Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. My new e-book is "40 Days That Shook the World: From Occupy Wall St. to Occupy Everywhere." My very OWS-relevant "The Campaign of the Century" has just been re-issued, my other books here.
10:30 Just got this note from the wonderful Amanda Henk on the Tucson "book bombing" action: "I’m writing as one of the People’s Librarians of Occupy Wall Street to request your assistance in an action we are planning. As you may have heard the Tucson Unified School District has disbanded their Mexican-American Studies program. You can read more about the issue here. As part of that disbanding, the district has removed a number of books from the classrooms and forbidden teachers to place the books in the classroom. The district claims that there are sufficient copies available in the school libraries, however the evidence suggests otherwise.
"This is where we come in: acting in solidarity with Occupy Tucson and other groups in the area we are planning to raise as much money as we can to supply as many of the banned books as possible to the students, teachers, and administrators of the Tucson School Unified School District. We are calling it a book bombing. Our role is to raise as much money and gather as many copies of the banned texts as possible. These will be sent to Tucson where activists on the ground will distribute them. Here is the list of texts removed and that we intend to supply: "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos,"- Rodolfo Acuña. "Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years." Bill Bigelow. "Critical Race Theory," Richard Delgado. "Pedagogy of the Oppressed," Paulo Freire. "Message to AZTLAN," Rodolfo Gonzales. "500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures," Elizabeth Martinez (ed.). "Chicano! The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement," Arturo Rosales.
10:00 My book on one of the most influential "99 Percenters" of all time, Beethoven, just published tonight in e-book edition, with print to come in a week or so. It’s titled Journeys With Beethoven, and it’s billed as "Beethoven for our time." Among other things: Visits Chile and China to show how Beethoven was used in Tiananman Square and against Pinochet, and then how Bill Bragg uses it today. Co-authored by Kerry Candaele, director of much-anticipated upcoming film, Following the Ninth.