Category Occupy

Robert Scheer | When Democrats Crushed Occupy: A Cautionary Tale (Video)

Scheer explained how he witnessed the destruction of the Los Angeles Occupy movement firsthand and how Democrats are partially to blame.

Annie Appel: The Occupy Portraits — finished, free, and online

Annie Appel has recorded a vital and rich moment in political and cultural history. Here are the many faces of Occupy. . . . What [Occupy] is can barely be described. It can, however, as Annie Appels photographs vividly demonstrate, be shown.  —From the Introduction by Carne Ross   If you were part of Occupy, you […]

Evergreene Digest: This Revolutionary Moment

As we’ve covered in previous newsletters, there are now academic studies that demonstrate the lack of democracy in the US and that the government functions as a plutocracy that represents the needs and wishes of the wealthy elite. At the same time that the government is dysfunctional, we are experiencing multiple crises that demand immediate […]

Released Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: “There’s No Sense in Prison”

Released from Rikers prison after serving 58 days, Occupy activist Cecily McMillan discusses prisons, policing and why she’ll keep protesting. Cecily McMillan. (Image:  Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) By Sarah Jaffe | Interview  13 July 2014 Cecily McMillan would rather not be famous. Not for the dubious honor of receiving the most serious sentence among thousands of […]

They Can’t Represent Us: a riveting defense of democracy

They Can’t Represent Us by Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini is a fiery indictment of electoral politics and a riveting defense of real democracy. By Jerome Roos  June 16, 2014    Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini (2014), They Can’t Represent Us: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy (with a foreword by David Harvey). London and New York: Verso. A […]

Chris Hedges: The Rules of Revolt

Nonviolence requires—despite what those who advocate violence contend—deep reserves of physical and moral courage. State violence is defeated through the refusal to be afraid, even after violence is used by the state to stamp out protests, and through continuing acts of nonviolent resistance. By Chris Hedges  June 9, 2014 A visitor to Hong Kong’s June […]

Chris Hedges Introduces ‘The Occupy Portraits’

Editor’s Note: Little did these women know when Annie Appel caught them outside a restaurant in Chicago during the NATO protests in May of 2012 that they would have the honor of appearing in a 572-page book of Occupy portraits with an introduction by Chris Hedges.  When photos of violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters began to appear […]

Chris Hedges: The Crime of Peaceful Protest

McMillan’s journey from a rural Texas backwater to a courtroom in New York is a journey of political awakening.  By Chris Hedges  Apr 27, 2014 Occupy Wall Street activists Eric Linkser, center left, and Cecily McMillan, far right, take turns shouting information to fellow protesters preparing to return to Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15, 2011. AP/Bebeto Matthews NEW […]

▶ Heid Erdrich: Pre-Occupied

  Published on Mar 29, 2013 Short poem film by Heid E. Erdrich, Art Direction by R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., Animation by Jonathan Thunder. Sound by Gabe Siert. Additional visual art by Carolyn Lee Anderson, Andrea Carlson, and Angie Erdrich. Subscribe or “Follow” us on Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page […]

Flowers and Zeese: Major Social Transformation Is a Lot Closer Than You May Realize – How Do We Finish the Job?

It starts with winning over the hearts and minds of the American people. By Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers  December 30, 2013  AlterNet The current social movement that exploded onto the national scene with the 2011 Occupy Movement is following the path of successful movements so far. The social change movement in 2014 is poised to begin an […]

Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to Tell — The Case for Hope

The future is bigger than our imaginations. It’s unimaginable, and then it comes anyway. To meet it we need to keep going, to walk past what we can imagine. We need to be unstoppable.  By Rebecca Solnit  May 19, 2013 Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. Ten years ago, my part of the world was full […]

Nathan Schneider — How the Occupy Movement Began: The Full Account

Excerpt from Thank You Anarchy, Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse by Nathan Schneider    By Nathan Schneider  November 1st, 2013   Powered by Translate    Nathan Schneider, the author of “Thank You Anarchy,” was covering the Occupy Movement from its origins.  In his first chapter, reposted below, he chronicles the various threads of uprising […]

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Discuss American Fascism LISTEN NOW  The two celebrated journalists discuss the collapse of vital institutions and the rise of demagogues and charlatans in post-meltdown America. 10/11/13 Free View In iTunes A Podcast Subscribe or “Follow” us on For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on […]

Chris Hedges: Our Invisible Revolution

“Because revolution is evolution at its boiling point you cannot ‘make’ a real revolution any more than you can hasten the boiling of a tea kettle,” Berkman wrote. “It is the fire underneath that makes it boil: how quickly it will come to the boiling point will depend on how strong the fire is.” By Chris […]

PopularResistance.Org: The Environment (Fracking, Shale, more), Iran, Pentagon Spending, more

Movement News and Resources  October 5, 2013 Debate: Strategy And Tactics In The Environmental Movement Climate & Capitalism published a statement by Chris Williams, an EcoSocialist, about strategies and tactics in the environmental movement. Then they published a response from Sasha Ross of Earth First! Journal, with a response from Williams. It is a […]

Evergreene Digest: Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against Indifference

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. The time is upon us to seek solutions and spark action, and the first enemy to conquer is […]

Rebecca Solnit: Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart,Thoughts for the Second Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street

Change is rarely as simple as dominos.  Sometimes, it’s as complex as chaos theory and as slow as evolution. Even things that seem to happen suddenly turn out to be flowers that emerge from plants with deep roots in the past or sometimes from long-dormant seeds. By Rebecca Solnit  September 15, 2013 Read Tom Engelhardt’s […]

The Seeds of Rebellion Are Taking Root

This week (7/14-20) saw thousands protesting the Zimmerman ruling, continued bravery in California’s prisons, and much more.  Protests Against Injustices Are Blooming Across the Country. Where the Hell Is the Outrage? Norman Solomon | Denouncing NSA Surveillance Isn’t Enough—We Need the Power to Stop It Should Veterans Become Activists?  Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, 7/20/2013 […]

Chris Hedges> Locking Out the Voices of Dissent

The primacy of corporate profit trumps our right to a living wage, affordable and adequate health care, the regulation of industry and environmental controls, protection from corporate fraud and abuse, the right to a good and affordable public education, the ability to form labor unions, and having a government that serves the basic needs of […]

Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide | PR Watch

While small glimpses into the governmental monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement have emerged in the past, there has not been any reporting — until now — that details the breadth and depth of the degree to which the nation’s post-September 11, 2001 counter terrorism apparatus has been applied to politically engaged citizens exercising […]