Jeff Mangum, members of Sonic Youth, Fugazi, TV on the Radio play OWS Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge

On Nov. 15, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum will join Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and others for a “variety show and telethon” to benefit an OWS aligned group devoted to spreading the word about predatory debt practices, student loans, and eliminating debt.

Organizers are calling it “The People’s Bailout.”

Mangum showed his love for Occupy Wall Street last year with a surprise performance at Zuccotti Park, but this event at Le Poisson Rouge hopes to raise $50,000 for Strike Debt, which according to their website believe “debt is a global system of domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%.”

Join Strike Debt for an updated version of an old classic, the telethon, to launch The Rolling Jubilee, a campaign that buys debt for pennies on the dollar and does away with it. Instead of collecting the debt, we will abolish it and help free the debtors!”

Other guests include Janeane Garofalo ,  Lizz Winstead , Max Silvestri , Hari Kondabolu , David Rees , The Yes Men , John Cameron Mitchell , Climbing PoeTree , the Invisible Army of Defaulters , members of Healthcare for the 99% , Occupy Faith and many more

In case you can’t make it all the way into Manhattan for the show, the event will be streamed live, but tickets go on sale Friday, November 2, starting at $25 – enough to abolish an estimated $500 worth of debt

Editorial note: While personal debt plagues many Americans, and does in fact restrict social movement and personal liberty, prominent economists argue that greater government spending, thus national debt, is needed to get the nation out of the unemployment slump.

Here’s What North Brooklyn Has Planned For Tomorrow’s “May Day”


The national Occupy movement is planning a “May Day” general strike tomorrow. The Facebook event page has 25,000 attendees and while some locations are hosting specific events, the main plan is for “NO WORK – NO SCHOOL – NO SHOPPING – NO BANKING – NO TRADING.”

“The goal is to shut down commerce worldwide and show the 1% we will not be taken for granted, we will not be silenced, WE WILL NOT MOVE until our grievances are redressed,” organizers write on Facebook.

In Williamsburg and Bushwick – where we’ve seen Occupiers in action before – groups are joining forces in a march over the Williamsburg Bridge and into Wall Street. Occupy Bushwick invites participants to meet at Maria Hernandez Park at 8am. From there the group will march to Continental Army Plaza and meet up with Occupy Williamsburg, followed by a march over the bridge and into lower Manhattan.

Bushwick Is Occupied Too, You Know


While Occupy Williamsburg hogs most of the media attention – especially this week following Saturday night’s “Occu-Party” – the movement has an organized neighbor to the east that’s worth knowing about. Occupy Bushwick holds frequent General Assembly meetings and other events, with one happening tonight at KAVE in Shops at The Loom. According to the group’s official website, tonight’s event will start at 7 p.m. with a meet and greet and a technology teach-in, followed by the GA meeting at 8. The Loom is on Flushing and Knickerbocker.

Occupy Williamsburg and Occupy Bushwick are both busy preparing for the national “General Strike” on May 1st.

A Play-By-Play Of Saturday’s Occupy Williamsburg Protest

Event Poster, via Buzzfeed

Details are just now emerging about Saturday night’s Occupy Williamsburg “Occu-Party.” According to NY Daily News, fifty protesters set up camp at The Bedford, a vacant residential building on N. 8th and Driggs, where they threw garbage cans and spray painted anti-police slogans. When police arrived at 11 p.m., one protester pepper-sprayed an officer, while others threw bottles that injured five other officers. Police arrested four protesters and charged them with obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and inciting a riot.

Village Voice staff writer Nick Pinto was on the scene that night and tweeted continuously about the action as it unfolded. Here’s Pinto’s perspective of how things went down, in chronological order:

At 207 N 8th in Williamsburg, an “Occuparty” — squatting in a half-finished luxury apartment — is getting underway. #OWS

Maybe 50 people in the ground-floor apartment. Whole building seems vacant, 75% renovated. Many hope this lasts past tonight.

Police are here, with flashlights. “Guys drop all the beers, that’s it.” not clear they get the scope of the invasion.

Glass on the front door just got smashed. Cop has his nightstick out. “I swear to god, get out of here!”

First arrest, a young woman. Bottle thrown. Cops badly outnumbered. This is getting crazy fast.

Police calling in backup as they push the crowd down 8th. Two cruisers here now.

