Occupy Update November 14, 2011

Today's New York Times discusses how the Occupy movement is gravitating toward college campuses.


This week appears to be a defining time for the Occupy movement. Many camps are under pressure from the police and politicians. Protestor confrontations with police in Portland , Denver , and Albany and Berkeley have spurred calls from authorities in Oakland and Philadelphia to leave peacefully. One solution has been for the protests to move to college campuses.


At the same time, Thursday, November 17th is emerging as a co-ordinated Day of Action between many Labor Organziations and Occupy Wall Street. Bridges are to figure prominently in the planned activities.

Makana, a Hawaiian guitarist performing at a gala attended by President Obama and other world leaders, supports OWS by wearing an “Occupy With Aloha” shirt.

The Vancouver Sun uses opinion polls to compare OWS and the Tea Party.

In an indication that it will play a role in the 2012 elections, the Wall Street Journal reports that OWS has been injected into the US Senate race in Massachusetts.

Is the Occupy movement a generational struggle?

Truth-out.org has “Voices from the Occupations”

Professor Elaine Bernard, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, spoke last week at Occupy Boston as part of the Howard Zinn Memorial Lecture Series. The video can be viewed here.

Speaking of Occupy Boston, volunteer medical professionals performed a medical check of the camp according to the Boston Herald.

The fatal shooting at Occupy Oakland continues to be a big story. The Oakland police union and the Mayor have asked the protesters to voluntarily disband, and the protesters are asking themselves what is the next step.

Paolo Cravero has a timely story in The Nation about the role military veterans have played in the Occupy movement.

Forget about the top 1%. In a column for Reuters, Jeffrey Goldfarb points out that despite the recent turmoil in the European markets and around the world “life continues sweetly for the top .001 percent”

Politico reports that Colin Powell says that politicians need to find a way to listen to OWS.

Oakland North has a comprehensive survey of Occupy movements across the country and how various cities are reacting. This site is also a valuable resource for all things related to Occupy Oakland.

Ellen Bravo says in the Huffington Post that it is time to occupy K Street (which is synonymous in many people's minds with large DC lobbying firms and their abuses).

In the Beliefs column for the New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer talks about the role of Christians in OWS.

Raghuram Rajan argues in the Montreal Gazette that issues and complaints raised by OWS don't lend themselves to simple solutions.

In These Times has an interview with longtime activist Frances Fox Piven on OWS and what it means for President Obama.

David Sirota says that OWS has changed the conversation about income inequality in this column for Salon.

The Gothamist has a funny story about how neither NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg or Brookfield Properties (who own the park where OWS is taking place) know how to handle the situation and how Liberty Square has become a tourist attraction.

Finally, two must read articles in truth-out.org: Chris Rabb turns an anti-OWS piece into a call for community-based entrepreneurship, and Ellen Brown argues that it is time for an economic bill of rights.