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OWS & LABOR
Media stories continue to cover the ongoing collaboration between the labor movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement. A story by Notimex, the largest Mexican news agency, highlighted efforts by the AFL-CIO to urge authorities to order security forces stop the arrests of activists from the peaceful Occupy Wall Street movement.
Many of the stories are focused on labor groups supporting local actions in places like Portland, Oregon (Williamette Week), Duluth, Minnesota (Workday Minnesota), Springfield, Illinois (MyStateline.com), a Verizon action in Birmingham, New York (NBC-affiliate) and an Occupy Iowa protest of Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s appearance in West Des Moines (West Des Moines Patch, Des Moines Register)
Several stories have focused on National Nurses United, including a Washington Examiner story about a march they organized with 30 Occupy DC protesters on Thursday to protest nurses’ arrests at Occupy Chicago and Occupy Oakland earlier this week, and a Mercury News story about their involvement with Occupy Oakland.
An Associated Press story looks at Mayor Emanuel’s handling of arrests at Occupy Chicago in the broader context of the his fights against unions in Chicago.
LOCAL OCCUPY PROTESTS
Occupy Oakland, Occupy Atlanta
The clash between police and protesters in Occupy Oakland earlier this week continues to impact other city’s treatments of Occupy protests, as well as media coverage of OWS. A San Francisco Chronicle story noted that more than 300 protesters gathered in San Francisco Wednesday night after word swept through the camp that mayor and police would make good on warnings to clear tents due to alleged sanitation and illegal camping violations.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has released a statement of apology to Occupy Oakland and takes responsibility for police violence on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Oakland police Chief Anthony Batts announced he is resigning due to an “overwhelming load of bureaucracy” and lack of officers and resources to fight Oakland’s crime problems, reports Mercury News.
According to Atlanta Progressive News, 52 protesters were arrested at Occupy Atlanta early Wednesday morning after three previous threats of evictions from Mayor's office. Over 100 police were present.
OWS Message Resonates with the Working Class
A Daily Kos post argues that Occupy Wall Street’s message resonates with working-class moderates while a Slate story looks at Occupy protests in Rust Belt states. A local Fox-affiliate and local CBS-affiliate covered an Occupy Dallas protest to show support for the police officers and protest the department's budget cuts. The story noted that the Occupy Dallas movement is a protest against big corporations in America and protesters believe police officers are also victims of the system.
Sustainability of Movement?
More stories about the longevity of Occupy protests continue to circulate. A Los Angeles Times editorial said Occupy LA is "wearing out its welcome." More stories are emerging about Occupy protests battling the elements as temperatures drop. The Denver Post has published several stories about Occupy Denver battling harsh conditions, including this one.
Occupy Wall Street seems to be more popular as a Google search topic than the Tea Party, according to a Mashable story summarizing a post on Google's politics blog.
Think Progress published a good summary of recent polling showing the appeal of the Occupy Wall Street movement. An In These Times story on Working America features a survey of the organization’s members which found that 51 percent supported Occupy Wall Street protests, while only 16 percent were critical, and 33 percent were neutral or wanted to know more. The story also includes results from other recent polls.
RACE AND GENDER AT OWS
Gina Quattrochi’s commentary for Gay City News, focuses on gender disparity at Occupy Wall Street and addresses what she sees as a lack of “basic understanding of the social determinants that put young people at risk for poverty, poor health outcomes, sexual violence, economic disparity, and homelessness.” Quattrochi points out, as other activists have, “leaderless” movements still experience power dynamics that follow the status quo, if not checked, which can marginalize people of color and women. She argues that if “non-leaders” of OWS want more people to engage in their movement, they have to recognize these power dynamics.
Conservative media continues employing the same memes: 1) fringe, criminal protesters, 2) Wall St and Congress not to blame – Obama is, 3) OWS is getting “preferential” treatment over Tea Party and, 4) “union thugs” are driving OWS protests
2) Commentary by Ross Baker featured on conservative publication National Review called for people to stop blaming Congress for all of their ills and pointed out that some of blame started with Obama’s handling of the bailouts.
3) In an op-ed for NY Post, Fox Business Network senior correspondent Charles Gasparino laments "elite media's" preferential coverage of OWS protests, and what he sees as a lack of attention on unions' bankrolling of the movement and sympathy for OWS protests by CEOs such Jeffrey Immelt of GE and Larry Fink of Blackrock (International Business Times). Tea Party activists accused officials in at least four cities of giving preferential treatment to anti-Wall Street protesters, according to an Associated Press story. One group in Richmond is asking city to repay $8000 spent for permits and other needs.
4) National Review features this New York Post editorial about “union thugs” and OWS.
A post on conservative blog Red State noted that conservative Free Enterprise Alliance has just launched a new website with information promoting free markets and countering "Marxist claims of those occupying our government, unions, academia, media and our parks." Scott Johnson and John Hindraker reposted on conservative blog Powerline their 1995 essay titled "The Truth about Income Inequality," part of which had been published in the National Review.
END OF THE WEEK
Think Progress has compiled a “Top Ten” list of OWS cartoons.