On Bedford, masked guy throws a trash bin in the middle of the street. Some of the crowd are marching in the street.

Scuffle on the middle of Bedford as plainclothes and uniformed cops get forceful with more arrests.

Another really rough arrest. Plainclothes with telescoping sticks. Police are on this now.

At 7th, a call to march down Bedford. More trash bins in the street.

Police have one woman up against a garage door. “I didn’t do anything!” “I saw you!

Consensus among the remaining ~40 is to head to the precinct. But many linger at the corner of 11th.

Time-out pending a phase two, waiting for things to cool down to maybe hit a second vacant spot.

OK. I think, for tonight at least, the Williamsburg front is quiet.

OWS Holiday Bazaar Comes to Williamsburg This Sunday

If you’re interested in seeing how a holiday market could work without regular currency exchange, check out the OWS Holiday Bazaar this Sunday from 1-9pm at City Life Wellness (75 Frost St., L train to Lorimer). The event will feature a live barter market, skill workshops, musical performances and other fun activities to keep your mind off the problems with our country’s economy. Here’s the lowdown via Peel Back the Curtain:

This is a FREE event! Why? OWS Sustainability and Evolver are committed to building alternative economies out of the shell of the old. Instead of relying on currency to determine value, we believe in a system that allows individuals to work together and assess value for themselves. People are encouraged to bring items or skills of their own so that they may interact with the vendors. The Holiday Bazaar will be packed with workshops and a live barter market, donation based body work, dinner and live music. Everyone is encouraged to bring an item, art, skill, or service to come and barter with. Folks are also free to accept donations as well. [Read more…]

Occupy the tundra

There’s no justice, it’s just us!

Occupy Wall Street Overview

Have you ignored the protest thinking this was a short-lived fluke? Woken up and realized the protest is almost three weeks in and getting as much coverage as Jobs’ death? Realized its time to catch up so you have something to say over the water cooler?

Here is a primer, folks. It is far from being totally inclusive but the amount of articles being written and photos being taken are becoming unmanageable. Now is the time to save on some rent money, sublease your apartment and join them to really understand what’s going on.

I haven’t checked out the scene in a few days, but this video, “Right Here All Over” shows a huge group. If they got a masseuse hanging out, this has gone prime time.

-Notables are coming by! Jeff Magnum played but Susan Sarandon, Former Governor Paterson, Michael Moore have all also stopped by.Penn Badgley too. But don’t call him a celebrity, he’s a public artist.

The protests are all over the country! Mother Jones is updating an interactive map of the 60+ protests that have sprung up.

The New York Observer has been on the ground, covering the event before it was cool to cover the event. They are still plugging away, too.

Slate takes a stab at explaining the finances behind the 1% that Occupy Wall Street reviles.

-There’s been a lot of criticism over the lack of demands. Douglas Rushoff argues on that this is not as big of a problem as mainstream media is making it out to be. Here is the “living document” the protestors are working on to define what they are working towards.

-Yours truly has been dropping by since day one and I’ve kept up taking photos and tweeting up a storm I got interviewed in a podcast, which is a little dated at this point but a good overview on the beginnings.

-Their are protestors who say they aren’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future. To keep up with the growing moment, the group’s website and twitter are good starts.

Jeff Mangum plays Occupy Wall Street Protest

At the Occupy Wall Street Protest it’s a bit crowded, cold, and the distinct smell of the unwashed is as bold as the political fervor.

There are those who see the protests as a popular movement against institutions and corruption. Others criticize the movement for lacking focus or goals, but those there last night were treated to a surprise solo acoustic set by none other than the notorious troubadour, Jeff Mangum

He even took requests. “Sing it if you know it,” he yelled. “Hello my name is Jeff from Neutral Milk Hotel, and I’m occupying Wall Street,” he said to livestream cameras capturing the impromptu performance.

Mangum played All Tomorrow’s Parties festival last weekend in Ashbury Park. Maybe this is a sign his infamously reclusive days are waning.

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From Pitchfork:

“He lead singalongs to Holland, 1945”, “Ghost”, “Song Against Sex”, “Two-Headed Boy Part 2”, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”, “The King of Carrot Flowers Part 1”, and “Oh Comely”. The “we know who our enemies are” line in the latter song got an especially big cheer. He also covered the Minutemen’s “Themselves”

After performing, he said, “You guys have done a beautiful fucking thing.”