Occupy

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

Inside the Occupation: University of Sheffield

Lauren Archer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Archer

It was 6am when the lights came on and Rage Against the Machine started playing through the speakers in the University of Sheffield's Richard Roberts lecture hall. About 50 students from across Sheffield, including activists from the Autonomous Students Network, the Living Wage Campaign, the Revolutionary Socialists Society and others occupied the building at 7pm on Wednesday October 30, the night before the planned staff strikes...

It Makes More Sense to Just Burn Down the Banks

Adam Jung | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

I'm not advocating taking a torch to your local bank branch in California, but if you're going to face thirteen years for drawing with chalk, objectively, it makes more since to make sure the building is empty of people and just burn the bank down. That, more than anything, should show the absurdity of the charges these activists are facing and the creeping authoritarianism of the state.

Student Protest Should Not Be Written Off

James Evans | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
James Evans

Over the last few months we've seen a significant rise in student activism at British universities. Prompted by the anti-privatisation 'Occupy Sussex' protest, students around the country have sought to influence the managers of their institutions in increasingly visible ways.

The New Turkish Republic

Jody Sabral | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jody Sabral

These are interesting times in Turkey, times in which an open conversation, although often unforgiving, is taking place between factions who have long disliked each other, politically speaking.

Economic Justice Is An Inevitability

Liam McLaughlin | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Liam McLaughlin

Today the issue of economic justice is among the most polarizing and provocative we have. Watching the arguments for and against is often like bloodsport. Is the level of inequality an accurate measure of a country's success? Are bankers or socialists the enemy?

Why I Support Making 'Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead' Number One This Week

Adam Jung | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

Making Ding Dong number one in the UK charts may seem childish, sure. But it also helps combat the revisionist narrative played across UK media. And it follows in proper punk tradition. It's a small, creative way to force the media to acknowledge Britons dislike for policies that have crushed the country.

Students Mustn't Fear Civil Disobedience

Megan Sherman | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Sherman

This isn't simply about the 235 Sussex staff losing their jobs, but the insidious, unaccountable nature of political decision making about universities. Pause to think for a moment how the flagship Tory mantra "There Is No Alternative" specifically discourages debate about the absent merits of their radical restructuring programme.

'Tweets Is Watchin'

Yassin Alsalman | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Tech
Yassin Alsalman

Facebook and twitter came at a pivotal time in history. The chicken or the egg theory can be applied here in asking: Did twitter and facebook help revolutions grow, or did they help track people involved in uprisings? (In both the case of the Arab uprisings and the Occupy movement.) I would say both.

The Grillo Threat: Why We Should All Worry About 'Liberal Populism'

William Brett | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
William Brett

While there are good reasons for liberal populists to be disillusioned, the solution is not to abandon representative democracy but to reinforce it. The liberal populism of Grillo and his ilk must be confronted before it's too late.

With Occupy Sandy Relief, Occupy Wall Street Becomes a Movement

Adam Jung | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

Almost fifteen months later, with Occupy Sandy, we see dramatic achievements daily, communities empowering themselves, and a truly organic movement becoming more decentralized, more efficient, more focused, and receiving praise from some very unlikely corners.

Perhaps Francis Fukuyama Was Correct About Capitalism in 1989

Carl Packman | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Politics
Carl Packman

Capitalism has won. Socialism is dead.

Occupy Protesters Chained To Pulpit In St Paul's Cathedral

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK

Four women from the Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit in London's St Paul's Cathedral during evensong. The women, dressed in white, ...

Has Occupy Had an Impact?

Luke Martell | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Politics
Luke Martell

Inequality, specifically between the very richest and the rest, is widely known about and accepted as an issue. We didn't used to talk about this that much. We do now. Occupy did that.

School of Roccupy: Uniting Rockstars, High School Youth, and Occupy Wall Street

Adam Jung | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

Activists involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement are working with a record label set up to support the movement to launch a high profile community outreach project. The School of Roccupy is a collaboration between Occupation Records and Occupy activists that aims to creatively engage high school students with the processes and idealism of Occupy Wall Street.

Finsbury Square Wasn't a Failure of Occupy, It Was the Failure of Austerity

Adam Jung | Posted 14.06.2012 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

The mess that became of Finsbury wasn't a failure of Occupy, but of the state; of Cameron and Clegg's ideological austerity. When these people came, they were not turned away. They were welcomed in from a city and state that tried to hide them in ally's, desperate to show the world a shiny façade for the Jubilee and the Olympics.

Eviction Underway For Occupy Protesters In London Square

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2012 | UK

An eviction is under way to move Occupy London protesters from their seven-month occupation of a square in the capital. The clear out of Finsbury S...

Sex Offender Found In Anti-Capitalist Camp Jailed For Breach Of Bail

PA | Posted 08.06.2012 | UK

An anti-capitalist protester uncovered as a sex offender with a string of international convictions including for rape and manslaughter has been jaile...

11 Arrested After Protesters Re-Occupy London

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK

Eleven people were arrested after a day of protest in London saw anti-capitalists from the Occupy movement pitch tents outside the Bank of England. ...

Occupy London: Protesters Return To St Paul's On Day Of Global Action

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.07.2012 | UK

Anti-capitalism protesters from the Occupy movement have begun a new protest in the City of London. It is part of a global day of action seeing tho...

Twitter Stands Up For Its Users In Occupy Case

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Tech

Who will stand up for you in a court of law? Twitter will. Twitter has stood up for one of users, Malcolm Harris, in a US court, filing a motion t...

'World Domination' - How 'Green' NGOs are Harming International Development

Raheem Kassam | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics
Raheem Kassam

I've written previously about 'green' non-governmental organisations and their penchant for protectionism. But as the European Environmental Paper Network met over the past few days in Portugal (my invite must have been lost in the post), I thought I'd bring to you a video worth watching and sharing.

May Day Protesters To Rally On Trafalgar Square And The Tube

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

Trade unionists, anti-capitalists and public sector cuts protesters are set to stage a series of rallies across the UK to mark May Day. Leaders of...

Occupy The Tube: Protesters To Target Capital's Transport On May Day

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK

The Occupy London movement has announced plans to "occupy" the underground transport network on 1 May. On its website Occupy said the event would b...

The Faces of Occupy: 'Daddy, He Pushed Me!'

Paul Davey | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Davey

Occupy is a young movement. I can understand that chaos is to some extent inevitable, that messages are mixed, that among your numbers you have people who like nothing better than to put on a mask or a scarf and have a ding-dong with the cops. But you need to be more coherent, more focused or you'll lose the 98%.