The Establishment Strikes Back

Occupy Weekly: The Establishment Strikes Back. This was the week that Occupy Wall Street faced its greatest pushback and pulled off its largest action yet. Sunday’s surprise police raid on Occupy Portland turned out to be one of several around the country, as mayors sent cops to clear occupations in cities including Chapel Hill, Salt Lake City, and New York. Some raids were marked by violence against protesters and press (including reporters from the right-wing New York Post and Daily Caller). Occupy Boston has secured a preemptive restraining order in hopes of warding off a similar eviction, and Occupy Los Angeles is seeking one as well.

Post-raid occupations face new choices and challenges going forward. But the crackdown seems to have swelled the numbers for Thursday’s Day of Action, which opened in New York with protesters and police surrounding the New York Stock Exchange. By day’s end, New York occupiers had staged a student walk-out, shared personal stories in subway cars, and marched, 30,000 strong over the Brooklyn Bridge. Simultaneous actions took place across the United States. Activists set up tents in the street in the Los Angeles Financial District and floated them in the air over U.C. Berkeley.

The five most important OWS pieces this week:

In the days before police raided Zuccotti, some OWS activists were debating how to transcend it.

What OWS accomplished Thursday.

Can the Occupy movement pull off debt strikes?

How the lack of a stable encampment has shaped Occupy Chicago.

Occupy Philly debates: Should they stay or should they go?

Here’s the Photo of the Week:

Tanya Braganti

OWS activists sit down in the street near the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning.