Occupy Updates: Occupy Oakland Protesters Hit by Car, Harvard Economics Student Stage Walk-Out

The latest news on the Occupy movement:

--ABC7 in Oakland reports that two Occupy Oakland protesters were hit by a Mercedes last night. The driver of the car tried to drive through a crowd of occupiers, some of whom banged on his hood. He then reportedly forced his vehicle through the crowd, causing multiple injuries to the two people. (Despite an earlier rumor, neither of them died.) This all happened as protesters were occupying the city's port last night. They later faced police violence, which you can read about here.

--Harvard students who attend Professor Greg Mankiw's Economics 10 class have staged a walk out "to express our discontent with the bias inherent in this introductory economics course." The students' open letter to Professor Mankiw reads in part:

A legitimate academic study of economics must include a critical discussion of both the benefits and flaws of different economic simplifying models. As your class does not include primary sources and rarely features articles from academic journals, we have very little access to alternative approaches to economics. There is no justification for presenting Adam Smith’s economic theories as more fundamental or basic than, for example, Keynesian theory...

We are walking out today to join a Boston-wide march protesting the corporatization of higher education as part of the global Occupy movement. Since the biased nature of Economics 10 contributes to and symbolizes the increasing economic inequality in America, we are walking out of your class today both to protest your inadequate discussion of basic economic theory and to lend our support to a movement that is changing American discourse on economic injustice. Professor Mankiw, we ask that you take our concerns and our walk-out seriously.

--A new poll conducted by ORC International shows that the percentage of Americans who support the Occupy movement continues to grow. Thirty-six percent of Americans said they agree with the movement, while only 19% said they disagree.

--Firedoglake's #OccupySupply Fund, which facilitates the donation of union-made cold weather supplies to occupiers around the country, has made its first shipment of goods (socks for very cold temps).

--An OWS kitchen worker has been arrested for the alleged sexual assault of two women.

--Wonderful veteran activist Grace Lee Boggs has some words of advice for the occupiers:

Grace Lee Boggs' Message to Occupy Wall Street Part 2 from American Revolutionary on Vimeo.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 3, 2011, 5:12am

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