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A Brief History of May Day

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April 23, 2012
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This article is from the Occupied News Wire.  It originally appeared in the Occupied Oakland Tribune. By Scott Johnson – @OakScott For nearly 150 years, May 1st has been an international day to celebrate and defend the rights of the working class. While the immigrant rights movement and the Occupy movement have helped bring...
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Nine Questions about Hanford And Nuclear Waste; Does Anyone Have Answers?

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April 21, 2012
Nine Questions about Hanford And Nuclear Waste; Does Anyone Have Answers?

by Lauren Paulson 1. Are the nuclear reactors from decommissioned U.S. submarines still being barged up the Columbia River to be deposited at Hanford? 2. Is there a nuclear waste-contaminated water plume leaching its way to the Columbia River? If so, when is it expected to infect the Columbia River water table? Is other...
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(Only a Few) Candidates Gone Wild

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April 20, 2012
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By Elona Trogub “Candidates Gone Wild”, an event organized by the Bus Project, was not only an exercise in democracy, it was a blatant slap in democracy’s face–a reminder that our democracy only goes as far as the thickness of a candidate’s checkbook. Although poignant questions about racism and equity were raised–for example, why...
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Farewell (But Not Goodbye!) to Occupy Medford

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April 15, 2012
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By Benjamin Playfair The following is an open farewell letter to my local Occupy movement. An open letter to Occupy Medford: Before Occupy, I spent countless hours dreaming of being involved in helping to change our country. At times I thought in extremist absolutes about how to make that happen. At other times, my...
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Why I Occupy – Diane Emerson

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April 13, 2012
Why I Occupy – Diane Emerson

Every person has a story to tell about what is important to them. A story about decisions they have made and the motivating factors for those decisions, whether it be family, friends, economics, ethics, or some other reason. Every person has a story to tell about an event that changed their life. A turning...
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Two Deaths In Florida, One Outcome Remains Unknown

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April 13, 2012
Two Deaths In Florida, One Outcome Remains Unknown

by John Wood I was saddened by the deaths of two young people in Florida earlier this year, both killed by strangers while walking home. One was the death of my granddaughter, struck and killed by a hit and...
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Love and Revolution on the Brooklyn Bridge

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April 12, 2012
Love and Revolution on the Brooklyn Bridge

This story is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published on Occupied Stories. by John Dennehy NEW YORK, NY – A few hours before I was arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, I met Nicole in Zuccotti Park. She wore dark blue jeans that stretched across her legs, a grey sweater and a...
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A Reflection on F29

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April 12, 2012
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By Peter and Paul and other members of affinity group Hella503 The Portland Action Lab’s Feb 29th call to “Shut Down the Corporations!” (F29) was picked up by over 70 cities, making waves across the country. Here in Portland, roughly 1,000 people responded, showing up in the middle of the day, in the middle...
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Fertile Winter Yields Pay Dirt for Occupy Portland

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April 11, 2012
Fertile Winter Yields Pay Dirt for Occupy Portland

By Barbara G. Ellis Portland, Oregon, is a city so packed with progressive activists that the two Bush presidents angrily dubbed it “Little Beirut”, because whenever they dared to drop in they were targeted by hundreds of vociferous protesters from many organizations. Issues that drew dissident ire included: the Iraq war, single-payer health insurance,...
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A Heartbeat for the Movement

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April 9, 2012
A Heartbeat for the Movement

by Adam Sherburne in conversation with K. Kendall Originally from the bay area, Adam Sherburne is a musician who fought the music industry and most things American for over 20 years with his projects “Consolidated” and Free Music! Stop America! “I call myself a trans-jester, because we’ve had countless jesters, like we’ve had countless...
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