The Occupy movement entered a new phase today in Oakland, CA by holding a one-day general strike that shut down the Port of Oakland. The importance of the action, in my estimation, is not the number of people that turned out to support the multi-faceted series of protests that went on throughout the day - although the 5,000+ participants that credible sources are reporting is a fine turnout for a mid-sized American city in this era.
Just a note to thank everyone who participated in the Social Movements/Digital Revolutions conference over the weekend. Myself and the other organizers were gratified to have 120 people at our Friday night panel at MIT - "A Robot Sent to Destroy Me": The New Media Invasion and the Future of News" - and 80 people at the Saturday conference events at Lesley University. We all hope that everyone had a nice time and learned a lot. We certainly did.
And now for some specific shout-outs.
Well, it's almost time for our Social Movements/Digital Revolutions conference! And we've got great stuff happening on Friday night (10/21) with our opening conference panel on media and democracy "A Robot Sent to Destroy Me": The New Media Invasion and the Future of News starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), and on Saturday (10/22) the conference proper is starting at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.).
Here's all the info you'll need … come on down!
A very short editorial this week. Please spread it widely.
I'll be blunt. Open Media Boston supports the fast-growing call for an #OccupyBoston movement to join with their sisters and brothers in the #OccupyWallStreet movement born 10 days ago in New York City. We therefore - as is our fashion from time-to-time - encourage all people of good conscience to join the Boston General Assembly that is being organized on the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand tomorrow (Tues. 9/27/11) at 7:30 p.m.
All Open Media Boston viewers are invited to attend the Social Movements/Digital Revolutions Conference on Oct. 21-23, 2011 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. The event is being organized by this publication, Massachusetts Global Action, the Organizers' Collaborative and TecsChange in cooperation with a growing list of sponsors including the Boston Media Reform Network, Free Press, Lesley University, MIT Center for Civic Media, and MIT Comparative Media Studies.
Thoughts from a Boston-Area Labor Organizer
What to say about Labor Day? Should I write another depressing editorial where I pull out facts and figures showing how bad the situation is for working people and our organizations in the US today? I suppose not. Should I follow the lead of the capitalist mainstream media and talk about labor in passing just one day a year - today - and then blow the subject off for the other 364 days? Well that's not possible because here at Open Media Boston we talk about labor and working people's struggles for justice all the time. So then what can I discuss?
Kudos to the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts for their recent First Amendment victory at the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit - who ruled unanimously that Simon Glik had a right to videotape police in action on the Boston Common in October 2007. According to an ACLU press release, Glik sued the three police officers involved and the City of Boston for violating his civil rights after police arrested him and charged him with illegal wiretapping, aiding the escape of a prisoner, and disturbing the peace.