Update 7 (12/22/11): 65 Occupy sites planning to maintain encampments through the winter.
Update 6 (12/6/11): We All Occupy
Update 5 (11/26/11): Democracy Now!
Occupy Everywhere: Michael Moore, Naomi Klein on Next Steps for the Movement Against Corporate Power
Update 4 (11/22/11):
Insightful editorial in NY Times re the Occupy movement’s innovative resistance to being pigeonholed or easily contained, a characteristic it shares with socially engaged art:
Occupy Wall Street is best understood, I would suggest, as a new form of what could be called “political disobedience,” as opposed to civil disobedience, that fundamentally rejects the political and ideological landscape that we inherited from the Cold War. . .
Occupy Wall Street, which identifies itself as a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many … political persuasions,” is politically disobedient precisely in refusing to articulate policy demands or to embrace old ideologies. Those who incessantly want to impose demands on the movement may show good will and generosity, but fail to understand that the resistance movement is precisely about disobeying that kind of political maneuver. Similarly, those who want to push an ideology onto these new forms of political disobedience, like Slavoj Zizek or Raymond Lotta, are missing the point of the resistance.
Full story here.
Reuters: “Wall Street protests go global; riots in Rome” (w/video)
CNN: “Europeans join ‘Occupy Wall Street’ amid threat of banking crisis” (w/video)
“Mark your calendars: The corporate media died when it announced it was too sophisticated to understand simple declarative sentences. While the mainstream media expresses puzzlement and fear at these incomprehensible “protesters” with their oddly well-worded “signs,” the rest of us see our own concerns reflected back at us and understand perfectly. Turning off mindless programming might be the best thing that ever happens to this polity. Hey, occupiers: You’re the new news. And even better, by refusing to explain yourselves, you’re actually changing what’s reported as news. Because it takes a tremendous mental effort to refuse to see that the rich are getting richer in America while the rest of us are struggling. Maybe the days of explaining the patently obvious to the transparently compromised are finally behind us.”
UPDATE 3: Nov. 5, 2011
In the 3 and a half weeks that have passed since this post was first created, the OWS movement has grown from 900 cities (in its first month) to now well over 2,000. Occupy Together‘s Meetup page lists 2,515 communities in 2,355 cities worldwide as of today.
As corporate media works hard to spin it as violent, unsanitary, detrimental to small business, and vulnerable to seasonal change, it’s important to recognize the reality of the growing strength of the peaceful movement and the power of the people, and not forget what continues to increasingly bring us all together in resistance.