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What did the Occupy Movement Accomplish?

This summer we saw Occupy Movements springing up everywhere. They didn’t all seem to be on the same page, but they did all know something simply was not right. They railed against the 1% and touted the 99%, but what did they actually accomplish? This question is not meant to be rhetorical I want answers and if you’ve got one send it to me. When the Tea Party rose to prominence they were angry too, but they did get some of their members elected to the House and the Senate with a goal of changing things within. So that brings me back to the original question what did the Occupiers accomplish and do you think they squandered their 15 minutes? Tell me hat you think.

Newt Gringrich tells OWS protesters to “Get a Job, Get a Bath”


Yesterday Newt Gingrich appeared at the Iowa Thanksgiving Family Forum. This meeting gave the Republican challengers an opportunity to share their hearts with the people in the room. Many of them took the opportunity to detail their Christian walk and share the incidents in their lives that helped shape them. Thrice married Gingrich shared his journey, but he also took a shot at the OWS protesters. Gingrich said they need to “get a job, get a bath.” This crystalizes the disconnect. While he might not understand everything they want to achieve this attitude represents a real disrespect for the have nots. I am not saying I agree with all the OWS tactics or if I even understand everything they want, but I do respect their right to protest and I would never dismiss or minimize their concerns, but I guess when you are sitting at the Iowa Thanksgiving Family forum at a table replete with Thanksgiving decorations you do view the OWS protesters as just dirty, jobless nobodies.

It Feels Good to be a Banksta


PLEASE NOTE PROFANITY IS USED IN THIS VIDEO.
This parody has gone viral. Watch and tell me what you think. Hilarious or provacative?

Why Martin Luther King’s Support for Occupy Wall Street is Beside the Point

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Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate professor of political science and gender studies at USC and the author of Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (Palgrave)
Last week President Obama and the children of Martin Luther King contended that if he were alive today, Dr. King would have supported the Occupy Wall Street movement. His purported support is actually beside the point. I offer three key differences between Occupy Wall Street and the 20th century Civil Rights Movement as an open letter to the OWS leadership. In doing so I intend to build their movement up rather than to tear it down, presenting critical challenges as they move this country forward. OWS isn’t the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement had a specific legislative agenda tied to their activism and change rhetoric. Rather than simply stage sit-ins or marches, the Civil Rights Movement was deeply invested in crafting key pieces of legislation to end racial discrimination, broadly defined. The Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act were produced by an inside-outside CRM strategy that is often overlooked in popular histories. To what specific legislative agenda is Occupy Wall Street tied? Jobs — yes. But is it the American Jobs Act? Student Loan Reform. Yes. But which piece of legislation? Specifying a legislative agenda that can tangibly change the outcomes for the 99% is something that OWS must do for themselves in order to transform the United States. With the best of intentions labor unions and other groups will provide a legislative agenda for OWS unless they do it for themselves. This is the United States, not the Arab world. While young people in the Civil Rights Movement had a particularly strong affinity with movements occurring around the world, they also focused on changing the United States using the founding documents and political practices of the United States itself. Connections to the democratic spirit of the peaceful movements in Tunisia and Egypt are incredibly inspiring, bringing increasing numbers of people to what is becoming a global form of activism. The challenge facing both the leaders of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement now is how to engage in meaningful political change for the 99% they purport to represent. How do we connect jobs to health care reform to student loan reform to environmental justice policies? The Civil Rights Movement was able to politically isolate recalcitrant Dixiecrats by crafting a campaign that made their legislative agenda look like the sensible solution. Malcolm X and others to their left also contributed to its success. Beyond leading the occupation, hopefully the people’s leadership will not eschew electoral politics but develop a 50-state strategy to affect 2012 and 2016 that would outflank Dennis Kucinich on the left. In doing so they provide themselves with an effective opportunity to get meaningfully progressive change at the structural level. President Obama is only part of the solution. I am not the first to make this argument; others have made this argument regarding the now successful effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Ultimately executive orders and cabinet-level administrative policies work in conjunction with the laws of the land. Those laws are made by a Congress dominated by two parties that often leave the 99% on their own, losing the infrastructure and safety net they bought with their tax dollars. Such laws are interpreted by a judiciary that is made of up lifetime federally appointed jurists whose confirmations, while politically charged, have been far less contested by the left. When was the last time the left was able to derail a nomination to the Supreme Court? Twenty-four years ago. In exchange for our relative lack of attention to judicial nominations, progressives have gotten a court that contends:
Walmart is too big to answer for discrimination against women,
The 1% deserve to freely determine elections through financial free speech, and Recounts in contested elections needn’t proceed to their conclusion. The Civil Rights Movement used a sequential test case strategy in the courts; threatened political protests to influence presidential policies; and emphasized voting rights protections and the exercise of those rights to transform Congress. We focus our energy solely on the presidency at our peril. In responding to these challenges I hope that the Occupy Wall Street movement, will not simply fire up the 99% but also serve as conduits of a more inclusive, progressive legislative agenda to be implemented by a more diverse and progressive elected leadership that is committed to working among all generations to bring the United States into its full 21st century glory.

© 2011 Ange-Marie Hancock, author of Solidarity Politics for Millenials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics

Author Bio
Ange-Marie Hancock, author of Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics, joined the Department of Political Science at USC Dana and David Dornsife College in 2008 after five years as Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Yale University. Prior to graduate school at the University of North Carolina, Hancock worked for the National Basketball Association, where she conducted the preliminary research and wrote the original business plan for the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She has served as an international expert in American Politics for the U.S. Department of State and during the 2008 presidential election. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Forbes, on National Public Radio, KNBC, and she regularly supports USC’s Annenberg TV News by serving as an expert. She currently serves as the associate director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) in the Dornsife College and as one of the inaugural Dornsife College Faculty Fellows. For more information please visit http://www.ange-mariehancock.com, and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter

What does the Occupy the Hood group want?

We’ve all heard of Occupy Wall Street they were the first group to start the sit in/sleep in on Wall Street. Now we are seeing offshoot groups like Occupy the Hood. There is a real disconnect with what this group wants and direction of the country. They want more and the government is looking to give people less. So how can this be reconciled? That’s the $64,000 question and frankly no one has the answer. So how long will these groups peacefully occupy the space? Tell me what you think.

Occupy Atlanta Refuses to let Rep. John Lewis Speak, SMH


Occupy Atlanta seems like quite a curious group. In “Utopia” you can conduct business this way, but in the “real” world you might want to let someone who could be a valuable ally speak. That is if you are seeking allies, and at this point the only thing we really know about the occupiers is they are angry. Rep. John Lewis is more than familar with marches having been a disciple of Dr. King, but the crowd had an agenda, and they simply did not want to stray from it for anyone or anything.