Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: email@example.com. All times ET. See my e-book "40 Days That Shook the World: From Occupy Wall St. to Occupy Everywhere." My very OWS-relevant "Journeys With Beethoven" has just been published in print and as e-book, my other books here.
8:55 Great weekly roundup from the Occupied Wall Street Journal on actions around U.S. and latest debate and backlash over tactics and divisions. Includes this: "The mainstream media is now portraying the movement as split over tactics and conflicted about the role of black bloc affinity groups in direct actions. While these issues – like every other issue – are continually debated within the movement, portrayals of Occupy as divisible were met with widespread backlash."
8:00 Full schedule of events for "Occupy KochTown" Feb. 17-19 in, naturally, Wichita.
6:50 National Lawyers Guild moves to quash subpoena for OWS Twitter user in New York.
4:15 Since this seems to be the Topic of the Day, here is an Infoshop guide, or as they call it, "Black Blocs for Dummies." Sample: "Isn’t the black bloc just a bunch of young hooligans? Black blocs have been comprised of people of many different ages. While participants in black blocs tend to be young–reflecting the demographic of most protesters–there have been quite a few people over the age of 30 in black blocs. There have been reports of black bloc participants who are in their 50s and 60s."
4:00 From my assistant Elizabeth Whitman: "For those who want to join the growing movement for the greater good, The Green America blog of GreenAmerica.org suggests ten reasons to break up with your mega-bank, including supporting local and small businesses and not funding climate change. What they call for echoes much of the changes or actions Occupiers have called for or rely on. They suggest some of the same empowerment tactics, such as switching from large commercial banks to credit unions."
3:55 Yes, there’s now a Super Pac sympathethic to staunchly anti-Super Pac OWS. And we’re not talking about Stephen Colbert’s…New documentary on how the banks Never Lose, you can watch all 48 minutes here.