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…
9:10 I highlighted this protest a couple of days ago and today it happened: Wash Post story has "scores" arrested in Brattleboro, Vt. and 1500 in march to protest at corporiate headquarters for the Yankee nuclear plant. Activists placed number arrested at 130. In coordinated actions, 7 were arrested in New Orleans–and five more in White Plains, N.Y.
7:30 One "co-opting" article (see below) deserves anoither: Here’s another one the Democratic party allegedly trying to move in on OWS "spring fever" and May Day.
6:30 "How Occupy Co-opted" the big NYC "Million Hoodie" march. And the writer is not happy about it. " I immediately became uncomfortable because that’s not what I signed up for. I wanted to speak out against injustice—just causing general destruction wasn’t on my agenda….This is a consistent streak within certain sections of Occupy. Their goal isn’t a specific action within our current system. Often they want to make a point, show that they’re movement is doing things….When Occupy Wall Street first got the national spotlight they were so worried about the co-option of their message, yet they have no problem co-opting others."
5:00 My new book on the Bradley Manning case, with my former Nation intern Kevin Gosztola, just out as e-book tonighty, and then in print in about a week. 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.
3:40 If you have somehow missed the Springsteen singalong "This Land Is Your Land" at SXSW with folks from Arcade Fire, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Morello, more.
1:50 New at Counterpunch: Ralph Nader on CEOs and Occupy. "Over their large whiskey sours prior to consuming their lobster lunch, they shared their innermost thoughts in nearly whispered tones and grave visages: Bradford: ‘I’m worried, Reg, that this could be the big one all of us have been dreading. It is always the ruffians and the demagogues who are the vanguard. Remember the sacking of the Bastille?’”