10.7 OWS Report: Resistance to 10 Years of U.S. War on Afghanistan

NYC Labor Against the War
10.7 Occupy Wall Street Report
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Resistance to 10 Years of U.S. War on Afghanistan



OWS NYC

OWS Live
http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

The Occupy Wall Street Press
http://www.paper.li/occupymanhattan/1317517749

Occupy Wall Street Media
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/610964639/occupy-wall-street-media

Occupy Wall Street protesters brutalised
New York police are asked who they are protecting, then proceed to beat, pepper spray, and arrest protestors.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/10/201110781816308874.html

Why the police aren’t on our side
In cities like New York, which is majority non-white with a police force that routinely beats, frames, and kills people of color, our allies are people who have been targeted by police, not the police themselves. The aim of any movement against economic inequality must take into account the role of racism plays in capitalism. To become more inclusive of communities struggling against oppression, where the police play a repressive role ever day, reaching out to the NYPD is exactly the wrong direction to go.
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/06/why-police-arent-on-our-side

Labor Throws Weight Behind Wall Street Occupation | Labor Notes
“We endorsed Occupy Wall Street because we agreed with 99 percent of what the protesters were saying,” said Marvin Holland, director of community action for the union, which represents 38,000 bus and train system workers. “They’re 100 percent right that banks caused this problem. We’ve had rank-and-file members of TWU Local 100 there since day one.”
http://labornotes.org/2011/10/labor-throws-weight-wall-street-occupation

Wall Street as Public Enemy Number One | Black Agenda Report
They are very young, very white, and largely inexperienced in organizing. But the Occupy Wall Street crew has picked the right target: finance capitalists, the class that is the common enemy of the human race. In that sense, “the Zuccotti Park campers are eons ahead of the faux radicals and ‘progressives’ who, in terror of the Tea Party and Republican presidential clown candidates, will soon return to the Obamite fold in their eternal search for lesser evils.” Obama was, and will remain, the candidate of Wall Street.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/wall-street-public-enemy-number-one

Roberto Lovato: Our Berlin Wall Is Breaking’: Taking on Wall Street’s Dictatorship
The history of the future will record how the Occupy Wall Street movement began informally after many of us stood by and watched as the great martyr of our times, Citizen Troy Davis, was denied his fundamental rights, was denied life itself; Historians will document how we watched and grew in anger as Corporate Citizens like the GEO group and other prison construction firms that profit from warehousing Davis and other Death Row inmates suck up all the rights of our citizenship — and none of the responsibility.
http://www.alternet.org/vision/152631/%27our_berlin_wall_is_breaking%27%3A_taking_on_wall_street%27s_dictatorship/

Confronting the Malefactors
When talking heads on, say, CNBC mock the protesters as unserious, remember how many serious people assured us that there was no housing bubble, that Alan Greenspan was an oracle and that budget deficits would send interest rates soaring.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/opinion/krugman-confronting-the-malefactors.html

RESISTANCE TO 10 YEARS OF U.S. WAR ON AFGHANISTAN

Attacks Rock U.S. Outposts Near Afghanistan-Pakistan Border
While the American soldiers organized and coordinated their part of the battle on the outpost here, the Afghan soldiers did not participate. Some simply sat and watched.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/world/asia/attacks-rock-us-outposts-near-afghanistan-pakistan-border.html?_r=2&hp

Malalai Joya: Message on the Tenth Anniversary of NATO’s War and the Occupation of Afghanistan
I would like to thank all supporters and anti-war movements around the world who are marking the dark day of occupation of U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/07-7

Occupy, anti-war activists band together – upiasia.com
Simmons, 88, and her friend Clare Sinclair, 91, have been protesting the Afghanistan war every weekend for the past 10 years, they said. “And we’re getting rather tired of it,” Simmons said. President Barack Obama Thursday acknowledged “broad-based frustration” that the Occupy protests represent. “Americans understand that not everybody has been following the rules,” he said. “These days a lot of folks that are doing the right thing aren’t rewarded, and a lot of folks who aren’t doing the right thing are rewarded.” “That’s nice,” Simmons told CBS. “I’ll wait until I see some action.”
http://www.upiasia.com/Top_News/US/2011/10/07/Occupy-anti-war-activists-band-together/UPI-51541317974400/

