: here.
Ten Ultra-Rich Congresspeople Who “Represent” Some of the Most Financially Troubled Districts. Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet: “The hard times that most Americans continue to experience don’t seem to be making an impact on their representatives in Washington. Now a new report might shed some light on why. According to a Washington Post story this week, ‘Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of a member of the House more than doubled, according to the analysis of financial disclosures, from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted 2009 dollars, excluding home equity’”: here.
Wall Street Attacks Occupy Movement with Support of Religious Right: here.
On New Year’s Eve, New York City police arrested dozens of people, including passersby, during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Manhattan: here.
New Zealand: Occupy Auckland evicted from city square: here.