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WeAreChange.org: non-camping, Occupy-like movement in Europe ramps up to 100 cities, in over 2 months. Lawrence Lessig, take note!

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WeAreChange.org is the best thing to come out of the 911 movement, IMO, and they've continued their fearless (and occasionally foolish, IMO) work as 911 fades from our collective memory. Luke Rudkowski founded We Are Change, and I first became aware of this new movement about 2 days ago, as he was interviewed by Max Keiser on RT television. Read below the fold...

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Happy November V: Loving the #MillionMaskMarch

Awesome watching the sidebar today. Here's a few tweet pix picked out:

London (of course!)

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Russell Brand vs. Jeremy Paxman: the full transcript

Russell Brand: Well, I don’t think it’s working very well, Jeremy, given that the planet is being destroyed, given that there is economic disparity of a huge degree. What are you saying, there’s no alternative? There’s no alternative? Just this system?

I see Lambert has already posted the viral youtube as well as a post on Brand's essay in this week's Revolution Issue of The New Statesman. The youtube with my transcript (there are other transcripts out there, with differences) below the fold. Couldn't resist. I love it. Read below the fold...

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Good luck, Felix - Michigan TreeStand happening now to block tar sands pipeline

Watching the #OWS tweet sidebar:

Felix is in a tree. Getting ultimatums from police and Enbridge Energy. Good luck, Felix.

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Utopian colonies and the deep roots of Occupy

Last year I worked on a series of posts1 with a loose collection of bloggers, mostly from Corrente. The general theme was arguing against the "diversity of tactics" approach being introduced at numerous Occupy encampments, Occupy Oakland in particular. During this process one of our co-authors - jaspergregory - referenced "The Dark Side of the Left: Illiberal Egalitarianism in America" by Richard J. Ellis as providing a good examination of authoritarian impulses among progressives since roughly the 1830s. Read below the fold...

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Our Money Isn't Fake, It's Fiat!

A report on protests at the Tampa convention appearing in the Hill (h/t Lambertstrether) partly focused on views about our economy and financial system of an Occupy protestor named Andrew Speirs. The report says:

“Protesters with the Occupy movement were also in full force with calls to dismantle the United States’ economic and political system.

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How disorganization is damaging Occupy

UPDATE: Two of the links in this post have been criticized for being misleading. I have changed them in order to clear up any confusion, and moved one of the original links to later in the piece for context. None of the text has been altered. Thanks to commenter anons for the feedback.

This was published with considerable feedback from affinis, Jasper, JuliaWilliams and lambert. My sincere thanks to them for their help.

A few weeks ago Occupy Oakland (OO) began to emphasize secrecy (or security culture) over transparency, which resulted in livestreamers being attacked as snitches or quasi-authorities. In addition, large group of transparency advocates have been ostracized as racists with little or no due process. Read below the fold...

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Provocateur tactics and the subversion of Occupy

This was published with considerable feedback from affinis and lambert. My sincere thanks to both of them for their help. Read below the fold...

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Occupy's information ecology

This is a generalization of the suggestions made in email, which were two-fold:

1. Past and inappropriate cargo cult 60s figures

2. Informers and agent provocateurs

That got me thinking about information flows in general and so I started listing them. This is important, I would think, if you want to think about either coverage or public relations.

3. Occupy sites eg minutes (inventory of sites at FDL but how know complete?)

4. Occupy deliverables eg announcements, videos.

5. Independent streamers

6. Mainstream media very, very light, slow, and not especially accurate. (a) print (b) television. Local weeklies and tabs often very good at OWS.

7. Twitter. Curation. Lack of archiving. Authenticiation. Internet triumphalism.

8. Facebook Read below the fold...

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Request: provocateur/infiltrator links

Working title: Provocateur tactics and the subversion of Occupy

This was published with considerable feedback from affinis and lambert. My sincere thanks to both of them for their help. Read below the fold...

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Opacity and creeping exclusion at Occupy

This was published with considerable feedback from several bloggers at Corrente: DCblogger, affinis, lambert and okanogen. My sincere thanks to all of them for their help.

Occupy has seemed to be in a bit of a winter hibernation. There are still encampments, meetings, decisions, protests, and so on, but it seems like there has been a relative lull in its activity level. This is fine; you can't stay cranked all the way up to 10 all the time. A little pause to regroup, rethink and recharge is a good thing. There is a chance that the some occupations that emerge might have a very different character than the one that began to recede from public consciousness towards the end of last year, though. Read below the fold...

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Notes From Occupy Listening

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Yesterday at the 99% Knowledge Share in Oakland I tried something new, Occupy Listening. I asked people their thoughts on the Occupy movement and took notes. The notes are here and pasted below. People had so much to say! I plan to do this many more times.

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Person 1. Top priorities: Economic Justice -Occupy not focused enough; too many groups becoming multi-issued to the point of losing economic focus Read below the fold...

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Opacity and creeping exclusion at Occupy

Occupy has seemed to be in a bit of a winter hibernation. There are still encampments, meetings, decisions, protests, and so on, but it seems like there has been a relative lull in its activity level. This is fine; you can't stay cranked all the way up to 10 all the time. A little pause to regroup, rethink and recharge is a good thing. There is a chance that the some occupations that emerge might have a very different character than the one that began to recede from public consciousness towards the end of last year, though. Read below the fold...

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99% Knowledge Share

This is a free and public event. Every one is encouraged to attend, whether you are a veteran activist or new to the Occupy movement.

There will be workshops, discussion groups, info tables, and film screening. We will talk about the Occupy movement, the social issues it addresses, and various solutions to those issues.

When: 1-5pm, March 3rd, 2012
Where: Alameda County Public Health Building, Rooms 500 A & B, 1000 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Here's a preview of some workshops:
- Intro to the Occupy movement: Group discussion on frequently asked questions and responses about Occupy
- Media Training
- Facilitation and General Assembly Skills Training
- Healthcare justice / Universal healthcare
- Corporate control of the food system
- Factory farming
- Berkeley Activism History Read below the fold...

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Concerning violence advocates and nailing jello to walls

This was published with considerable feedback from several bloggers: DCblogger, affinis, lambert and okanogen. My sincere thanks to all of them for their help. Note: this post was updated shortly after publication.

When writing about violence at Occupy there seems to be a great deal of controversy over what the word itself means, so I'll lead this post with what I hope is an unobjectionable definition. Since it comes from Google (via) it may well be the most-read definition of violence in the English speaking world: Read below the fold...

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