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Eviction Court

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June 9, 2012
Eviction Court

by Lauren Paulson Eviction Court Any way you look at it, you don’t want to be there. Eviction Court. First floor of the Multnomah County Courthouse. It is a desultory place. The welcome mat is not there for you. To get in you have to get naked. Well almost. There is a gauntlet of...
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How the Democrats Exploit Occupy

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June 9, 2012
How the Democrats Exploit Occupy

By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer There has been much talk about attempts by various organizations such as the Democratic Party and some top officials in organized labor to co-opt Occupy in order to steer this movement in directions beneficial to themselves. Such attempts can hardly be surprising, given the use that many in...
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Let’s Take Uncle Sam and Uncle Scrooge off Life-Support (Us)

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June 7, 2012
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By Elona Trogub Capitalists are great at making money but they’re terrible at predicting the future. All those dollar signs get in the way of seriously looking at the long-term consequences of their actions. Our government is run by and for capitalists. That’s why the U.S. spends half of the global total on militarization....
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Imagining the Post-Occupy Social Movement

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June 7, 2012
Imagining the Post-Occupy Social Movement

by Shamus Cooke If one were to honestly assess Occupy’s current strengths and weaknesses as a movement, confusion must be the inevitable result. This is because Occupy is not one movement, but an umbrella term that encompasses several different groups that have varied aims, organizational structures, and gaping theoretical differences. Occupy may not be...
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What Kind of Job Creation Do We Need?

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June 4, 2012
What Kind of Job Creation Do We Need?

by Mark Vorpahl In this presidential election year, when the outcome hinges on the economy, the phrases “job creation” and “job creators” are quick to roll off the candidates’ tongues. It is not hard to see why. With up to 24 million unemployed and underemployed, and those working subject to the downward pressure this...
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Jessica Hollie aka Bella Eiko speaks to the Oakland City Council

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June 2, 2012
Jessica Hollie aka Bella Eiko speaks to the Oakland City Council

This is from the Occupied News Wire. It originally appeared in the Occupied Oakland Tribune. Transcribed by @MrEJFox Can I get the technician to put this image up for a couple of minutes? It’s a close-up of what Bridget was holding just a second ago, so you guys can actually see the reason of us needing this....
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Standing Up to Islamophobia

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June 1, 2012
Standing Up to Islamophobia

by Wael Elasady At Portland State University, more than 50 students and community members participated in a demonstration to protest a presentation by Islamophobe and Israeli-apartheid apologist, Erick Stakelbeck.  Protesters entered the presentation with tape over their mouths, holding signs that read, “Show Racism the Red Card”, “Your Bigotry is Showing”, and “Free Palestine.”...
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Resistance in the Police State: Anti-NATO Protests in Chicago

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June 1, 2012
Resistance in the Police State: Anti-NATO Protests in Chicago

by joyofresistance Chicago, during the anti-NATO protests May 18-21, was a stark reminder that we already live in a police state. It’s a chilling fact that the ruling elites and this government which serves them have the power and resources to turn any city in the US into a police state overnight. Out in...
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“You Will Hang” and Other Things You Don’t Want to Hear on a Saturday Afternoon

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May 30, 2012
Brotherhood II March, 1987 - photo by J Michael

by Kip Silverman photos by J. Michael Author’s Note: There’s an interesting internet experiment called The Listserve ( http://thelistserve.com/) where people opt in to get one email from a member each day. The members are randomly selected and have 48 hours to submit their entry. It can be on any topic and often is...
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From the Chilean Winter to the Maple Spring

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May 29, 2012
From the Chilean Winter to the Maple Spring

by Andrew Gavin Marshall On the night of May 16, thousands of Montréal students and supporters took to the streets for the 23rd consecutive night of protests, this time spurred on by the Government of Québec’s announcement that it would legislate an end to the 14-week student strike which has gripped Quebec for the past...
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