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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.

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Vacant Houses Outnumber Homeless People in U.S.

There are more than five times as many vacant homes in the U.S. as there are homeless people, according to Amnesty International USA. Since 2007, banks have shuttered about 8 million American houses, almost doubling the previous number, while 3.5 million homeless shiver in the cold.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE


The Survivor

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From Barack

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Grand Old Pickpocket

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Compassion Is Our New Currency: Notes on 2011’s Preoccupied Hearts and Minds

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.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Jingle Bells

This season, don’t look to bells on bobtails to make your spirits bright. Kindle the mood with dreams and songs of Occupation, sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE


Occupy North Pole

Season’s greetings from Truthdig! In this year’s holiday animation by Mr. Fish, an elf confronts Santa about his exploitation of slave labor.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE    


Ever See a Bishop Scale a Fence?

Faith leaders, artists and activists come together to seize new territory for the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Washington Funds Militarization of Police Departments

With newly purchased assault rifles, body armor and armored vehicles, “many officers look more and more like combat troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan,” finds the Center for Investigative Reporting, which has arguably done a better job than Washington of tracking what precincts around the country have bought with $34 billion in federal grants.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Activists Fight Back With ‘Occucopter’ Drone

The worldwide uprisings of 2011 have seen ordinary people use surveillance and communication technology to protect themselves against oppressive governments. Now, New York City’s Occupiers are taking such tactics to the skies with the “occucopter,” a lightweight, camera-mounted helicopter that can be controlled with an iPhone.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



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What the Occupation Owes Anarchists

As those weary of Occupy Wall Street’s insistence on direct democracy grow increasingly critical, Nathan Schneider with The Nation reminds us that it was anarchist principles that attracted and kept so many of its most devoted participants, and which point a way out of the contemporary party politics that have stifled so many voices.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE


Season’s Greetings From Occupy Harvard

Harvard’s “Occu-Elves” deliver lumps of coal to “naughty boys,” including the school’s former president, Lawrence Summers, and Robert Rubin, two men who helped engineer the economic meltdown.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Occupies Princeton

Chris Hedges tells a gathering of smarties, “I feel that I’ve learned as much from the movement as I’ve given to it, if I’ve given even very much to it.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE



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30 Companies Paid Lobbyists More Than the IRS

An analysis by Public Campaign reveals that between 2008 and 2010, 30 of America’s most profitable companies, including Verizon, Wells Fargo, FedEx, GE and Mattel, spent more money buying influence in Washington than they did paying taxes. (Full list after the jump.)

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



Israeli Segregation à la Rosa Parks

An Israeli woman is relegated to the back of the bus by a group of Orthodox Jews; New York celebs party with the Occupiers; and studying fish may be the key to understanding why uninformed voters are a necessary evil in our democracy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupiers Hit a Blue Wall in Lower Manhattan

OWS protesters tried to set up a new encampment in a vacant lot in lower Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood Saturday, but failed when police entered the area and made arrests. Retired New York Bishop George Packard was first over the fence. He was among those busted.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 READ MORE



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The Making of the American 99% and the Collapse of the Middle Class

Until a few months ago, the 99% was hardly a group capable of articulating “the identity of their interests.” It contained, and still contains, most “ordinary” rich people, along with middle-class professionals, factory workers, truck drivers, and miners, as well as the much poorer people who clean the houses, manicure the fingernails, and maintain the lawns of the affluent.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Been There, Thought That

Can we please bury the notion that Newt Gingrich is some kind of deep thinker? His intellect may be as broad as the sea, but it’s about as deep as a birdbath.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Time’s Person of the Year: The Protester

For “once again becoming a maker of history” two sleepy decades after political soothsayer Francis Fukuyama declared Western liberalism the end point in the evolution of human society, Time magazine named “The Protester” 2011’s Person of the Year.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Moment

Whither Occupy Wall Street? That’s the question that’s been on the forefront of the young movement’s agenda since police forced participants out of New York City’s Zuccotti Park last month.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



Poster by R. Black

Occupy Movement Invades West Coast Ports

Protesters successfully shut down some operations in three major ports spanning the Western United States on Monday. Coordinated action in Washington, Oregon and California was designed to interfere with commerce, bolster the spirits of the evicted and—why not?—inconvenience Goldman Sachs.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Talks Capitalism With Michael Moore

Let’s review, shall we? In this clip, shot for Michael Moore’s on-the-money documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Chris Hedges lays it all out for anyone still mystified, as it were, about the devastating human costs of unfettered capitalism. Class is in session.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE


Occupy Our Homes Makes a Move

The Occupy Our Homes campaign kicked off last Tuesday when hundreds of people, including activists, neighborhood residents and a couple of City Council members, marched through a neglected Brooklyn neighborhood to open a foreclosed house to a homeless family.

