Is Obama’s ‘Economic Populism’ for Real? | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

If Matt Taibi sees a possibility of some real hope here,  then that itself is a reason for hope.  Taibbi lays it out, and concludes with this: Obama’s decision to tap Schneiderman publicly, and dump Geithner, and whisper about a millionaire’s tax, signals a shift in its public attitude toward the Wall Street corruption issue. The administration is clearly listening to Continue Reading

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The protest, Wall Street, and the vote #OWS

Another clueless critique ,  this time from Chrsi Christie ,  suggestingthat the Civil Rights movement would have gotten the gains by putting it to a vote.  Similarly,  there have been people who criticize Occupy saying that there is no need for “the silly protests” because they have the mechanism of voting to speak for them.  But that IS why there Continue Reading

Obama on the Brink of Settlement With Big Banks? The Nation #OWS

Rather disturbing to see this ,  especially in light of Obama’s SOTU speech claiming to be “setting up financial fraud enforcement unit”. Civil immunity would be granted to the banks for any role in foreclosure fraud, and there would be no investigations. via Obama Is on the Brink of a Settlement With the Big Banks—and Progressives Are Furious | The Nation. Don’t Continue Reading

Jesse Jackson: Occupy in memory of MLK

From Jesse Jackson op-ed for CNN: Dr. King was an occupier, our country occupied by the vicious and divisive legal segregation. His last great campaign was the Poor People’s Campaign, aimed at occupying the Mall in the nation’s Capitol to address abounding poverty, the demands for a job or an income for all, health care for all. When Dr. King Continue Reading

American Spring –

Salon has two sections on their website related to #Occupy.  One is an “Occupy Wall Street” section,  and one is an “American Spring” section.  I am looking into both of these to see what the differences are.  I am putting this in my #OccupyTheology section/post-type,  beause I draw a close relation between “theological thought”,  and the aspirations of the passionately Continue Reading

Imagining a New Reality and #OWS

My favorite writer, Elizabeth O’Connor,  who wrote accounts of the journey and history of The Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC,  wrote about envisioning a new world in this selection from the Inward Outward blog (this blog posts daily selections from a host of great theological writings).  I thought it very relevant to how interested I have been in Continue Reading

The Rev. Madison Shockley: Jesus and the 99 Percent – Truthdig

A “Progressive Christianity” stance toward OWS as articulated by pastor of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad CA,  Rev. Madison Shockley II Occupy Wall Street’s message to the church is, “If you were doing your job we wouldn’t be necessary.” The above quote comes close to my sense of this.  If the church were actually accustomed to being Continue Reading