As to bigger pictures: what imprint have the Occupy moments and movements left on our cities? Cascades of activism, for one thing. Inspiration wafts through the culture, bubbles of energy and precedents for other struggles and tactics. It’s easiest to see around universities, where campaigns for divestment from fossil fuel corporations are picking up, spurred in part by Occupy ‘graduates’. Campaigns against massive student debt (currently estimated at about $1 trillion in the US) that will saddle graduates for decades have gotten off to a ragged start but probably have a future. While many Occupiers returned to regular, out-of-park life, some unknowable number of these debt-saddled young people – who felt, for a moment, they could get their hands on the levers that move the world – got a whiff of a feeling some of them want to get more of. … [Read more...] about Where are the Occupy protesters now?
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Stolar pointed out to the judge that following McMillan’s conviction, nine of the 12 jurors in her trial wrote to Zweibel, asking him not to send her to prison and to show her leniency. Their letter was followed by similar requests from members of the New York city council and prominent pop musicians. Two members of Pussy Riot, the Russian punk activist group, visited McMillan at Rikers and also wrote to the judge. … [Read more...] about Occupy activist Cecily McMillan sentenced to three months in jail
The prime minister’s warning before her visit to Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai suggests she will attempt to walk a tightrope between championing a new post-Brexit era of free trade alongside coded suspicion of President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road initiative, a $900bn (£636bn) global infrastructure project which has political designs to bring neighbouring countries closer into Beijing’s orbit. … [Read more...] about UK and China ‘won’t always see eye-to-eye’, says May before trade trip
In the meeting on Thursday the two leaders discussed the situation in Hong Kong, raised by May, amid growing concerns about the deterioration of free speech and democracy. No 10 said Xi and May agreed to reaffirm their commitment to “one country, two systems”, but Xi appeared to give no concrete assurances. … [Read more...] about Theresa May presses Xi Jinping on plastic waste at Beijing talks
Facial scans to identify bad Elvises at Porthcawl festival South Wales Police to use facial recognition app on phones Facial recognition fails on race, government study says The appeal followed the dismissal of Mr Bridges' case at London's High Court in September by two senior judges, who had concluded use of the technology was not unlawful. … [Read more...] about Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ruled unlawful