Occupy Pittsburgh ordered to vacate Mellon Green

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that:

The Occupy Pittsburgh movement has three days to exit the space at Mellon Green after an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge this afternoon granted a motion for a preliminary injunction requested by BNY Mellon.

An Occupy Pittsburgh statement on Militarism

The Pittsburgh General Assembly passed this statement on 11.1.2011.

The public source for the Statement can be found here. I have included a copy below.

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Occupy Pittsburgh will hold a rally at Consol Energy Center

The date and time: Thursday October 27th at 10:30 AM. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, will host a Republican Committee of Allegheny County’s (RCAC) fundraiser. The full press release can be found here.

Occupy Pittsburgh started successfully

Your faithful reporter-servant shamed himself by failing to make it downtown for the event.

Unofficial estimates of the initial march from Freedom to Market Square ranged from 2,000 to 4,000. The march commenced with a permit and the public reading of a statement committing the movement to nonviolent practices. After a rally in Market Square, the occupation group marched to and took root in Mellon Green at 3:30 pm Saturday. BNY/Mellon announced later that afternoon that it would not legally contest the occupation. The march was without incident; afterwards, both the police and the marchers affirmed their commitment to having a nonconfrontrational protest.

Pittsburghers support Wisconsin’s public unions

The contagion effect touched Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday (2.24.2011).

The place of labor in the Steel City

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Richard Mellon Schaife’s local propaganda rag, and the Associated Press noted the following:

It’s only natural that Pittsburgh steelworkers would want to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

But a U.S. Steel memo says workers in the Clairton, Irvin and Edgar Thomson mills who miss work Sunday or Monday “without just cause” will face “severe disciplinary action.”

Is it shocking or ironic that U.S. Steel would refuse to support a famous standard-bearer for a once-mighty American industry? Not at all. Is U.S. Steel mean-spirited for refusing to adjust to this local need? Of course it is. U.S. Steel’s threat to punish those of its workers who take a day off to watch the Super Bowl is unsurprising because mean-spiritedness was and remains still a prominent feature of America’s capital-labor conflict. After all, Henry Clay Frick, Chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, the predecessor to U.S. Steel, would have approved this measure if he were not a long-time resident of Hell and thus out of touch with current events. He was, as we know, the agent who brought about the bloody Homestead Steel Strike of 1892 and the infamous Johnstown Flood (1889). It is difficult to imagine Frick approving any decision that would put humane concerns before the interests of the capital he owned and managed.

Lest we forget this dark past, we should keep in mind that the Pittsburgh Steelers football team celebrates the individuals who worked in Western Pennsylvania’s steel mills along with those who worked in the many industries related to steelmaking. The Steelers, like the Green Bay Packers, celebrates a place, a city and a region. They are emblems for those places. Capital, on the other hand, always lacks honor of this sort because capital is intrinsically homeless. Capital lacks a place of being and therefore a commitment to the communities which it touches.

To be sure, some U.S. Steel executives will attend today’s game. It is prudent to expect that these attendees will not suffer sanctions for having done so.