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“Occupied Wall St. Journal” online + More photos

Here’s the word, direct from the streets of New York:

First issue:
Second issue:

Also the Atlantic Monthly has an outstanding set of photos from the October 5th support rally for Occupy Wall Street, along with allied events across the US, at And Jim Ennis, who teaches sociology [...]

Reflections from Occupy Amherst

by Ben Grosscup
October 9, 2011

When I heard that a “general assembly” had been called for the Amherst Common to organize an Occupy Amherst movement, I had a sense that there was some kind of opening for new political possibilities in my community. I have seen and participated in [...]

Photos from Occupy Wall St. support demo Weds. 10/5

All photos are © 2011 by Eliot Tokar, whose website is Brian Tokar’s brother Eliot is interviewed about his Tibetan medicine practice at More of his Wall St. photos can be seen at

From Seattle: 32 arrested in police raid against Occupy Seattle

From our Climate SOS colleague Duff Badgley in Seattle:

For four nights in the gloom and rain we have occupied Westlake Park, the highly used public park in Seattle’s commercial core. Occupy Seattle, like Occupy Wall Street, sprang into being outside other organizations. The speed and intensity of our birthing [...]

“Why Greece Is About To Explode”

From The New Significance, an excellent new webzine on global rebellions from former ZNet co-editor Chris Spannos. He is just back from visiting and interviewing activists across Europe, and promises continuing coverage from on the ground there, as well as in New York and elsewhere:

The author of this report [...]

Updates and more views of Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street campaign, now in its third week, has inspired a wide range of commentaries, as well as like-minded events all across the US. Here are two somewhat contrasting views from commentators I trust. Arun Gupta of New York City’s Indypendent newspaper offers a positive outlook on [...]

GRAIN wins Right Livelihood Award

The Right Livelihood Award, commonly described as the “alternative Nobel Prize,” has granted one of its 2011 awards to the international research group, GRAIN. GRAIN has been in the forefront of international efforts to protect traditional agricultures and access to seeds, and describes itself as “a small international non-profit [...]

By |September 30th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|0 Comments|

“Occupy Wall Street” & the Radical Imagination

A thoughtful commentary by anthropologist and social movements scholar David Graeber in The Guardian of September 25th. One good source of daily updates is the Reader Supported News website at

An excerpt:

The form of resistance that has emerged looks remarkably similar to the
old global justice movement: we see [...]

By |September 27th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|1 Comment|

Neoliberalism, Austerity & Participatory Democracy

Norwegian social ecologist Sveinung Legard has drawn our attention to his recent article on the New Compass website. In this piece, he aims to address some of the arguments raised in this blog last spring by writers who questioned whether it is still meaningful to raise demands for direct [...]

By |September 19th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|2 Comments|

Ben Grosscup: Questioning “economic development”

It is time to question the ideology of job creation that holds sway in most discussions of so-called economic development... The real mark of economic health is not merely that firms in a given municipality are hiring. Economic health is when the basic economic functions of society make ours a healthier place to live – a place with less war, less disease, more ecological health and justice.
By |September 12th, 2011|Social Ecology Blog|1 Comment|