Over at Bookforum, Natasha Vargas-Cooper writes that she doesn’t particularly care for Occupy or Todd Gitlin’s new book about it! Vargas-Cooper has a union and organizing background (we talked about it a bit when we talked about her money), and she writes that the Gitlin’s book highlights why she “never pitched a tent”—because Occupy was more about “spirit and identity” and less about strategy.
The occupation of a Sussex University campus in protest of the “commodification of education” has entered is third week and second building. “It all began in May 2012, when Sussex University management said it was to outsource 10% of the university’s workforce. This means 235 staff – mostly catering and waste disposal workers – will be transfered to external contracts. Many fear that such workers, who are already on low wages, will have their terms and conditions undermined.”
College: A good place to become an activist.