Category: Occupy Wall Street

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Yotam Marom: Reclaim Your City with a Global Movement

Well, it happened — massive protests around the world, strikes across Europe, tens of thousands in the streets of New York City, student walkouts, radical art, banners hanging everywhere, slogans stickered to walls, occupation attempts, dozens of arrests around the country. This was May Day in a post-Occupy Wall Street world, but May Day was Read more…

Jordan Flaherty: Race, Gender, & Occupy

At a recent panel discussion on the Occupy movement, a left-leaning professor from New York University speculated that identity politics—the prioritizing of issues of race and gender in movements for justice—could be a plot funded by the CIA to undermine activism. While most commentators do not go this far, the idea that activists who focus Read more…

Daniel Borgström: Occupying a House Auction

I’d never been to a house auction before, so when I heard about a “Stop the Sale” action to save the home of two Oakland residents, I went to the Alameda County Courthouse, entered the building, and looked all around. But I didn’t see any protesters. Finally, I asked at the information desk and was Read more…

Charles Lenchner: The 99% Spring Training For Trainers And The Plot To Coopt #Occupy

This past weekend I attended the Training for Trainers (T4T) of the 99% Spring. This is being organized by a very large and powerful coalition in which MoveOn is one of the larger partners, as is the AFL-CIO. The 99% Spring action plan is fairly straightforward: train 100,000 people in non-violent direct action (NVDA).   On the one hand, this is obviously a Read more…

Occupy Wall Street: 6 Ways to Get Ready for the May 1 General Strike

60,000 people recently marched on Madison to mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of Governor Scott Walker's drastic dismantling of collective bargaining rights for public employees. Last year, Walker's attacks on labor rights sparked massive protests that saw hundreds of thousands occupy the Wisconsin capital building. Their actions prefigured Occupy Wall Street and inspired Read more…

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Chico Whitaker: A View From Brazil

Since the USSF is part of a world movement to build movements resisting oppression and hierarchy in our economic and social systems, USSF News asked Chico Whitaker, Brazilian activist and organizer who helped launch the World Social Forums in 2001 and whose wisdom and leadership has helped guide the process. Whitaker attended the 2010 USSF Read more…

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Staughton Lynd: A Letter To Other Occupiers

Greetings. I write from Niles, Ohio, near Youngstown. I take part in Occupy Youngstown (OY). I was asked to make some “keynote” remarks on the occasion of OY’s first public meeting on October 15, 2011. I am a member of the legal team that filed suit after our tent and burn barrel were confiscated on Read more…

Robert Meeropol: Occupy Wall Street Protester Guilty of Lynching?

This morning I read that an ardent member of the Occupy Los Angeles movement has been arrested and charged with lynching. You might think the protester, Sergio Ballesteros, attacked and hung someone. After all, California’s anti-lynching law was designed to protect minority defendants in police custody from vigilante lynch-mobs. But no, the police have used the law Read more…

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Michael Parenti: Democracy and the Pathology of Wealth
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The Real News Network: Movement to Occupy Vacant Houses Spreads
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