Category OWS

The Dead Zone–parsing out the past year

This is (per WordPress math) my 400th blog posting. I started my blog in 2012 when the memes of Occupy Wall Street were not getting traction in Main Stream media. I also was working on touring a number of my plays–I was writing about protest and revolution and income inequality. Lots of gigs, very little money. […]

The fight for $15–bring on the briar-hoppers

How the people of my father’s social network looked on the UAW membership in Ohio–the briar-hoppers. This is a post about the fight for a $15 an hour wage for people working in Fast Food. Apologies for taking a long detour to get there.  My dad was a snob. You do not need to get me […]

FBI and Political Assassination–the Occupy Houston story

  A federal judge has blocked an attempt by researchers to learn the name (or names) of individuals in Houston who had planned to assassinate members of Occupy Houston to prevent a shutdown of the Houston port. The lawsuit was brought by a researcher who had learned of the plot through a previous FBI FOIA […]

Support the Flood 12–Update

from the people organizing the petition: Jan 31, 2015 — Due to a shortage of judges in Manhattan next week, the trial has been postponed. It’s now tentatively scheduled for March 2nd, which means we have a month longer to collect signatures on this petition! Additionally, one of the defendants had to drop out and take […]

Cheap gas and economic collapse

  I was hoping to keep this short when I started writing it back in early December, but (to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson), “things are in the saddle and ride mankind.”  Oil prices have fallen off a cliff in recent weeks, declining some 45%. It has been a good time for motorists–and for the peak […]

The Ferguson case falls apart

I’m not going to post much about this on my own. Long story short, somebody started poking around the ‘evidence’ introduced in the Ferguson grand jury testimony, especially after more of the transcripts were released on December 8. They focused on the testimony of ‘Witness 40’, who corroborated everything Darren Wilson said in his own […]

Anti-fracking activists bust my cynicism

Okay, I’m a lazy cynical b*stard. When I became aware of the fight against Fracking in New York, I thought it would be a foregone conclusion that activists would lose. Noises to the contrary notwithstanding, when the big players started talking about fracking as the first part in a chain of fossil fuel initiatives that would end […]

Harmonicas for Peace revived?

I’ve been forgetting things lately. It isn’t quite this bad, but it’s pretty close. If you’re like me and spending increasing amounts of your day looking for your house keys, It’s hard to recall more important (or less mundane things) that you’ve done with your life, even when they seemed important at the time. And the […]

The Eric Garner march in Staten Island

So back in August, I became part of the Staten Island protest march to mark the murder of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD and call for justice. I had posted an article about the march and the still-simmering problems in Ferguson on Planet POV, a new blogsite for progressive types about political […]

The Monday after the People’s Climate March

On Sunday I reposted Peter Sinclair’s ‘Tipping Point‘ article about the hundreds of thousands who took to the street to protest against government inaction on climate change. Today’s post is not a post about passing the climate tipping point as suggested by Guy McPherson. Instead, it’s a public tipping point. I’m suggesting you read another […]