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Time to Start Preoccupying Wall Street

What would it be like if activists were to spend the next several months developing, articulating and organizing toward a major national mortgage and student loan strike? Such a loan strike would be slated to begin on some specific preannounced date in the intermediate future. Why not, say, on Oct. 1, 2012, right in the middle of the next presidential campaign?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord?

Chris Hedges first gave this speech in New York’s Liberty Square calling on Trinity Church to open the property it owns on 6th Avenue and Canal Street to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here’s a response from within the church, plus an update on OWS’ plans for the space.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



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The Cruelty of Nonlethal Weapons

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Newt Gingrich’s rise and Rod Blagojevich’s fall; why nonlethal weapons are being abused; Nomi Prins’ new novel; and millennial mishigas.

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Occupy Economics: Experts Speak in Support of the 99 Percent

One of the key concepts that the Occupy Wall Street movement has brought to the fore by drawing attention to economic inequality in the U.S. is the notion that the “free market” doesn’t serve the needs of all citizens equally.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lucy Nicholson

My Occupy L.A. Arrest

Patrick Meighan is a husband, a father, and a “Family Guy” sitcom writer who was among the 292 people arrested when the cops raided the Occupy Los Angeles encampment early on Nov. 30. As his powerful testimony makes clear, that was actually not “the LAPD’s finest hour.” (more)

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE


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The Occupy Movement’s Next Frontier

Those critics of Occupy Wall Street who claimed the movement lacked direction might look to foreclosed homes around the country, as well as housing auctions at select banks, where activists turned up Tuesday as part of the Occupy Our Homes initiative.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord?

The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Alan Moore Comes to the Rescue of Occupy Wall Street

Writer and artist Frank Miller’s harsh, anti-OWS voice does not boom in comic book shops and the halls of the Internet alone. Alan Moore, widely beloved author of the industry classics “Watchmen” and “V for Vendetta,” offers a badly needed antidote to the torrent of sneering contempt Miller published on his blog weeks ago.

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 READ MORE



Composite: Wikimedia Commons / Flickr / _PaulS_ (CC-BY-SA)

Jesus and the 99 Percent

We in the Christian community are asking how the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message coheres with our theological precepts. Should the church be for or against OWS?

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupy This and That

In this week’s installment of “Left, Right & Center,” panelists Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Chrystia Freeland take stock of the unemployment crisis in our country, which is a gigantic enough topic as it is. But wait—there’s much more.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of the Penn State scandal.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE


Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of Penn State.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy L.A.: Decamped but Not Deterred

Despite being swarmed and ejected by LAPD officers early Wednesday morning, members of the Occupy movement’s Los Angeles contingent are regrouping and figuring out how to put their collective power to best use in other similar demonstrations in the future.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

Weapon of Choice

Pepper spray is a chemical weapon and its use by police fits the definition of torture.

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AP / Dan Steinberg

You Can Arrest an Idea

Count the liberal mayor of Los Angeles as one of those apologists for suppressing truth in the name of civic order.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Take Our Children, Please! A Modest Proposal for Occupy Wall Street

On Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day, citizens from around the country should gather at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Let’s call this macabre gathering—with luck and even worse times, it should be mammoth—“We Surrender” or “Restore Debtor’s Prisons” or “De-Fault Is Ours” or “Collateralize Us.” And plan on a mirthful day of mourning.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mark Boster, Pool

Police Clear Occupy Camps in Los Angeles, Philadelphia

In the end, after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a show of less force when it came to the city’s approach to its own Occupy movement, a giant squad of more than 1,000 police officers descended on the downtown encampment around City Hall early Wednesday morning, arrested around 200 people ... (more)

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AP / Mark Boster, Pool

Occupy 2012

In its two months of existence, Occupy L.A. showed a resiliency and purpose that could make some of its participants leaders in a great confrontation over economic injustice in the 2012 election.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



Let’s Talk About Inequality, Baby

Occupy has opened up the conversation about economic inequality in the U.S.; UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has had her hand in more than just the UC system; and a woman says she had an affair with Herman Cain for more than a decade. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Dan Rather Says ‘Big Money Owns Everything … Including the News’

In a recent speech, Dan Rather, once one of the few voices trusted to moderate our in-home information supply, called the current state of the news business “upside down and backwards.” Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, Rather issued a call to get back to proper journalism, and he suggested that the job would fall to independent journalists.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: Harvard Feeds the Plutocracy

The Truthdig columnist speaks at Occupy Harvard about the school’s role in the economic collapse. Long before he was a steadfast critic of the 1 percent, Hedges attended Harvard Divinity School.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Dan Smith (CC-BY-SA)

Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks Big Profits During Bailout

Here we have some news that Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown believes “can unite the tea party and Occupy Wall Street.” Sound implausible? Well, Bloomberg News’ parent company went to court to access 29,000 pages of documents from the Federal Reserve, from which the outlet gleaned ... (more)

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