Category: Occupy Wall Street

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Shamus Cooke: Theory and Practice in Occupy

For a movement that started with one strategy and a couple of slogans, Occupy has performed 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 Egypt and Tunisia haven’t materialized Read more…

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Yotam Marom: Why Now? What’s Next?

Naomi Klein is a journalist, activist and author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo. She writes a syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian. Yotam Marom is a political organizer, educator, and writer based in New York. He has been active in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and is a member Read more…

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: Occupy Wall Street and Transformational Strategy

The beginning of the new year seems an appropriate time to reflect upon the progress, and potential, of what must surely rank as one of the most astonishing and encouraging developments of 2011: the emergence and rapid spread of the Occupy movement. Most participants in, and observers of, the Occupy movement in the US agree Read more…

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Grace Davie: Decentralized People Power

At an Occupy Wall Street meeting in midtown Manhattan on December 20th, a debate broke out about the general assemblies (hereafter, GAs)—the core decision-making forums of the movement and its most visible embodiment of direct democracy. The meeting was the second of its kind devoted to exploring the idea of a city-wide general assembly. About Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Are “We” Really 99%?

Michael Albert argued in a recent posting on ZNet that “we” are not really 99%. He argued that while this slogan may be appealing precisely because it is so inclusive, it belies important differences that should be taken into account if the Occupy Movement is to develop successfully. When occupiers and critics alike say, we Read more…

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Kim Scipes: Understanding the Occupy Movement

Over three and a half months in, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement has spread across the United States and across the world. Obviously, the best way to get an understanding of the Occupy Movement is to visit and/or join them yourself, and supplement this with reading articles/stories by them, about them, and for them. Read more…

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Carl Finamore: Friends in High Places

A political campaign by San Francisco’s well-heeled “property owners” was launched to influence police and politicians to aggressively demobilize Occupy SF and to dismantle their encampments. And, there are documents to prove it.   Things did not start out this way.   When the Occupy movement first took root on Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Read more…

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Rebecca Solnit: Compassion Is Our New Currency

Usually at year’s end, we’re supposed to look back at events just passed — and forward, in prediction mode, to the year to come. But just look around you! This moment is so extraordinary that it has hardly registered. People in thousands of communities across the United States and elsewhere are living in public, experimenting Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Down with (‘Occupy’) Materialism, Up with Diversity and Holism

Cross posted from Future Economy Blog. It’s barely secret that numerous local Occupy groups have encountered allegations of internal racism and sexism. When people who are marginalized or sidelined in the outside world feel that happening inside movement groups, they tend to get upset. I don’t really have trouble seeing why that makes sense, but Read more…

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Lydia Sargent: What Will It Take To No Longer Tolerate the Intolerable?

I am writing this article as we prepare Volume 25 of Z Magazine. I’ve co-edited and co-produced every single issue: that’s 12 issues a year. That means each month, since 1988 I read some 50 submitted articles in order to publish around 20 of them in a 48-page print magazine (although it started out at Read more…

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