Author: Michael Galinsky

On Thursday at Brooklyn Technical HS, the Panel for Educational Policy planned to close 23 public schools citywide. I had just returned from a trip on Thursday and didn't feel that I had the energy to go; I had been to several last year and found that they were a sham public meeting like so many I had been to...

This morning I woke to a voice message from a friend in Prague.  He was terrified that something terrible had happened at Occupy Wall Street because all of the live streams he had followed the day before, during the massive protests, were shut down.  He thought that either everyone had been arrested, or that all of the cell service had...

Last week on buzzflash I wrote about the connection between our film "Battle for Brooklyn" and OWS.  Last year, as we completed Battle, we started to make a film about education in NY.  We saw intense similarities between the way in which parents were shut out of the education process and the way in which communities were shut out of...

If one were to judge the Occupy Wall Street movement based on my friends' facebook feeds, it would be clear that the revolution was over and that we had won.  Creative people would forever be free to be creative and the tyranny and corruption of "efficency" would be banished from the land.  As such I might have an irrationally exuberant...

I stayed up late last night looking at footage from the occupy wall street protest.  For the most part it’s pretty mild stuff.  There are very few truncheons swinging.  Yet the tone of dismissal and power is overwhelming.  There’s a palpable anger among the officers even as the protesters remain non-violent.  What’s even more disturbing is that the white shirts...

I haven’t been down to Wall Street yet. I almost went today with my 5 year old after we biked to Chinatown, but it felt wrong. I am in full support of raising questions and I am appalled by both the press and the police brutality. Part of the reason I haven’t gone is that I have a very hard time...