MoveOn's "99% Spring Training" is an extremely questionable event series that has been discussed extensively, so I won't repeat what it purports to be or what others have said about it.
One of the problems with it is that MoveOn is being very opaque about the actual content of the 'trainings'. So I found the training documentation. You should be able to access all the documents here. Here's some of the "What the fuck! No one mentioned any of this" moments I had reading through it.
I'm not sure what's going on exactly but here's this:
A picture of the building and a bus on the scene
A leafleat (page 1)
This seems to be the only livestream on right now
It looks like there's a lot of people on the scene. Inside there seems to be a lot of activity refurbishing the place to establish medical, sleeping, and work spaces. So far the police seem to be few in number and just monitoring.
actually this livestream is up also
Public health concerns: an OLA eviction myth
This needs a better source, but
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and multiple news media outlets repeatedly alluded to the issue as a necessity for ousting the two-month long sit-in demonstration at City Hall. However, reports from the LA County Dept. of Health tell a different story, showing that minor issues were quickly dealt with by occupy organizers.
See the guy in the photo there, dangling an ax from his left hand? That’s Greece’s new “Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks” Makis Voridis captured back in the 1980s, when he led a fascist student group called “Student Alternative” at the University of Athens law school. It’s 1985, and Minister Voridis, dressed like some Kajagoogoo Nazi, is caught on camera patrolling the campus with his fellow fascists, hunting for suspected leftist students to bash.
Austerity & Fascism In Greece: The Real 1% Doctrine
from The Exiled, former paper of Matt Taibbi and in the same business of ruthlessly exposing the truth, no matter who it embarrasses (in fact, the more embarrassment, the better).
This article should be a good introduction to the events which will be starting in Greece in, oh, a few hours.
Reposted from a Comment. Not exactly what I would say if I was writing it from scratch again but the points are all there.
David Graeber was right in this interview when he and other veteran activists worried that the General Assembly might not work, since the model that had been used in the alterglobalization movement had been based on Spokescouncils, which are meetings of delegates of pre-existing organizations and affinity groups.
Anarchism assumes collective rather than "mass" organization. In a Spokescouncil form or organizing, the various groups/organizations/communities that are concerned about a shared problem or that have a shared goal all send delegates (Spokes) to a meeting (Spokescouncil) where the decisions of each group are reported to each other group; the delegates then report back, new decisions are made, and the Spokescouncil is held again, repeating until consensus is reached.
This is a Federation form of organization- each group is autonomous and may leave at any time. The federation as a whole only exists under specific, mutually agreed-upon, and clearly state principles (i.e. "the purpose of this group is to prevent a nuclear power plant from being built at this location" or "this group rejects violence and property destruction"). These principles form the basis of when Blocking is legitimate- if a proposal violates a principle, either the proposal should be blocked or the principles should be amended, either of which may mean a split in the organization.
The reason Occupy Oakland (and the Occupy movement as a whole) is so dysfunctional is that it's not using Consensus but rather some weird amalgamation of several different systems. If it was instead a federation of the various communities and organizations based on particular philosophies or strategies, then it would be easy to kick out anyone who doesn't adhere to the mutually agreed-upon principles (which, incidentally, haven't been written)- to kick someone out, you just stop working with them. What they do is their own business.
THIS BUILDING IS OURS! Chapel Hill Anarchists Occupy Downtown Building
In the midst of the first general strike to hit the US since 1946, a group of comrades occupied a vacant building in downtown Oakland, CA. Before being brutally evicted and attacked by cops, they taped up in the window a large banner declaring, “Occupy Everything…”
Last night, at about 8pm, a group of about 50 – 75 people occupied the 10,000 square foot Chrysler Building on the main street of downtown Chapel Hill. Notorious for having an owner who hates the city and has bad relations with the City Council, the giant building has sat empty for ten years. It is empty no longer.
yes, yes, some windows got smashed, like at every big protest; and yet we keep having this argument. Was it stupid? Yes. It made absolutely no strategic, operational, or tactical sense. Was it violence? That's going to take a little more explanation. Is that all that Anarchy is? Fuck no.
...they never say "anarchist facilitators helped run a General Assembly in Portland yesterday" or "anarchists practiced non-violent civil disobedience at Chase today" - but the moment someone damages a piece of glass, suddenly their long-term political vision becomes relevant again. David Graeber
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Props to IVAW for stepping up, please do your part to make this go viral!
Iraq veteran hurt at Occupy rally is Onalaska native
George Nygaard, quoted heavily here, is a long-time and principled Progressive activist.
When Walker started his reign, he appointed Mike Huebsch as the Secretary of Administration. Huebsch was the State Assemblyman from the 94th district, which is La Crosse County minus La Crosse (the city itself has Jen Schilling, who is challenging Dan Kapanke for State Senate in the first of the five recalls filed so far). Mike Huebsch is one of these scumbag pseudo-Libertarians who think God and The Free Market will solve every problem; but curiously see no problem with government subsidies of corporations (like $2 million to a yacht maker to 'create jobs' a few days ago), except those which go to green energy. Huebsch, as Secretary of Administration, is also the bastard who implemented the police state-ification of the Capitol building. Running for Huebsch's old seat are Steve Doyle, a respected long-time chairman of the La Crosse County Board (anyone want to donate a website?); and John Lautz, a no-name random teabagger who looks like Skeletor. Now that you're up to speed...
They must be removed immediately.
Government officials and media pundits are repeatedly saying Gaddafi is 'killing his own people,' but the rebel militia and civilians certainly do not consider themselves to belong to him. And why should it matter? Would it be more acceptable if he was killing people who lived a little farther away?