April 9, 2012 : Gitlin on Occupy Next Moves, Working Groups Take on Banking Sector
The sh*t hits the fans all over again in Minneapolis as Occupy protesters stormed back with a 130 pm Saturday rally in Hennepin Square, leading to 12 arrests and allegations of police brutality, including one complaint filed by a KSP-TV cameraman whose camera appears upended and tossed by cops (video above).
Occupy Philly staged its own attempted re-occupation over the weekend in Independence Plaza, doing so successfully, before being confronted by city park rangers who, naturally, insisted on seeing a permit. Blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com
Public Occupy presence, as noted, currently leads to the initial drama of confrontation, mass arrests and shouts of “shame,” followed by the less sensationalistic drama of endless court cases and rulings. Newer plot twists feature enhanced police tactics such as “voluntary" Retina Scans. Alternet.org
In nearly all instances, protesters occupy, cops clear, and the courts back it up, in spite of the efforts of legal crusaders at the National Lawyers Guild and other public advocates to claim the authorities have no constitutional right to do so. Ny Times
In this light, geography makes little difference as courts render trespassing judgments from Zuccotti Park to Iowa. Desmoinesregister.com
Multiple reports from New Haven that today a federal judge will rule on the group's ongoing presence. Care to lay a bet on how soon one of New England's last remaining camps has left? We'll set the over at 2 weeks, tops. necn
As the physical, “real world” meeting spaces for Occupiers dry up, it's a challenge to keep the members meeting, which certainly seems to be the case for Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrborro dailytarheel.com
At the same time, various working committees and sub-groups such as OWS' Alternative Banking Group seem to be making a dent, as TIME continues its coverage while not necessarily agreeing with the group's prescriptions.
While certain Occupiers wade into financial regulation, inspecting the intricacies of proposed legislation such as the Volcker Rule, others advocate more straight-forward solutions. Sarah Jeffe on Alternet sums up OWS' response to BofA's latest round of troubles, referencing recent research and work done on the bank by Rolling Stone's Matt Taibi.
Media attempting to remain ahead of the occupy reporting curve focus increasingly on the “what's next” angle. Albany Times Union features commentary by long-time social commentator and author Todd Gitlin about the kind of muscle occupy needs to show to continue making its point and advocating for the 99%.
Reprising the what next's angle again from a distinctly personal perspective is writer and former Occupier Max Bean who deals publicly with the question of why he joined Occupy and why he ultimately “left,” and now concludes that you can't leave Occupy. Huffpost
Boston Herald's Margery Eagan takes Occupy Boston to task for protesting the city's MBTA fare hikes and service cuts, seeing it as less than inspiring, after the initial promise of taking on the 1%
At the same time, basic grassroots organizing remains productive, such as Occupy Vandy, which has set up a presence on campus and is taking on the school's administration over its investments with EMVest, a firm involved in alleged land grabs on the African continent. Vanderbiltorbis.com
Artinfo.com keeps tabs on the intersection of the art world and occupy. They note today that the Occupy artists who wanted to place “priority seating for the 1%” stickers on New York subway trains have been busted by cops who took note of their too candid recent interview.
Finally, file under : no really, we're not kidding : smallcapnetwork.com speculates on the investment returns available to the 1% considering Macer and Tazer companies that could benefit from the upcoming Occupy protest season.
Potential investors may weigh such variables such as the impact on stock price in light of the lawsuits, ensuing judgments and settlements brought by victims who have been injured and died by the various law enforcement tools.