Venturebeat has a nifty article up highlighting the resourcefulness of Occupy Wall Street. The People’s Mic is now backed by the People’s Skype!
The People’s Skype was created by Jonathan Baldwin to aid in “mic check.” [...] In order to make sure voices are heard, Occupiers use “The People’s Mic,” where one person yells out a sentence, and others repeat the sentence in concentric circles out to the back of the crowd.
[...] The People’s Skype tries to put speed and clarity in this process by having anyone with a mobile device – smart and feature phone agnostic – call into a Skype line. The crowd is, in essence, on a one-way conference call. People in the area can gather around a phone and listen in individual groups, or perform the out loud repetition depending on the size of the crowd. Conference holders can post polls through Skype, which users can participate in by entering a passcode and a 1 or 2 for yes and no responses.”
The human mic strikes again, this time at N.C. State University:
John G. Stumpf, the president and CEO of Wells Fargo, was on campus as part of an executive lecture series sponsored by NCSU’s Poole College of Management.
His remarks were disrupted when protesters scattered amongst the audience of about 400 stood and started speaking. One woman protester began a speech and the others repeated and amplified her words.
The protesters said, “John Stumpf, we won’t take your home, but we will take a moment of your time. Your leadership has led to the death of the American dream. Wells Fargo is guilty of widespread predatory lending and holds over $5.7 billion in student debt.”
Afterwards, an NCSU official apparently “urged the audience to applaud in support of Stumpf, drowning out the protestors,” who were thrown out afterwards.
This Black Friday, as millions of Americans scramble to find the “best deals” on consumer goods, thousands of Chinese manufacturing workers are striking to demand livable wages, job security, and other basic rights. In Huangjiang alone, 8,000 striking shoe factory workers took the streets Thursday, blocking roads and standing down lines of riot police. Their factory, owned Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings, is a major provider to the sportswear company New Balance.
Meanwhile, Occupy Atlanta, including many former employees of large retailers, mic-checked crowds of crowds of Black Friday shoppers around midnight last night while Occupy Portland and surrounding cities planned to Occupy a Wal-Mart (but not buy anything) today. Occupy Boston, Occupy DC, and other cities are hosting “Really Really Free Markets” to share goods with whomever needs them, proving that another world — and an economy where we take care of one another’s needs instead of corporate profits — is possible. Here in New York, there is a march leaving at 2pm from Liberty Square to Foley Square to mark Black Friday.”
Today, Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel found himself the target of yet another mic check, courtesy of protesters from Occupy Chicago. Watch his reaction in the video below, courtesy NBC Chicago, as he appears to shorten his speech and hurry away. With two mic checks of Democrats in one day, the Occupy movement is more effectively demonstrating itself to be nonpartisan. Source: Huffpo
The Occupy movement trailed President Obama to New Hampshire today, where protestors briefly interrupted his jobs speech at a Manchester high school.
Using the so-called “human microphone” method, protestors shouted Obama down just minutes into his speech, calling attention to the arrest of peaceful protestors at Occupy movements around the country.
They were quickly countered by students, who began chanting, “Obama! Obama!”
But after the speech, a member of the movement got close enough to Obama as the president was shaking hands with members of the audience pass him a note, which was photographed by the Associated Press’ Charles Dharapak…
The gas industry convened a panel discussion and job-focused networking event at Ohio State University, intending to promote shale development and horizontal hydro-fracking across Ohio. Here’s a student response to the gas industry presentation.