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May 19, 2014
I am disappointed that those who wanted to criticize Birgeneau’s handling of events at Berkeley chose to send him such an intemperate list of ‘demands.’ In my view, they should have encouraged him to come and engage in a genuine discussion, not to come, tail between his legs, to respond to an indictment that a self-chosen jury had reached without hearing counter-arguments.

William G. Bowen, the former president of Princeton University • Scolding people who disagreed with Robert J. Birgeneau, the former UC Berkeley chancellor that Bowen replaced as Haverford College’s commencement speaker, on Sunday. Birgeneau stepped down as speaker as a direct result of controversy related to his handling of protesters at Berkeley in 2011. The protesters set demands on Birgeneau, sending him a letter with nine conditions that they expected him to meet as commencement speaker. (Obviously, he stayed home.)

But Bowen didn’t give Birgeneau a pass, either, stating during the commencement speech: “I think that Birgeneau, in turn, responded intemperately, failing to make proper allowance for the immature, and, yes, arrogant inclinations of some protestors. Aggravated as he had every right to be, I think he should be with us today.”

10:47 // 4 months ago
November 17, 2013
13:13 // 10 months ago
November 13, 2013

Here’s how much it costs Occupy to buy some toxic debts

  • $15M the amount of debt that activists allied with the Occupy movement recently bought and forgave as part of the group’s Rolling Jubilee project.
  • $400k the amount it actually cost for the activists to actually buy up all that debt. So why’d they do it? Simple: Exposure of how debt really works. “Our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market,” the group said. source
8:31 // 10 months ago
June 25, 2013
The instructions that Internal Revenue Service officials used to look for applicants seeking tax-exempt status with “Tea Party” and “Patriots” in their titles also included groups whose names included the words “Progressive” and “Occupy,” according to I.R.S. documents released Monday.
Documents Show Liberals in I.R.S. Dragnet - NYTimes.com (via brooklynmutt)

That changes the scope of the story a bit.

(via brooklynmutt)

11:45 // 1 year ago
September 16, 2012

Occupy Wall Street, one year later: Hoping for fresh momentum

  • last year After gaining a strong level of momentum among activists, Occupy Wall Street grew into a worldwide movement that thousands took part in, but the movement was not without its critics, who claimed that the lack of focus prevented long-term change. Nonetheless, it pushed much exposure towards economic disparities in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis — and led to 1,800 arrests in New York City alone.
  • this year Months after protesters were pushed out of Zuccotti Park, the movement celebrates its one-year anniversary with more protests — but a much weaker base. Roughly 300 protesters showed up for protests Saturday, but a large protest planned for Monday morning might rekindle some of the political flames. Police say they are ready to deal with any issues that arise. Meanwhile, the inevitable think pieces are being written. source
14:04 // 2 years ago
August 26, 2012
15:34 // 2 years ago
August 1, 2012
sarahlee310:

UC Davis confirms officer at center of pepper spraying controversy no longer on the force

"Consistent with privacy guidelines established in state law and university policy, I can confirm that John Pike’s employment with the university ended on July 31, 2012,” [UC Davis spokesman Barry] Shiller said. “I’m unable to comment further.”

sarahlee310:

UC Davis confirms officer at center of pepper spraying controversy no longer on the force

"Consistent with privacy guidelines established in state law and university policy, I can confirm that John Pike’s employment with the university ended on July 31, 2012,” [UC Davis spokesman Barry] Shiller said. “I’m unable to comment further.”

1:00 // 2 years ago
July 19, 2012
17:31 // 2 years ago
May 1, 2012

The ragged edge: As you may have heard, today is May Day — a day of international celebration of labor and worker’s rights movements. This has been the first May 1st in America since the formation of the Occupy movement, and organized protests around the country have surged in size and visibility all day long. Despite isolated incidences, the occasion has been predominantly peaceful, but for the so-called “black bloc.” Often limited numbers of black-clad demonstrators, they eschew the Occupy movement’s broader declarations of non-violence. Their influence has most been felt in Seattle today, as shown above — credit to Casey McNerthney of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, who shot this video in evidently chaotic circumstances. source

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21:55 // 2 years ago

Photos: The Occupy movement and the “May Day” general strike

Happy May Day: Here’s a selection of photos from the May 1st general strike, pushed by the Occupy movement, along with labor activists worldwide. As many as six have been arrested in New York City alone in the protests, intended to show the “1 percent” what life without the “99 percent” would be like. (From top left, via Photo Gallery, Swanksalot, Lennon Ying-Dah WongTakverPetteri SulonenHossam el-HamalawyBarbro Uppsala, Amine Ghrabi, and Trowbridge Estate.)

15:37 // 2 years ago