This time a year ago, Occupy camps across the country found themselves dismantled, handcuffed, and power-washed away in a move coordinated by several city administrations, forcing the network of activists and anti-capitalists who once gathered in those public spaces to find alternative modes of protest.
A year later, at least here in New York, that network is leaping into action with a speed and force that's caused even the apparatus of the state -- FEMA and the National Guard, most notably -- to recognize Occupy Sandy and on some occasions seek its aid. Its a testament, at the very least, to the organizational prowess of a movement that has been continuously churning out projects, if not media-mandated spectacle, throughout 2012.
Sarah Leonard, one of the editors of last year's Verso title Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America and a member of the Dissent Magazine team, recently surveyed the post-election landscape.
In anticipation of significant cuts to its staff (and likely its daily publishing schedule as well), the intrepid Cleveland-based daily newspaper The Plain Dealer has launched an expansive multimedia campaign to raise awareness and fight back against its Jersey-based parent company, Advance Publications, Inc. "Our city," they write, "could become the largest in the country without a daily paper."
You may remember Advance as the conglomerate that stopped the presses on the celebrated New Orleans daily Times-Picayune not long ago to focus exclusively on the paper's web content. Advance has also recently altered the publishing schedules for papers in Syracuse and Harrisburg—but the Plain Dealer isn't going down without a fight. Members of Newspaper Guild Local One, aided by the Communications Workers of America, are addressing the rumored cutbacks with a massive campaign to raise awareness and garner support both local and national.
Science writer John Mangels tells Andrew Beaujon of Poynter: