Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: email@example.com. 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 e-book, my other books here…
7:50 Jim Hightower on Woody Guthrie as the commemorations begin. "This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of this legendary grassroots troubadour, who came out of the Oklahoma dust bowl to rally America’s "just plain folks" to fight back against the elites who were knocking them down.
"As we know, the elites are back, strutting around cockier than ever with their knocking-down ways — but now comes the good news out of Tulsa, Okla., that Woody, too, is being revived, spiritually speaking. In a national collaboration between the Guthrie family and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, a center is being built in Tulsa to archive, present to the world and celebrate the marvelous songs, books, letters and other materials generated from Guthrie’s deeply fertile mind."
5:25 Here’s the promised brief clip of Occupy Austin mic-checking Secretary of Education Arne Carlson today. "Our schools are not for sale! Our students are not for sale! Stop privatizing educatilon for the One Percent!"
4:00 4 arrested in NY at Bank of America in Int’l Women’s Day protest… Susie Cagle tweeting auction shutdown action in Bay Area, @susie_c
3:55 "Anti-Occupy" bill from Congress nears Obama’s desk.
2:30 Springsteen’s new "Death to My Hometown."
2:00 Occupy Austin activists tweet that they just mic-checked Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, video to follow. Duncan just now said good young teachers should have salaries DOUBLED.
11:55 Reuters’ ace writer with deeper dive into that study showing that mainly the 1% have benefited from the "recovery."…. Poll of Londoners find most agreed with views of the Occupyers there–but few felt they accomplished much before getting the boot at St. Paul’s.