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The Case for Voting

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March 27, 2012
The Case for Voting

This story is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published by The Boston Occupier. By Josh Sager The voting booth is the means by which average Americans can directly affect their federal, state, and local governments. Voting allows Americans to select politicians who represent the views and ideologies that they would like represented...
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The Four Legs of Activism

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March 27, 2012
The Four Legs of Activism

By Michael Schultz The first leg of activism is knowledge. It is important to look squarely at the issues of the day without illusion. As a good friend of mine is fond of saying, the core of activism is “between your ears”. Critical analysis of the world is the first step toward understanding what...
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Democracy: Now or Later?

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March 25, 2012
Democracy: Now or Later?

by Eric Reygers de·moc·ra·cy noun \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\ plural de·moc·ra·cies Definition of DEMOCRACY a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority The ideology of our country–America, that is–is an integrated system of democracy aimed towards “freedom” but failing by governmental succession from the majority. Unfortunately, the current American governmental idea of democracy...
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Why I Occupy: A Call for Essays

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March 24, 2012
Why I Occupy: A Call for Essays

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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Practicing the Politics of the Impossible

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March 24, 2012
Practicing the Politics of the Impossible

This story is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Boston Occupier. by Doug Enaa Greene The U.S. electoral system is all about what the system deems possible. During each election season we are given the choice between a few politicians who promise change; we vote and then things remain...
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The Trayvon Martin Case – A Call to Action!

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March 24, 2012
The Trayvon Martin Case – A Call to Action!

by Ahjamu Umi A seventeen year old youth has been gunned down. It’s a tragedy that’s all too familiar to African people around the world. Whether it’s in Sierra Leone, Somalia, Haiti, or Sanford, Florida, African life has no value, regardless of who’s pulling the trigger. This is the reason you won’t see me...
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Will Brazil’s Anchor Hold?

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March 23, 2012
Photo by Nick V.

By Alan McFarlane The renowned Brazilian journalist, Carlos Heitor Cony, writing in Sunday´s edition of Folha de Sao Paulo, recounted a dear friend and colleague saying in the 1980s, “We´ve lost our moral anchor, not because of the dictatorship or the possible crisis, but because the humanistic values of our human society despite our...
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DA and Portland Police Lack Continuity

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March 23, 2012
DA and Portland Police Lack Continuity

by Mungen Cakes and Big Jon The Oregonian article “Occupy Portland Cases Crowding Court System” by Kate Mather, (March 15, 2012) illuminates a disturbing lack of continuity between actions of the District Attorney and the Portland Police Bureau.  Occupy Portland defendants are being charged with misdemeanor offenses, such as interfering with a police officer,...
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Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein

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March 22, 2012
Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein

by Illona Trogub “You are not poor when you have no money, you are poor when you have nothing to offer…” - Maria Choupis Maria Choupis, a founding member of a cashless goods and service network in Volos, Greece, is beginning to live in a sacred economy. Coincidentally, it’s a topic that packed over...
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Back To The Future: One More Argument For Non-Violent Action

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March 21, 2012
Back To The Future: One More Argument For Non-Violent Action

by Emily Lehr “Hope remains only in the most difficult task of all: to reconsider everything from the ground up, so as to shape a living society inside a dying society.” –Albert Camus It seems to me that the magic of Occupy lies in its origins. Consensus, dialogue, reclamation of space—these are the ways...
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