Tag Archive for OccupyIrvine

Time to Change Occupy?

OccupyOC-Irvine Demonstrator

This post started as one designed to help OccupyOC-Irvine raise money for things the leaderless organization might need.  And as the reporting progressed, it’s turned into something … different. I placed an inquiry to Vern Nelson and Greg Diamond, both of whom have prominent roles within the leaderless movement that is OccupyOC-Irvine. I had noticed…

Santa Ana Denies Occupy a Camping Permit

At the end of a long meeting, the progressive Santa Ana city council voted to deny OccupyOC an overnight camping permit similar to one approved 5-0 by the full Irvine City Council last month. The OC Register’s Andrew Galvin did a nice job of summarizing the Occupy vote in his story in the Register. From…

“Occupy” Needs to Solidify its Message

On Friday, we posted some advice for OccupyWallStreet from Rolling Stone political writer Matt Taibbi and it’s great advice.  One of the downsides of a “leaderless” movement is that “message” is all over the place. Is there corporate greed?  Absolutely.  Are all corporations greedy?  No.  Is there corporate money in elections?  Yes there is.  And…

Scenes from Occupy Irvine

I went down to Irvine’s Civic Center Plaza to catch “Occupy Irvine” for myself.  There were between 200 and 250 protesters there and everyone assured me the movement would only grow as the day progressed.  But I only had an hour.  There was no mistaking the energy of the 99 percent — those lining the…

Matt Taibbi’s Advice for OccupyWallStreet

Rolling Stone Magazine political writer Matt Taibi is a brilliant progressive journalist.  His latest book, Griftopia, is next on my reading list.  He appeared on “Countdown with Keith Olberman” and has this advice for the OccupyWallStreet crowd — a crowd accused of having no message by the right wingers who promoted the Tea Party two…