OCCUPATION NATION. There was no shortage of Occupy Wall Street drama this week. Under the cover of Tuesday’s early morning darkness, Mayor Bloomberg surreptitiously dispatched an NYPD raid on Liberty Square, forcibly removing tents and protesters and instituting a press lockout. At least ten journalists were arrested and a few were “roughed up” in the process. This wasn’t just any raid, as John Nichols explains; it was a raid on the First Amendment and an outright assault on freedom of the press.
On Thursday, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets all over New York City as part of the already-planned International Day of Action to mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupation. Beginning at 7 am, demonstrators attempted to shut down Wall Street and occupy the subways by telling stories of people on the front lines of economic injustice. And thousands more, mostly students, gathered just a block away from The Nation offices in Union Square. Over the course of the day, demonstrations grew far larger and more resonant in large part as a response to Tuesday’s raid, a signal to Mayor Bloomberg and the powers that be “You Cannot Evict An Idea,” as our lead editorial argues this week. Nation web producer Francis Reynolds was in Liberty Square Thursday morning and captured stunning footage of the mass demonstrations and the arrests. And Nation OWS live-blogger Greg Mitchell has a roundup of all of Thursday’s dramatic developments, here.
Though New York City, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has dominated headlines, last month The Nation reported on nine cities in which the Occupy Wall Street movement had really taken hold. As the weeks have worn on, many cities have faced a crackdown from local police as well as dropping temperatures. Nevertheless, the occupations in these cities, from Los Angeles to Boston, are now only more entrenched and are coming up with ingenious solutions to remain a powerful force on the national political scene. Be sure to take a look at our updated slideshow, available here.
And catch Nation editor Richard Kim on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, tonight at 8 pm ET for a comprehensive update on what happened on Thursday and where the Occupy movement goes from here.
BILL MOYERS ON HOW WALL STREET OCCUPIED AMERICA. “Let’s name this for what it is: hypocrisy made worse, the further perversion of democracy,” writes Bill Moyers of our current political climate, in a powerful essay adapted from a speech he gave in October that appeared in our November 21 issue. “Our politicians are little more than money launderers in the trafficking of power and policy,” he goes on. Moyers’ critique powerfully sketches the path by which Wall Street occupied America and in turn ignited “flesh-and-blood human beings fight to rekindle what Arlo Guthrie calls ‘The Patriot’s Dream.’ ” Forbes.com staff writer Robert Lenzer is right: “More Moyers Please!” Be sure to read Moyers’s powerful piece, available here.