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AP / Matt Rourke

Thanks for What?

On this Thanksgiving we have been cheated of the bounty of the harvest as one in three Americans descends into poverty.

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British Journalist Squares Off Against Former Goldman Partner

A rich banker who appears to have learned none of the lessons of 20th-century economic history. A newscaster who snickers at an impassioned argument. And a reporter dismissed as a young girl who will one day learn better. This exchange between a former Goldman Sachs executive, a BBC correspondent and British journalist Laurie Penny ... (more)

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Wikimedia Commons / Brett Weinstein (CC-BY-SA)

Russell Simmons, OWS Crusader

Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons has thrown in as one of the high-profile 1 percenters to support Occupy Wall Street, speaking and tweeting his allegiance since the movement’s early days. There are even rumors that he may be one of the power players involved with a shadow affinity group ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



Devin Smith (CC-BY)

Pulling Accounts From the Unaccountable

Occupy protesters decided to march on local branches of the too-big-to-fail banks, so participants could close their accounts, and others could hold “teach-ins” to discuss the problems created by these unaccountable institutions.

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Black Friday

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Intervention

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Joe Wolf (CC-BY-ND)

How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War

University students, who face tuition hikes and state cuts to public education, find themselves victimized by the same neoliberal agenda that has created the current economic crisis, and which profoundly endangers democratic values.

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Brennan Cavanaugh (CC-BY)

OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group

Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

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© Jeff Pappas

Media Complain of ‘Hostile’ NYPD (Update)

Some of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations, including AP and The New York Times, are condemning New York City’s treatment of the media, writing in a letter that “police actions of last week have been more hostile ...” (more)

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Another Vet Struck Down by Police in Oakland

This disturbing video clip shows Occupy Oakland protester and three-tour Iraq War veteran Kayvan Sabehgi in an altercation with riot police Nov. 2. The Guardian posted the clip late last week and reported that Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen as a result of the beat-down captured here, and that Oakland police say they are looking into the incident.

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It’s Time to Occupy the Majority

Will the Occupy movement play into the hands of its enemies by living up to the stereotypes they are trying to create? Or will it instead move to a new phase that builds on its success?

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bogieharmond (CC-BY)

Still Occupied

Occupy Wall Street may not occupy Zuccotti Park anymore, but it refuses to surrender its place in the national discourse.

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Wall Street Complacent

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jburwen (CC-BY)

Tahrir Square All Over Again

Egyptian security forces killed at least three demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday as troops moved against huge crowds protesting the military’s attempts to grant itself permanent governmental powers a week before the first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections.

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Packmatt (CC-BY)

Introducing the ‘Near Poor’

The Census Bureau published a new measure of poverty this month to more carefully count those Americans who are barely getting by. The new income category—“near poor”—is up for grabs to those in the OWS movement, who could use it to better tell their alternative story of broad American hardship. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE


Lobbying Firm Proposes ‘Hit Job’ on OWS

MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes brings us a memo written by a Washington lobbying firm staffed with former aides of Republican Speaker John Boehner offering American bankers a near $1 million publicity blitz against Occupy Wall Street and its congressional supporters. (more)

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Wall Street Arrests

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Occupy Congress

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The Pepper Shot Heard ’Round the Web

In what could turn out to be a recruiting coup for the Occupy movement, a clip showing a UC Davis campus police officer blithely pepper-spraying a group of seated students is stirring outrage from all corners of the Web. (more)

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 READ MORE



zio Paolino (CC-BY)

‘Go. Leave. You Can’t Be Here’

Neither Brookfield Properties nor the NYPD wants journalists asking questions about an unmarked truck that has been pointing a surveillance camera at protesters in Zuccotti Park for the past few weeks. So much so that a police officer declared journalist Nick Turse’s note-taking at the site to be illegal and ordered him to leave.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupied by Occupy

“Special guest,” or rather returning regular, Arianna Huffington joins moderator Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and the right-leaning Matthew Continetti for this week’s show, in which the Occupy Wall Street movement, the fate of the euro (and Europe), and the future of health care reform are but three meaty topics on the menu.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



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OWS: The Start of Something Big

The Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t just some lefty rejoinder to the tea party, even though the two political phenomena have been subject to comparison over the last two months, but at least one prominent tea partyer joins a host of scholars and analysts in suggesting that OWS is about far more than ... (more)

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‘Democracy Now’: OWS Day of Action Special

We just couldn’t choose from among the array of clips our friends at “Democracy Now!” sent along from Friday’s special broadcast about the OWS Day of Action activities around the country Thursday. So, we figured we’d just post the whole thing.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Dorli Rainey

We could all take a tip from Dorli Rainey, who at 84 has the stamina and then some to keep up the good fight, even if it means facing off with the police, and even if it means getting a faceful of pepper spray. That’s what happened to Rainey on Wednesday, courtesy of the Seattle police, but the incident only fired her up.

