Posted by: Ken Riter | October 7, 2011

Progressive Action in Omaha for LGBTQI and Occupy Wall Street!

Next week in Omaha we will get to see some progressive democracy in action, and it is exciting.  On October 11th, National Coming Out Day to the LGBT Community, and on October 15th Occupy Omaha joins the national protests started by Occupy Wall Street.

The first event on October 11th is the LGBTQI rally, pushing for civil rights protections for Omaha as well as Employee +1 Benefits for all, both important issues to the modern Queer Community. Details about the event can be found at the Facebook event page. The event was organized by Forward Equality, so make sure you like their page to stay updated! And be at the event on the Memorial Bridge by UNO on Dodge at 12noon on Tuesday October 11th and be a participant in our democracy.

The second big event is Occupy Omaha meeting at 9am Saturday morning of Oct 15th outside City Hall. The group will march from there to the Federal Reserve Building. Be sure to keep updated on future news by liking the Occupy Omaha FaceBook page.  The demonstration is a direct offshoot of the original Occupy Wall Street protests currently going on and taking the nation by storm. Make sure you visit the Occupy Wall Streetwebsite to keep up on the latest police and human rights abuses.  And check out the Declaration of the Occupation of NYC for some wonderful information on why they are protesting. Lets hope the media stops expecting the Occupiers to do the media’s job.  Take care, thanks for reading and here’s my favorite line from the declaration page.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. ~ An excerpt from the NYC General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street, Sept 29, 2011.



  1. One of the most glaring problems with the supporters of Occupy Wall Street and its copycat successors is that they suffer from a woefully inadequate understanding of the capitalist social formation — its dynamics, its (spatial) globality, its (temporal) modernity. They equate anti-capitalism with simple anti-Americanism, and ignore the international basis of the capitalist world economy. To some extent, they have even reified its spatial metonym in the NYSE on Wall Street. Capitalism is an inherently global phenomenon; it does not admit of localization to any single nation, city, or financial district.

    Moreover, many of the more moderate protestors hold on to the erroneous belief that capitalism can be “controlled” or “corrected” through Keynesian-administrative measures: steeper taxes on the rich, more bureaucratic regulation and oversight of business practices, broader government social programs (welfare, Social Security), and projects of rebuilding infrastructure to create jobs. Moderate “progressives” dream of a return to the Clinton boom years, or better yet, a Rooseveltian new “New Deal.” All this amounts to petty reformism, which only serves to perpetuate the global capitalist order rather than to overcome it. They fail to see the same thing that the libertarians in the Tea Party are blind to: laissez-faire economics is not essential to capitalism. State-interventionist capitalism is just as capitalist as free-market capitalism.

    Nevertheless, though Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy [insert location here] in general still contains many problematic aspects, it nevertheless presents an opportunity for the Left to engage with some of the nascent anti-capitalist sentiment taking shape there. So far it has been successful in enlisting the support of a number of leftish celebrities, prominent unions, and young activists, and has received a lot of media coverage. Hopefully, the demonstrations will lead to a general radicalization of the participants’ politics, and a commitment to the longer-term project of social emancipation.

    To this end, I have written up a rather pointed Marxist analysis of the OWS movement so far that you might find interesting:

    “Reflections on Occupy Wall Street: What It Represents, Its Prospects, and Its Deficiencies”



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