USA: Gandhi’s Wings: Occupy Wall Street and the Redistribution of Anxiety. Robert Johnson, AlterNet: “Occupy Wall Street is about anxiety, and the courage of young people to fly into conflict on Gandhi’s wings. This is the noble legacy of civil disobedience on display at Zuccotti Park. We are seeing that anxiety channeled by courage can transform a society … You can see this drama played out as the demonstrators meditate surrounded by police whose anxiety is palpable, perhaps because the police cannot figure out which side they should really be on: here.
Just Three Corporate Front Groups Spent 13 Times as Much as the Entire Labor Movement to Buy Judicial Elections. Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress: “After the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate money in American elections, the decision’s defenders claimed this wasn’t such a big deal because unions could also take advantage of the decision. A new report by three leading voting rights and judicial independence groups gives the lie to this claim. According to the report, just three corporate interest groups spent more than 13 times as much trying to influence state supreme court elections as the entire labor movement”: here.
The billionaire mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, escalated state harassment of the several hundred anti-Wall Street protesters who have occupied a small plaza in New York City’s financial district since September 17: here.
Most Presidential Candidates Are Not the 99 Percent: here.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Keith Shannon, the roommate of injured Occupy Oakland protester Scott Olsen and a fellow Iraq War veteran, shares what happened Tuesday night when the Oakland Police Department fired upon the crowd with rubber bullets, bean bags and tear-gas canisters, one of which gave Olsen a skull fracture and trip to the emergency room.
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “At first glance, it looked like something out of Pink Floyd’s film ‘The Wall’: menacing images of creatures in gas masks swarming toward the camera under a dark and forbidding sky. This was no dystopian fantasy, however; these were members of the Oakland police department charging into a group of protesters behind a wall of tear gas, flash-bang bombs, rubber bullets and bean-bag projectiles. The police bull-rushed these unarmed protesters with the intention to do violence, and violence is exactly what they did”: here.
Occupy Oakland Regroups in Frank Ogawa Plaza. David Bacon, Truthout: “Three thousand grassroots people and political activists resume the rally and occupation in Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall, the evening after police tore down the tents of occupiers and fired tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse the demonstrators. Occupiers discussed in small groups the actions they intend to take to keep their movement growing”: here.
Occupy Oakland Protesters Remain in Legal Limbo After Release From Jail. Elise Ackerman, Oakland Local: “According to the National Lawyers Guild, nearly 100 people were arrested Tuesday morning and illegally booked in Alameda County’s Glenn Dyer Facility in downtown Oakland and the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. For reasons that are still unclear, some protestors were held for more than 12 hours after the mass arrest before being booked on charges ranging from disorderly conduct related to loitering to remaining on the scene of a riot, obstructing a police officer and battery on a law enforcement officer”: here.
Oakland mayor ‘sorry’ for clash that injured ex-Marine: here.
Police carried out a raid early Friday morning on Occupy San Diego, making 51 arrests and clearing out protesters who had been maintaining their encampment for three weeks: here.
Occupy Pittsburgh protesters are in their second week of mobilization against the massive inequality and the damage being done by the elite who rule America. About 150 people have been camping in downtown Pittsburgh since October 15 as part of the anti-Wall Street movement throughout the country: here.
Occupy Portland threatened by Oregon’s leading newspaper: here.
Robert Scheer | Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed. Robert Scheer, Truthdig: “Between 1979 and 2007, as the Congressional Budget Office reported this week, the average real income of the top 1 percent grew by an astounding 275 percent. And that’s after payment of the taxes that the super-rich and their Republican apologists find so onerous. Those three decades of rampant upper-crust greed unleashed by the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s will be well-marked by future historians recording the death of the American dream”: here.
Relentless budget cuts are felt in public education, the justice system, and in health care programs for the poor: here.
Whirlpool, the world’s largest appliance manufacturer, announced plans Friday to cut 5,000 jobs and close its plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Some 26 million Americans are already out of work or working part-time involuntarily: here.
A Dose of Reality for MTV, or the 1 Percent Monetizes Protest Against the 1 Percent. J.A. Myerson, Truthout: “MTV has put the word out that it is casting a ‘Real World’ season to be set at Occupy Wall Street, the primary force that currently gives the network’s target demographic meaning and direction … Don’t be surprised if MTV’s cameras are greeted with underwhelming warmth at Liberty Plaza Park. Protesters there have already shouted down camera crews – not just from Fox News, which was predictable, but even that of the sympathetic Cenk Uygur, of the ‘Young Turks,’ whose broadcast one protester insisted on disrupting, accusing the host of producing ‘protest porn'”: here.