One Year After the Occupation

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courtesy of OWS Arts and Labor

Occupy Labor Alliance

The Occupy Labor Alliance is comprised of several working groups established within OWS focusing on workers’ rights. Groups making up the Alliance include 99 Pickets, Immigrant Worker Justice, OWS Arts & Labor, the Labor Outreach Committee and Organize Your Workplace. Since OWS was evicted from Zuccotti Park, the Alliance has organized numerous direct actions aimed at supporting and empowering workers in their fights to unionize, and calling attention to immigrant workers’ issues.

OWS Arts & Labor has been active in the last year in supporting workers in the art world. In January the group stood in solidarity with Teamsters Local 814, the professional art handlers union at Sotheby’s which had been locked out for several months. In February, Art & Labor called on the Whitney Museum to end the Whitney Biennial in 2014, citing the rise of the speculative art market and the need for artists to obtain advanced degrees to participate in the current art exhibition system.

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  • Bobby

    Rolling Jubilee is an amazing and powerful idea.

  • Ken Farrell

    There are many people out here that follow OWS. Please keep up the good work. Don’t get discouraged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gina.rebekah.joan Gina Patterson

    This makes my soul dance. Thanks to OWS and to Bill Moyers for reporting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kirk-Montgomery/529026767 Kirk Montgomery

    Occupy Wall Street never left. In fact, I believe they were just a continuation of the 60s Protest generation. They/We occupied the voting booths and we are occupying the hearts and minds of the younger generation (or visa versa).
    The Authorities, the Illuminati, any organization that wishes to control and own the citizens and the governments will fail.
    ‘The Next Revolution will be a revolution of the mind’ ~ Bill Hicks

  • Bystander

    I commend you for channeling your energies, creativity, civic awareness and compassion for the need y and the helpless as well as the victimized. I salute you all .

  • Anonymous

    OWs is nothing but lazy people who think life and this country owes them something. Don’t want debt, don’t borrow money. Want an education, work and pay for it or join a company that will pay for it. Want health insurance, buy it your own self. You show how stupid OWS really is.

  • Ann Marie

    Those are nurses striking, go NNU!!! We love you Occupy!!!

  • Alan Kurtz

    “It’s been a year now,” says your first photo caption, “and Occupy initiatives have continued in cities and towns across the country.” However, these initiatives (few and far between) reflect not the success of Occupy but its failure.

    For example, in the tragic aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Occupiers opportunistically provided relief efforts in stricken communities where they’d never before set foot—and where they won’t be a month from now. If their motive was altruism, they could’ve volunteered with other groups or worked as individuals. Instead they went in waving the Occupy banner, trying to salvage their image.

    This cynical tack worked in the New York metro area, as evidenced by Nov. 16′s Adweek article “The Rebranding of Occupy Wall Street.” However, such a temporary fix will not hold because Occupy is its own worst enemy. My new book Occupy Oakland: The Little Revolution That Couldn’t details how the movement came to be despised in the SF Bay Area, and for good reason.

  • Alice

    Occupy Sandy ? Self serving? or you who ‘my new book’…. poopoos volunteers helping were services didn’t show up, people like you bring movements down. while making profit.

  • Alan Kurtz

    I wish I could take credit for destroying the Occupy movement. But (a) I don’t have such power and (b) they don’t need anyone’s help. Occupy has self-destructed entirely on their own.

  • Lainie Duro

    Psst…Alan…it’s been over a month, and Occupy Sandy is still there.

  • http://nonanarchist.org/ Strobe Fischbyne

    I’d suggest to Alan that OWS was a tad more sophisticated than Occupy Oakland in the image department. The West Coast has it’s own anarchist scene with a stronger tendency to violence. The phrase “Demand Nothing; Occupy Everything” was heard at UC Santa Cruz during an anarchist student protest in 2009 and percolated in Oakland graffiti in the summer of 2011. That said, Alan’s book has much historical value, particularly in light of the anarchist and quasi-anarchist cant that always hinders understanding of Occupy. The book displays some real rigor for a self-published author, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t earn money for his labor. Despite his ill-advised prognostication, he’s genuinely on to something when it comes to Occupy Oakland.