“The Ides of March” Warns Us of Our Broken Political System

“The Ides of March” Warns Us of Our Broken Political System

Occupy Wall Street activists everywhere agree: the system has become dysfunctional. The angst – or anger – among citizens reaches beyond economic collapse and the government’s inability to improve the situation. Frustration and puzzlement persist:...

Occupy Wall Street, 1979 Edition

Thirty-two years ago, the two of us and 1,043 other protesters were arrested for what one would now call “occupying” Wall Street. It was October 29, 1979, the 50th anniversary of the Wall Street crash that ushered in the Great Depression. We two were then...
Food System Pays Dearly as Wall Street Occupies Washington

Food System Pays Dearly as Wall Street Occupies Washington

Despite the Occupy Wall Street movement’s now month-long direct challenge to corporate and financial industry power, the machine keeps rolling along. The 1 percent recently racked up two more big victories. President Barack Obama signed three new free-trade...
Dispatch from Occupy Wall Street

Dispatch from Occupy Wall Street

Time to offer Heartfelt thanks; To those bold youth Who fight the banks. America needs a new phenomenon every once in a while. Now it has one: Occupy Wall Street. At first glance it doesn’t look like much. The mode of dress at Liberty Plaza (the patch of green...
Multitudes in the Streets

Multitudes in the Streets

Politicians face a spreading revolt against Wall Street, financial tycoons, banks in general and an insensitive government that ignores people’s needs. The latest poll shows a radical lack of confidence for those running the government A September 30 Gallup poll...
What I’ve Learned Occupying Wall Street and DC

What I’ve Learned Occupying Wall Street and DC

I was standing on a street one evening near my home in Washington, DC — it seems like ages ago now — with a chatty friend who travels often to New York. He mentioned that a few New Yorkers were planning an “occupation” of Wall Street. Not...
Occupy Wall Street’s Deep Roots

Occupy Wall Street’s Deep Roots

A journalist asked me the other day where the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy DC protests came from. This is the story I told him. These movements have deep roots. They were planted over the past century by the millions of workers who stood up to exploitation and won...
Report from Occupy Boston

Report from Occupy Boston

On the newly ratified “Indigenous People’s Day,” in place of “Columbus Day,” by the General Assembly, students from all over the city marched across Boston in solidarity with the wider movement. In just one weekend of organizing, more...

Wall Street (Unlike)

Tyrants are ruthless. They throw people in jail, execute them without trial, suppress the press. They can rule for decades. They can attempt to set up dynasties. But in the modern age, tyrants have a shelf life. We live in an age of activism, and tyrants are always...
Occupy DC: My Speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Occupy DC: My Speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, October 6, more than 2,000 people assembled at Freedom Square and marched to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We brought thousands of resumes of people looking for jobs. Many testified about their job searches. Here were my remarks: A coalition of Wall...

From Arab Spring to Wisconsin to Wall Street to October 12

Today, the occupation of Wall Street spreads to Washington, where it’s gaining momentum. These occupations are focusing the nation’s attention on confronting the giant corporations that have grabbed too much economic and political power after decades of...