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Cascadia: Is There Hope?

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July 3, 2012
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By Elona Trogub The Cascadian flag attached to my bicycle looks like a big blue, white, and green jib as I join about one hundred others in the kick-off to Pedalpalooza on June 7. I fly the Cascadia flag from my bicycle because it gives me hope. Instead of telling people that I live...
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The De-Politicizing of the Olympics

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July 2, 2012
The De-Politicizing of the Olympics

This article is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Occupied Times. by the Editors of the Occupied Times illustration by Alex Charnley In Ancient Greece, power was centred around numerous city-states (poleis) acting as distinct political bodies. These poleis were perpetually at war with one another, but also traded together,...
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Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenter’s Union

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July 1, 2012
Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenter’s Union

by Shamus Cooke All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the Carpenters Union, covering all Carpenter’s Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters has a proud history and should take immediate action to overturn...
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Money, Power, and Politics

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June 29, 2012
Illustration by Warren Croce

By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer There has been much recent talk about the impact of money on politics, especially in the wake of the Citizens United ruling that ratcheted up the role of corporate money in political campaigns. Organized labor was quick to blame this ruling for its defeat in Wisconsin. Many assume...
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The 99 Revolutions

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June 23, 2012
The 99 Revolutions

by Nicholas Triolo Chapman Photos by Igal Koshevoy A simple lap around Chapman Square one evening turns into an extended meditation on rhythm, global resistance, and the discovery of meaning in the monotonous. Friday night. Freshly ejected from work and suffering from a serious case of the Digieye. You know what I’m talking about—dry,...
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Symbolism of the Cascadian Flag

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June 22, 2012
Bioregional flag of Cascadia, lovingly referred to as “the doug”

By Alexander Baretich I designed the Cascadian flag, aka the Doug, way back in the mid 1990s when I was a graduate student studying in Eastern Europe.  Though I totally love the people, cultures and landscape of Eastern Europe, I was deeply homesick for the forests of Cascadia, specifically the Willamette Valley forests I...
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Occupy Will Be Back

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June 21, 2012
Photo by Michael Mitarnowski

This article originally appeared at Truthdig. By Chris Hedges In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition. This is why obituaries for the Occupy movement are in vogue. And this is why the...
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The Whole World Stops Watching

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June 20, 2012
The Whole World Stops Watching

This article originally appeared on the Portland Radicle. By Mike and Emily Occupy is dead. Its original incarnation has reached its memetic peak, and it cannot re-create a spectacle akin to that of last fall. Mainstream media, crucial to popular awareness of Occupy Wall Street, has made the judgment that if Occupiers can’t force...
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If Helpers Fell From the Sky

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June 16, 2012
If Helpers Fell From the Sky

Originally published on Occupy Newfoundland and Labrador. by OccupyNL St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador—We are living in strange times. This is an empirical fact. For confirmation go to Google images and turn safe search off. Type in anything. Note the results. One of the things that makes it all strange is the underlying value system...
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Why Occupy the Pride?

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June 16, 2012
Why Occupy the Pride?

By Sarah Morrigan Since last September, the genius of the Occupy movement was to literally and physically occupy places and institutions and symbolically reclaim the people’s ownership and power over them.  In our encampments, we went one step further by demonstrating a new way of community, free from domination by the One Percent.  There...
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