Welcome 2012, What is Occupy Up to?


Occupy Update January 5, 2012

Arianna Huffington, in an opinion piece for the Chicago Tribune, writes that OWS “has changed the national conversation”.

In New Hampshire, Mitt Romney was asked by an Occupy member to explain his position that corporations are people.

In other primary news, an Occupy Iowa Caucuses member was elected Republican Caucus Secretary of his precinct and managed to pass many progressive items. Matt Pearce says in Salon that they actually succeeded by failing.

Occupy DC has filed for a permanent injunction to be allowed to stay in McPherson Square. They argue the encampment “functions as a model community”. The Washington Post reports that they are struggling with donations and visits from the health department.

Michael Bociurkiw writes in The Huffington Post that Occupy protests that started in Lagos over fuel prices have the potential to threaten Nigeria's government.

Occupy Update January 4, 2012

OWS held a series of protests yesterday, including a flash mob in Grand Central Station, to protest President Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act which contains a controversial detention provision.

Politico reports that DNC Chair Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz will probably not have time to meet with the Occupy protestors who have been camped out at the Iowa Democratic offices at a local hotel.

Frontline runs a Teheran Bureau, which describes itself as an independent source of news on Iran, that has a translation of perspectives on OWS from Iranian progressives.

At least the authorities in the US haven't taken this step: Apparently the UK police have listed Occupy London as a potential terrorist threat.

The Occupy movement has spread to Lagos as Nigerians took to the streets to protest high fuel prices.

Finally, now that the political world has moved on from Iowa, Mike Ludwig of Truth-Out.org has a great analysis of how Occupy Iowa Caucuses fared, and what it might mean for the rest of the election.


Occupy Update January 3, 2012

The Occupy the Rose Parade march went off peacefully as protestors followed behind the main floats.

CNN reports that many OWS people have migrated down to Washington to join Occupy DC.

OWS comes to the Ivy League. Students at Columbia University can take a class next semester that will require participation in Occupy events.

Dig Boston has a report on how Occupy Boston has adapted to life after being evicted from Dewey Square.

New media celebrates coverage of the new protests. Storify has awarded the story of the year to Josh Stearns for his coverage of Occupy arrests (in true social media style readers voted by pressing the “Like” button on the site).

Finally, Allison Kilkenny writes in The Nation about the rush by major museums to archive Occupy materials. She makes important point that pundits have been predicting the end of the movement since the day it started.


Occupy Update January 2, 2012

68 protesters were arrested as some OWS members tried to retake Zuccotti Park on New Years Eve. In a touch of celebrity, actress Ellen Barkin was caught up in the scuffle and tweeted about it.

As UWS News has previously reported, Occupy The Rose Parade is planning to march behind the official Rose Parade today. They now have all their permits.

The other big story UWS News has been closely following is Occupy Iowa Caucuses. The New York Times reports that their target is both Democrats and Republicans. They tried to meet with Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and protestors have been arrested at campaign offices of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich. Lynda Warrington writes in Salon.com that many Occupy members may end up supporting Ron Paul in the caucuses for a variety of reasons.

Finally, The National Post has the best Occupy photos of 2011.