Archive for 2011

Chicago Occupier: “Not the first time kids have stood up for other people’s rights.”

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Occupy Chicago guards first aid tent. The day after she got out of jail, Martese Chism gave an interview to Mike Malloy on his nightly radio talk show.1 On Saturday, October 22nd, Chism, and her fellow registered nurse, Jan Rodolfo, were manning the first aid tent at Occupy Chicago in Grant Park, when police came […]


Obama Backs Protesters’ Rights — in Egypt

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Tahrir Square, Cairo, 2011-02-08 (monasosh) Between the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt, and its successor Occupy uprising in America, President Obama has had different reactions.1 On January 28th, right after police cracked-down on Egyptian protesters to clear Tahrir Square in Cairo, President Obama made strong remarks:2 3As the situation continues to unfold, our first concern […]


Welcome to the Plutonomy Backlash

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Occupy Cleveland – circa 2011-10-21 “Welcome to the Plutonomy Machine,” began a 2005 report by three Citigroup analysts to their investor clients.1 The report called the United States a “plutonomy” — an “economy powered by the wealthy,” where “there is no such animal as ‘the U.S. Consumer’ …” There are rich consumers, few in number, […]


Like WPA Before, Recovery Act to Leave Lasting Public Good

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Moynihan Station (Moynihan Station Dev. Corp.) From the start, people have likened the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as “the stimulus”, to the New Deal’s famous public works program, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) started in 1935.1 2 3 Over its eight years, the WPA hired eight million people to work […]


Where are all the bad teachers?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Teachers called to stand and be fired. Providence Journal / Connie Grosh Political winds seem to be blowing against U.S. teachers. Republican state governments accuse teachers of having lavish benefits, and pass laws to tear-up their contracts and destroy their unions.1 A public school district superintendent refuses to bargain, fires the entire teaching staff, and […]