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#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

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This week in Occupy, the Occupy National Gathering is under way in Philadelphia, Los Angeles rejects Wal-mart, hundreds marched on California’s capitol to demand a foreclosure moratorium and two Brazilian activists pay with their lives for speaking at the People’s Summit in Rio. #The Occupy National Gathering is in full swing in Philadelphia until July…

PCASC and Enlace Insist: Wells Fargo, Divest from Private Prisons

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Action Recap of Monday June 25, 2012 By Grace Schoenlake A city-wide letter drop in support of prison divestment was undertaken by community members and activists from the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC) and Enlace at eight Wells Fargo branches on Monday, June 25.  PCASC and Enlace, both involved in the national Prison Divestment…

TPP: Free Trade Detritus Swells Pacific Rim

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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Another year, another so-called free trade agreement. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is almost 20, while its younger sibling, the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is nearing seven years old. They sure grow up fast, don’t they? And now coming down the pike is the Trans-Pacific…

Day 30: Cameron Whitten Adjusts Agenda, Presses On

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By Jerry Bruce After 30 days of going hungry, a thinner, weaker Cameron Whitten had something to say. An expectant crowd of some 70 supporters gathered Sunday night in front of city hall to hear him. “I’m ending my hunger strike,” he said, and the crowd applauded. But after explaining why he’s not satisfied with…

Coming Out Of Rio: Green’s Dead, Movement’s Alive

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Story and photo by Kari Koch We all knew it, but now it’s official. The Green Economy and the green-washing of industry is not going to solve the global climate crisis, protect our communities from harm, or manage our common resources. Most importantly though, Rio+20 has made it clear that a Green Economy is not…

Cascadia: Is There Hope?

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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 in…

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, made…

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 a…

No Nukes NW Action: Shut Down, Not Meltdown!

by Beth Rakoncay May 5, 2012 – Japan shut down all 52 nuclear reactors following Fukushima, the worst meltdown in history last year. June 7, 2012 – About 70 women, including 10 women from Fukushima,  did a “die-in” in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence to protest against the restart of Ooi Nuclear Power…