Occupations create a common public space for assembly, free speech and intense, transformative conversations. Occupations are also prophetic speech acts; they stand in a long and distinguished biblical tradition.
How can your movement not be strengthened and more successful by having a sole contact for the media? This shouldn't be some philosophical issue, it should be seen as a practical and sorely-needed solution to a very real communications problem.
While demonstrators swarmed the Port of Oakland chanting "banks got bailed out; we got sold out," Omar Ali of the Answer Coalition carried a sign to draw attention to the case of Egyptian blogger activist Alaa Abd El Fattah.
This was a game changer, a turning point. What happened in Oakland was a very big deal. On the same Wednesday, there were big, big #occupy events in several other cities. But will Washington pay attention?
My thoughts right now are not political analysis -- of the "line" of the demonstrators, of the impact on the elections, of the different tactics employed. I just want to bask in the moment, the feeling tone, of the day.
Clashes between Occupiers and Oakland police continued into last night as protesters tried to reclaim the park and police met them with tear gas. The movement has vowed to continue attempting to return to the space
This kind of crackdown we're seeing in Oakland is bad for our democracy, and it's bad for public safety. Mayors and police chiefs at Occupy sites across the country should take note: this is the wrong way to respond to the Occupy movement.