Category: Essays & Letters

A War on Homelessness, or a War on the Homeless?

by Nick Cooper On March 2, Hank Rush, the CEO of Houston’s Star of Hope Mission—who makes a quarter-million dollar salary for his work with the poor—joined several other homeless service leaders in signing a commentary in the Houston Chronicle. They gave their support to a new law that would impose a $2,000 fine on unpaid volunteers for sharing…

The Existentialist Politics Behind “The Cancer in Occupy”

by Robert McKay What did Chris Hedges think of mass movements before he became involved in the tactical controversies within Occupy Wall Street? Way back in 2010, Hedges’ book “Death of the Liberal Class” defined his take on the deteriorating political and economic situation of the turn of the 21st century. I picked the book up…

An Epic Choice on May 1

This article is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published on Hella Occupy Oakland. by DB Scott Spring has sprung and along with the chirping of baby birds, daffodils and the air of love, this spring has the serious potential to leave last fall looking as threatening as a breast cancer march. Planned…

OP Session for Long-Term Jobless Pushes WPA

by Barbara G. Ellis Occupy Portland’s Labor Solidarity committee’s first effort at helping the area’s long-term unemployed restart the Great Depression’s public-works program didn’t pack SEIU/503’s ballroom on a sunny Sunday afternoon (April 15). But participants from East County/Clackamas County received significant advice and materials from area experts on two successful routes to launch a…

Livestream and the Raised, Blue-Gloved Fist

by Jess E. Hadden I’m revising this draft, over a cup of coffee, from roughly umpteen-thousand feet in the air, as I return to my beloved city in Cascadia. For the first time in a long time, I boarded an airplane without first being fondled by blue-gloved agents of security theater. Earlier, as I awaited…

The Pot Calls the Kettle Black

by Vargus Pike Once again in America the pot is calling the kettle black. In a grandstand maneuver, our illustrious president stands tall with Elie Wiesel at the national Holocaust museum to speak out against the governments of Syria and Iran and the way they control their citizens’ internet and phone access. Meanwhile, the NSA…

Radical/Anti-Capitalist Caucus Rejects Legitimacy of Elections

by the Radical Anti-Capitalist Caucus With state primaries on the horizon, the Radical/Anti-Capitalist Caucus of Occupy Portland rejects the legitimacy of this year’s elections. We believe city problems are inadequately addressed by local elected officials. These problems can only be addressed by a politics of popular liberation and direct community empowerment. Regardless of who wins…

An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Photo by Michael Horan via Flickr

This story is from the Occupied News Wire.  It originally appeared at the Boston Occupier. In early March, Boston Occupier staffer D.J. Buschini sat down with Noam Chomsky, M.I.T. linguistics professor and acclaimed intellectual. The full text and video of this exclusive will be published shortly on bostonoccupier.com DJ Buschini: A good deal of committed…