Wednesday, December 07, 2011

#Occupy Meets December Challenges

The #Occupy Albany encampment after it was cleaned up earlier this week. My radio story here.

In Occupy Cyberspace, blogger Aldon Hynes offers his unique brand of cyberian insights into #Occupy Hartford (Occupy Hartford was notified by police Tuesday to disband its two-month-old encampment amid safety concerns after reports of drug use and a sexual assault at the site.)[+] In Hartford as in Albany (and in other cities), it's hard to say what happens next.

WNYT ::: "Leaders of Occupy Albany arrived at City Hall this morning to meet with city attorneys, finding out that changes they made to their tent city did take care of code violations cited by fire officials."

Today the Green Party Slammed NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo's Tax Cut For The Rich ::: "Wall Street got us into this mess, and they've proven that they can't be trusted to get us out. It's time for new solutions. Occupy Wall St. has begun to show us what a grassroots, democratically run society could look like - one that doesn't include the exploitation of capitalism or politics dominated by the elite. It's time to seize the "too big to fail" banks and turn them into a public good - a public utility - by transforming them into state and community, cooperatively-owned banks that can help finance our economic recovery and growth from the bottom up, instead of demanding austerity and tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Wall St. and the financial industry wouldn't be able to openly bribe officials with campaign contributions anymore. It would be a win-win for New York's economy and politics. It's abundantly clear, however, that Cuomo and the Legislature will never change - it's time for us to Occupy New York State politics, and the Green Party is here to do just that..." ~ state party co-chair Peter LaVenia

The Green Party also called for seizing the assets of the "too big to fail" banks, breaking them up, and turning them into state and community owned banks oriented towards developing the economy for the public good. With the current "winds of Occupy" blowing across the land, the Greens could possibly add to their list of supporters - maybe via social media? The tactic has proven successful in other countries.

On the US West Coast, Police raided the #Occupy SF camp early today, arresting 70 campers and protesters at Justin Herman Plaza and clearing out the 2-month-old encampment.

Anti-Wall Street protesters, seeking a new focus as cities across the country shut down two-month old Occupy encampments, launched a new wave of activism on Tuesday by rallying around homeowners as they try to resist evictions from foreclosed homes... Read More

Half a world away, Libyans took to the streets of the capital Tripoli today, to demonstrate against carrying weapons. They gathered at the famous Martyr's Square, formerly known as Green Square. Many Twitter users were on hand to provide live coverage of the event dubbed #OccupyTripoli. Amira Al Hussaini reports.

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