Only October and already snow is falling across the northeast, as evidenced by the photograph above of the scene outside my window unfolding as I type this. Hope the power stays on. Anyway below are your weekly links.
Social entrepreneur turned Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Alan Khazei said Thursday that he will be ending his campaign for the U.S Senate. He made the announcement during a press conference at his Boston campaign headquarters, a day after a spokesperson with the campaign told the Boston Globe that he would be dropping out.
Though he did not endorse any of the remaining four candidates in the race, including front-runner and fellow candidate consumer financial advocate Elizabeth Warren, the City Year co-founder acknowledged that her entry into the then crowded but largely unknown field ‘ struck a chord with citizens across our state and across our country at all levels of the political process.’
He also slammed Brown, who he said ‘ has failed to lead when our country is crying out for Game changing leadership’ and said he is pulling out of the race to avoid the risk of creating inner party divisions that could produce a weakened candidate and thereby boost Brown’s re-election chances.
The ‘ Occupy Wall Street’ movement’s message against corporate power and Wall Street greed touched down in Northampton just a little over a week ago on Thursday Oct 6, when demonstrators assembled outside the Bank of America branch on Main Street, for what its organizers dubbed ‘Occupy Northampton’.
Round up of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ over the past eight days. Video of Northampton Occupy Protest and more coverage to come.
Video posted at the bottom!
The past week has no doubt been a monumental one for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The movement that started with a small collection of protesters at New York’s Zuccotti Park on September 17 to speak out against what it sees as the greed of Wall Street at the expense of the middle and working classes, has since mushroomed in numbers. The seed of this movement was allegedly planted by the Canadian alternative magazine Adbusters, suggested people take to the streets to express their dissatisfaction.
Though ignored by much of the press for its first couple weeks, it found its way into the national conversation more and more, aided by social media. Last week around 700 protesters were said to arrested trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday Oct 2 .
Over the course of the week the protest branched out to gatherings in seventy cities according to at least one estimate throughout the country, where crowds of predominantly young people with a smattering of causes, grievances, and stories of hardship have assembled to voice their frustration with an economy and political system that many of them say is leveled against them.
One week following the exit of Newton Mayor Setti Warren from the race for the Democratic nomination to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in next November’s much watched election, another candidate has decided to end his campaign.
A statement posted on the website of Democrat Bob Massie Jr Friday morning, announced that he will be exiting the primary field.
“Today I am withdrawing from the race for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate. I am doing so because the momentum of the race has shifted so profoundly that I can no longer see a path for me to win the primary and defeat Scott Brown.
As someone who loves our history and our commonwealth, it has been a privilege to run for this office over the last nine months. One cannot retrace the steps of great senators like John and Edward Kennedy without coming to understand the importance of this role.”read more »
I’ve been a little busy the last couple of days, so Friday I didn’t have time to mention that it was fifty-six years ago Friday that screen legend James Dean died at the age of 24 in a car crash in California.