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….
5:35 Occupyers end camp in Fairbanks, Alaska after six months…. Mayor of Wilmington, Del., has ordered OWSers to split from plaza… Portland, Ore. cops warn protesters they will be on short leash on May Day….
5:20 From Occupy Portland: Confessions of a Banker With a Bullhorn:
4:50 Email press release just now: "National People’s Action (NPA) Executive Director George Goehl was arrested today alongside nine members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) during a protest at a Wells Fargo office in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, just one day before the big bank’s shareholder meeting in San Francisco, which is expected to draw thousands of demonstrators.
"Dozens of protesters entered Wells Fargo’s downtown Des Moines offices and refused to leave until CEO John Stumpf agreed to give the 99% Power coalition 1 hour of time during the shareholders meeting in San Francisco Tuesday to present their grievances to top bank officials."
11:40 A modest proposal from Tom Watson: Bloomberg should make Occupy and other protesters a prime "tourist attraction" on May 1. E.g., "Erect a viewing platform for the march in City Hall Park and hang there all afternoon, like a secular New York Archbishop on Lefty St. Patrick’s Day. Extra credit for all the great hand-shaking photos with labor leaders."
11:30 Busy day for Tom Morello in NYC on May 1. Besides helping to spur the "general strike" leading a "guitar army" of 1000 or more, he wiill pick up an award given by the Sidney Hillman Foundation (as it also passes out its book and magazine prizes) that evening.
10:40 Interesting story at the Nonprofit Quarterly: How Citi’s big shareholder protest reflectsgrowing narrative and impact via Occupy. "Corporate shareholders will now face inside and outside strategies from Occupy Wall Street, as the group plans to challenge corporations’ CEO salaries, environmental policies, and political donations from the inside while working to define society’s new narrative about the corporate sector with the public and the press on the outside."