We've been watching the growing Occupy movements, first in New York City, then across the country and the world with awe, excitement, a dose of skepticism, and then once more awe.
With the help of Astra Taylor (Examined Life; Zizek!) and Sarah Leonard of Dissent, we've put together a history, both personal and documentary, and the beginning of an analysis of the first month of the occupation. Articles deal with the problem of the police; the history of the "horizontalist" management structure at OWS; how to keep a live-in going when what you've tried to shut down refuses to shut down (like Harvard, or Wall Street); on whether the Fed should be abolished; on where that Citibank arrest video came from; on occupations in Oakland, Philadelphia, Atlanta; on what happens next; and more.
It's an attempt to begin to think through what is happening, written by people both on the ground and across the river. We hope you'll read it and discuss it with us. There's a lot more thinking and doing to do.
We will circulate copies at Zuccotti Park and the big march this Saturday (October 22nd); we will also send copies to occupations around the country. The gazette is 36 pages, and we'll print 2,000 copies, on handsome 11x17" 50 lb. paper. Printing will cost $2,000 and all labor is volunteer.
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