One year ago a small group of predominantly Anarchists sparked a horizontally organized movement to level the playing field in the game of Corporations -vs- The People of the United States. Today we celebrated our success and contemplated our future. We licked old wounds and created new ones. We turned a critical eye to the process that has guided us and acknowledged it's short comings so that our second year of existence will be one of effectiveness even if it means dropping the verb. To Occupy.
Green Party candidate for President, Jill Stein took a few minutes away from the throng of reporters hounding her to give me this exclusive interview from Bowling Green Park in lower Manhattan while Occupiers celebrated our 1 year birthday a short distance from "The Bull".
500 or more Occupy revelers march from Washington Square Park to their former home in Zucotti to kick off the Occupied Anniversary Party. 26 were arrested mostly through snatch and grab terrorist tactics. Those arrested had done nothing wrong, were walking peacefully on the sidewalk with their friends. Squads of terrorists pushed through the peaceful crowd to man handle and steal people.
Rebel Music at the Foley Square funtime happening pre OWS Anniversary Party Now underway.
This is an in intimate discussion with Lisa Fithian & Jason Ahmadi conducted Oct 31st 2011 over coffee, early in the morning. None of us had had much sleep in the previous 6 weeks. Get Lisa's insight on the history of violent and non violent protest. Also, a detailed analysis of the potential pitfalls of the Occupy Wall Street movement and how they can be avoided.
Lisa Fithian has been working for nonviolent social change since the mid 1970's. Over the years she has been a student, labor and community organizer on a broad range of issues. From environmental justice to student and worker rights, from peace and global justice to immigration and housing, Lisa continues to use a wide range of strategies and tactics and encouraged nonviolent direct action as one of the most effective strategies for change.
Lorenzo Serna stayed behind with the OWS camp as it was being stormed on Nov 15th. This is what he saw that no one else did. Some of this footage was not able to be live streamed at the time because of technical difficulties. this footage is the only known footage of this late point in the raid.
A couple days ago I was interviewed by CNN for a piece about the live streaming of Occupy Wall St. events and the development of GlobalRevolution.tv
the real interview wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2011/11/22/n_ows_media_hq.cnnmoney/
NYPD gave OWS a break fom occupying for the morning by occupying the park for them.
Lawrence Lessig addresses the Occupy DC encampment at McPhearson Square about the need to invite Tea Partiers into the movement and agree to agree on what we agree without getting bogged down in the details of our disagreements.
Ralph Nader, Kevin Zeese and other address the crowds.
2 groups have occupied separate areas of Washington DC. One planned for months permitted until this evening. the other sprang up Oct 1st in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.