Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges was in Zuccotti Park—the plaza in lower Manhattan known to Occupy Wall Street as “Liberty Square”—during the movement’s one-year anniversary. The genie of protest it let loose can’t be returned to the bottle of society’s margins, he told RT America.
Observers say Occupy is dead, but the multimillion-dollar conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is organizing a demonstration against the movement in New York City on Thursday “to stand up to Occupy Wall Street extremists.”
The one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street produced a lot of mainstream media stories that assured you Occupy was only a bunch of tents that came down last year. Don’t buy it. A year is nothing and the mainstream media is oblivious to where power lies and how change works.
In his article “The Cancer in Occupy” posted on Truthdig in February, Chris Hedges criticized Black Bloc activists, saying their use of violence in the streets would alienate the Occupy movement from mainstream Americans and legitimize the use of police violence in the eyes of the public. Black Bloc supporter Brian Traven debated him in New York City last week.
Twitter has bowed to threats of substantial fines and released messages sent by Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris relating to the arrest of roughly 700 people at a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011.
The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street promises to be a day of celebration, general protest and direct action one year after the cry for representation for the 99 percent first rang out in the streets of New York City’s financial district.
Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges stopped by “Democracy Now!” to talk about the Chicago public school teachers’ strike, “arguably one of the most important labor actions in probably decades,” which “illustrates the bankruptcy of both traditional labor and the Democratic Party.”
New York City officials are blaming Brookfield Properties, the owner of the park where Occupy Wall Street activists were camped for nearly two months, for thousands of dollars of damage done to books, computers and other property destroyed during the eviction of protesters.
Think tanks such as the Cato Institute and the Tax Foundation like to cherry-pick tax data to claim that the rich pay more than their fair share. But a broad look at taxation shows it’s not true, a writer at The Economist says.
Long before Occupy Wall Street took form, and long before the corporate media caught on, two of our top columnists at Truthdig foresaw the economic calamity that still grips our country. Chris Hedges devoted his time and energy warning Americans about the disastrous symbiosis between big business and our government, both in his columns and in the streets. Meanwhile, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer covered the buildup to the meltdown for over a decade, naming names and taking no prisoners in his latest book, in his own columns and in his zinger of an acceptance speech at the 2010 Webby Awards -- held, as it happened, in the heart of Wall Street.