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AFL-CIO Declares Victory in Wisconsin in the Face of Defeat

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June 12, 2012
Photo by Christopher Patterson via Flickr

By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer In the wake of the Wisconsin elections and the failure to unseat Governor Walker, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has issued a victory statement of sorts, resorting to the most tortured and convoluted logic. For starters, Trumka proclaimed that, “Wisconsin took back its Senate.” Although he did not explain...
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The Maple Spring and the Mafiocracy: Struggling Students versus “Entitled Elites”

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June 11, 2012
The Maple Spring and the Mafiocracy: Struggling Students versus “Entitled Elites”

by Andrew Gavin Marshall It says a great deal about our society when hundreds of thousands of students – already largely indebted, a significant portion of whom live well below the poverty line, who already work what few jobs exist for a generation forgotten before we leave home – take to the streets in...
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Flash Encampments

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June 11, 2012
Flash Encampments

This article was originally published on Adbusters. Hey all you wild cats, do-gooders and steadfast rebels out there, Our movement is living through a painful rebirth… “There has been a unfortunate consolidation of power in #OWS,” writes one founding Zuccotti. “This translates into ideological dominance and recurring lines of thought. We are facing a...
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Occupy Wall Street – Taking it to the Streets

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June 10, 2012
Occupy Wall Street – Taking it to the Streets

This story is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Occupied Times. by Michael Richmond Two direct actions in three nights. Both started out from Washington Square Park in Lower Manhattan, and both were ostensibly in solidarity with the huge mobilisation of protesters in Québec against raised tuition fees and...
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A Letter to Mayor Sam Adams and his Portland Police

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June 10, 2012
A Letter to Mayor Sam Adams and his Portland Police

by The Organizers To Mayor Sam Adams, Portland Police: People of the City of Portland, representing all walks of life, will gather in Pioneer Square at 7:00pm on June 11, 2012 to express solidarité with people in Québec and around the world who are asserting their rights to education without lifelong debt-slavery. This event...
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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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CISPA Follows SOPA in Attacking Internet Freedom

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June 8, 2012
CISPA Follows SOPA in Attacking Internet Freedom

This article is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Boston Occupier. by Kendra Moyer The Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) was drafted by Representative Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) with the stated intention of protecting consumers and business owners by reducing intellectual property theft, identity theft, and perceived “cyber threats.” The...
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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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From Montreal: An Open Letter to the Mainstream Media

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June 6, 2012
Photo by scottmontreal

You are a little late to the party, and you are still missing the mark a lot of the time, but in the past few days you have published some not-entirely-terrible articles and op-eds about what’s happening in Quebec right now. Some of you have even started mentioning that when people are rounded up...
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PDX Bike Swarm to Lead Kickoff Ride for Annual Portland Pedalpalooza Bike Festival

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June 5, 2012
Photo by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland.org

By Hart Noecker On Thursday, June 7th at 6pm, in the South Park Blocks near Portland State University, the PDX Bike Swarm will lead the Kickoff Ride for Portland’s annual 3+ week long mega-event PEDALPALOOZA, and as in years past the turnout is expected to be well in the hundreds for this ride alone....
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