It’s the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine: 12.09.11

1. Pepper pig
2. UK Gang Truce
3. Puckupy Vancouver
4. Toxic Poop Soup Stoppers
5. No Tar Sands Oil through BC
6. Egypt’s Pipeline Saboteurs
7. Canadian Resistance Court Wrap Ups
8. Many Chao
9. You are going to Jail, a security culture primer

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David Graeber: Major Direct Actions (1994-2003)

The following timeline appears in David Graeber – Direct Action: An Ethnography, AK Press (2009).

January 1, 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement goes into effect. Uprising by the EZLN (or Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, or Zapatistas) in Chiapas begins with a surprise military offensive that leads, briefly, to the seizure of Chiapas’ capital, San Christobal de las Casas.  The Zapatistas, however, quickly transform from an offensive force to a defensive one, creating a series of self-governing autonomous communities, seeking international allies, and promulgating a politics of direct action, democratic experimentation, and a new approach to revolution that converges with the anarchist tradition in its refusal of traditional attempts to transform through the seizure of state power.

August, 1997 Second Zapatista “International Encuentro For Humanity and Against Neoliberalism” in Spain ends with a call to create an international network, that ultimately comes to be known (in English) as Peoples’ Global Action. Aside from the Zapatistas themselves, the core of PGA, at first, consists of the Brazilian Landless Farmers’ Movement (MST), the Indian Karnataka State Farmers’ Association (KRRS, a mass-based Gandhian direct action movement), anarchist or anarchist-inspired groups including Ya Basta! in Italy and Reclaim the Streets in the UK, and various indigenous and agrarian movements and radical labor unions.
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OWS, Month 3

The accelerating Occupy Movement is freely developing of its own momentum. Not only have occupations proliferated around the globe, but as the occupations gain mass they’re increasingly throwing off satellites.

One such satellite is The New School Free Press’s occupation of a building owned by Wells Fargo, an action which continues Occupy Wall Street’s novel focus on private institutions:

“As we are continually and violently pushed out of public spaces, the people of this city must find new spaces in which to foster dialogue, learn and engage politically. Private spaces must be liberated; the movement must expand. We students, educators and members of the broader public have come together to occupy this space, seeking to transform it into a place of public education, safe and open to all.

“Much of the repression of this movement has been conducted under the pretense of public health and safety. We, the occupiers, declare that our primary concern lies in the safety and well-being of this occupation and its participants. New School President David Van Zandt and the New School Administration have expressed concerns that we observe the building?s fire code. We share these concerns. Licensed fire guards are included among the occupiers and we will continue to take the necessary steps to prevent harm from coming to anyone.

“We reiterate that this occupation is not a New School action; this building actually belongs to Wells Fargo, whose role in the current economic crisis is well-known. We are occupying a building: and we, as occupiers, are not solely students ? we are workers, teachers, students, unemployed, under-employed, indebted and exploited. We are creating a common space that will eventually be open to all. In addition to the people?s university, the CUNY adjunct project, and the all-city student assembly, we are in the process of planning a series of open teach-ins and events. Schedule forthcoming.”

Viewpoint Magazine continued their excellent coverage of the movement this week with an article that examines and welcomes the shift toward deeper decentralization. Is there a limit to this reduction in scale?

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November 17th, 2011

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number –
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you –
Ye are many – they are few.

-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1819)

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It’s the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine: 11.09.11

1. No cops allowed in Occupy Vancouver
2. W.T.F.W.J.D.
3. Ninjas?
4. Bahrain battles SUVs
5. Justice, Syria style
6. #Jan25
7. Is this a revolution?

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Solidarity: Oakland General Strike

A Photo Essay:

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Occupy the Ghetto

You can either love or hate Jesse Jackson, but he long ago called for a Marshall Plan for America’s urban cities. It has been brought up by the President or any of the other democratic nominees for the presidency in the 2008 election. But this is not on the “occupation” agenda, but it would not only condemn Wall Street, but more appropriately, condemn the “occupiers” and their parents. As the Kerner Commission noted in 1968, “What white Americans have never fully understood — but what the Negro can never forget — is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.” Simply put, by not being enraged by the condition of the “hood”, the “occupiers” and their parents have implicitly condoned the conditions there. Of course, now that the unemployment rate affecting “Main Street” and not just King Drive, there is a certifiable crisis and something must be done about it.

Bryan K. Bullock

The Occupy Movement hasn’t formed a structural critique that could understand all crises as symptomatic of a common underlying problem.  This lack of deep analysis and historical contextualization is understandable, but it does leave the movement vulnerable to internal divisions, so the benefit of developing such a critique is considerable.
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It’s the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel Fine: 10.24.11

This week:

1. Worldwide Occupations
2. Romanarchists fight back
3. Storming Athens
4. Chile’s Paco Assault Unit
5. Support the G20 prisoners
6. The new code of the streets
7. Japan’s anti-nuke movement

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Against the Grain: Mon 10.31.11| Occupy and Strike

In 1946 workers struck across Oakland and closed the city down for three days. On November 2nd, a general strike and mass day of action have been called by Occupy Oakland to shut down the wealthiest one percent of the population. Labor historian Gifford Hartman discusses the 1946 — and 1934 — general strike, while movement scholars Cynthia Kaufman and Eddie Yuen explore the strengths, weaknesses, and future of the Occupy Wall Street protests.


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First New School General Assembly

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