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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via OccupyTVNY
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Activist Mark Reed of the alter-globalization movement teamed up with fellow Occupiers, including a nearby resident, to pull off this historic spectacle of positive slogans and street chants.

The Verizon Building was previously projection bombed in 2008 in protest of the company’s unconstitutional practice of warrantless wiretapping.

Verizon is the 16th largest company in the U.S. with $2.5 billion in profits last year, yet it continues to threaten its workers with pension and benefit cuts.

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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?

Stimulator’s fuckin site

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Three Views on Demands

“The Party of Wall Street knows all too well that when profound political and economic questions are transformed into cultural issues they become unanswerable.” -David Harvey

“But I think that this openness is precisely what is great about these protests. It means that precisely a certain vacuum opened the fundamental dissatisfactions in the system. The vacuum simply means open space for thinking, for new freedom, and so on. Let’s not fill in this vacuum too quickly.” -Slavoj Zizek (unedited transcript)

“While it’s definitely a good idea to charge the capitalists, taxing the rich as the maximum program sets us up for social development by the state. The occupation movement gives us the potential to independently develop the class.” -Asad Haider and Salar Mohandesi

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Day 47: Poll

Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Occupy Wall Street Radio: 11.03.11

  • the Oakland General Strike
  • The People vs. Goldman Sachs with Chris Hedges, Cornel West
  • the mainstream media
  • protesters reject plea bargain
  • CRASS zine
  • upcoming events


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Behind the News: 10.28.11

update: just posted an essay by Alex Vitale titled Rule of Law vs. the Forces of Order

• sociologist Alex Vitale on cops and protest

• journalist Sarah Jaffe on OWS

Vitale offers a valuable overview of different policing tactics from 1960s-present.


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Police Infiltrators and Provocateurs in the Occupy Movement

via American Leftist

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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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