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 as e-book, my other books here…
5:30 A further update on the "free the subways" action in NYC this morning: Police now say 8 stations "freed" while perpetrators claim 20 (see below). No arrests so far. Police also probing if transit workers, as claimed, involved, along with some OWSers. See photo for posters put up advertising May 1 general strike and more.
4:45 Poet Adrienne Rich RIP. What she said to President Clinton: "The radical disparities of wealth and power in America are widening at a devastating rate." (h/t Barbara Bedway)
12:45 Gates at six subway stations in NYC were chained open this morning allowing passengers to enter free–and reportedly signs were posted claiming credit for OWS. This is unconfirmed. Police searching for other such actions. UPDATE: Here’s communique from people claiming responsibility, including OWSers plus transit union people. They claim they hit 20 stations, not 6. "Teams have chained open service gates and taped up turnstiles in a coordinated response to escalating service cuts, fare hikes, racist policing, assaults on transit workers’ working conditions and livelihoods — and the profiteering of the super-rich by way of a system they’ve rigged in their favor."
11:45 Op-ed at Christian Science Monitor argues that OWS hurts itself and consumers when it shifts focus from Wall St. to actions against Wal Mart and so forth.
9:45 NPR: Key Occupy working group " re-imaagines" the bank. "To the extent that actually we’re talking about setting up an alternative system, that’s pretty radical stuff," Carne Ross says. "And the fact that you have Wall Street bankers, former regulators, hedge fund traders, as part of that project, I find pretty striking."