Good Morning from Occupy Boston!
Stories of the Day: If you’re going to the NATO protest, please read this information from the ACLU: Protesting NATO: What to Know About the Secret Service and H.R. 347. Inequality isn’t only plaguing America—the Arab Spring flowered because international capitalism is broken. In From Cairo to Wall Street: Voices from the Global Spring, edited by Anya Schiffrin and Eamon Kircher-Allen, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz says the world is finally rising up and demanding a democracy where people, not dollars, matter—the best government that money can buy just isn’t good enough. … What the protests tell us is that there was outrage and that outrage gives hope. For more, see The 99 Percent Wakes Up. We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized. We are controlled by tiny corporate entities that have no loyalty to the nation and indeed in the language of traditional patriotism are traitors. They strip us of our resources, keep us politically passive and enrich themselves at our expense. … The colonized are denied job security. Incomes are reduced to subsistence level. The poor are plunged into desperation. Mass movements, such as labor unions, are dismantled. The school system is degraded so only the elites have access to a superior education. Laws are written to legalize corporate plunder and abuse, as well as criminalize dissent. And the ensuing fear and instability—keenly felt this past weekend by the more than 200,000 Americans who lost their unemployment benefits—ensure political passivity by diverting all personal energy toward survival. … A change of power does not require the election of a Mitt Romney or a Barack Obama or a Democratic majority in Congress, or an attempt to reform the system or electing progressive candidates, but rather a destruction of corporate domination of the political process. For more, see Colonized by Corporations. And: David Graeber likes to say that he had three goals for the year: promote his book, learn to drive, and launch a worldwide revolution. The first is going well, the second has proven challenging, and the third is looking up. Graeber is a 50-year-old anthropologist…He’s also an anarchist and radical organizer, a veteran of many of the major left-wing demonstrations of the past decade … This summer, Graeber was a key member of a small band of activists who quietly planned, then noisily carried out, the occupation of Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, providing the focal point for what has grown into an amorphous global movement known as Occupy Wall Street. For more, see David Graeber, the Anti-Leader of Occupy Wall Street. And here’s an article by David Graeber, who says: “Occupy is shedding its liberal accretions and rapidly turning into something with much deeper roots, creating alliances that promise to transform the very notion of revolutionary politics in America. … In endorsing a vision of universal equality, of the dissolution of national borders, and democratic self-governing communities, nurses, bus drivers, and construction workers at the heart of America’s greatest capitalist metropolis are signing on to the vision, if not the tactics, of revolutionary anarchism.” For more, see Occupy’s Liberation From Liberalism.
Other Occupies/Protests: Tents belonging to some of the most persistent Occupy protesters in North America will be removed Wednesday morning if demonstrators won’t leave a downtown park, the mayor of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, said Tuesday. Dennis O’Keefe has asked Occupy protesters in Harbourside Park to leave by midnight or city officials will dismantle their tents at around 8 a.m. “I don’t use the term ’evict’ because we’re not evicting them,” O’Keefe said, stressing that protesters can use the popular seaside meeting place during daylight and evening hours. “The only thing is, they can’t continue to live in the park — any more than I can.” For more, see Occupy Newfoundland Kicked Out. In more news from Canada: A court order had forced a Quebec college to reopen; as a result, some teachers and parents helped striking students form a picket line to keep other kids out; riot police then burst through to help enforce the court order; and, in the end, the school closed again because teachers weren’t prepared to teach. The height of Tuesday’s standoff at College Lionel-Groulx saw riot police use pepper spray and physical force to help 53 students return to class after winning a court injunction. For more, see Riot Cops Open School, Staff Shuts it Down. And in more school news: a 16-year-old Bronx boy was slapped with a disorderly conduct ticket inside his high school after trying to hand out flyers protesting the city’s plan to shut down the school. Malik Ayala, a sophomore at Lehman High School in Schuylerville, was summoned to the dean’s office last month after being ordered by school staffers to stop handing out copies of a letter he had written urging students to unite and stand up for the school. The Education Department is in the process of closing it. “What will happen if all the public schools get shut down?” Ayala, who is a member of the school’s Student Leadership Council, wrote in the flyers, which featured the Black Panther Party icon at the top, along with the words, “Power to the People …Then and Now.” … “They’re turning our schools into penitentiaries,” added Ayala, who said he has was issued a second ticket at a Bronx subway station April 18 while videotaping police officers conducting stop-and-frisks. For more, see Bronx Student Ticketed After Handing Out Flyers Protesting School Closure.
“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” Nelson Mandela