Tag: Occupy Wall Street


Will Holiday Splurge Save US Economy?

A "Black Friday" scene from 2009

As the United States has de-industrialized over the past several decades, an illusion of prosperity was maintained by rampant consumerism fueled by easy credit and bubble economies. Now U.S. businesses are hoping for another fix from shoppers rushing to the…

OWS Shatters the Political Frame

Police pepper-spray protesters at U.C. Davis

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and right-wing talk-show hosts are whipping up their supporters against Occupy Wall Street, while some Democrats support  the OWS goals but fear the backlash. However, poet Phil Rockstroh says this movement transcends traditional politics.

The Trashing of the People’s Library

Damaged books from the People's Library recovered after raid on Zuccotti Park

Facts and the written word have long been enemies of injustice, as they are now with critiques that the economic game is rigged to concentrate money and power at the top. So, it was no surprise when the New York…

Seattle Police Pepper-Spray Pastor

Rev. Rich Lang at earlier "Occupy" Protest in Seattle

U.S. authorities and major news media are quick to condemn leaders of foreign nations when they unleash police to rough up and intimidate protesting citizens, but a different standard applies inside the United States, as Rev. Rich Lang discovered when…

After the Zuccotti Park Raid

Gandhi as depicted in a poster by Robbie Conal (robbieconal.com)

Driven from its iconic encampment in Lower Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street movement struggled to recover its political footing and find a new geographical center but its success in changing America’s economic discussion can’t be doubted, says Danny Schechter.

The Assault on Occupy Wall Street

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in poster by Robbie Conal (Robbieconal.com)

New York City police mounted a surprise nighttime raid on Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park, forcing out protesters, removing tents and arresting about 150. The assault was the latest move by forces of a corrupt status quo against Americans…

‘Occupy’ Protests at a Crossroads

Protesters at Occupy Philly (Photo by Ted Lieverman)

Occupy Wall Street and related protests around the United States enjoyed surprising success in getting across a powerful message about economic inequality in America. But now the movement is at a crossroads both internally and externally, as Danny Schechter explains.

When Guns Defeat Butter

Police face down 'Occupy' protesters in Philadelphia (Photo by Ted Lieverman)

History is filled with cautionary tales about militarily powerful empires that collapsed because they spent far too much on guns over butter. The United States is now tempting a similar fate behind a ruling elite that uses fear and propaganda…

Occupy Wall Street’s Tough Challenges

Tent encampment in Philadelphia (Photo by Ted Lieverman)

Occupy Wall Street has succeeded far beyond its early dreams, but the protests face challenges, from the coming winter to troublemakers acting to discredit the movement. But Danny Schechter notes that changing a well-entrenched status quo is never easy.

Dehumanizing Late-Stage Capitalism

Protesters in an Occupy Philly march (Photo by Ted Lieverman)

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) — and similar protests — don’t fit into the trite frames of America’s mainstream news, but rather represent a collective message of people laying their bodies down against the depredations of modern-day capitalism, as poet Phil Rockstroh…