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Book Review: Occupy the Economy

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July 25, 2012
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By Shamus Cooke Any book with “Occupy” in the title should be read with great skepticism. Richard Wolff is prepared to attack such suspicion in his book “Occupy the Economy, Challenging Capitalism”. The book has an additional challenge that invites extra suspicion: Richard Wolff writes as an unabashed socialist, and socialists have an awful...
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Occupy Homes MN Victory: Developing a Cure for Bank Blight?

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July 24, 2012
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This story orginally appeared on the website for Occupy Homes MN (Minnesota). By Susan Kukichi and Anthony Newby After a five-year battle over now-illegal lending practices, a bank error that dropped her from a loan modification program, and a campaign with Occupy Homes MN, north Minneapolis homeowner Ruby Brown has received a mortgage renegotiation...
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How to Kill the Internet

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July 23, 2012
Media tent from the Occupy Portland camp.  Photo by Paul.

By the Crew at Riseup.net Around the world, there is a magic formula for passing laws to severely limit internet freedom: claim that you must block and monitor traffic in order to prevent child pornography. If you are like me, your impulse is to stop reading right now. There is nothing that I would...
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Irreformable Corruption, Rebellious Cities, Commerce, and Coal Trains

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July 21, 2012
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By Nicholas Caleb Through a process of losing confidence that has spanned my twenties, I’ve finally given up on national politics and find it incapable of being reformed through existing institutional reform mechanisms (except maybe a constitutional amendment coming from a state driven convention; different can of worms for a different post). The lack...
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Whither Blows Change? Community Forum on Climate Justice

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July 20, 2012
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Story and photos Pete Shaw Three years ago I was in Haarlem, Netherlands, watching a televised debate on climate change. For a few moments I felt I had bent my balance: something was bothering me, but I could not figure out what it was. And then I realized that the debate was not about...
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Job Crisis Denial

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July 18, 2012
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By Shamus Cooke Before any problem can be fixed it must first be acknowledged. The jobs crisis stays in the shadows, out of mind, and consequently unaddressed. This is allowed to happen because those in power – Republicans and Democrats – both have political reasons to remain silent. When the jobs crisis is discussed,...
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Vigil Preempts City Plan to Clean Sidewalk

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July 17, 2012
Vigil Preempts City Plan to Clean Sidewalk

by Crash In yet another demonstration of the people’s rising gumption and grit, the sidewalk in front of Portland City Hall was cleaned up to a shine early Sunday morning. The cleaners included Occupy activists, long-term vigil keepers, one hunger striker, and the unhoused folks who have been sleeping on the edge of the...
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Restoring Trust: Breaking ICE’s Hold

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July 17, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw This does not look good. It is hot at 11 a.m. as I stand under a tree at the Martin Luther King Junior Worker Center, just south of the Interstate 84 overpass. There are about twenty people, all seemingly of Latino descent, awaiting work, nearly all of them...
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American Autumn: an Occudoc

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July 16, 2012
Occupy Miami was forcibly evicted from Stephen P. Clark Government Center on January 31.

This article is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Occupied Wall Street Journal. American Autumn: an Occudoc from Dennis Trainor Jr on Vimeo. Shot on the front lines and meeting spaces of the Occupy movement in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC from the earliest days through the end of...
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Obamacare Victory Prescription for Left Defeat

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July 15, 2012
Obamacare Victory Prescription for Left Defeat

by Shamus Cooke The political victory for President Obama in the Supreme Court has created an interesting shift in American politics. More important than the blow against his Republican opponent has been the re-energizing of Obama’s base–a loose coalition of liberals, labor and leftists. Many in these groups were lured into supporting Obamacare because...
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