There is a new kind of democracy at work in the Occupy Wall Street movement. It’s the kind that doesn’t involve asking for permission to exist from the political establishment. Instead many thousands of Americans have taken to the streets, often for the first time in their lives. They’ve risked arrest, been subject to harassment
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: DAN KAPLAN Executive Secretary of the San Mateo, California Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1493 I participated from early morning to late at night in the November 2 Day of Action in Oakland, which included marching with the AFT Local 1493 contingent to the Port of Oakland. I also was in
Portland, OR—The floodlights police set up in the streets surrounding Occupy Portland’s encampment just prior to last weekend’s eviction lent a slightly surreal air to the scene at Lownsdale and Chapman squares. Ordered by Mayor Sam Adams to vacate the parks by 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Occupy Portland’s response had been defiantly upbeat. The evening’s events
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: Carl Finamore A remarkable shift in mass public opinion is occurring right before our eyes. It does not happen often. Normally, only when there is a severe breakdown in public confidence about the future. Now is such a time. Millions are demanding clear explanations for the economic turmoil surrounding their lives and rejecting
As a relative unknown seeking the Republican presidential nomination, Herman Cain’s recent success in the polls has taken the field by surprise. It shouldn’t. Since entering the primary race, Cain had an advantage over other Republicans in that he just hadn’t had the time in the spotlight necessary to offend too many people too much.