In the U.S.’s most high-profile showing of solidarity with the student-led uprising in Greece, radicals at the New School in New York City have taken-over part of the building at 65 5th Ave.  The student occupation is being called “in explicit solidarity with those occupying the universities and streets in Greece, Italy, France and Spain.”  A statement from the students reads:

We have just occupied New School University. 

We liberate this space for ourselves, and all those who want to join us, for our general autonomous use. We take the university in explicit solidarity with those occupying the universities and streets in Greece, Italy, France and Spain. 

This occupation begins as a response to specific conditions at the New School, the corporatization of the university and the impoverishment of education in general. However, it is not just this university but also New York City that is in crisis: in the next several months, thousands of us will be losing our jobs, while housing remains unaffordable and unavailable to many and the cost of living skyrockets.

So we stress that the general nature of these intolerable conditions exists across the spectrum of capitalist existence, in our universities and our cities, in all of our social relations. For this reason, what begins tonight at the New School cannot, and should not, be contained here. 

Thus: with this occupation, we inaugurate a wave of occupations in New York City and the United States, a coming wave of occupations, blockades, and strikes in this time of crisis. 

Be assured, this is only the beginning, 

With solidarity and love from New York to Greece,
To Italy, France and Spain,
To the coming insurrection.

-The occupied New School

A list of their demands can be found at the above linked “New School in Exile” website and their “occupation blog” (man, times are a-changin) is here.  As a side note, a few years ago I attended a conference at the New School (if this is the same place that I think it is- and from the picture below it is); it’s a very modern building, right in the financial district (downtown for those who understand NYC’s layout), literally blocks away from Wall Street and the NYSE- quite a fitting locale, actually.

The student’s took over the building yesterday and were locked inside when the school was shut-down for the night.  This morning, when the building was re-opened, as more students were being let in to take part in the occupation police arrived and attempted to raid the space; one person was arrested but the 150 (or more) students inside managed to fight of the attack and barricaded themselves safely inside.

Meanwhile in Greece, a 7,000+ student demonstration in Athens ended the 13th day of resistance there.  An English account (blog) from individuals taking part in the uprising and in the streets of Greece daily.  It has this note from Day 13:

Meanwhile, occupation of media outlets is spreading across the country: Today, the municipal radio of Tripoli, “Nea Tileorasi” TV in Chania, “Star FM” and “Imagine 897 FM” in Thessaloniki were occupied.

The “Labour Centre” (trade union building) of Patras was also occupied today, in protest against the sold-out leadership of the trade unions, demanding an indefinite general strike now.

December 20th has been set as an International Day of Solidarity and resistance, with demonstrations planned for nearly every major city in the world, and dozens of others.  While the mainstream media continues to offer passing, if any, coverage of the rapidly spreading global uprising (a Google search I just did of the New School occupation gave me only independent and leftist sites- nothing from the MSM), those of us paying attention see an incredibly bold and brave movement of resistance attempting to re-frame the debate around the collapse of the capitalist financial system.  A congruence of international events and actions of resistance of this magnitude have not taken place for 40 years- the question that remains: how far will it go?

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