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What to Expect on May Day

Wondering where to go and what will happen during Occupy Wall Street’s May Day protests? You’re not alone. With the knowledge that Occupy events rarely go according to plan, Natasha Lennard at Salon tries to lick the revolutionary chaos into manageable order.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Slavoj Zizek: The Problem Is Capitalism

The problem facing humanity today—especially those taking to the streets in protest—is an economic system that encourages and rewards greed, says the Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. And leaders who tell us to look elsewhere are merely creating distractions.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Occupiers Shift to the Sidewalks

Expelled from their encampment at Zuccotti Park last November, protesters with Occupy Wall Street have taken to sleeping on the sidewalks of the financial center in lower Manhattan.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE



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UC Davis Officials, Officer Critiqued in Occupy Protest Report

After UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s handling of last fall’s crackdown on Occupy protesters by campus police—the one that inspired an artful meme drawn from shameful circumstances—drew fire, university officials ordered a task force to investigate the pepper-spraying incident of Nov. 18 and issue a report.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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The ‘Suicidal State’ and the War on Youth

Everywhere we look, the power of the rich and powerful operates to create a “suicidal state” in which regulations meant to restrict their corrupting power are shredded; shamelessly and without apology, they use their unchecked power to lay off millions of workers while simultaneously cutting the benefits and rights of those on the job in order to dramatically increase corporate profits.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE


The Critic and His Critics: Hedges vs. the Black Bloc

Truthdig’s Chris Hedges and Kevin Zeese of Occupy DC spoke in Washington in early April to call on Occupiers everywhere to grow the movement through the use of nonviolent tactics.

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 READ MORE


Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Van Jones: How Our Movement Lost Its Way

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Van Jones wants to put Humpty Dumpty Hope back together again; we consider Condoleezza Rice for VP; Occupy gets glitz; and the latest threats to your Internet freedom.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Pepper Spray Sends 2 to Hospital During College Protest

Two people were hospitalized Tuesday evening after Santa Monica (Calif.) College police officers allegedly pepper-sprayed a crowd of students and others protesting tuition increases outside a meeting of the college’s board of trustees. An investigation to determine who released the spray is under way.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE



Faking the ‘Truth About Trayvon’

Fake photographs of Trayvon Martin are being used to diminish public concern about his killing; emails and other documents of the Department of Homeland Security reveal that the hacktivist group Anonymous was investigated as a dangerous security threat; Egyptian women are finding ways to express their revolutionary voices through music. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



AP / John Minchillo

The Million Hoodie March: It’s About a ‘Right-or-Wrong Thing’

In all, the Million Hoodie March was an on-the-ground call for an end and an online call for a new beginning.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Gated Intellectuals, Fortress America, and the Politics of Occupy

A group of right-wing extremists would have the American public believe it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of a market society.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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NYPD Reportedly Beat Occupier, Ignored Her Apparent Seizure

Occupiers are accusing New York police officers of beating and neglecting a woman who had a seizure after being handcuffed during the breakup of the movement’s six-month anniversary party in Zuccotti Park on Saturday night.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Infiltration of Political Movements Is the Norm in America

Earlier this month, several members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, were charged with hacking, reportedly on the basis of reports from an FBI informer described in the media as a leader of LulzSec, notorious for its exploits against Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, the FBI, Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



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A Look at the New ‘Anti-Occupy’ Bill

The radical corners of the Internet have been ringing loudly over a piece of legislation passed with near unanimous support last week that protesters are calling the “anti-Occupy” bill. The new law mostly updates a set of rules already in place, however.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE



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How Empires Fall: An Interview With Jonathan Schell

Since Occupy and the Arab Spring, the animating message of Schell’s “Unconquerable World”—that, in the age of nuclear weaponry, nonviolent action is the mightiest of forces—has undergone a renaissance of sorts.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Anonymous

Our picks for this week’s Truthdiggers are a little unusual in that we don’t really know who they are—at least not specifically. But we do know them by their collective, if faceless, alias: Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE



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A Tribute to One of Occupy’s Intellectual Predecessors

C. Wright Mills, the radical Columbia University sociologist who died 50 years ago at age 45, warned that America was becoming a nation of “cheerful robots,” corrupted by an economic elite and heading toward a third world war.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mike Groll

Ralph Nader: Raise the Minimum Wage

Ralph Nader believes that the call to raise the minimum wage has the potential to divide the Republican Party, which has not been split on any major issue in Congress since Obama took office.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Lawrence Lessig on ‘Fixing the Republic’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Lawrence Lessig discusses his new e-book, “One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic,” and his optimism that movements like Occupy Wall Street can help set our democracy back on course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE


Lawrence Lessig on ‘Fixing the Republic’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Lawrence Lessig discusses his new e-book, “One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic,” and his optimism that movements like Occupy Wall Street can help set our democracy back on course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Mad, Passionate Love and Violence: Occupy Heads Into the Spring

Occupy had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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OWS Calls for May Day Strike

Occupy Wall Street has boldly called for a general strike of the 99 percent on May Day—May 1. “*No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping,” read the text approved by the OWS General Assembly. The action is scheduled to overlap with a day intended to call attention to the plight of immigrants.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The .0000063% Election

At a time when it’s become cliché to say Occupy Wall Street has changed the nation’s political conversation, electoral politics and the 2012 presidential election have become almost exclusively defined by the 1%. Or, to be more precise, the .0000063%.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE


Occupy Fashion Week

Fashionistas are a funny lot, sometimes unintentionally so, and often given to talking about the rag trade and all things stylish in highfalutin’ terms. Here we have some from that set—and a couple of outliers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges—holding forth about the nuanced relationship between fashion and OWS.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



