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 OWS-relevant "Journeys With Beethoven" just published in print and as e-book, my other books here...
5:00 Keith Olbermann, who gave early and often coverage to Occupy, finally forced out at Current. Eliot Spitzer in.
3:00 You remember the serious stabbings of two Occupyers in San Fran outside the Federal Reserve on separate days earlier this week? Now a man has been arrested for one of them--after he returned to the OWS camp there. "Twitter posts by various Occupy members indicate that a protester at the encampment made a citizen's arrest of the suspect and then handed him over to police."
2:30 Judge upholds permit denial for big protest vs. NATO meeting in Chicago in may...OWS says special guests at Union Sq in NYC: Bill Ayers (yes, that Bill Ayers) and Bernardine Dohrn. Prelude to epic "rap battle" close to midnight with OWS vs. NYPD.
1:30 NYT just now: Wisconsin board rules recall election re: Gov. Walker must move forward as backers did coillect more than enough signatures. Almost twice as many sigs were gotten--more than 900,000, for June election. However, despite all of the ultra-activism in state in past year the outlook is by no means assured. For one thing: "The focus now turns to a more complicated matter: the actual election — and Democrats have yet to put their efforts behind one candidate."
12:05 Video of Robert Greenwald on his new doc, "Koch Brothers Exposed."
10:25 Police in Pasadena shoot and kill unarmed young black man--but blame and arrest 911 caller.
9:20 Public education advocates to occupy Dept of Ed in D.C. today....New edition of the Occupied Washington Post out today...
9:00 Given his usual gaffes in this area, wouldn't be surprised to hear Romney say, 'Mega millions? Who needs them?"... Greg Smith, the Goldman Sachs op-ed writer, gets $1.5 milion for his tell-all...Tamron Hall reveals she gets followed in department stores, other black journos open up about prejudice, profiling....
8:30 Occupy Des Moines returns with protest--at Obama campaign hdqtrs... And another Occupy protest vs. Obama visit in Vermont.... How global protests forged new league of citizen journalists .... Occupy the Food Supply, includes video.... NYT on rightwing social media vs. Trayvon
7:55 My new book on the Bradley Manning case, with my former Nation intern Kevin Gosztola, just out today in print as well as e-book. Titled "Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning," it covers the saga right up to the court martial proceeding in recent months, right up to last week.
From late Thursday
Democracy Now! on another shooting, this time by police, of a black man, this time in his home after his medical alert signal went off--not far from my home, in White Plains, NY. ... Yes, as the meme has it, "Jesus wore a hoodie"-- but at least he was executed with many witnesses on hand.
Key vote coming as GA in Philly debates whether to endorse the national OWS convention in July -- which many in OWS oppose...
Statement on Occupying WBAI, the Pacifica station in NYC. ...House passes Paul Ryan budget.... Union sues Stop & Shop--over social media policies.... Fighting Target's alleged anti-union stance.... Now Calif lawmakers have donned hoodies...How progressives can make energy a pocketbook issue...
First excerpt from new Chris Hayes book titled Twilight of the Elites, on the "One Percent Pathologies." "We largely ignore the effect of extreme inequality that is, in the long run, the most destructive: the way it makes those at the top of the social pyramid worse." Then quotes Desmond Tutu on "the moral and spiritual damage that extreme inequality wrought on even those who presided over and dominated the apartheid system."
Today is big day for "Hedges vs. Obama," and also featuring Michael Moore, Naomi Wolf, more. Hedges: “I have had dinner more times than I can count with people whom this country brands as terrorists. But that does not make me one. if there is no rolling back of the NDAA law we cease to be a constitutional democracy. Totalitarian systems always begin by rewriting the law. They make legal what was once illegal.” He continued, “Crimes become patriotic acts. The defense of freedom and truth becomes a crime. Foreign and domestic subjugation merges into the same brutal mechanism. Citizens are colonized. And it is always done in the name of national security. We obey the new laws as we obeyed the old laws, as if there was no difference. And we spend our energy and our lives appealing to a dead system.”
Major Tom Hayden piece here at The Nation: Participatory democracy, from the SDS "Port Huron Statement" to Occupy Wall St. "This is the fiftieth anniversary year of the Port Huron Statement, the founding declaration of Students for a Democratic Society, issued as a 'living document' in 1962. The SDS call for a participatory democracy echoes today in student-led democracy movements around the world, even appearing as the first principle of the Occupy Wall Street September 17 declaration."