Where Is The Occupy Movement in The Week of The General Strike?
Europe will hum with protest this week – Governments and commentators are in danger of forgetting how much pain still wanders the streets but we’re all left guessing: what will actually work? There is plenty else going on to re-energize the economy, plenty coming up from the grass roots, so little from the top.
One of the most practical and ingenious ways of responding to the global crisis will kick off this week in New York. A kind of “occupy debt”, Rolling Jubilee is organized by strikedebt.org . The aim is to raise money, buy up packaged personal debt in the secondary markets and then strike it out.
Meanwhile in London, this Sunday saw the last of the Putney Debates, a series of public events organized by the Occupy movement to raise awareness of how Governments came to act in what Occupy London says is an anti-democratic way, preferring the agenda of the banks over the needs of voters.
And on Wednesday the 14th, a general strike in Spain and Portugal (& Greece) is likely to reverberate across Europe. France’s problems are, in fact, as acute as Spain’s – it’s just that nobody wants to expose this reality; Greece is quickly spiraling down to third world levels of poverty, and in cities like London, the Spanish/Portuguese diaspora, coupled to local support for the strike, means that the emotional and vocal Iberian protest will, at the very least, echo in a few northern capitals. It could do a lot more...
1. Our occupy movement (Harrisburg, PA) just shut down after a year.
It was the second longest running 24x7 protest in the country. The only reason they quit was because it was the 1 year anniversary and they survived everything including heavy storms. Now's a good time to relax, but they'll be back when the time is right.