Category: Occupy Movement

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Manissa McCleave Maharawal: Why Race Matters After Sandy

During the fall of 1962, residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn saw the trash accumulating on their sidewalks and realized that the city didn’t care about them the way it did about others. Their children had to play in stinky garbage while other neighborhoods had trees and parks. They complained to elected officials and Read more…

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Peter Marcuse: Helping Sandy Victims: FEMA, Charity, Politics – Occupy Sandy and Human Relations

At Zuccotti Park, there was always a bit of social service involved in the occupation: — homeless people sheltered, the hungry fed – but it was ancillary to Occupy’s main objectives, which dealt with societal, structural problems. But the reaction to hurricane Sandy, and the formation of Occupy Sandy, brought out a different aspect of Read more…

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Peter Marcuse: Occupy Sandy: Social Change through Prefiguring Action

The Occupy movement has been involved in organizing aid for families hard hit by storm Sandy, and many volunteers, both from Occupy groups and not but organized through them, have been in the hardest hit areas, in some of those hardest to reach and to help. How did that come about? This isn’t the Wall Read more…

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Yotam Marom: Occupy Sandy, from Relief to Resistance

Two weeks ago I was in my hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, wading waist deep in a murky combination of floodwater, oil and sewage. More than a week later, after finally getting unstuck from New Jersey (even the deepest Jersey pride has its limits…), I found myself in a van full of Occupy Sandy activists Read more…

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David Harvey: Another City is Possible!: An Interview with David Harvey

David Harvey was ranked as one of the twenty-most cited authors of books in the humanities in 2007 by the business information company Thomson Reuters, but he might be more proud of having introduced his concept of “accumulation by dispossession” throughout the academic and activist worlds. Accumulation by dispossession is a key conceptual tool for Read more…

Catherine Yeager: After Sandy, Occupy Movement Re-Emerges as Relief Hub for Residents in Need

In addition to the National Guard and FEMA, one of the more active relief efforts in New York City has been a volunteer effort organized by alumni of Occupy Wall Street called Occupy Sandy Relief. Along with groups like 350.org and Recovers.org, Occupy activists quickly mobilized hundreds, and then thousands, of people to help affected areas Read more…

Peter Rugh: Climate Change Lifts The Lid Off Inequality In New York City

On Tuesday morning, as New Yorkers were beginning to vote, 60 polling stations had been either destroyed or turned into emergency shelters. Above the same waters that had flooded many of the city’s coastal neighborhoods a week before, I and other Occupy movement activists hung a banner at the midpoint of the Manhattan Bridge. With Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Challenging the Myths About Balancing the Government Budget

Why Balancing the Government Budget is Exactly the Wrong Thing to Do in the United States; It will Worsen the Economic Situation. Challenging Austerity in Greece and Spain. Building Movements to Organize for Good Economic Policy and for  a More Just Society!   Notes on Talk at People’s Movement Assembly, Oct. 20th, 2012 October 20, Read more…

Dan Bluemel: Occupy LA Fight Home Foreclosure

At the request of a homeowner under foreclosure, occupiers have barricaded themselves inside another home. They hope to stave off eviction and force an amicable arrangement with the mortgage lender. According to the homeowners, Margarita Lucero and her brother Benito, and occupiers, Deutsche Bank is fraudulently foreclosing on the Lucero home. On the day the Read more…

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Chris Hedges: Join the Blockade of the Keystone Pipeline

The next great battle of the Occupy movement may not take place in city parks and plazas, where the security and surveillance state is blocking protesters from setting up urban encampments. Instead it could arise in the nation's heartland, where some ranchers, farmers and enraged citizens, often after seeing their land seized by eminent domain Read more…

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