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Occupy Wall Street
Immigration Ban, Trump, Resistance

How To Build A Sustainable Trump Resistance

Resist Trump is a protest by spontaneous combustion trigged by tweets and Facebook posts. Too often, however, such uprisings lack staying power. We should know by now that without organizational infrastructure such wondrous uprisings are fragile at best.

February 25, 2017
Constitutional Crisis, GOP

Why We Could Be On The Verge Of A Constitutional Apocalypse

If Republicans achieve veto-proof control in 38 states, they can do something that has never been done before—hold a constitutional convention, and then ratify new amendments that are put forth. They could outlaw the New Deal and its social democratic programs. And if they get crazy enough, they could end separation of church and state and undo other portions of the Bill of Rights.

February 22, 2017
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Why Can’t Our Economy Promote Equality And Shared Prosperity?

You don’t have to be in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules.

August 28, 2016
Demonstrators protest against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, outside the Trump Tower building in midtown Manhattan in New York March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Who Are Our Rescuers? Us!

There’s no need to convince the American people that they’ve been stiffed. As they reveal in poll after poll, they know it, for they’re experiencing it personally, and they’re furious at the business-as-usual establishment that has done it to them.

March 24, 2016

America’s Natural Politics

My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only he didn’t know it. Didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s democratic ethos. My father was not philosophical, but he had a phrase that he used to express the gist of his political beliefs: “Everybody does better when everybody does better.” Before […]

September 17, 2014

Wall Street’s 1 Percent Meets 2 Billion Seeking Answers

Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — It’s all about location, location, location, as they say in real estate. Protests, too. There were more obvious places for Tokyo’s Occupy Wall Street protest to converge on Saturday than the nightlife district of Roppongi. It could have begun in Nihonbashi, home to the Tokyo Stock Exchange; Nagatacho, Japan’s Capitol Hill; […]

October 18, 2011

Republican Smear Campaign Calls ‘Anti-Semitism’ On Occupy Wall Street

There hasn’t been much reporting done on what would appear a small but noteworthy minority in the Occupy Wall Street movement that is strongly anti-Zionist. And this is enough for the hedge-fund bankrolled Republican front group Emergency Committee For Israel to run ads smearing the movement’s participants and organizers as anti-Semites: The ad is airing […]

October 18, 2011

Wall Street Protesters Energized By Park Decision

NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-Wall Street protesters began Saturday campaigns emboldened by a change of plans among park property owners and police to usher them out of their lower Manhattan encampment for cleanup and impose restrictions that would have essentially shut down their Occupy Wall Street headquarters. “We are going to piggy-back off the success […]

October 15, 2011

Bloomberg Caves On Threat To ‘Clean Up’ Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street protests based in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan successfully repelled a Friday morning attempt by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to dissolve the crowd — which has been camped out there since September 17 — under the guise of cleaning the park after Brookfield Properties, the private corporation that owns the […]

October 14, 2011

When Does An Occupation Become A Movement?

On Sept. 22, I was on my way to moderate a panel discussion in lower Manhattan, when I walked past a crowd of several hundred people gathered in Zuccotti Park. It looked more like a sit-in than a protest, but it had the feel of something bigger waiting to be born. Nobody was shouting or […]

October 13, 2011

Special Report: Who On The Right Is Trying To Co-Opt Occupy Wall Street?

This post is by Leonard Zeskind and Devin Burghart, from www.IREHR.org They have not cracked the Tea Party movement itself, but Occupy Wall Street in New York and its reiteration across the country have in short order broken the stranglehold that the Tea Parties have had on our national political discourse. In response, the leaders […]

October 12, 2011

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz: Occupy Wall Street More Mainstream Than GOP Presidential Candidates

Occupy Wall Street has been pilloried by the Republican presidential contenders as a radical movement of hippies out of touch with the working class. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited the Boston protests today and made a very different case: Ten hours and about four blocks from where over 100 Occupy Boston protesters […]

October 11, 2011

Joe Conason Discusses Poverty On ‘Morning Joe’

The National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason discussed poverty in the United States on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today. Joe joined Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Howard Dean, and the hosts to examine inequality, Occupy Wall Street, the economy, and the poor U.S. population. Watch the clip here: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news […]

October 11, 2011

Kanye West, Traitor To His Class

Have the Occupy Wall Street protests become such an unstoppable cultural force that Kanye West — the rapper and self-proclaimed “Louis Vuitton Don” whose recent top single included money-loving lines like, “They ain’t see me cause I pulled up in my other Benz / Last week I was in my other other Benz,” — is […]

October 10, 2011

It’s The Oligarchy, Stupid!