Ten years on, a new generation has learned to oppose war – CNN.com
Across the globe on every continent there were parallel demonstrations. It did not stop the war, any more than the earlier ones stopped the Afghan war. But now, after all the deaths, the prisons, the violations of human rights and the vast profits by armaments and security companies, can anyone say we were wrong?
http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/07/opinion/ten-years-on-a-new-generation-has-learned-to-oppose-war/

Protesters take anti-war message to White House
“Drones flying, children dying, stop the war now,” chanted the marchers as they streamed through the heart of Washington, carrying model drones and banners that demanded an immediate NATO pullout from Afghanistan.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h9N1reOzSmCJjMnE23JLm-WvUfNg?docId=CNG.8756e4686c67fa077cb0e4b81a81b8e4.2b1

Occupy LA demonstrators decry cost of Afghanistan war on 10th anniversary
‎Protesters spoke from the platform of a truck where labor leaders, Occupy L.A. demonstrators and others denounced the war. They said money should be going to jobs and schools, not bombs.
http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/10/07/29306/occupy-la-demonstrators-decry-cost-afghanistan-war/

On Afghanistan: A decade of war, a decade of resistance | rabble.ca
The last decade shows that small acts can lead to big movements, and that, even in times of defeat, we can emerge from our struggles stronger and better prepared to fight the next round.
http://www.rabble.ca/news/2011/10/afghanistan-decade-war-decade-resistance

BEYOND OWS: U.S.

Daily Kos: Occupy Wall Street: List and map of over 200 U.S. solidarity events and Facebook pages
Please, find one near you and sign up. Many of these events have already begun. Others are in the planning stage. In the unlikely even that there is no event near you, please start one.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/04/1022722/-Occupy-Wall-Street:-List-and-map-of-over-200-US-solidarity-events-and-Facebook%20pages?detail=hide

Occupy Together Meetups Everywhere
This is OCCUPY TOGETHER’s hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. See what’s going on in your community or get something started!
http://www.meetup.com/occupytogether/

U.S.: “Leaderless” Protest Movement Continues to Snowball – IPS ipsnews.net
There is a growing understanding that the capitalist system does not work the way it does in textbooks with individuals competing on equal ground – this is a system of monopoly capital and it has to come down.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=105368

Views: Why Occupy Colleges? – Inside Higher Ed
Given the Arab Spring and the unrest caused by the youth in these countries, is it surprising that America could be on the brink of a College Fall?
http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2011/10/07/essay_about_why_students_joined_the_occupy_wall_street_movement

Occupy Portland begins: 10,000 march for economic justice
Inspired by the Arab Spring, the aim of the demonstration is to begin a sustained occupation of Wall Street and the financial district of New York City.
http://www.examiner.com/progressive-in-portland/occupy-portland-begins-10-000-march-for-economic-justice

Occupy LA Protester Gets Eviction Reprieve
So why was she still taking part in the protests? “The fight is not just mine. This fight is all these people that are herein one way or another. They are being affected by what the banks are doing.”
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Protester-Gets-News-She-Wont-Be-Evicted-131300234.html

BEYOND OWS: INTERNATIONAL

CHILE: Chilean girls stage ‘occupation’ of their own school in education rights protest
For five months, girls demanding free university education for all have defied police to occupy their state school
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/07/chilean-girls-occupation-school-protest

BAHRAIN: Bahrain Shias mourn teen protester’s death
Thousands join funeral procession after 16-year-old boy is killed by bird shot during a demonstration on Thursday night.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/10/20111071362401501.html