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Mayors Come Together Under the Threat of (Gasp!) Free Speech

The AP reveals information about how cities organized the Occupy evictions; IMDb.com says, no, you can’t be forever young; and a study exposes the dangers of using mice to study every disease. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Security Guard at Zuccotti: ‘Your Fly’s Open, Faggot’

You may wonder what kind of goons Brookfield Properties—the owners of Zuccotti Park—hired to secure the area after Occupiers were evicted from the premises early Tuesday morning. At least one careless bigot numbered among the crowd.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE


Evicted

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AP / Mary Altaffer

Occupiers Rally, Media Tallies on National Day of Action

On Thursday, two months into the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters turned out en masse in New York, Los Angeles and other flash points around the country to continue their call for financial reform and to make a show of solidarity after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his counterparts in ... (more)

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AP / Julia Xanthos

The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For

In the pantheon of billionaires without shame, Michael Bloomberg, the Wall Street banker-turned-business-press-lord-turned-mayor, is now secure at the top.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



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AIG Chairman Looks Down His Nose at OWS

The chairman of AIG, which is now majority owned by the United States Treasury thanks to a $182.3 billion bailout, was on Bloomberg TV, appropriately enough, when he declared that the “Occupy Wall Street crowd” has “a very simplistic view of things.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



DonkeyHotey (CC-BY)

Where Does Occupy Go From Here?

The program to oust the Occupy Wall Street movement from its sites of occupation is now under way. The Occupied, who own the police, have grown tired of the Occupation.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Chris Carlson

Rush Limbaugh Plays to the 99 Percent

Could it be that right-wing radio behemoth Rush Limbaugh understands what the Occupy Wall Street movement is really about? Even weirder, could he actually sympathize with the struggle? Maybe, considering a mini-tirade Limbaugh unleashed on his listeners, set off by the occasion of NBC hiring Chelsea Clinton as a “special correspondent.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


The Data Behind the Occupy Movement

Do the Occupiers know what they’re talking about when they chant, “We are the 99 percent!”? With a quick animation, The Guardian breaks down the key economic data representing the conditions that have brought thousands of the disempowered and discontented into the streets all across the country.

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‘Colbert Report’: Occupy Wall Street Decamped

Thank goodness New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg deeply understands the meaning of free speech and what it does and doesn’t look like, or else his forced decampment of Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park HQ would look like a completely overstated and egregious abuse of political power.  (more)

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Olbermann: Why Occupy Wall Street Needs Michael Bloomberg

America has a rich and unique history of protest. In fact, says Keith Olbermann in this “Special Comment” segment of Tuesday’s “Countdown,” it’s an intrinsically American tradition. Olbermann also puts Tuesday morning’s police raid on Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park encampment in a context that ... (more)

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A Night of Hope in Berkeley

It wasn’t quite Berkeley in 1964, but it wanted to be, and that might be the ultimate significance of the thousands-strong gathering Tuesday night in Sproul Plaza on the Cal campus.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



Timothy Krause (CC-BY)

Why the First Amendment Won’t Protect Occupiers

Those who believe the courts will come to the rescue have bought into the popular mythology surrounding the amendment’s depth and reach.

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What a Mess

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Only a Coward

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Kenny Sun (CC-BY)

The Brave New World of Occupy Wall Street

We got word just after 1 a.m. Tuesday that New York City police were raiding the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

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Slideshow: Occupy Wall Street the Day After Eviction

Photographer Jeff Pappas sends us these photos from a Burger King near Z Park the day after the NYPD trashed the encampment.

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Flickr / TNLNYC (CC-BY-SA)

N.Y. Judge Sides With Mayor on No Camping Rule

Setting up camp doesn’t fall under First Amendment rights in New York City, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and also Justice Michael D. Stallman of the state Supreme Court, who ruled after Tuesday’s eviction that Occupy Wall Street protesters could return to ... (more)

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AP / Seth Wenig

This Is What Revolution Looks Like

Welcome to the revolution. Our elites have exposed their hand. They have nothing to offer. They can destroy but they cannot build. They can repress but they cannot lead. They can steal but they cannot share. They can talk but they cannot speak.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: Inside the Zuccotti Park Raid

Around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, New York City police forces rolled up to Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park encampment and started pushing protesters out and removing their belongings via dump trucks. “Democracy Now!” sent a camera crew to the scene ... (more)

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War Is Started

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Adam Gabbatt

New York Police Trash Occupy Wall Street

Hundreds of New York police officers rolled into Zuccotti Park just after 1 a.m. Tuesday with a dump truck and orders to clear the park, arrest the defiant and throw away their possessions. (more)

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Oakland Mayoral Adviser Tells Keith Olbermann Why He Quit

Dan Siegel was a friend and legal adviser to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, but he resigned his post the same day police cleared the Occupy Oakland encampment.

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AP / Bebeto Matthews

OWS Protesters Regroup after Zuccotti Park Evacuation

Citing health and safety concerns, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg defended his decision to eject the Occupy Wall Street encampment from Zuccotti Park on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, protesters fought back on the legal level with a ... (more)

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The Great American Stickup

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AP / Paul Sakuma

Cops Send Occupy Oakland Protesters Packing

Around 5 a.m. Monday, officers from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment and ousted protesters from the city’s Frank Ogawa Plaza, arresting 32 people who refused to leave and obliging movement members ... (more)

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