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FINANCIAL TRANSACTION TAX
On Wednesday, Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon, introduced legislation for a financial transactions tax that would impose a tax on equities and bonds at 3 basis points per transaction, which is equal to $3 for every $10,000 traded, according to Bloomberg Business Week and CNN Money. On Thursday, the National Nurses United teamed up with OWS, unions, and other activists to march in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Cannes, France (host city of G-20 Summit) to support a financial transactions tax: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Think Progress, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Alternet. About 100 nurses and supporters marched through Los Angeles, more than 200 marched in San Francisco and about 1000 marched on the U.S. Treasury.
Many stories reported that Bill Gates backed the financial transaction tax while at the G20, including ones from Politico, CBS and the Huffington Post. Other stories were skeptical of the effectiveness of a financial transaction tax, including ones from the Wall Street Journal, CNN Money and conservative blog Red State.
Stories continued to circulate about a late night clash between police and some protesters in Oakland including one from the Los Angeles Times, and a Mercury News story posited that “Oakland is being watched worldwide as one of the largest and possibly the most volatile Occupy movements around the globe.” However, more recent articles have noted that Occupy Oakland has distanced itself from the violence, saying it was a splinter group of protesters causing the trouble (Associated Press, ABC affiliate). Media has highlighted vandalism clean-up efforts by Oakland Occupiers (Associated Press, Fox-affiliate, California Beat).
More stories continue to focus on the way different cities have handled Occupy protests, including a New York Times story that looked at challenges faced by Mayor Bloomberg who has said he supports free speech while he disagrees with the message of Occupy Wall Street.
A Fox-affiliate reported that police arrested 10 protesters at Occupy Tulsa. Occupy Nashville welcomed Vanderbilt Republicans’ counter protest according to The Tennessean and a Los Angeles Times blog post. The two groups came together and listened to one another’s views.
Occupy Wall Street continues to have broad coverage in the U.S. Spanish-language media as well as in the Latin America. There have been several stories about this movement’s activities in Oakland, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC.
A post by Greg Sargent Thursday morning reported on two new polls. A Quinnipiac poll found that a plurality has an unfavorable view of them (39-30), including a plurality of independents. However, 30 percent have still not made up their minds about OWS and 45 percent view the Tea Party unfavorably. These findings are at odds with several other national polls, including a CNN/ORC International poll. CNN’s late October poll (10/28-31) asked Americans if they agree with the overall positions of Occupy Wall Street, and the results were 36% Agree, 19% Disagree, and 44% Not sure, an increase in support since early October, when 27% of those polled by CNN indicated agreement with Occupy Wall Street.
Conservative media continues pushing the same memes, focusing on purported incidents of violence, vandalism, and crime. A CBS affiliate reported that Republicans in several Montana cities launched their version of "Occupy Wall Street" on Monday. The “Liberate Main Street” rallies in Helena, Billings, Kalispell, Bozeman and Missoula were launched by Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg and U.S. House candidate Steve Daines to argue that regulations hamper small business growth.
NEW OWS MONITORING TOOLS
A new OWS Newsletter features commentary from prominent progressive bloggers, thinkers and pundits: http://owsnews.org/ows1.php.
END OF THE WEEK
OWS MONITORING TOOLS
Below are a few sites you can check to get a sense of the Occupy movement “big picture.” Several of them are Occupy-supported sites that aggregate relevant news and updates. We will update this list periodically.
Local and International News Overview
Great daily updates on local and international OWS actions from progressive organization, “Rebuild the Dream”: http://rebuildthedream.com/occupy-update.
Quick OWS Story Update
If you’re just starting to follow the Occupy movement, or just want to brush up on what has happened so far, check out this well-done run-down by Mother Jones. The post also links to longer-form article that includes relevant charts and timeline: http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-explain-articles
This progressive political blog has been fundraising for pizzas for protesters and providing in-depth coverage of OWS: http://crooksandliars.com/
Blogs Created by Occupy protesters
Many Occupy protests across the country also have their own individual sites – you can do a quick internet search by typing “Occupy” and the desired city.
Occupy Wall Street Tumblr blog: http://occupywallstreet.tumblr.com
Occupy Wall Street’s “official” website with press releases, calendar of events: http://occupywallst.org
New York City General Assembly: https://www.nycga.net
“Occupy Together” tracks country-wide movement and its activities: http://www.occupytogether.org
For real-time news from Occupy protesters, check out the following Twitter accounts:
@OccupyWallSt, the official OWS account
@owsbot, an account that retweets important OWS media events
@occupyarrests, follows numbers of arrests
@OccupyTheHood, the account for the “Occupy The Hood” movement trying to incorporate more people of color into OWS
Relevant hashtags: #occupywallstreet, #ows, #occupyarrests
You can also see which Twitter accounts are recommended for Twitter’s “Follow Friday” by searching “#ows #ff”
Reading the posts on the following Tumblr blogs can give you a sense of the issues being raised at Occupy protests as well as the kinds of assumptions being made about protesters and about who should or should not be able to relate to the “We are the 99%” movement.
The “We are the 99%” that started it all: http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com
A conservative blog responding to the above: http://the53.tumblr.com/
A snarky, witty OWS-supportive blog responding to “We Are The 53”: http://actuallyyourethe47percent.tumblr.com/
Those in the 1% who stand with the 99%: http://westandwiththe99percent.tumblr.com/
“i cite” is a blog by Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Theory at Hobart and William Smith Colleges: http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/ This academic blog follows OWS media coverage and features the blog author’s own experiences at and reflections on OWS. She responds to articles taken from good range of mainstream publications and also lesser-known blogs and puts OWS in the context of the discussions and critiques of New Left.
Philosophy professors, lecturers, adjuncts, graduate instructors, and teaching assistants who stand in solidarity with the Occupy movement: http://occupyphilosophy.blogspot.com/
Occasional updates about universities and OWS: http://leiterreports.typepad.com/
Citizen Radio, a political radio show created by Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein: http://wearecitizenradio.com/