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Raising Liberty

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May 9, 2012
Raising Liberty

by Eric Iseman “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity...
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M1: A Letter Regarding the May Day March

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May 3, 2012
M1: A Letter Regarding the May Day March

This story is part of our feature about the many protest events on May 1, 2012. Visit the feature page to see more. by Victory Woodhull Hello there, My name is Victory and I participated in the unpermitted march on May Day. I wanted to offer a critical perspective on the effectiveness of the...
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Reflections on “The New Jim Crow”

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April 2, 2012
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By Kendall These are sound-bites from a discussion among eighteen people who met at Reflections Coffee House and Bookstore on the morning of March 31, for the first of six discussions of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. “I’m appalled that people are appalled about Trayvon Martin and not about Keaton Otis. Everybody’s real...
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Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike

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March 29, 2012
Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike

by Jeremy Brecher Based on a talk by Jeremy Brecher to Occupy University, Zuccotti Park. Last December, Occupy Los Angeles proposed a General Strike on May 1 “for migrant rights, jobs for all, a moratorium on foreclosures, and peace – and to recognize housing, education and health care as human rights.”  The idea has...
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The History of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement

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March 28, 2012
The History of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement

by Sandy Polishuk The spark that ignited the social and political activism of young people in the decade known as “the 60s” flashed on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. The Berkeley Free Speech Movement grew out of the Civil Rights movement of the previous decade, and from resistance...
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The False History and Misunderstanding of “Non-Violence”

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February 28, 2012
The False History and Misunderstanding of “Non-Violence”

by Adam Rothstein Recently, the Portland Occupier published an article entitled “Nonviolence Still Wins the Public,” that included a historical list of non-violent protests, intending to highlight how the peacefulness of protesters, especially in the face of violent persecution, won the day for various social movements. This was a very selective history that borders...
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Black Bloc: A Brief History

February 16, 2012
Black Bloc: A Brief History

Had enough of discussions about Black Bloc? No? Good! Because we’re running a three-day series on Black Bloc tactics. Click the Black Bloc Series tag to read the other articles, delving into the controversy currently sparking throughout the Occupy movement and beyond. by Adam Rothstein Slowly but surely, the message is getting out that...
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Engaging the Powers – Book Review

February 14, 2012
Engaging the Powers – Book Review

By Catherine Alder Rarely does a book show the history of nonviolence for thousands of years, explain the Just War Theory clearly, correct the understanding of Jesus’ radical peace and justice statements that have been watered down by confused Christians, and help readers imagine ways of unbalancing systems of unjust power in which they...
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On the History of a Burned American Flag

February 8, 2012
On the History of a Burned American Flag

This author and this website do not advocate any specific act of violence or crime against property. This essay was crafted and published as solely a piece of rhetoric, and it ought to be interpreted as nothing else. by Adam Rothstein On the night of January 28th, protesters from Occupy Oakland entered Oakland’s City...
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Strange Wisdom

February 3, 2012
Strange Wisdom

by Zachary Bosart An informative series of chaotic events. It was seeming like the start of another day of perpetual mistakes. Upon awakening at 4 AM, I was supposed to drink coffee and prepare myself for a mandatory work meeting at 6 AM. To get there in time, I would have to grab the...
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