Category: Essays & Letters

Is there Really Such a Thing as a Middle Class?

by Ahjamu Umi We constantly hear the term “middle class” thrown around by politicians and the corporate media as a term designed to define everyday people, but never do these folks make even a half-hearted attempt to define what that term means. I would argue that a major reason why the term is never defined…

Tahrir Square Uprising Anniversary on January 25th

by Mario Haro Thank you to the revolutionaries from Egypt’s Tahrir square, you have inspired the world! A year has passed from the January 25th, 2011 Tahrir Square uprising in Egypt, where a despotic dictator has been replaced by a military junta, both funded by the The United States Dollar. What has changed? The whole…

Horton Hears an Occupation

by Zach Bosart When I was a child, my favorite Dr. Seuss book was Horton Hears a Who! For those unfamiliar with the plot, the story revolves around the elephant protagonist Horton, who hears a speck of dust speaking to him. The dust, actually a tiny planet, is home to a group of people called Whos.…

Occupy Congress: The Journey Begins

by Adam Rothstein There’s a familiar feeling of doom as one leaves the Northwest behind when departing on a road trip. As you strap yourself in to an eighty mile-per-hour meteor of alloyed aluminum and high-impact plastic, securing tanks of liquid fuel both hydrocarbon derived and caffeinated, there is a feeling not unlike that of…

Occupy As the Name – What’s the Big Deal?

By Ahjamu Umi I’m an Occupy Portland organizer and I’m an African (Black) man.  Some people would call that a paradox.  It is a fact that the numbers of African people, and other people of color, are very small in the Portland Occupy movement.  It is also truth that the numbers of people of color…

Theory and Practice in Occupy

by Shamus Cooke For a movement that started with one strategy and a couple of slogans, Occupy has preformed brilliantly. Having based itself on the examples of Egypt and Wisconsin, the Occupy Movement has raised the political consciousness of millions and created a large layer of new activists. But the uninterrupted string of successes of…

Bat Signal DIY

by Mungen Cakes So you want to do a Bat Signal. You want to project big ideas or fun images on the sides of homes, businesses, banks, bridges and highways (and never project on a church of any kind at any time unless you have permission). This DIY will give you the info you need…

Occupy 2012!

by Janice Leber Occupy 2012: We can and we must! We need to occupy 2012. This is our year, people. It’s a political year and we are a political movement. Let’s make ourselves known. We need to track all major candidates and show up at all campaign events. We need to be ready with important…

Caption Contest

Welcome to the first ever Occupier caption contest! If you are unfamiliar, a caption contest works like this: we give you a photo, and you give us the one-line caption that goes underneath. Points are awarded on a completely subjective basis for hilarity, political intrigue, and general fun. The comment policy applies, of course. The…