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OWS Might Get a Super PAC

How’s this for diversity of tactics? To the dismay of many of his cohorts, Occupier John Paul Thornton in Alabama is attempting to fight fire with fire by petitioning the Federal Election Commission for approval to form an Occupy Wall Street political action committee. If he succeeds, he’ll be eligible to raise as much dirty money as his corporate-backed opponents.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless

There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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The Cancer in Occupy

The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Police Give Occupy D.C. a Tidying

Washington, D.C., riot police swept away much of one of the last remaining Occupy encampments early Saturday morning, clearing McPherson Square of tents banned under area rules while leaving those that met regulations. Six protesters were arrested, but Occupiers are still permitted to demonstrate at all hours.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 READ MORE



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For OWS, a Confrontation Within the Confrontation

An Occupy Wall Street protester’s attack on an activist and journalist who filmed fellow activists letting air out of the tires of police cars has highlighted a division within the movement between those who want to protect protesters engaged in illegal acts and others who want to report the straight truth.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE


‘Out and Occupy’ Condemns Corporate ‘Pinkwashing ’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Occupy and labor activists target gay-friendly marketing, Mitt Romney’s immigration issues, Ron Paul challenges liberals, Lisa Bloom on pop culture dieting and Apple lovers take action.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Out and Occupy’ Condemns Corporate ‘Pinkwashing’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Occupy and Labor activists target gay-friendly marketing, Mitt Romney’s immigration issues, Ron Paul challenges liberals, Lisa Bloom on pop culture dieting and Apple lovers take action.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Four Reasons to Watch the Super Bowl

You might think that celebrating the holiest day of violence, consumerism and class warfare on your couch is a betrayal of your values or a waste of time. Not this Sunday. This election season, watch the game to understand how jobs, religion, leadership and health care dominate every American contest.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Corporations Have No Use for Borders

It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the United States became unpalatable, but that was the old Canada.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE


Oakland Police Arrest 400 and Counting

Clashes between protesters and police in Oakland have once again focused the Occupy spotlight on the city.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 29, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig: Getting Money Out of Politics

One invented Creative Commons, the other occupied the commons. Together, they talk about strategies for ridding our democracy of corrosive corporate dollars.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Fracking Gets Its Own Occupy Movement

While most anti-fracking activists have been responding to harms already done, New York state’s resistance movement has been waging a battle to keep harm at bay.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

London High Court Tells Occupiers to Get Out

On the day it was announced that British unemployment had risen to close to 2.7 million people, a high court judge ruled that Occupy London protesters must dismantle their encampment on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the city’s center. The protesters, who expressed both defiance and resolve, were given seven days to appeal the decision.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE


The 15 Gayest Cities in America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Advocate Editor in Chief Matthew Breen explains the magazine’s surprising picks. Also: Pot smoke doesn’t hurt your lungs; Robert Scheer on the election, and Occupy the Courts.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE



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The Gayest Cities in America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Advocate Editor in Chief Matthew Breen explains the magazine’s surprising picks. Also: Pot smoke doesn’t hurt your lungs; Robert Scheer on the election, and Occupy the Courts.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE


At Risk: America’s Poor During and After the Great Recession

This study by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs examines the impact of the Great Recession and its aftermath on poverty in America.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Millions of Americans to Be Driven Into Poverty, Study Says

The number of Americans living in poverty has grown by 27 percent, or 10 million people, since the beginning of the “Great Recession” in 2006, according to an Indiana University study. And because of continued cuts to welfare programs and an increase in new, poorly paid jobs, those figures will continue to rise.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



Zuccotti Park Reoccupied

Barricades in Zuccotti Park have finally come down, causing protesters to immediately reoccupy; in the face of budget cuts, some teachers opt to work for free; meanwhile, Kopimism, a new religion based on file-sharing, emerges. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Little Old Ladies Shut Down BofA Branch

Bank of America staffers in San Francisco shuttered the doors of their branch this week when a group of women aged 69 to 82, bearing signs in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and calling themselves the “wild old women,” approached the building in walkers and wheelchairs to protest high fees, low taxes on banks and foreclosures. No arrests were reported.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE


Taibbi and Olbermann Talk Money and Politics

In this clip from Thursday’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” Rolling Stone’s provocateur du jour, Matt Taibbi, weighs in on a decision by the Montana Supreme Court that could deal a substantial blow to the notorious Citizens United SCOTUS ruling of 2010, which represents at least one issue around which some conservatives and progressives can rally for change.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE



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American Social Mobility Ain’t What It Used to Be

This will hardly be news to many, but The New York Times weighed in Wednesday about the American dream being harder to achieve for those occupying the lower socioeconomic levels of society than either their wealthier contemporaries or their counterparts from past eras.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


Occupy Wall Street Makes a Film

In keeping with the democratic spirit of Occupy Wall Street, film-savvy Occupiers are pulling from massive amounts of footage shot by journalists and activists to produce a sleek-looking film that chronicles the movement’s early days. Here’s a preliminary trailer and a request for the donations needed to make it happen.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Norman Lear Is a ‘Born Again American’

He fought a war against Hitler, gave us some of the best television ever and founded People for the American Way, so Norman Lear knows something about getting the job done. In this stirring editorial, the producer challenges us to get on board the Occupy train and fight for the American dream.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE


Zuccotti at Midnight on the Eve

Occupiers rang in the New Year on Saturday night with a game of tug-of-war with the NYPD at Zuccotti Park. Instead of rope, however, activists and police officers struggled over the metal barricades that have surrounded the area since late September. Dawn Sunday saw the barriers replaced and the park closed to the public.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE


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