For twenty-three immigrant workers at a franchise of a Manhattan bakery chain called Hot and Crusty, the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street couldn’t be timelier.
On Saturday — three-and-a-half months after the workers voted to form a union, and just over a week after being locked out of their jobs — workers and organizers on the picket line announced that the Upper East Side store is being sold to investors willing to recognize the Hot and Crusty Workers’ Association.
A sign on a lower Broadway storefront window just one block south of Wall Street reads “I can’t afford a lobbyist, so I organize.” The sign, one of many put up by Occupy Wall Street activists, sits inside a cavernous street floor space the United Federation of Teachers lent gratis to OWS for storage and coordination.
Mike Beggs’s article in the Winter 2012 issue of Jacobin, “Occupy Economics,” highlights an important issue facing academic economics. Principally, to what extent do students and practitioners of economic theory respond to the issue of ideology inherent in their study and practice? And given this, to what extent should economic theory itself be changed as a result of its perceived ideological content? This comment will argue that there is very little direct link between mainstream economics as theory and mainstream economics as ideology.
The image of UC Davis officer John Pike holding high the can and giving peaceful Occupy Davis protesters a mouthful of orange pepper spray has, like so many other images, become part of the growing Occupy iconography surrounding police brutality.
D on’t call it an occupation — they’ve been here for years. In fact, until an untimely — well, actually quite timely for DC’s ravenous real estate developers — fire put it out of commission, there were a bunch of guys occupying space in front of the DC Farmer’s Market building, across from Gallaudet University in the Northeast quadrant of the city.
On Monday, November 28, Dissent and Jacobin, with generous support from the Center for American Studies at Columbia University, held a discussion on Phase II for Occupy Wall Street. How do social movements with diverse tactics, needs, and goals grow and gain power?
The conversation featured Frances Fox Piven, an activist and scholar of social movements at the Graduate Center, City University of New York; Liza Featherstone, journalist and author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart; Nikil Saval, associate editor of n+1 and labor activist; Michael Hirsch, labor journalist and New Politics editorial board member; and Dorian Warren, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and professor of Political Science at Columbia University.
On Friday, I attended the first General Assembly for Occupy Davis, CA. After reading reports about Occupy Wall Street for weeks, I wasn’t surprised to quickly run into a conspiracy theorist. He was an older gentleman in a hoodie who seemed eager to suggest that we coordinate with other organizations around the state and try to take the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Jacobin is a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. The print magazine is released quarterly and reaches over 15,000 subscribers, in addition to a web audience of 700,000 a month.