Herman Cain just doesn’t get it. His allegiance to the Horatio Alger myth makes him far too dismissive of real world problems facing recent college graduates. Cain demonstrated how out of touch he is when asked his opinion about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations now gripping New York and other cities around the country. Many […]

October 10, 2011

The Beginning Of Something Big…Maybe

Five dollars? Really? To use your own money? Wow. Bank of America’s decision to impose that fee for debit card use did not precipitate the Occupy Wall Street protests. But it does seem to embody much of what has driven thousands of people to the streets, first in the New York financial center and now […]

October 9, 2011

What Can Wall Street Protests Do Next? Debt Counseling

Here’s a new idea for “Occupy Wall Street,” as the demonstrations conclude their third week: the protesters and their allies should set up booths where people can get debt counseling, or help from a foreclosure lawyer (or any lawyer), or assistance in dealing with a health insurance company. It is increasingly clear that the wave […]

October 7, 2011

Attorney General Schneiderman Backs OWS, But Will It Help His Anti-Bank Push?

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a progressive champion for his aggressive posture toward the big banks at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis and the foreclosures still rippling through the economy, backed the Occupy Wall Street protests, obliquely, in a statement today: “These demonstrations are a stark reminder that many Americans have lost […]

October 7, 2011

Why Occupy Wall Street Should Scare Republicans

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — In Florida this week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked about the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” he said. Romney’s right. It may be dangerous — to his chances of being elected. Occupy Wall Street, now almost three weeks old, isn’t like the […]

October 7, 2011

The ‘Occupation’ Of Wall Street Spreads To Boston

In a square named after a Spanish-American war hero, crowds of middle-class youth stuck in economic despair listened to slogans about and speechifying on raising taxes on the wealthy and waved signs quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A stray person on the outskirts handed out the lyrics to socialist anthem “The Internationale,” more in the hope […]

October 6, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Spreads To Hundreds Of Events Around The Country

The Service Employees International Union, the fastest-growing and among the most powerful in the United States, made a splash when its local 1199 jumped on board the Occupy Wall Street protests Wednesday, and now it’s helping spread the movement nationwide. They claim “300 soldarity” events have sprang up around the country. From SEIU President Mary […]

October 6, 2011

Obama Sympathizes With Occupy Wall Street — Sort Of

A sign of the growing political potency and media taking notice of the Occupy Wall Street protests: Obama got back-to-back questions about it at his press conference just now. The protest “expresses frustrations the American people feel,” he said. “The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.” […]

October 6, 2011

Herman Cain Calls Occupy Wall Street Protesters Un-American

We know what Howard Dean and other prominent Democrats think about Occupy Wall Street, but what about Republican presidential hopefuls? Pizza magnate Herman Cain, who has recently been experiencing a surge in the polls, has a less-than-rosy view of the protesters who have been calling for greater economic justice since Sept. 17. Sitting down with […]

October 6, 2011

The Week Politics Changed

WASHINGTON — American politics reached a pivot point this week. A new story line will now define how voters and the media see what’s going on. Since Election Day in 2010, the prevailing narrative has been about a resurgent conservatism, a president on the defensive, big government under attack, the deficit as the dominant issue, […]

October 6, 2011

Howard Dean, Dems And Unions Back Occupy Wall Street

Unlike the Tea Party on the right, the Occupy Wall Street protests have thus far lacked any supporters in Congress. But with labor unions and the Working Families Party getting on board, that may be about to change — and with it, just maybe, their ability to shape the agenda on Capitol Hill. “I think […]

October 5, 2011