OCCUPY WALL STREET HACKATHONS PRODUCE DIGITAL TOOLS AND NEW ACTIVISTS
By Sarah Kessler
EXCERPT: Groups of programmers gathered in three cities this weekend to build digital tools for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Several of those tools have already launched, and in many cases they’re being maintained by activists who’ve never held a sign in a park.
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WHAT ARE THOSE OWS PEOPLE SO ANGRY ABOUT?
By Glenn Greenwald
EXCERPT: Anyone who expressed difficulty seeing or understanding what motivates these protests revealed many things about themselves. None is flattering. The only thing that’s surprising is that these protests didn’t happen sooner and that they’re not more widespread and intense. I think it’s become increasingly clear that that is likely to change, and soon. Like the Arab Spring, the rapid growth of these protests should be a permanent antidote against defeatism. It’s unclear what these protests will accomplish — that still depends on how many people join them and what they cause it to be — but, already, they prove that the possibility always exists for subverting even the most seemingly invulnerable power factions. That hasn’t happened yet, but the possibility that these protests are only in their incipient stages is one of the more exciting and positive political developments in some time. It’s been clear for quite awhile that unrest and disruptions — and the fear which they alone can put in the hearts and minds of those responsible for widespread ills — are absolute prerequisites for meaningful reform (our fundamentally corrupted electoral process certainly can’t and won’t accomplish that). These protests at least reflect the possibility, the template, for that to happen. And anyone expressing confusion about why these protests are erupting is almost certainly someone invested in keeping things exactly the way they are.
THE POLICE ARE NOT THE 99%
By The Bloody Cross Roads
EXCERPT: I am sick and tired of hearing people say the police are one of us. They are not. They are the enemy. They do not exist to protect us. They don’t give a fuck about your safety or your rights. They are there to serve the corporate state. Sure there may be some cops who oppose the measures they have been ordered to take, but those who feel this way and nevertheless trample on the Constitution must be called out for their cowardice, and as a whole the police are a gang of thugs paid to protect the oligarchs who control America. We do ourselves a disservice by failing to recognize the enemy when we see it. Unless they choose to disobey orders and obstruct the corporate state, which I urge them to do, the police are not one of us. We must never stoop to their level, but rather continue our nonviolent resistance, which is the only way to defeat them because they fear and don’t understand the language of peace and love.
CHENEY AND JUSTICE FOR TORTURE VICTIMS
Dick Cheney, it has been said, fears that “somebody will Pinochet him.”
By Ariel Dorfman
EXCERPT: By refusing to investigate, let alone prosecute, members of the Bush administration who stand accused by many human rights activists of crimes against humanity, the United States is telling the world that it does not obey the treaties it has signed or even its own domestic laws. It is declaring that some of its citizens — the most influential of these citizens — are beyond the reach of the law. It is joining a group of rogue nations that routinely torture and humiliate their prisoners and deny them habeas corpus.