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Occupy’s ‘Shut Down the Corporations’ Action: Building Change One Action at a Time

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March 5, 2012
Occupy’s ‘Shut Down the Corporations’ Action: Building Change One Action at a Time

By Vargus Pike It can be said the Occupy movement’s national day of action, “Shut Down the Corporations”, was a success for many reasons. On the local Portland level a thousand people braved some of the worst weather of the year to demonstrate against a few of the corporate and legislative members of the...
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Occupy’s ‘Shut Down the Corporations’ Action: Success or Failure?

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March 5, 2012
Occupy’s ‘Shut Down the Corporations’ Action: Success or Failure?

By Shamus Cooke The Occupy movement’s national day of action — “Shut Down the Corporations” — is a difficult action to assess. Was the action a success or a failure? The first question that needs to be answered is, what were the action’s goals? Many of the activists who performed civil disobedience during the...
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The Pretend Society

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March 4, 2012
The Pretend Society

by S. Brian Willson I was once a young man, very much like the young men and women who have gone to Iraq and Afghanistan as US military soldiers. I grew up believing in the red, white and blue. I believed that the United States had a sacred mission to spread democracy around the...
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Being Woody Guthrie

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March 3, 2012
Being Woody Guthrie

  By David Glenn Cox Today we have so many celebrities who take on social causes; it is almost a given that they will each have some charity or cause that they support. That is good, I suppose, but still there is a clear distinction between being socially conscious and being Woody Guthrie. Woody...
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The Class War Within

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March 2, 2012
The Class War Within

by Lester Macgurdy The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles. -Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto The throng of 8,000-plus protesters that converged on Pioneer Square in downtown Portland in early October was a massive chimera knit together by the tyranny of a world full of governments (ours among them)...
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A Brief Musing and Pathetically Informal Manifesto on Humanitism

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March 2, 2012
A Brief Musing and Pathetically Informal Manifesto on Humanitism

by Nate Perkins This is the internet’s greatest success: It is a private club that welcomes everyone and discriminates only against those who break the social contract that has arisen organically as a reflection of humanity. - a meshnet illuminatus by the name of DngrZnExpwyClosed The humanist focuses on the human as the cardinal,...
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Who Speaks for Occupy?

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March 1, 2012

by John Wood I’m on some of the planning lists and was involved in the December 12th port shutdown planning and in the EGT protest planning. Usually, whether or not an action had the approval of the General Assembly came up, implying that if it did not, it wasn’t a legitimate Occupy action. I...
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Defensive Black Bloc Tactics

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February 28, 2012
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by Shawn Fleek ‘De-arrest‘ – Street tactic used by marchers and protesters who directly engage with police to assist in the escape of individuals who are in the process of being arrested. When a participant is apprehended by authorities, one or more people will rush the officer an attempt to either confuse them or...
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The False History and Misunderstanding of “Non-Violence”

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February 28, 2012
The False History and Misunderstanding of “Non-Violence”

by Adam Rothstein Recently, the Portland Occupier published an article entitled “Nonviolence Still Wins the Public,” that included a historical list of non-violent protests, intending to highlight how the peacefulness of protesters, especially in the face of violent persecution, won the day for various social movements. This was a very selective history that borders...
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Why Non-Conformity is a Good Thing

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February 28, 2012
Why Non-Conformity is a Good Thing

by Lana Buchanan This quote attributed by Robert Green Ingersoll to Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) is a great example of non-conformity: “The Church says the earth is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the Church.” Imagine if he had not...
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