EGYPT: A Call to All Egyptian Revolutionaries to Change the Mandate, to Socialize the Revolution
The Egyptian revolution has been a great show of a people’ s defiance against one man, Mubarak, however, it must turn into a class revolution. It must turn into a glorious socialist revolution. The same vile old hands are still at play ruling the country and this must change. If it’s not Mubarak, then it is his filthy associates, the ones who made billions from his corruption.
http://theactivists.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/a-call-to-all-egyptian-revolutionaries-to-change-the-mandate-to-socialize-the-revolution/

PALESTINE: Support Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike since 27 Sept. 2011
We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, currently on hunger strike, in protest against the humiliating and cruel treatment they are subjected to at the hands of the Israeli Prison Services.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/supportpalestinianshungerstrike/

SPAIN: Thousands of students protest Spanish education cuts
Thousands of high school students massed in Madrid streets Thursday to protest against education spending cuts by the Spanish capital’s regional government.
http://www.expatica.com/es/news/spanish-news/thousands-of-students-protest-spanish-education-cuts_180264.html

U.K.: Occupy the London Stock Exchange | Just another WordPress site
On October 15th we will be Occupying the London Stock Exchange. At the same time thousands continue to occupy Wall Street and hundreds of cities from Paris and Madrid to Buenos Aires and Caracas are staging actions and occupations together for a global day of action.
http://occupylondon.org.uk/

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One response to “10.7 OWS Report: Resistance to 10 Years of U.S. War on Afghanistan

  1. One of the most glaring problems with the supporters of Occupy Wall Street and its copycat successors is that they suffer from a woefully inadequate understanding of the capitalist social formation — its dynamics, its (spatial) globality, its (temporal) modernity. They equate anti-capitalism with simple anti-Americanism, and ignore the international basis of the capitalist world economy. To some extent, they have even reified its spatial metonym in the NYSE on Wall Street. Capitalism is an inherently global phenomenon; it does not admit of localization to any single nation, city, or financial district.

    Moreover, many of the more moderate protestors hold on to the erroneous belief that capitalism can be “controlled” or “corrected” through Keynesian-administrative measures: steeper taxes on the rich, more bureaucratic regulation and oversight of business practices, broader government social programs (welfare, Social Security), and projects of rebuilding infrastructure to create jobs. Moderate “progressives” dream of a return to the Clinton boom years, or better yet, a Rooseveltian new “New Deal.” All this amounts to petty reformism, which only serves to perpetuate the global capitalist order rather than to overcome it. They fail to see the same thing that the libertarians in the Tea Party are blind to: laissez-faire economics is not essential to capitalism. State-interventionist capitalism is just as capitalist as free-market capitalism.

    Another symptomatic problem of the Occupy […] phenomenon is its own self-conception as an expression of “resistance.” Ever since the close of the Second World War, the concept of “resistance” has risen to prominence within the discourse of the Left, ennobled by the French experience of La Résistance during the Vichy regime. Unfortunately, the teleological valorization of resistance as a sort of virtue unto itself has had a rather perverse effect on protest culture over the last several decades. Instead of calling for a broader project of social revolution, activists have substituted the notion of simply “resisting” the forces of structural domination that surrounds us. Somehow — though the precise way that this operates is never made clear — this is supposed to “subvert” or “disrupt” the powers that be. “Resistance” thus becomes fetishized as a supposedly heroic act of defiance, no matter how effective or ineffective it might ultimately be.

    Nevertheless, though Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy [insert location here] in general still contains many problematic aspects, it nevertheless presents an opportunity for the Left to engage with some of the nascent anti-capitalist sentiment taking shape there. So far it has been successful in enlisting the support of a number of leftish celebrities, prominent unions, and young activists, and has received a lot of media coverage. Hopefully, the demonstrations will lead to a general radicalization of the participants’ politics, and a commitment to the longer-term project of social emancipation.

    To this end, I have written up a rather pointed Marxist analysis of the OWS movement so far that you might find interesting:

    “Reflections on Occupy Wall Street: What It Represents, Its Prospects, and Its Deficiencies”

    THE LEFT IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE LEFT!

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