A brief look at three of the ideologists pushing reformist ideas within the Occupy movement
Among the ideologists peddling the idea that capitalism can be reformed into a nice kind capitalism (rather like trying to persuade piranhas to be vegetarian) both inside and outside the Occupy movement perhaps three names stand out. Their influence can be seen in both the USA and Britain, with an article by Rifkin appearing in the September 2012 issue of Occupied Times of London.
This article from August 10th, 2012 is an important rebuttal to accounts of the Longview struggle proffered by union bureaucrats and their champions. Jack Heyman is a retired Oakland longshoreman who participated in many of the Bay Area solidarity actions described in this article.
Labor historian, Cal Winslow, imparts his “wisdom” from above in his CounterPunch article (7/25/12), “Victory in Longview, A Year On: And Some Lessons From Occupy, ”.
Between the Leninists and the Clowns: Avoiding recklessness and professionalism in revolutionary struggle
A piece by a member of Black Orchid Collective looking at recent movements in Seattle and advocating their conception of cadre organization.
This piece reflects on the current strengths and weaknesses of the revolutionary networks that have emerged out of the Decolonize/ Occupy movement in Seattle. In particular, I critique some of the problems that arise because of lack of organization, and suggest ways we can address these without falling into top-down, authoritarian models of organization building.
An article on the west coast Occupy port shutdowns and the IWW's model of 'solidarity unionism'.
On November 2, 2011 Occupy Oakland successfully shut down the ports in Oakland along with the approval and aid of the union, ILWU Local 10, which has a contract with the port’s legal owners. This event was a tremendous leap in consciousness and something the U.S. working class has not done nor attempted in decades.
Juan Pablo Torroija was detained in the city of Girona. A few hours later he ended up in hospital. He was beaten and carried marks of strangulation. The police says he hanged himself in his cell. But evidence raises doubts about this version of the facts.
The following is a translation. The original article can be found here: http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/sociedad/3-199966-2012-07-31.html
After being left derelict and neglected for 6 years, during which the only intervention by the local authorities has been the building of a wall around the old changing rooms which turned them into a dangerous sewer, Pisa’s sports centre Polisportiva della Fontina has come back to life, and being put to use by hundreds of people of all ages who want a space to hang out and practice sports freely.
The centre has been revamped thanks to the work and donations of hundreds of local volunteers coming from all backgrounds: it’s been a month and a half of hard work, of weeding and clearing up, cutting down plants that had spread to the pavements, cleaning and renovating.
Rodrigo Nunes looks at the social movements of 2011 and their implications for organising, rejecting the opposite conceptions of the vanguardist party and the loose virtual network.
2011 was an exceptional year, one which could – hopefully – come to be remembered in the same breath as 1968 and 1848. That being so will depend on whether the coming years will fulfil its promise, making it appear retrospectively as the start of something. Understanding the nature of that promise, and the means by which it can be fulfilled, therefore, are part and parcel of making that happen.
Evicted families have squatted a building in Seville. They are resisting despite having the water and electricity cut off.
“[i]Twenty families in urgent need of housing, organised through the 15M movement, have squatted an empty building in Avenida de Juventudes Musicales, (the Avenue of Musical Youth!) to make homes for themselves there under the name of Patio of Neighbours “La Utopia” and to “make visible the terrible housing problem that so many people suffer”.
An account of some misogynist dynamics within the Occupy movement and the need to challenge them.
Back in the days of our encampment, I remember reading and hearing discussion about Occupy's "asshole problem."