Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book on Occupy "40 Days That Shook the World." My other books, including new ones on Bradley Manning and Beethoven, here….
4:05 Max Berger, longtime OWS activist who earlier worked for other progessive groups, at Huff Post joins in responding to Josh Harkinson’s call for Occupy to expand its reach into running candidates for office (see below). "The Occupy movement would derelict of duty if we focused on the electoral at the expense of putting pressure on the system as a whole. The entirety of civic life can not be reduced to a get out the vote campaign. The left needs strategies that take aim at all the ways neo-liberalism breaks down our communities."
2:20 Arrests going on right now at NY’s attorney general’s office in Manhattan in sit-in. Photo here. Demanding a public forum on the failings of Federal taskforce to address mortgage fraud.
2:15 Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, who died at 47 today, reportedly marched with OWS on Brooklyn Bridge last fall…
12:30 Financial Times covers Occupy’s upcoming protest of big Frieze art show in NYC.
11:00 Fantastic: The "red" student movement in Quebec is super-creative and everywhere. I love the "red blur" concept for subway stops. And see "naked" protest below with details in red. "Who would have thought that the Quebec branch of this worldwide mobilization, with 300,000 people in the streets, would have become the most stupendous of all."
10:30 Josh Harkinson of Mother Jones who has covered OWS from the start now calls for it to finally get involved in electoral politics, become the Tea Party of the Left. "If May Day somehow leads to major political victories for Occupy, it will be the first time that an American social movement has caught fire without sending its own guys to Washington." My co-author on new Bradley Manning book, Kevin Gosztola at FDL, stronlgy disagrees.
10:00 AlterNet: On 42nd anniversary of Kent State massacre new fears that "miltiarized" police in USA could lead to something like that. "We must ask, is this where things inevitably are headed—toward deadly confrontations between overly armed police and angered protesters, or just as likely, innocent bystanders caught in a crossfire?"