Category: Essays & Letters

An Open Letter to the Reformists Within Occupy Portland

David “Däv” O’Bryant “The notion of “policy” presumes a state or governing apparatus which imposes its will on others. ‘Policy’ is the negation of politics; policy is by definition something concocted by some form of elite, which presumes it knows better than others how their affairs are to be conducted. By participating in policy debates,…

M1: Progress Brewing, Police Brutality Growing Stale

This story is part of our feature about the many protest events on May 1, 2012. Visit the feature page to see more. by Rochelle The day began new–new blood infused into the Occupy Movement in the form of student protests outside of Portland Public School headquarters to highlight the financial inequities compromising youth education.…

M1: Fire a Cop, Hire Two Teachers

This story is part of our feature about the many protest events on May 1, 2012. Visit the feature page to see more. by Nick Caleb Dear Occupy Portland, local activist community, and broader Portland, On May Day, we witnessed the lengths to which the Portland Police Bureau, and by extension the City of Portland…

M1: A Letter Regarding the May Day March

This story is part of our feature about the many protest events on May 1, 2012. Visit the feature page to see more. by Victory Woodhull Hello there, My name is Victory and I participated in the unpermitted march on May Day. I wanted to offer a critical perspective on the effectiveness of the day…

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…